Music Major, B.A.

Department of Music

http://music.unc.edu

Hill Hall, CB# 3320

(919) 962-1039

Tonu Kalam, Director of Undergraduate Studies

kalam@email.unc.edu

Professor Brent Wissick

bswissic@email.unc.edu

The Department of Music provides many opportunities to students who wish to study music within a strong liberal arts curriculum. We foster creative endeavor and critical inquiry through courses, ensembles, and lessons on instruments or voice that explore music from a variety of perspectives.

The B.A. requires at least 33 credit hours in music and at least 75 outside the major, with 120 total credit hours in the degree. Given the ample opportunity to explore the breadth of the University’s course offerings, many B.A. candidates seek minors in other fields or take on a second major.

Department Programs

Majors

Minor

Graduate Programs

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC-Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
Foundations (three hours):
MUSC 120Foundations in Music3
Music theory (six hours):
MUSC 131Theory I H3
MUSC 132Theory II H3
Music history (six hours):
MUSC 254Studies in Music History I, Antiquity to 17503
MUSC 255Studies in Music History II, 1750 to the Present3
Capstone seminar (three hours), one of:3
Studies in Performance Practices
World Musics in Theory and Practice
Musical Form and Analysis
Counterpoint
Analysis of Popular Music
Analysis of Music since 1900
History and Culture of Music H
Studies in Jazz
Musicianship (two hours) chosen from the list below2
Ensemble performance (four hours) chosen from:4
Ensemble I
Ensemble II
Additional Requirements
Global music requirement (at least one hour): Within the required courses, ensembles, or electives, students must take at least one of the ensembles or courses that engage primarily with repertoires or concepts outside the tradition of Western art music, chosen from the list below
Music electives (nine hours) chosen from MUSC courses: No more than three additional hours of ensembles beyond the B.A. requirement (four hours) may count for music or general elective credit.9
Total Hours33
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Music (MUSC) course descriptions.

Musicianship

MUSC 100Individual Keyboard Lessons0.5-1
MUSC 102Individual Voice Lessons0.5-1
MUSC 103Individual String Lessons0.5-1
MUSC 104Individual Woodwind Lessons0.5-1
MUSC 105Individual Brass Lessons0.5-1
MUSC 106Individual Percussion Lessons0.5-1
MUSC 107Applied Instruction0.5-1
MUSC 111Group Lessons in Voice1
MUSC 112Group Lessons in Strings1
MUSC 113Group Lessons in Woodwinds1
MUSC 114Group Lessons in Brass1
MUSC 115Group Lessons in Percussion1
MUSC 130Musicianship Skills I1
MUSC 133Musicianship Skills II1
MUSC 136Keyboard Skills I1
MUSC 166Introduction to Composition3
MUSC 168Basic Conducting3
MUSC 200Advanced Individual Lessons in Keyboard H2
MUSC 202Advanced Individual Lessons in Voice H2
MUSC 203Advanced Individual Lessons in Strings H2
MUSC 204Advanced Individual Lessons in Woodwinds H2
MUSC 205Advanced Individual Lessons in Brass H2
MUSC 206Advanced Individual Lessons in Percussion H2
MUSC 207Advanced Applied Instruction2
MUSC 230Musicianship Skills III1
MUSC 236Keyboard Skills II1
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Global Music Requirement

MUSC 146Introduction to World Musics3
MUSC 147Introduction to Latin(o) American Music3
MUSC 148Introduction to Black Music3
MUSC 164Music of South Asia3
MUSC 212Ensemble II (in an appropriate ensemble: Charanga Carolina, Gamelan, Global Rhythms)1
MUSC 234World Musics in Theory and Practice3
MUSC 240Performance in Southeast Asia: Gongs, Punks, and Shadow Plays3
MUSC 245Dance in Indonesia3
MUSC 258Musical Movements: Migration, Exile, and Diaspora3
MUSC 291Music and Politics3
MUSC 292Media and Social Change in Africa3
or any other appropriate departmental course or ensemble (including MUSC 286, MUSC 355) approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

Students may receive no more than 45 credit hours in music and must complete a minimum of 75 hours of coursework outside music, including all General Education requirements.

Emphases within the Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree

Students working toward the bachelor of arts degree have the option to pursue one or more areas of emphasis in their musical studies. These emphases identify recommended course selections for students who have interests in one or more areas. We suggest nine credit hours of study; students are free to take additional credits. Some of these courses also satisfy core requirements.

Areas of Emphasis:

Composition

MUSC 166Introduction to Composition3
MUSC 266Composition3
Plus three hours from:3
Introduction to Music Technology
Composition (repeated)
Musical Form and Analysis
Counterpoint
Analysis of Music since 1900
Total Hours9

Ethnomusicology

MUSC 234World Musics in Theory and Practice3
Plus three hours from:3
Introduction to World Musics
Introduction to Latin(o) American Music
Introduction to Black Music
Music of South Asia
Musical Movements: Migration, Exile, and Diaspora
Music in the Community
Music as Culture (in an appropriate topic)
History and Culture of Music (in an appropriate topic) H
Plus three hours from:3
Applied Instruction
Advanced Applied Instruction (in appropriate repertoire)
Ensemble II (in an appropriate ensemble, including Bluegrass Ensemble, Charanga Carolina, Gamelan, Global Rhythms)
Total Hours9
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Instrumental Performance

Three hours from:3
Individual String Lessons
Individual Woodwind Lessons
Individual Brass Lessons
Individual Percussion Lessons
Applied Instruction
Advanced Individual Lessons in Strings H
Advanced Individual Lessons in Woodwinds H
Advanced Individual Lessons in Brass H
Advanced Individual Lessons in Percussion H
Advanced Applied Instruction
Plus three hours from:3
Individual Keyboard Lessons
Musicianship Skills I
Musicianship Skills II
Keyboard Skills I
Advanced Individual Lessons in Keyboard H
Keyboard Skills II
Advanced String Lessons and Recital H
Advanced Woodwind Lessons and Recital H
Advanced Brass Lessons and Recital H
Advanced Percussion Lessons and Recital H
Plus three hours from:3
Jazz Improvisation I
Introduction to Composition
Basic Conducting
Ensemble I (in an appropriate ensemble)
Ensemble II (in an appropriate ensemble)
Ensemble III (in an appropriate ensemble)
Studies in Performance Practices
Music in the Community
Music as Culture (in an appropriate topic)
Musical Form and Analysis
Analysis of Music since 1900
History and Culture of Music (in an appropriate topic) H
Total Hours9
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Jazz Studies

MUSC 135Jazz Theory3
Plus six hours from:6
Introduction to Jazz
Jazz Improvisation I
Ensemble I (up to three hours in an appropriate ensemble)
Ensemble II (up to three hours in an appropriate ensemble)
Ensemble III (up to three hours in an appropriate ensemble)
Jazz Improvisation II
Jazz Composition and Arranging
Jazz Innovators
History and Culture of Music (in an appropriate topic) H
Studies in Jazz
The Summer Jazz Program
Total Hours9
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Music History

MUSC 355History and Culture of Music (in an appropriate topic) H3
Plus six hours from:6
Studies in Performance Practices
Musical Movements: Migration, Exile, and Diaspora
Music and Politics
Musical Form and Analysis
Analysis of Popular Music
Analysis of Music since 1900
History and Culture of Music (repeated; in an appropriate topic) H
Total Hours9
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Music Theory

MUSC 232Theory III H3
Plus six hours taken from:6
Introduction to Composition
Introduction to Music Technology
Musical Form and Analysis
Counterpoint
Analysis of Popular Music
Analysis of Music since 1900
History and Culture of Music (in an appropriate topic) H
Total Hours9
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Musicology

MUSC 355History and Culture of Music H3
Plus three hours from:3
Musical Form and Analysis
Counterpoint
Analysis of Popular Music
Analysis of Music since 1900
Plus three hours from:3
World Musics in Theory and Practice
Musical Movements: Migration, Exile, and Diaspora
History and Culture of Music (repeated) H
Total Hours9
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Piano Performance

Three hours from:3
Individual Keyboard Lessons
Advanced Individual Lessons in Keyboard H
Plus six hours from:6
Individual Keyboard Lessons (repeated)
Advanced Individual Lessons in Keyboard (repeated) H
Piano Literature
Piano Pedagogy
Studies in Performance Practices
Advanced Keyboard Lessons and Recital H
Total Hours9
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Popular Music

Six hours from:6
Introduction to Rock Music
Introduction to Country Music
Introduction to Black Music
The Art and Culture of the DJ
Beat Making Lab
Rap Lab
Rock Lab
Popular Song in American Culture
Analysis of Popular Music
Plus three hours from any additional course listed in this category or from:3
Introduction to Jazz
Introduction to Latin(o) American Music
Introduction to Music Technology
Jazz Innovators
Music as Culture (in an appropriate topic)
History and Culture of Music (in an appropriate topic) H
Total Hours9
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Voice Performance

Two hours of:
MUSC 202Advanced Individual Lessons in Voice (in two semesters in an appropriate ensemble) H2
MUSC 211Ensemble I (in two semesters in an appropriate ensemble)2
Plus five hours from:5
Diction for Singers I (English/Italian)
Diction for Singers II (French)
Diction for Singers III (German)
Basic Conducting
Advanced Individual Lessons in Voice (repeated) H
Ensemble I (in an appropriate ensemble; up to three hours)
Ensemble II (in an appropriate ensemble; up to three hours)
Vocal Pedagogy
Studies in Performance Practices
Advanced Voice Lessons and Recital H
Total Hours9
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Special Opportunities

Honors in Music

Students interested in becoming candidates for a degree with honors in music should read the regulations governing departmental honors in the College of Arts and Sciences, found in the section “Honors Carolina” section of this catalog, and should consult the honors advisor of the department toward the end of the sophomore year.

Study Abroad

The department actively encourages students to participate in study abroad programs to pursue their musical and other interests in an international context. The department maintains a strong relationship with institutions in Hong Kong, London, and Vienna, and can facilitate connections with programs around the world.