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Studies in music have been offered at UNCG since its opening in 1892. Courses for music majors who were looking to teach or perform were offered in solfeggio, ear training, and history of music. Beginning in 1912, the school started offering more musical theory class options which included: counterpoint analysis, melody writing, and elementary form. Today, the university offers areas of study in music education, performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, and music theory.

Explore the history of the UNCG School of Music with our interactive timeline of some of the school’s key events.

Special thanks to the University Libraries, Digital Collections, University Archives, Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections, Sean Mulligan, Erin Lawrimore, and Cassie Hanson for their assistance in compiling information for this timeline.

School/College Deans:

  • Wade R. Brown (1912–1936)
  • H. Hugh Altvater (1937–1952)
  • Alleine Richard Minor (1952–1954)
  • G. Welton Marquis (1954–1958)
  • Lee Rigsby (1959–1966)
  • Herbert Fred (1966)
  • Lawrence Hart (1966–1982)
  • Robert L. Blocker (1981–1983)
  • William W. McIver (1983–1984)
  • Arthur R. Tollefson (1984–2001)
  • John J. Deal (2001–2012)
  • Susan W. Stinson, interim (2012–2013)
  • Peter Alexander (2013–2018)
  • Lawrence Jenkens, interim (2019)
  • bruce d. mcclung (2019–)

School Directors:

  • Dennis W. AsKew (2016–2021)
  • Tami J. Draves, interim (2021–Present)