School of Music
220 Music Building
John J. Deal, Professor and Dean of School
David L. Nelson, Professor and Associate Dean
Professors Burke, W. Carroll, Gutter, Hodges, Kiorpes, Kohlenberg, Locke, Lynam, Marsh, McCrickard, Salmon, Williams; Associate Professors AsKew, Bach, Burns, G. Carroll, Di Piazza, Egekvist, Harley, Holley, LeFevre, Masarie, McCarty, McClaren, Rawls, Sink, P. Stewart, Walker, Willis; Assistant Professors Barret, Bracey, Capuzzo, Douglas, Engebretson, Fadial, Haines, Keathley, McKoy, Nolker, Polzonetti, J. Stewart, Stusek, Traut, Trollinger, Whitehouse; Lecturers Bumgardner, Linton, Mazzatenta, Ricci, Riley, Scott, Taylor, Wells, Young, Zandmane
The School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The requirements for entrance and graduation as set forth in this catalog are in accordance with the published regulations of the National Association of Schools of Music. The School of Music is the sole representative of the State of North Carolina to the National Association of Music Executives in State Universities.
The School of Music offers the only comprehensive music program from undergraduate through doctoral study in both performance and music education in North Carolina. Unlike either more specialized programs in conservatory-type institutions or more general curricula encountered in most departments of music, studies in the School of Music complement rigorous professional training with that broad liberal education necessary for students both to function as informed, responsible citizens and, concurrently, to communicate most effectively as musicians.
The Bachelor of Music degree in Performance is a professional music degree which prepares students for future careers as performers, composers, and/or teachers; it requires students to spend approximately two-thirds of their time in music study. The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education prepares students for positions as choral directors or teachers of general music (principal performance area usually voice, piano, or organ) or for positions as instrumental directors (principal performance area in orchestral or band instruments) in public schools; it requires students to spend approximately two-thirds of their time in music and teacher licensure study. The Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies is a professional music degree that prepares students for future careers in jazz performance, composition/arranging, and pedagogy; it requires students to spend approximately two-thirds of their time in music study. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is a liberal arts degree which provides valuable undergraduate preparation for a variety of careers; it requires students to spend approximately one-third of their time in music study. Exceptions to prescribed degree programs must have written approval of the Dean of the School of Music.
All prospective music majors and minors must audition for members of the music faculty for acceptance into the School of Music and for approval of the major or principal performance area. Such auditions should be arranged in advance through the School of Music; taped auditions are acceptable only if distance prohibits a personal audition. Composition majors should submit scores and/or recordings of completed compositions. Successful audition/composition submission results are valid for one calendar year.
Aspects of Music Study
Throughout the four years of undergraduate enrollment, music students will study in one or more performance studies areas: keyboard, voice, strings, winds, or percussion. Composition may also be studied. This study will include private instruction in the major or principal performance area, some group instruction, and work in a secondary performance area (instruments, voice, composition or advanced conducting) outside the major or principal area.
Requirements in performance studies are defined both by proficiency level and credit hours. The level of study for each semester is determined by faculty committees in “jury examinations.” Specific requirements for these examinations are provided by the faculty in each performance area.
Music majors enroll each semester in the major or principal instrument for two or three credit hours as determined by the performance faculty. Secondary performance study or performance study by most minors and non-majors normally grants one credit. Music majors assigned instruction in performance studies must simultaneously carry a minimum of two three-credit music courses.
Majors, principals, and minors will be assigned to MUS 151–451 (1–3 credits) for performance lessons or MUS 253–453 for jazz performance lessons. Students who are not music majors or minors may enroll for performance study subject to the availability of space. Advance approval must be obtained from the School of Music. Neither noncredit nor audit registration in performance studies is permitted.
B.M. students will participate in one or more large ensembles in their area each semester according to degree requirements. Any student enrolled for two or more credits of performance studies must co-register for a large ensemble (MUS 380, 381A & B, 382, 384, 388, 391, 393, 394A & B, 395, 396D, 396I). Each year advanced voice students may apply for roles in the performances of opera and musical theatre, which the School of Music presents in cooperation with the Department of Theatre.
Living in the artistically thriving Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point Triad region, students enjoy regular opportunities to attend and perform in concerts sponsored by such organizations as the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Greensboro Opera Company, and the Eastern Music Festival. They also serve as church organists/directors, soloists, and participants in orchestras hired for touring events appearing in the community. In addition, they interact with some of the world’s major artists who frequently schedule informal discussions, open rehearsals, and master classes at UNCG.
The School of Music occupies a recently constructed, three-level, 130,000 square-foot facility. Located prominently on the corner of Market and McIver Streets, the School of Music is the northeast window to the University. The music building, considered to be one of the largest of its kind in the southeast, is accessed easily from an adjacent parking deck and is within a short walking distance to the central portion of the campus and housing.
The state-of-the-art building features a 350-seat recital hall; a 120-seat organ recital hall; instrumental, choral, and percussion rehearsal halls; a unified music library; a computer laboratory; classrooms; seminar-conference rooms; faculty studios/offices; practice facilities; an acoustics research laboratory; a psychoacoustics laboratory; an electronic piano laboratory; electronic music studios; a music education methods room; administrative offices; faculty and student lounges; and storage.
Students in instrumental areas, although encouraged to own the best possible instruments for their personal use, are afforded access to the school’s large inventory of orchestral and keyboard instruments, including a $400,000 Andover Tracker organ with 3 manuals, 35 ranks, and 30 stops.
Transfer Student Policy
Transfer students to the School of Music must follow the requirements for their major that are in effect during the semester of their initial registration at UNCG, regardless of which general education requirements are allowed. Transfer students’ requirements for MUS 090 and 091 equal the number of semesters at UNCG as a Music Major with the exception of the Student Teaching semester, or the number required for the degree, whichever is less.
Student Information Manual
Additional policies and regulations are found online in the Student Information Manual. This manual is made available to all music students after entrance requirements are met. Adherence to the contents of this publication is the responsibility of the student.
Music in General Studies
Courses in introductory music appreciation, world-music cultures, and jazz appreciation are designed for the non-music major. Such courses may be taken either to satisfy degree requirements or as electives. The interested and qualified student may, with consent of the instructor, pursue study in other music courses as well (see pertinent course descriptions).