About the Department of Music

Department of Music - About

The UNC Charlotte Department of Music provides a comprehensive education that produces artists, scholars, and educators who embody musical excellence and professional integrity. The curriculum stresses faculty-mentored individual studies in music while also emphasizing the benefits offered by an interdisciplinary College in a major research university. 

The city of Charlotte provides a vibrant cultural community that gives students regular opportunities to experience, and even participate in, performances by resident professional ensembles such as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Opera Carolina. By performing with these professional organizations, as well as in churches, jazz clubs, and other venues throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, UNC Charlotte music students and alums contribute to an arts and culture industry that generates $202.79 million in local economic activity, supports 6,240 jobs, and generates $18.1 million in revenues for state and local governments.The Department of Music itself hosts over 70 events every year, ranging from student concerts to lectures, masterclasses, and recitals by faculty members and other internationally recognized artists.

UNC Charlotte is an associate member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Our music education program is nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Located in a state-of-the-art teaching and performance facility, the Department offers music majors and minors intensive professional programs in all wind, string, and percussion instruments, in addition to world-class studies in piano, voice, opera and musical theatre, choral music, and jazz.


  1. Emphasize how music connects people, demands collaboration across disciplines, and promotes affiliations between the University and discipline  partners.
  2. Recognize and support the range of skills and opportunities to build creative leadership potential through local, regional, national, and international initiatives.
  3. Strengthen the department’s current programs and resources to increase its visibility, influence, and impact at the local, regional, national, and international levels.
  4. Develop new professional programs and extended research and creative scholarship opportunities for both faculty and students.