Have you ever said "I want to do this for the rest of my life?"

If so, UNCG can help you transform your passion for music into your profession through several different degree paths. Each degree combines intensive, rigorous training with practical experiences to unlock your creativity and prepare students 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.

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Four Reasons to Consider UNCG

Conservatory-quality training in the studio and cutting-edge scholarship in the classroom.

Singer in a voice lesson

The UNCG Music curriculum is designed for students who wish to realize their potential at the highest level. Students develop the technique, imagination and other skills necessary to thrive in significant professional careers in music and related fields.

Our individual teaching and high-level performance training is blended with a liberal arts education so that our graduates become engaged citizens as well as artists.

Bringing learning to life outside the classroom.

Saxophone section rehearsing

Few schools in the U.S. offer more opportunities than UNCG to practice your craft, build your résumé, and make new connections. Academic opportunities include the Make Music Residential Learning Community, an Honors in Music program, conference participation, K-12 field experiences, and numerous community engaged projects. International possibilities, such as the annual Spring Break in Vienna, also contribute to student learning. In addition, there are many collaborative opportunities with fellow students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Performing Opportunities

Vocal conductor

Almost any performing opportunity you could imagine is available at UNCG, ranging from small chamber ensembles to large bands, orchestras and choruses. Each of the student ensembles performs throughout the academic year in concerts both on and off campus. Several groups undertake regular tours and have appeared at the state, regional, and national conventions of the College Band Directors National Association, American Bandmasters Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Band Association, the North Carolina Music Educators Association, and the American Choral Directors Association. Performances by UNCG ensembles have also been given at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, Meymandi Concert Hall, and The Music Center at Strathmore. In addition, UNCG student ensembles have recorded over 20 commercially available recordings.

Internships, Scholarships and Assistantships

Cello players in orchestra rehearsal

Internships or field placements, often with local professional companies, are required in many of our degree programs. Many students also participate in regional and national festivals. All undergraduate students who audition and are accepted into the program are considered for a music scholarship. Assistantship and fellowships are available for qualified graduate students.