The Schools of the College of Visual and Performing Arts

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UNCG has long been recognized as one of the top music institutions in the United States and has been fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1938. The School of Music offers the only comprehensive degrees in music education and music performance in the State of North Carolina, from the undergraduate level through doctoral study. The School of Music offers Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, and Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance and Music Education; we offer MM in many areas as well as the DMA in Music and PhD in Music Education. Our outstanding facilities, world-class faculty, and numerous ensemble experiences provide an environment for artistic and academic success.

The BA in music provides high-quality musical training with the versatility and breadth of a liberal arts education, it prepares students for a variety of careers and opportunities. With its emphasis on writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills, the BA degree is ideal for students wishing to pursue a double major in another academic field, pre-professional programs in law or medicine, study abroad, UNCG in 3, arts administration, or graduate programs in music theory, musicology, or ethnomusicology.

Our MM program in Music Theory offers students an opportunity to deepen and refine their knowledge of music theory, and to continue developing their analytical, keyboard, and aural skills. Most MM students gain valuable teaching experience as graduate assistants. Students who complete this course of study are qualified to teach pre-college or community college courses, or to apply for admission to a doctoral program.

Undergraduate students in Music Performance pursue rigorous professional training in music along with a broad liberal arts education. Our students graduate as informed, responsible citizens with the tools to succeed and communicate effectively as musicians of the 21st century.

Our MM programs offer conservatory-type performance training and complement this with academic offerings directly related to careers in performance. These students graduate with the performance and entrepreneurial skills enabling entry into the profession or further studies. Our DMA students are fully prepared as artist/scholars ready to join the academy.

Undergraduate students in Music Education pursue rigorous professional training in music teacher education along with a broad liberal arts education that prepares them for positions as choral directors (principal performance area usually voice, piano, or organ), teachers of general music, or for positions as instrumental directors (principal performance area in orchestral or band instruments) in public schools. Our students graduate earning a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) North Carolina Educator’s License and are prepared as informed, responsible citizens with the tools to succeed and communicate effectively as musicians and educators of the twenty-first century. Music education students acquire valuable early field teaching experience in a wide variety of P-12 school settings beginning the Freshman year and continuing throughout the degree program.

The Master of Music in Music Education leads to graduate licensure and emphasizes the acquisition of a fundamental knowledge of research techniques and scholarly writing standards. Students develop an in-depth understanding of the historical, philosophical, psychological and cultural aspects of music education including elective concentrations involving elementary/general, secondary choral/general, choral literature/conducting, string instrument pedagogy, and winds and percussion.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education prepares students for careers as public school music administrators or college-level teachers. Such development requires a comprehensive knowledge of the psychological, social and musical values in music education; theories of learning as applied to music education; historical and theoretical properties of music education; and scholarly and research techniques required for understanding and investigating problems in music and education.

Located in artistically-thriving Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, the Triad area provides a wealth of cultural and academic opportunities for our students. Students regularly attend and perform in concerts by the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Greensboro Opera Company, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Eastern Music Festival along with a myriad of musical theatre, jazz, and chamber music ensembles. They may also attend lectures, conferences, and symposia at UNCG and other universities in the Triad or Triangle areas.

We welcome students who will strive for excellence and will contribute to the inclusiveness and diversity of our mission.

The UNCG School of Theatre runs on the energy and adrenaline of over 320 undergraduate and graduate students in various degree programs, 25 part- and full-time faculty members and 6 support staff. Our people truly embody the collaborative nature of theatre! We provides a myriad of educational opportunities to our students through the instruction and guidance of our knowledgeable faculty and staff members. One of our greatest strengths is the wide knowledge base our instructors have in many different areas of theatre, offering practical experience in a variety of theories and practices. The performance faculty has members who specialize in such schools of thought as Michael Chekhov, Sanford Meisner, Katherine Fitzmaurice, the Alexander Technique, contact improvisation, and more. Our design faculty has instructors who have extensive knowledge and training in mask-making, stage makeup, puppetry, welding, etc. We have memberships in over 10 national theatre industry organizations such as ACTF, USITT, SETC, TCG, and AATE, all of which provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to keep abreast of new trends in theatre and to provide opportunities for professional networking and showcasing of work. Students also have continual opportunities to meet and attend classes of our industry's leading contributors: guests, guest artists, and professionals provide workshops, master classes, class visitation, and informal and formal presentations for our student body. UNCG Theatre is partnered with the North Carolina Theatre for Young People and Theatre 232.

In the School of Dance at UNCG, we believe that the field of dance needs many different kinds of professionals with diverse strengths and points of view. We facilitate students' journeys through our degree programs with common concerns: the lived experience of dancing, creative and critical engagement with performance and choreography as expressive mediums, and the development of the individual in relationship to community. We strive to develop in our students the imaginative, critical, and technical skills essential to the creative process, scholarly inquiry, and professional engagement in the field of dance.

Our undergraduate degree programs combine a liberal arts curriculum with professional preparation for further study or for a variety of dance careers. We offer a BA and a BFA in dance, both with the option to add a teaching license. We mentor our graduate students through MA and MFA curricula, which blend artistry, teaching, and scholarship.

The School of Art at UNCG is dedicated to helping our students transform their passion for creativity and the visual arts into a professional and personal life centered on the arts. We offer several degree paths designed to help you do this. Each combines an intensive and rigorous curriculum with practical experiences to unlock your creativity and prepare you for a multitude of career possibilities. And because of UNCG’s individual, supportive approach, you can graduate with purpose and build a career and life around your passion.