Backstage Arlington: UTA’s Music Industry Studies Program

MyArlingtonTV is taking a trip across The American Dream City to showcase some of the diverse musical acts happening in Arlington’s schools, restaurants, churches and neighborhoods.

Hosted by Tika Cook, “Backstage Arlington” highlights some of the different music acts and performing venues that exist in Arlington. The newest episode features The University of Texas at Arlington’s Music Industry Studies program.

UT Arlington offers a Bachelor of Music degree with emphases in both Music Media and Music Business.

According to the university’s website, these programs are designed to give students the skills necessary to succeed in the music industry. Professors combine long-established principles of listening and musicality with new philosophies about equipment and the current music industry.

“Backstage Arlington” gives viewers an inside look at the Music Department’s recording studio. Studio 301 utilizes the latest in engineering technology and is able to record a wide range of music in an isolated and professional environment.

The department will host a conference at UT Arlington for the Society of Composers, Inc. from Feb. 2–4, 2017, the main academic society for composers in this country. The conference will feature nine concerts of classical music in three days, involving UT Arlington faculty, students, and guest performers and composers. Musicians from around the country will be flying in to participate.

Dan Cavanagh, Associate Professor of Music at UT Arlington, is excited about the future of the music department and the potential audience still available to them throughout The American Dream City.

“One of the department’s initiatives as composers is to get music out of the traditional concert hall space and into public space, much in the way that artists have done that with public art initiatives,” Cavanagh said.

Residents are invited to attend a concert the UTA Music Department is putting on next Friday, Feb. 3 from 12–1 p.m. at Arlington City Hall in the first floor lobby.

The Department of Music offices are located in the Fine Arts Building, South Section (700 West Greek Row, Arlington, TX 76010). For more information, please call 817-272-3471.

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