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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 and personal atmosphere in which students can study and grow. The UNF Music Flagship Program is a limited access program offering Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degrees in Performance with concentrations in VoicePianoPiano PedagogyWoodwinds, 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). 

 

Now offering Master's programs! Visit our "Programs of Study" area for more details on how to audition.

 

Mission Statement

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.
 
 

Did you know?

The Princeton Review named UNF a “Best Value College” nationally and UNF was added to the Princeton Review list of “Best in the Southeast.”

The University attracts a diverse and talented student population. Acceptance into the Music Flagship Program is recognition of their inherent ability and potential for personal growth. We take pride in the preparation offered for a life in music. UNF alumni hold positions in all aspects of the music industry, including performing in the nation’s top professional and military ensembles, composing and arranging for the industry’s leading artists, touring internationally, and serving as leading pedagogues in music education. While continuing to win national awards, our students have access to performance opportunities as working professionals in all genres. UNF was voted a Best College in the Southeast, Best Value Public College 2012 and 2011, and a top “Green” College by Princeton Review

 

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UNF's Music Flagship Program boasts the nation’s first lab equipped with the newest run of Clavinovas, a digital keyboard line made by Yamaha.

UNF’s piano lab is one of the finest in the nation, and was the first piano lab in the country to acquire Yamaha’s newest Clavinova digital pianos. Students play on one of twenty-four CVP-501 or CVP-503 pianos with 88 keys and graded hammer action to simulate the feel of an acoustic instrument. Each instrument contains hundreds of orchestral sounds and rhythm tracks to enhance the experience. The lab services courses in both class piano as well as piano pedagogy, and also includes Macintosh computers, a projector, and large display screen, piano pedagogy seminar space, and the UNF Piano Pedagogy Library.

 

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UNF offers Transformational learning opportunities to promote student studies abroad.

UNF transformational learning opportunities may take a myriad of forms: study abroad experiences; service learning experiences; research experiences with a faculty member; internships, practicum, field and co-op experiences; directed independent studies with a faculty member; learning communities; and leadership experiences.

 

UNF Music Flagship Program's students tour nationally and internationally including recent tours to China, Portugal, Italy, the Czech Republic, and South Africa. UNF Music Flagship Program students have also performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Vatican, and Mozart's Estates Theater in Prague.

 

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UNF Music Flagship Program's Great American Jazz Series brings in stellar jazz artists as residents.

This series, along with other opportunities, has enabled students to perform in concert with more than 100 esteemed artists, such as Herbie Hancock, The Count Basie Orchestra, Joe Henderson, Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Dave Brubeck, Joe Williams, Dianne Reeves, Louie Bellson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Doc Severinsen, among others.

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