The University of Northern Iowa School of Music is regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Students interested in majoring in music or participating in music ensembles in Iowa will be excited to find exceptional faculty, innovative programs and state-of-the-art facilities at an affordable price and close to home.

The music major under the Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts program for the student interested in combining the discipline of music training with the breadth offered by a liberal arts curriculum. The composition-theory and performance majors are professional degrees designed to prepare the student for either a career as a composer or an artist-performer, or entrance to graduate schools where further excellence in composition or in a performance area might be pursued. The music education major prepares the student for a teaching career and provides licensure in music for grades K-6 and 7-12.

To learn more about what you’d typically study in a program, click on any major, minor or certificate below or visit the music department page.

UNI has the highest number of Music Education graduates teaching in the state of Iowa.


Contact the School of Music as early as possible. We can connect you with your major applied professor to work on a plan and auditions before your arrival.


Students in orchestra

Ensembles at UNI School of Music are the best way to get involved. If you are a music major, get involved in several groups and fill your days and nights with performing amazing music under the direction of our top notch faculty and conductors. If you’re not a music major but love music, join a group and stay involved in making music while you pursue other dreams. Not looking to join a group but still love music? Come and be a world-class audience member.


University of Northern Iowa undergraduate students in music may receive scholarships each year ranging from $2,000 to $24,000 over four years. The majority of scholarships may be renewable for four years based upon successful progress and available funding. There are opportunities for both entering students and currently enrolled students.

Women's Chorus

Each music major at UNI will choose to audition on and ultimately study one or more instruments, voice, composition and/or music education within an applied studio or program. Programs include brass, composition-theory, conducting, jazz, keyboard, music education, music history, percussion, strings, voice or woodwinds.


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


Music Education

Arts Management

Jazz Studies

Music History

Music Industry

Music Technology

Music Theory and Composition



Have questions or want more information? Fill out the form below and someone from the department will contact you directly. To receive general university information from UNI’s admissions office, please click on ‘Request More Info About UNI’.

Jeffrey Funderburk
Director, School of Music
Associate Dean
College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences
Professor, Music
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614
319-273-2024 (Music Office)
319-273-2725 (Office of the Dean)

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