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Why Choose the UNCG School of Music?

The UNCG School of Music can transform your passion into your profession through unique degree paths. Each degree combines intensive, rigorous training with practical experiences to ignite your creativity and prepare you for a multitude of career possibilities. 


Our curriculum is designed for you to realize your highest potential. Through our individualized and supportive approach, you will develop the technique, imagination, and skills necessary to thrive in professional careers in music and related fields. Our high-level performance training and our university general education curriculum engage you as a citizen and artist.


Our Music Education graduates enjoy a 100% job placement rate. Our performance alumni have won the Pulitzer Prize in Music, Grammy Awards, MacArthur Genius Grants, and enjoy international careers in opera houses, major symphony orchestras, and military bands around the globe. UNC Greensboro alumni also serve as faculty and administrators at leading music schools and arts organizations throughout the nation. Most college music programs in North Carolina have at least one UNC Greensboro graduate on their faculty.

Careers in Music and Professional Development


At UNC Greensboro, you can study with world-class performers and scholars for a fraction of the price of other peer music schools around the nation. We are one of the top value music schools in the nation, not only North Carolina. We are a designated program of excellence in the State of North Carolina with nationally recognized programs in Music Education and Performance alike. 

Our ensembles have appeared at state, regional, and national conventions of the College Band Directors National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, and the American Choral Directors Association. UNCG student ensembles have released dozens of commercial recordings.


At 130,000 square feet, the UNC Greensboro School of Music is among the finest music facilities in the nation and one of the largest academic buildings on our campus. Our three-story structure houses the Harold Schiffman Music Library, the 350-seat Tew Recital Hall, the 125-seat Organ Hall, classrooms, studios, practice rooms, rehearsal halls, a computer lab, electronic music studios, 3 wave practice rooms, and a recording studio. Many performances are presented in our historic UNCG Auditorium, a classic structure that recently underwent a $19 million renovation.


Performance opportunities abound at UNC Greensboro, ranging from small chamber ensembles to large bands, orchestras, choirs, jazz ensembles, opera companies, and global music ensembles.UNC Greensboro ensembles regularly tour and have performed at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Lincoln Center in New York City, and Dvořák Hall in Prague, Czech Republic, to name a few.


Upon your first steps on campus, you will be immersed in a vibrant community of student-musicians and scholars. Collaborative opportunities to explore with a wide range of student artists are found in Studio 91, our interdisciplinary arts residence hall. Academic opportunities include an Honors in Music program, K-12 field experiences, and numerous community outreach projects. International opportunities include study abroad and performance tours by our large ensembles. 


Internships and field placements with local arts organizations or K-12 schools are required in many of our degree programs. Participation in regional and national pre-professional organizations and festivals is strongly encouraged. 


Undergraduate students who audition and are accepted are considered for a music scholarship. Graduate students who are accepted are considered for music scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships.

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