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Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 Previous Edition

Department of Music

The Department of Music is a community of nationally recognized artists, scholars, and pedagogues who are committed to preparing students of diverse backgrounds and interests for healthy, productive, and successful lives as musical advocates and professionals.  They leverage their location within both a major research university and a vibrant cultural metropolis to provide intellectual and artistic leadership through excellence in teaching, scholarly and creative activity, and service.

The city of Charlotte provides a vibrant cultural community that gives students numerous opportunities to experience, and even participate in, performances by resident professional ensembles such as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Opera Carolina.  By performing with these professional organizations, as well as in churches, jazz clubs, and other venues throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, UNC Charlotte music students and alums contribute to an arts and culture industry that generates $202.8 million in local economic activity, supports 6,240 jobs, and generates $18.1 million in revenues for state and local governments.  The Department of Music itself hosts over 70 events every year, ranging from student concerts to lectures, masterclasses, and recitals by faculty members and other internationally recognized artists. 

UNC Charlotte is an associate member of the National Association of Schools of Music.  The music education program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Located in a state-of-the-art teaching and performance facility, the department offers majors and minors intensive professional programs in all wind, string, and percussion instruments, in addition to world-class studies in piano, voice, opera and musical theatre, choral music, and jazz. 

A Major in Music offers students comprehensive training in education, performance, or liberal arts.  Most music graduates move directly into the profession as teachers or performers, while others opt for advanced training in graduate programs or internships with professional organizations.  A number of alumni have used their undergraduate training as a foundation for other professions, including medicine and law.


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