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.
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. The department offers numerous opportunities for UNC Charlotte students from all majors in all colleges to participate in bands, choirs, orchestras, and jazz ensembles.
Music students at UNC Charlotte take full advantage of the incomparable experience of studying music in a vibrant cosmopolitan city. As teachers, they gain real-world experience by working alongside many of the finest music educators in the country. As performers, they frequently appear in churches, jazz clubs, and other venues throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. Music students and alums contribute to a nonprofit arts and culture industry that generates $359 million in economic activity annually, supports 11,186 jobs, and generates $31.5 million in local and state government revenues.
Partnerships with local arts organizations such as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Opera Carolina allow our students to take masterclasses with world-renowned visiting artists, and even participate in professional performances. Students even have opportunities to hold jobs and internships with these organizations and others throughout the Charlotte region.
A major in music offers students comprehensive training in composition, education, jazz studies, 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 alums have used their undergraduate training as a foundation for other professions, including medicine and law.
UNC Charlotte is an associate member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The music education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
- Music, B.A.
- Music, Choral/General Music Education Concentration, B.M.
- Music, Composition Concentration, B.M.
- Music, Elective Study in an Outside Field Concentration, B.M.
- Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration, B.M.
- Music, Instrumental/General Music Education Concentration, B.M.
- Music, Jazz Studies Concentration, B.M.
- Music, Vocal Performance Concentration, B.M.