About Music Program

Music Faculty

Department of Music

Location: Building 45, Room 2004
Phone: (904) 620-2960
Web Address:

Dr. Randall Tinnin, Chair 


The University of North Florida (UNF) Music Flagship Program brings a focused commitment to excellence and the artistic and intellectual preparation of students for the diverse and challenging world in which we live. It aims to provide a high level of professional musical training as well as a sense of relevance regarding the value of music to our society through an active, pluralistic musical environment encompassing western European traditional art music through contemporary music including world music and jazz. The UNF Music Flagship Program faculty, excellent instructors evidenced by their innovative pedagogy, scholarship, and research in their respective fields, serve as artist-teachers working with students in large and small performing ensembles as well as through individual applied instruction. Our comprehensive program is complemented by the Ira M. Koger Eminent Scholar Chair in American Music that provides an additional focus on jazz. Our department continues to achieve national and international recognition as a distinguished comprehensive center for the study, creation, and research in music, with emphasis on the contemporary.

The Music Flagship Program provides music majors and non-music majors alike the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding, and ability in all aspects of music at a level relevant and appropriate to their needs and interests, and to prepare music majors for careers as performers, teachers, composers, arrangers, and professionals in the music industry and its supporting fields. It is our hope to provide transformational learning opportunities within the scope of engaged self-reflection via practice and performance. The primary focus of our mission is the artistic enrichment of the lives of all UNF students and faculty, while promoting the University and greater Jacksonville community as ambassadors throughout the region, the nation, and the global community.

The Undergraduate Program

The Music Flagship Program provides instruction leading to accredited Bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance, Jazz Studies and Music Education.  Effective in the fall of 2014 the Music Flagship Program now offers a Bachelor of Music Performance with a concentration in Music Technology and Production. Coursework in music degree programs begins freshman year and culminates in a final recital spanning the knowledge and skill gained throughout the program of study (See “My Osprey Map”). The Music Flagship Program offers limited access programs. Students who wish to pursue a degree in music must successfully pass a music audition for entrance into a music degree program and must maintain both the academic and musical performance standards to remain as music major. This includes academic record, ensemble participation, and successful completion of semester performance jury examinations.

The Graduate Program

Effective in the fall of 2014 the Music Flagship Program now offers Master’s Degrees in Jazz Studies, Performance and Conducting.  The Master of Music degrees are 36 hour credit hours with a two year residency. They provide students the opportunity to develop skills as performers and conductors while working with an internationally recognized faculty and excellent ensembles. The conducting program is well suited to students who have completed Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Performance and Music Education. Classes are scheduled to allow music educators, church musicians and other music professionals in Northeast Florida to pursue the degree while maintaining full-time employment.

The Major

After auditioning and being accepted by the music faculty, the student must select a degree track as a music major. Offerings include a Bachelor of Music in Performance with concentrations in voice, strings, piano, woodwinds, brass and percussion and Music Technology and Production, Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, and Bachelor of Music Education. Each degree consists of a unique program of study that should be adhered to in order to follow sequential course offerings and to complete degree requirements. A music major receiving a “C” or below in applied music will be placed on probation and will be required to repeat the course. A music major receiving a “D” or below in a non-applied music course will be placed on probation and will be required to repeat the course. All music courses can only be repeated once while on probation. Should a student not make satisfactory progress in any music course after being placed on probation, the student will be expelled from the program. Conduct not deemed appropriate is also grounds for probation and dismissal. The probation period is one subsequent semester. All majors must fulfill the University’s general education requirements and the College of Arts and Sciences graduation requirements. The minimum total hours required for all four-year degrees is 120 credit hours.     

Approved Minors in Music

At this time the Music Flagship Program does not offer a music minor, however, interested students may enroll in a variety of music courses for general education or elective credit. Music ensembles are also available for audition and enrollment in both the classical and jazz areas. For more ensemble information contact the Music Flagship Program at (904) 620-2961 or visit


University of North Florida is home to one of the most recognized performance-based music programs in the country. With an emphasis on American Music and comprised of dedicated faculty members who are recognized artist/practitioners in their fields, UNF’s Music Flagship Program offers a stimulating, yet personal atmosphere in which students can study and grow. The UNF Music Flagship Program is a limited access and exclusively undergraduate program offering Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degrees in Performance with concentrations in Voice, Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Strings as well as a B.M. in Jazz Studies. UNF also offers a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Since its beginnings in 1972, the department's limited access status has allowed for a more personal rapport between teacher and student while upholding the highest standards of musical excellence. The countless awards and endorsements that the Department has received and continues to receive is testament to the caliber of the UNF Music Flagship Program as one of the very best anywhere. UNF's Music Flagship Program is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Department of Music Faculty

Randall C. Tinnin, Professor & Chair

Lynne Arriale, Associate Professor

Erin K. Bennett, Associate Professor

Krzysztof Biernacki, Associate Professor

Michael A. Bovenzi, Associate Professor

Gordon R. Brock, Professor

James N. Curry, Associate Professor

Todd T. DelGiudice, Assistant Professor

Marcus Dickman, Associate Professor

Stephen J. Gosden, Assistant Professor

Daniel R. Gottlieb, Professor

Barry R. Greene, Professor

Timothy Groulx, Assistant Professor

James C. Hall, Assistant Professor

Clarence B. Hines, Associate Professor

Charlotte N. Mabrey, Professor

Dennis J. Marks, Associate Professor

Sarah Provost, Assistant Professor

James B. Scott, Associate Professor

Simon Shiao, Associate Professor

Sunshine Simmons, Assistant Professor

Gary L. Smart, Professor

Cara S. Tasher, Associate Professor

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