The music program provides skills, training and experiences that educate students to become musicians and explores the fundamental importance of music and the arts to human expression. The curriculum incorporates the study of melody, harmony and rhythm with courses in theory and composition, music appreciation, and the artistic and philosophical movements in history related to music. Students develop an understanding of the theoretical base of music, are able to demonstrate skill in both oral and written expression and positive and healthy use of the voice, and exhibit creativity through performance, composition and improvisation.

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Students earning a Bachelor of Arts in music are required to complete 52 credit hours, which include 34 hours of core music courses and 18 hours of applied music and elective courses.

Bachelor of Music Education

Meredith’s major in music education leads to K-12 teacher licensure in music. As a graduate of the program, you’ll join others who have gone on to become exceptional teachers throughout North Carolina and across the United States. Methods classes, teaching in Wake County Schools, and opportunities to work with organizations such as the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra prepare you to teach all areas of music at any grade level.

Minor in Music
Students minoring in music are required to complete 24 credit hours, which include 10 hours of prescribed courses, six hours of music courses above the 200 level and eight hours of general music, applied music or ensemble music courses.

Professional Performance Certificate
Students currently enrolled in a B.A. program with a declared major in music are eligible to apply for enrollment in the Professional Performance Certificate program. An audition or portfolio review is required.

Music course descriptions »

Undergraduate course catalogue »

Musicianship Core (33 credit hours)MUS – 100Elementary Theory & Composition (3 cr.)
MUS – 101Elementary Theory & Composition (3 cr.)
MUS – 202Advanced Theory & Composition (3 cr.)
MUS – 203Advanced Theory & Composition (3 cr.)
MUS – 140Elementary Keyboard Harmony I (1 cr.)
MUS – 141Elementary Keyboard Harmony II (1 cr.)
MUS – 242Intermediate Keyboard Harmony I (1 cr.)
MUS – 243Intermediate Keyboard Harmony II (1 cr.)
MUS – 150Elementary Ear-Training (1 cr.)
MUS – 151Elementary Ear-Training (1 cr.)
MUS – 252Intermediate Ear-Training (1 cr.)
MUS – 253Intermediate Ear-Training (1 cr.)
MUS – 215Music Literature (3 cr.)
MUS – 295Sophomore Assessment Conference (0 cr.)
MUS – 300Conducting (2 cr.)
MUS – 301Conducting Workshop (1 cr.)
MUS – 315History of Musical Styles and Structure: Antiquity -1750 (3 cr.)
MUS – 316History of Musical Styles and Structure: 1750 to the Present (3 cr.)
MUS – 333Seminar in Music technology (1 cr.)
MUS – 010Recital Seminar/Repertoire Class (0 cr.)
(7* – 8 Semesters. * Music Education majors) Keyboard Proficiency

Bachelor of Arts in Music 52 HoursMusicianship Core (33 credits)
MUS – 317Form and Analysis (2 cr.)
MUS – 480Professional Practices in Music (2 cr.)
MUS – 494Seminar in Music Literature (2 cr.)
MUA – 491Graduation Recital (B.A. or Music Education Majors) (1 cr.)
Minimum in applied Music (MUA) – 8 credits*
Electives in Music (4 credit hours)
Ensembles – 8 semesters
*MUA-044 and MUA-054 do not count toward the minimum degree requirements in applied Music (MUA).

Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.

Contact Information
Jeanie Wozencraft-Ornellas
Head, Music Department
104 Wainwright
(919) 760-8536
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