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This Week in Texas Music History: UNT College of Music

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On Dec. 17, 1939, the College of Music at the University of North Texas in Denton received its accreditation. Music had been in the university’s curriculum since 1890, but this national recognition helped the College of Music grow into one of the most prestigious music programs in the country. By the 1940s, UNT offered several music degrees and had a number of student bands performing in concerts and on radio. In 1947, UNT became the first university in the country to offer a degree in jazz. The school’s jazz program is home to the famed One O’Clock Lab Band, which has toured internationally and won Grammy nominations for its recordings.

Ranked among the top 15 music schools in the nation, the College of Music at the University of North Texas counts among its distinguished alumni such popular artists as Herb Ellis and Norah Jones.

Next time on This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll meet a television host who entertained and educated his audience.