From the Director
At the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music, we believe that music is an integral part of life as it uplifts spirits, provides solace and stimulates intellectual curiosity. Music and the study of music enriches and changes lives. Our faculty and staff are here to help mentor you on this journey of exploration to discover what life changing experiences your musical studies will bring.
We recognize that the study of music takes many different forms from music education to performance as well as music technology and performing arts management. At UNI, we offer many options for musical growth as a music major as well as options for those who do not major in music including performing opportunities and opportunities to pursue minors in music.
The UNI School of Music is an amazing community of artists, scholars, composers and performers who are committed to helping you grow and realize your full potential. An education from UNI is second to none and the School of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Our facilities are outstanding and readily available for your use as a performer and audience member. The Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center with a capacity of 1600 is the performing venue for all of our large ensembles. It also hosts a wide array of national and internationally known artists on an almost weekly basis for your enjoyment. In addition, there are four other performance venues to accommodate any type of concert.
Educational experiences at UNI include personal attention to build skill and technique as well as rich opportunities to develop as an artist. You will experience abundant opportunities to broaden and showcase your individual talent. Students compete and perform successfully both nationally and internationally.
For over a century, the UNI School of Music has been a leader in music education in Iowa and nationally. We supply the largest number of music teachers in Iowa of any university. Our performance majors have been accepted into the best graduate schools in the country and are performing professionally around the world. Our students receive an outstanding, well-rounded education at UNI that allows them to pursue fulfilling and exciting career opportunities.
Please plan to visit us at the University of Northern Iowa, School of Music in the near future. You will be welcomed by our faculty and students and I am confident you will be impressed with what we have to offer you.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Funderburk
Professor and Director of the School of Music