About the Department of Music

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, and jazz.

Music studies are enhanced by our College of Arts + Architecture, an energetic community of artists, designers, actors, dancers, and musicians. In this stimulating environment, students enjoy interdisciplinary coursework and artistic projects. The remainder of our campus bustles with activity, as well. Located in the largest city in the Carolinas, UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university, offering nationally recognized undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs. The scenic, thousand-acre, wooded campus boasts modern buildings and dormitories that are equipped with the latest technology.

UNC Charlotte music students take full advantage of the incomparable experience of studying music in a vibrant cosmopolitan city. As teachers, they gain real-world experience by working alongside many of the finest music educators in the country. As performers, they frequently appear in churches, jazz clubs, and other venues throughout the Charlotte region. Our 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 100 events every year, ranging from student concerts to lectures, masterclasses, and recitals by faculty members and guest artists.

Partnerships with local organizations such as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and Opera Carolina provide our students opportunities to take masterclasses with world renowned visiting artists, and even participate in professional performances. Our students also have opportunities to complete professional internships—some of which offer salaries—with these organizations and others throughout the Charlotte region.

UNC Charlotte is an associate member of the National Association of Schools of Music and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. 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.