Music

Address: 220 Music Building
Phone: 336.334.5789
Web site: performingarts.uncg.edu/

Majors & Concentrations

Music Education
Music Performance
Music Studies

  • Choral General Music Education (BM) (Lic) U626
  • Composition (BM) U607
  • General Music (BA) U602
  • Instrument Performance (BM) U611
  • Instrumental/General Music Education (BM) (Lic) U629
  • Jazz Performance (BM) U618
  • Keyboard Performance (BM) U636
  • Voice Performance (BM) U635

Special Application Procedures

Applicants for the undergraduate M usic E ducation and P erformance majors must audition for acceptance prior to enrollment. Bachelor of Arts applicants may apply without audition, though auditions are required for participation in studio lessons. Auditions are held in December, January, and February of the year preceding enrollment. For information on how to schedule an audition, please visit  performingarts.uncg.edu/prospective/apply.

What's Unique about Music at UNCG?

  • $25.7 million state-of-the art music facility opened in 1999.
  • The only comprehensive slate of performance and music education degrees, from the baccalaureate through the doctorate, in North Carolina.
  • More than 60 predominantly full-time faculty members teach approximately 600 music majors (two-thirds undergraduate, one-third graduate).
  • Continuous accreditation in North Carolina by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1938.
  • Home to archives/libraries for International Double Reed Society.
  • Special Collections houses the largest collection of cello music in the world – more than 5,000 manuscripts and published music scores.
  • Hosts the largest university summer music camp in the nation.
  • Greensboro is home to the National Folk Festival 2015-17 .
  • The culturally thriving Triad (Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point) affords the UNCG community regular opportunities to attend and perform in concerts and musical events sponsored by such organizations as the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Greensboro Opera Company, the Eastern Music Festival, and many others.

Recognition

  • Graduate programs ranked among the top 30 in the country by US News & World Report.
  • Award- winning, internationally recognized academic faculty.
  • Opera Theatre won National Opera Competition Award nine times in 12 years.
  • Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble were the first college-level ensembles in North Carolina to perform in New York's Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, respectively.
  • Both the University Symphony Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble have performed by invitation on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • The Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, and Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles have all been selected to perform at their respective international conferences in the last decade.
  • The Jazz Ensemble's annual CD named among the top 10 college jazz band recordings by Herb Wong in the Jazz Educators Journal three years in a row.
  • Focus on Piano Literature has gained national critical acclaim.
  • Music faculty engaged in novel research and presented findings at national and international conferences.
  • Music Building is home to the trumpet once owned by Miles Davis and used on the historic masterpiece Kind of Blue.
  • Music faculty are past presidents of the Music Teachers National Association, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the International Tuba and Euphonium Association, the North American Saxophone Alliance, the National Opera Association , the Society for Music Education, Southeast and Caribbean Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology, and Southeast Chapter of the American Musicological Society.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • Organizations/Clubs: Music/Performing Arts Student Ambassadors, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda (Music Honor Society), student chapters of the National Association for Music Education (Collegiate), the American Choral Directors Association, and the American String Teachers Association
  • Ensembles: Men’s Glee, Women’s Glee, University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia (String Orchestra), Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, University Band, Jazz Ensembles,
  • Brass Ensembles, Percussion Ensembles, String Ensembles, Woodwind Ensembles, Small Jazz Ensembles/Combos, Opera/Chorus, Pep Band, Present Continuous (Contemporary/New Music Ensemble), Old Time Ensemble

Student Opportunities

Internship locations include the North Carolina public schools, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, and Kindermusik International.

Graduates/Careers

  • Students enter graduate programs in musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, music education, composition, and performance.
  • Students regularly receive graduate school fellowships and assistantships from the finest universities in the country.
  • UNCG graduates are employed throughout the United States as public school teachers and supervisors; directors of choirs, bands, and orchestras; soloists; freelancers; ensemble performers; and private teachers.
  • Colleges, universities, or conservatories employing our grads  include Eastman, McGill, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Berklee, Florida State, UNC School of the Arts, Duke, Indiana State, Kent State, SUNY Buffalo, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas, Wake Forest, Yale, and the Boston Conservatory.
  • Professional companies employing UNCG graduates include the Metropolitan Opera, the Des Moines Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Idaho Symphony, Oregon Symphony, the Dallas Summer Musicals Orchestra, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, U.S. Army Soldiers Chorus, U.S. Army Band, U.S Air Force Band, U.S. Navy Band, U.S. Military Academy Band, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera of Mexico City, the Utah Opera, the Tri-Cities Opera (Binghamton, N.Y.), the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Charles Symphony Orchestra, the Long Island Little Orchestra Society, the Minnesota Opera, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, La Folia Chamber Ensemble (North Hollywood, Calif.), Riverside Opera Ensemble (New York), the Sacramento Symphony, Broadway musicals (including Wicked), touring Broadway companies, and the North Carolina Symphony.
  • Graduates acquire skills to successfully move into fields such as arts management, law, librarianship, international relations, etc.

Accreditation

UNCG has long been recognized as one of the top music institutions in the United States and has been fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1938.

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