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The School of Music offers enriching undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students pursuing careers in composition, conducting, jazz studies, music education, and performance. We have more than 400 music majors studying under the guidance of experienced artist and performers, master teachers, and respected international scholars.

Current Music News

commencement profile (josh hawkins/unlv)
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President Keith E. Whitfield honors six graduates who have shown exemplary commitment to both the community and their studies.

Christian Shelton stands in front of a tall flashlight sculpture
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With encouragement from a chorus of faculty, Christian Shelton learns to make a lasting impression.

the UNLV jazz ensemble poses as a group outside
Arts and Culture |

The DownBeat Student Music Awards are considered among the most notable awards in jazz education.

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Steered by President Keith E. Whitfield and UNLV Alumni Association, the first-ever event drew the support of around 100 participants.

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The orchestras are conducted by musical director Taras Krysa.

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The May 1 concert features legendary jazz drummer Tommu Igoe.

Music In The News

All About Jazz

Hailed by Count Basie Orchestra bandleader Scotty Barnhart as a “superb musician and soloist who has great technique and a refined sophistication,” Butler’s recording primarily features compositions by Bennie Green from his 1959 LP, Bennie Green Swings the Blues, and saxophonist Ike Quebec’s album, Easy Living, which also features the trombonist, and was recorded in 1962.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

Las Vegas based International Conductor, Maestro Taras Krysa returns from Ukraine Concert Tour inspiring and bringing a sense of normalcy to life during war time.

ARC Las Vegas

Interview Channel 3 Las Vegas: April 16, 2024.

Las Vegas Review Journal

UNLV’s College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame has honored many Strip entertainers in its 20-year history. But the annual event itself has never played the Strip.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5

For the students of the Las Vegas High School Mariachi Joya, their excitement for class is palpable. “It’s something I always look forward to every day, picking up my instrument and playing,” the group’s Student Director, Axel Rodriguez-Olivas says. The UNLV-bound student says his dream is to teach mariachi music to others, and, luckily for him, he’ll now be able to further his mariachi education without having to leave the valley. UNLV will be offering its first mariachi program starting this fall, led by Las Vegas High School’s Mariachi Joya Director Stephen Blanco.

Las Vegas Review Journal

UNLV’s School of Music announced several new classes for the fall semester focused on mariachi. The program will be overseen by Stephen Blanco, who founded Las Vegas High School’s mariachi program in 2018.

Recent Music Accomplishments

Amy Brown (Music) published an article titled "The Progression of Technology Integration in the Music Classroom to Support Student Engagement: Part I-Using Google Keep" in the Journal of General Music Education. This article is part of the Musical Idea Series, highlighting unique topics for the general music classroom.
Linda Lister (Music) was asked to be the stage director for the Opera Las Vegas production of The Billy Goats Gruff. Featuring several UNLV alumni and UNLV senior Chase Gutierrez, this show will tour public libraries and community centers across the valley. It teaches children important tools for dealing with bullies and fostering friendship and…
UNLV faculty John McMurtery and postdoctoral scholars Marta Plominska and Dawid Mzyk (all Music) performed at the 3rd International Low Flutes Festival in Washington D.C. They performed works by Laurence Dresner and Ali Ryerson for two low flutes, as well as "Waha'yoo Winds: Nevadian Images" for alto flute and trombone, which was written by Jakub…
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) published a review article in the Journal of the American Musicological Society. The piece examines Nathan Link’s A Poetics of Handel’s Operas. It appears in vol. 77 no. 1, pp. 247-50 of the journal.
Amy Brown (Music) presented a Table Talk at the Learning for the Future Conference titled, "Data-Driven In"Formative" Assessment." Participants discussed various ways of gathering data to analyze student progress and learned about using as an assessment tool for students of all ages.   
Andre Chiang (Music) has and will perform with Florida State University Opera, Opera Philadelphia, OperaDelaware, and at home with Opera Las Vegas. Chiang was a late add to sing the Forester in Janáček‘sThe Cunning Little Vixen in Czech on April 5 and 7. He then sings the Commissioner in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Opera Philadelphia on…