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2019-2020 Catalog
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About Music Program

Music Faculty

School of Music

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

Dr. Randall Tinnin, Director


The University of North Florida (UNF) School of Music brings a focused commitment to excellence and the artistic and intellectual preparation of music students. It aims to provide a high level of professional musical training that is relevant to musicians pursuing musical careers in the 21st Century.  The UNF School of Music 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. The School of Music continues to achieve national and international recognition as a distinguished comprehensive center for the study, creation, and research in music.

The School of Music 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. Our students experience transformational learning opportunities through international study abroad programs, interaction with world class guest artists and community based performance and pedagogical programs.

Our mission is to provide academically and artistically excellent training that prepares students for careers in music.

The Undergraduate Program  

The School of Music 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 School of Music now offers Master’s Degrees in Jazz Studies, Music Education, 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 School of Music does not offer a music minor, however, we offer certificates in Music Technology and Production and Music Performance.  Interested students may also 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 School of Music 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 School of Music offers a stimulating, yet personal atmosphere in which students can study and grow. The School of Music 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 program'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 School of Music has received and continues to receive is testament to the caliber of the UNF School of Music as one of the very best anywhere. UNF's School of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

School of Music Faculty 

Randall C. Tinnin, Professor & Director

Lynne Arriale, Professor

Erin K. Bennett, Associate Professor

Krzysztof Biernacki, Professor

Michael A. Bovenzi, Associate Professor

Gordon R. Brock, Professor

James N. Curry, Associate Professor

Todd T. DelGiudice, Associate Professor

Marcus Dickman, Associate Professor

Stephen J. Gosden, Assistant Professor

Daniel R. Gottlieb, Professor

Barry R. Greene, Professor

Timothy Groulx, Associate Professor

James C. Hall, Associate Professor

Clarence B. Hines, Associate 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, Professor

Andrea Venet, Assistant Professor