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 in Performance
The Bachelor of Music in performance prepares you to be a professional performing musician by meeting the twenty-first century need for more flexibility in your musical skills and knowledge. Students pursuing this degree must be strong musicians, versatile, and able to sing multiple styles and play different instruments. Rather than concentrations in a single instrument, the 4-year degree offers concentrations in instrumental studies, keyboard studies, and vocal studies. (Coming in Fall 2022)
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.