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School of Music

220 Music Building

John J. Deal, Professor and Dean of School

William P. Carroll, Professor and Associate Dean

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 that 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. 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 principal instruments are saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass, and percussion.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is a liberal arts degree that 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 through the School of Music; recorded auditions are not usually accepted from applicants who live in the United States. Composition majors should submit scores and/or recordings of completed compositions. Successful audition/composition submission results are valid for one calendar year.

Please see complete School of Music requirements, programs, and courses.