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Music, B.A.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Music degree is designed for students who want to combine intensive training in music with the exploration of other disciplines.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen and Transfers

  • Minimum GPA:  n/a
  • Declaration of Major:  Students are first admitted as Pre-Music majors.  A formal audition is required for acceptance as a Music major (see the department website for audition dates).  If the student is approved for acceptance after the audition, their major is changed to Music and they may proceed with major coursework.
  • Progression Requirements:  All students are required to pass a Sophomore Review (typically pursued the Spring semester of a student’s second year in the program). The Sophomore Review process consists of a Musicianship Evaluation and an Interview.  Students who fail their Sophomore Review will be eligible to initiate a new Review the following semester.  Students in the major must successfully complete the Sophomore Review before enrolling in any major courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.
  • Transferable Credit Hours:  Determined by UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Admissions.

Degree Requirements

The curriculum consists of 39 credit hours of General Education, including Foreign Language; 23 credit hours of musicianship courses, including music theory, ear training, piano, and music history; 18 credit hours of performance courses and music electives, including private lessons and ensembles, and 38 credit hours of electives-all of which can be applied to a minor or second major.  For specific requirements, refer to the Department of Music Student Handbook.  The culminating experience for this degree is either an academic Senior Project or Senior Music Internship.

For the Senior Project, students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of MUSC 4800  consisting of a single project.  Students may repeat MUSC 4800  to achieve this requirement.  In keeping with the diverse nature of scholarly/creative activities in music, the final product may vary to include a historical, theoretical, and/or technical research paper; a portfolio of original compositions; a lecture-recital; or a project of similar scope.  In all cases, some written documentation of the ideas and process involved is required.

For the Senior Internship, students must complete a minimum of three credit hours of MUSC 4410 .  Students may repeat MUSC 4410  to achieve this requirement. 

College Prospect for Success Course (2 credit hours)

All new freshmen in the College of Arts + Architecture must take the following:

General Education Courses (31 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program .  Writing Intensive (W) courses and the Oral Communications (O) course are fulfilled by the Music History courses in the major.

Foreign Language Courses (0-8 credit hours)

Students in this major are required to demonstrate proficiency in the language of their choice through the 1202 level.  Proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • Completing the required coursework at UNC Charlotte
  • Completing three years of the same foreign language in high school through level three
  • Achieving a satisfactory score on the foreign languages placement test (in Spanish, French, or German)
  • Through approved transfer or transient credit earned at a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
  • A combination of the above methods (e.g., placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1201 and completing the 1202 course, completing 1201 and placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1202)

Click here for a list of courses that meet the College of Arts + Architecture’s foreign language requirement. 


Major Courses (41 credit hours)

Performance and Music Elective Courses (16-18 credit hours)

  • MUPF 11xx - Primary Ensembles (1) (6 semesters)
  • MUPF 11xx - Secondary Ensembles (1) (2 semesters)
  • MUPF 12xx - Applied Music (1 to 2) (6-8 semesters)
  • MUSC 1300 - Performance Class (0)   (4 semesters)
  • Any MUSC or MUPF course(s) at the 3000- or 4000-level (2)

Restricted Elective Courses (30 credit hours)

Select 30 credit hours outside the Department of Music.  Courses may used to complete a Minor or Second Major.

Unrestricted Elective Courses (8 credit hours)

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation. 

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

Most music courses require grades of C or above to progress to subsequent levels of study; all required music courses must be passed with grades of C or above to graduate.  For specific requirements, refer to the Department of Music Student Handbook

Honors Program

For details about the Arts + Architecture Honors Program, visit the AAHP program page .

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