The Department of
Are you ready for life-altering musical experiences?
The University of New Mexico Department of Music aims to provide the highest quality musical education, in order to make a substantial contribution to the cultural life of its region and the world by reinforcing the integral value of music in society.
Our programs strive to develop the complete musician, one who is not solely interested in his or her primary instrument, but one who engages the world around them with and through their music.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
Department of Music Events
Produced by our dynamic students and faculty, the College of Fine Arts proudly presents over 200 public performances, exhibitions, installations & art lectures annually.
Degrees in Music
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music
Bachelor of Music (BM) in Performance (Instrumental)
Bachelor of Music (BM) in Performance (Keyboard)
Bachelor of Music (BM) in Performance (Vocal)
Bachelor of Music (BM) in Jazz Studies
Bachelor of Music (BM) in String Pedagogy
Bachelor of Music (BM) in Theory & Composition
Bachelor of Music Education (BME) with Instrumental Concentration
Bachelor of Music Education (BME) with Vocal Concentration
Bachelor of Arts (BAIA) in Interdisciplinary Arts
Minor in Music
Minor in Music Education
From the Chair
“Welcome to the Department of Music at UNM! The Department of Music combines a comprehensive faculty of highly regarded performers, scholars, and educators with a talented and energetic student body to create an environment of artistic discovery and expression. Our wide range of concentrations and course offerings provides students with a dynamic educational environment and many opportunities to explore and expand their artistic horizons.
Whether your career goals are to compose, teach, study, or perform music professionally, or if you want to keep music as an integral part of your life as you pursue your other studies, there is a place for you in the University of New Mexico Department of Music.”
—Eric Lau, Chair, Department of Music
“The UNM music program was the perfect balance of research and practice. I had the flexibility to conduct ensembles, play in the Wind Symphony, assist the Spirit Marching Band, and design and conduct research, all while teaching part-time in the Albuquerque Public Schools. I am proud to be a Lobo and am exceedingly grateful for the mentorship and encouragement I received at UNM. ”
Nathan B. Kruse
Associate Professor of Music Education Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
“UNM prepared me with the foundation of knowledge and skills I needed to advance as a musician while deepening my appreciation for the wonderful music being made in my home state.”
Dr. Sharon O’Connell Campbell
Associate Professor of Voice, University of Nebraska Kearney
“The Department of Music at UNM has been invaluable in preparing me for a career in the arts. My musical and academic experiences were second to none, and I found myself more than prepared amongst my peers at the doctoral level. I strongly believe that the opportunities granted to me, and the amazing encouragement and support I received at UNM, are integral parts of who and where I am today.”
Dr. Malena McLaren
Chair, Department of Music/Associate Professor of Clarinet, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM examines race and identity in New Mexico and is a space for artistic expression that grapples with the complexities of who we are, how we are understood, and how that impacts the way we live (or don’t) in a variety of places.
Their performance, Nueva Música de Nuevo México, will connect new music from New Mexico with an international audience, and bring selected John Donald Robb Field Recordings of historical New Mexican folk music back to Spain as part of the world premiere of a new composition.
University of New Mexico alumna Carol Payne banded together with her colleagues at Industrial Light & Magic to create Women in VFX, a series that highlights women working in visual effects for film and television.
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How to Apply
The College of Fine Arts Student Success & Advisement Center is committed to serve the UNM community with compassion, guidance, and respect as we promote academic excellence.
To speak with a CFA advisor, please call (505) 277-4817.