Music Major, Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)

Department of Music

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Allen Anderson, Chair

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Brent Wissick, Associate Chair for Performance, Composition, and Music Education

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Jocelyn Neal, Associate Chair for Academic Studies

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Tonu Kalam, Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Evan Feldman, Co-Chair, Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships Committee

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James Ketch, Co-Chair, Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships Committee

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Angeline Warren, Registrar

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The Bachelor of Music program is designed for those seeking a degree that offers a more extensive component in performance, history, ethnomusicology, theory, composition, or music education. Students must complete 63 credit hours in music and at least 54 credit hours outside the major.

Department Programs

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Minor

Graduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the music program (B.Mus.), students should be able to:

  • Acquire sufficient technical capabilities to be able to perform expressively — on an instrument or the voice — appropriate repertoire for the area in which they are studying
  • Show proficiency in the materials and language of music for purposes of analysis and evaluation
  • Be aware of the connection between general culture and history and the musical works that come from composers of particular times and places
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform successfully in individual, small-, and large-ensemble performance and have a working familiarity with repertoire for solo or ensemble performance

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements, 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
Musicianship (three hours):
MUSC 130Musicianship Skills I1
MUSC 133Musicianship Skills II1
MUSC 230Musicianship Skills III1
Music theory (nine hours):
MUSC 131Theory I (requires a grade of C or better) H3
MUSC 132Theory II (requires a grade of C or better) H3
MUSC 232Theory III 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
Individual Lessons (14 hours): chosen from MUSC 200MUSC 207 taken over seven semesters (or the equivalent for students whose primary focus is composition; see below). 114
Ensemble performance (eight hours) chosen from:8
Ensemble I (at least five hours)
Ensemble II
Keyboard skills (two hours) chosen from:2
Individual Keyboard Lessons
Keyboard Skills I
Advanced Individual Lessons in Keyboard (with the approval of the director of undergraduate studies) H
Keyboard Skills 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 "Global Music Requirement" below.
Music electives (15 hours) chosen from MUSC courses: No more than six additional hours of ensembles beyond the B.Mus. requirement (eight hours) may count for music or general elective credit.15
Total Hours63
H

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

Students pursuing the B.Mus. must complete at least 63 credit hours in music, which is combined with an additional 57 credit hours for a total of 120 credit hours. Students may receive no more than 66 credit hours in music and must complete a minimum of 54 credit hours of coursework outside music, including all General Education requirements.

Students who wish to gain certification to teach music in public schools may take a prescribed course of study as part of the bachelor of music degree and apply to the music education licensure program offered through the School of Education. Admission to the music education licensure program requires a separate application to the School of Education (usually submitted during the spring of the first year), and candidates must meet North Carolina Department of Public Instruction licensure standards and be able to complete the course of study prior to spring of their senior year. Students who complete the program are eligible for North Carolina initial-level licensure.

Global Music Requirement

MUSC 146Introduction to World Musics3
MUSC 147Introduction to the Music of the Américas3
MUSC 148Introduction to Black Music3
MUSC 164Music of South Asia3
MUSC 212Ensemble II (in an appropriate ensemble: Bluegrass Band, 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, 355) approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

Optional Pathways within the Bachelor of Music Degree

Students working toward the bachelor of music degree have the option to pursue one or more pathways in their musical studies. These pathways identify recommended course selections for students who have interests in one or more areas. We suggest 12 credit hours of study; students are free to take additional credits. Some of these courses also satisfy core requirements. Please note that enrollment in individual lessons (MUSC 100MUSC 107 and MUSC 200MUSC 207) requires an audition.

Composition

MUSC 307Advanced Composition/Recital3
Plus nine hours taken from:9
Introduction to Music Technology
Composition (repeated)
Musical Form and Analysis
Counterpoint
Analysis of Music since 1900
History and Culture of Music (in an appropriate topic) H
H

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

Ethnomusicology

MUSC 234World Musics in Theory and Practice3
Plus six hours from:6
Introduction to World Musics
Introduction to the Music of the Américas
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) H
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 Band, Charanga Carolina, Gamelan, Global Rhythms)
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
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 of individual lessons on a second instrument:3
Individual Keyboard Lessons
Individual Voice Lessons
Individual String Lessons
Individual Woodwind Lessons
Individual Brass Lessons
Individual Percussion Lessons
Applied Instruction
Advanced Individual Lessons in Voice H
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
Or an additional semester of:
Advanced String Lessons and Recital H
Advanced Woodwind Lessons and Recital H
Advanced Brass Lessons and Recital H
Advanced Brass Lessons and Recital H
Advanced Percussion Lessons and Recital H
Plus six hours from:6
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 H
Musical Form and Analysis
Analysis of Music since 1900
History and Culture of Music H
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
MUSC 163Jazz Improvisation I3
Plus six hours from:6
Introduction to Jazz
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
UNC Summer Jazz Workshop
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 Education

MUSC 168Basic Conducting3
MUSC 226Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, and Strings Techniques3
MUSC 227Keyboard, Vocal, and Elementary Music Techniques3
MUSC 228Principles of Teaching Music3

Music History

MUSC 355History and Culture of Music (in an appropriate topic) H3
Plus nine hours taken from:9
Studies in Performance Practices
Musical Movements: Migration, Exile, and Diaspora
Music and Politics
Musical Form and Analysis
Counterpoint
Analysis of Popular Music
Analysis of Music since 1900
History and Culture of Music (repeated; in an appropriate topic) H
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

Twelve hours taken from:12
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
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 taken from:3
Musical Form and Analysis
Counterpoint
Analysis of Popular Music
Analysis of Music since 1900
History and Culture of Music (repeated) H
Plus three hours taken from:3
World Musics in Theory and Practice
Musical Movements: Migration, Exile, and Diaspora
Plus three hours from any additional course listed in this category or from:3
Studies in Performance Practices
Jazz Improvisation II
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 of:
MUSC 300Advanced Keyboard Lessons and Recital H3
Plus nine hours from:9
Individual Keyboard Lessons (up to three hours on organ or harpsichord)
Jazz Improvisation I
Basic Conducting
Piano Literature
Piano Pedagogy
Studies in Performance Practices
Advanced Keyboard Lessons and Recital (repeated) H
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 taken 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 six hours from any additional courses listed in this category or from:6
Introduction to Jazz
Introduction to the Music of the Américas
Introduction to Music Technology
Jazz Innovators
Music as Culture (in an appropriate topic) H
History and Culture of Music (in an appropriate topic) H
H

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

Classical Voice Performance

MUSC 123Diction for Singers I (English/Italian)1
MUSC 124Diction for Singers II (French)1
MUSC 125Diction for Singers III (German)1
MUSC 302Advanced Voice Lessons and Recital H3
Plus six hours from:6
Basic Conducting
Vocal Pedagogy
Studies in Performance Practices
Women in Opera
Advanced Voice Lessons and Recital (repeated) H
H

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

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans can be used as a guide to identify the courses required to complete the major and other requirements needed for degree completion within the expected eight semesters. The actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Students should meet with their academic advisor to create a degree plan that is specific and unique to their interests. The sample plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UNC–Chapel Hill in the fall term. Some courses may not be offered every term.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
MUSC 120 Foundations in Music 3
MUSC 136 Keyboard Skills I 1
MUSC 20xIndividual Lessons 2
MUSC 211 Ensemble I 1
Hours 7
Spring Semester
MUSC 131
MUSC 130
Theory I
and Musicianship Skills I H
4
MUSC 236 Keyboard Skills II 1
MUSC 20xIndividual Lessons 2
MUSC 211 Ensemble I 1
Hours 8
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
MUSC 132
MUSC 133
Theory II
and Musicianship Skills II H
4
MUSC 254 Studies in Music History I, Antiquity to 1750 3
MUSC 20xIndividual Lessons 2
MUSC 211 Ensemble I 1
Hours 10
Spring Semester
MUSC 232
MUSC 230
Theory III
and Musicianship Skills III H
4
MUSC 255 Studies in Music History II, 1750 to the Present 3
MUSC 20xIndividual Lessons 2
MUSC 211 Ensemble I 1
Hours 10
Junior Year
Fall Semester
MUSC ---Capstone Seminar 3
MUSC 20xIndividual Lessons 2
MUSC 211 Ensemble I 1
MUSC ---Music Elective 3
Hours 9
Spring Semester
MUSC 20xIndividual Lessons 2
MUSC 211
Ensemble I
or Ensemble II
1
MUSC ---Music Elective Global 3
Hours 6
Senior Year
Fall Semester
MUSC 20xIndividual Lessons 2
MUSC 211
Ensemble I
or Ensemble II
1
MUSC ---Music Elective 3
Hours 6
Spring Semester
MUSC 30xIndividual Lessons with Recital 3
MUSC 211
Ensemble I
or Ensemble II
1
MUSC ---Music Elective 3
Hours 7
Total Hours 63
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 General Education Curriculum and Degree Requirements section of this catalog (click on the Degrees and Honors tab), 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.