The Departments of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance

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UNCG music education graduates have traditionally experienced a very high job placement rate, and rank among the top music educators both in North Carolina and across the United States. The Department is comprehensive and degrees are offered from the undergraduate level through a PhD.

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education prepares students for positions as choral directors and teachers of general music or for positions as instrumental directors in K-12 schools. It requires students to spend approximately two-thirds of their time in music and teacher certification study.

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.

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 Department of Music Performance (including composition and jazz) offers the only comprehensive music program from undergraduate through doctoral study in the State of North Carolina. Our outstanding facilities, world-class faculty, and numerous ensemble experiences, provide an environment for artistic and educational success.

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.

Located in the artistically thriving Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, the Triad area provides a wealth of cultural 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.

We seek to welcome students who strive for excellence, who will contribute to the inclusiveness and diversity of our mission, and who wish to make our warm and friendly school their musical home.

Mission of the Music Studies Department

We approach music as an essential part of human culture and therefore engage with the diversity of musical meanings and practices globally and locally.

Our student and faculty research enriches understandings of music as sound, text and activity.

We engage with local, regional, national and international communities through teaching, publications, lectures, conferences, symposia, performances, festivals and other educational and cultural programs.

The Department of Music Studies offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, the Master of Music in Music Theory, as well as post-baccalaureate and post-masters certificate programs in music theory, historical musicology, and ethnomusicology.

Undergraduate B.A. students pursue professional training in music along with a broad liberal arts education. They may elect courses from a wide range of academic areas or concentrate their studies in a musical discipline, such as theory, historical musicology, or ethnomusicology.

Our MM program 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.

The UNCG Department 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 Department 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.