Music Major, B.A.

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 35 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the music program (B.A.), 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

  • earn a minimum final cumulative GPA of 2.000
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC–Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major core requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the major core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for major or specific courses.

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

 Courses listed more than once can be counted for only one category.

Core Requirements
Foundations:
MUSC 120IDEAs in Action General Education logo Foundations in Music F3
Musicianship:
MUSC 128Improvisation Without Borders1
One additional course (one hour), chosen from: 1
Aural-based Musicianship
Tonal Musicianship Skills I
Music theory (six hours), two of:6
Tonal Theory I (requires a grade of C or better) H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Tonal Theory II H
Jazz Theory
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Patterns in Music
Beat Making Lab
Introduction to Composition
IDEAs in Action General Education logo World Musics in Theory and Practice
Inside the Song: Analysis of Songcraft
Critical approaches to music:
MUSC 270IDEAs in Action General Education logo Critical Approaches to Music: Object Lessons3
MUSC 271IDEAs in Action General Education logo Critical Approaches to Music: Critical Moves3
MUSC 351IDEAs in Action General Education logo Critical Approaches to Music: Guided Research3
Individual/group lessons (taken over two semesters) chosen from:2-6
Individual Keyboard Lessons
Individual Voice Lessons
Individual String Lessons
Individual Woodwind Lessons
Individual Brass Lessons
Individual Percussion Lessons
Applied Instruction
Group Lessons in Piano
Group Lessons in Voice
Group Lessons in Strings
Group Lessons in Woodwinds
Group Lessons in Brass
Group Lessons in Percussion
Beat Making Lab
Rap Lab
Advanced Individual Lessons in Keyboard H
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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Composition
Inside the Song: Analysis of Songcraft
Ensemble performance (four hours) chosen from:4
Ensemble I
Ensemble II
Ensemble III
Chamber Music 1, H
Music electives (nine hours) chosen from MUSC courses: students may count no more than three additional hours from MUSC 211 - MUSC 214 towards their music major. They may count as credit hours for graduation, subject to the overall limit on music hours.9
Total Hours35-39
H

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

F

FY-Launch class sections may be available. A FY-Launch section fulfills the same requirements as a standard section of that course, but also fulfills the FY-SEMINAR/FY-LAUNCH First-Year Foundations requirement. Students can search for FY-Launch sections in ConnectCarolina using the FY-LAUNCH attribute.

1

Pursuant to area needs and preferences, or by DUS approval.

Music (MUSC) course descriptions.

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.

Optional Pathways within the Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree

Students working toward the bachelor of arts 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 nine 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 166Introduction to Composition3
MUSC 266IDEAs in Action General Education logo Composition3
Plus three hours from:3
Introduction to Music Technology
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Composition (repeated)
Musical Form and Analysis
Counterpoint
Analysis of Music since 1900

Ethnomusicology

MUSC 234IDEAs in Action General Education logo World Musics in Theory and Practice3
Plus three hours from:3
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to World Musics
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to the Music of the Américas
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Black Music
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Music of South Asia
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Musical Movements: Migration, Exile, and Diaspora
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Music in the Community
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Music as Culture (in an appropriate topic) H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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
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
Tonal Musicianship Skills I
Tonal Musicianship Skills II
Keyboard Skills I
Advanced Individual Lessons in Keyboard H
Keyboard Skills II
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced String Lessons and Recital H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Woodwind Lessons and Recital H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Brass Lessons and Recital H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Music in the Community
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Music as Culture (in an appropriate topic) H
Musical Form and Analysis
Analysis of Music since 1900
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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.

Jazz Studies

MUSC 135Jazz Theory3
Plus six hours from:6
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo History and Culture of Music (in an appropriate topic) H
Studies in Jazz
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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 History

MUSC 355IDEAs in Action General Education logo History and Culture of Music (in an appropriate topic) H3
Plus six hours from:6
Studies in Performance Practices
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Musical Movements: Migration, Exile, and Diaspora
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Music and Politics
Musical Form and Analysis
Analysis of Popular Music
Analysis of Music since 1900
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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

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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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 355IDEAs in Action General Education logo History 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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo World Musics in Theory and Practice
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Musical Movements: Migration, Exile, and Diaspora
IDEAs in Action General Education logo History and Culture of Music (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.

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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Keyboard Lessons and Recital 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 from:6
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Rock Music
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Country Music
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Jazz
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to the Music of the Américas
Introduction to Music Technology
Jazz Innovators
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Music as Culture (in an appropriate topic) H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo 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

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
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Voice Lessons and Recital 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.

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 Degree Requirements 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.

Department of Music

Visit Program Website

Hill Hall, CB# 3320

(919) 962-1039

Chair

David Garcia

daga@email.unc.edu

Associate Chair for Performance, Composition, and Music Education

Evan Feldman

evanfeldman@unc.edu

Associate Chair for Academic Studies

Jocelyn Neal

jneal@email.unc.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Lee Weisert

weisert@email.unc.edu

Registrar

Angeline Warren

awarren@email.unc.edu

Co-Chair, Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships Committee

Evan Feldman

evanfeldman@unc.edu

Co-Chair, Undergraduate Admission and Scholarships Committee

Nicholas DiEugenio

nicholas.dieugenio@unc.edu