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  Jan 23, 2018
Undergraduate Catalog | 2016-2017 Previous Edition

Music, Instrumental/General Music Education Concentration, B.M.

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The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) with a Concentration in Intrumental/General Music Education prepares students for K-12 Music Education licensure in North Carolina.  It is designed for general music educators and instrumentalists who wish to become school band directors, orchestra directors, or general music educators. 

Additional Admission Requirements

Interested students must contact the Arts Education Specialist as soon as possible for advising.  A decision later than Freshman year to seek licensure may result in a delayed graduation date. 

Students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Instrumental/General Music Education must audition through the Department of Music and take placement tests in Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Piano.  If accepted by the Department of Music and admitted to the University, students proceed with major coursework.  A second performance-based assessment, the Sophomore Review, is required at the end of the Sophomore year along with the Application to Teacher Education.  After successfully completing both requirements, the Concentration in Instrumental/General Music Education is added and the student progresses with upper-level coursework.

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses (34 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education program .  Both Writing Intensive (W) courses and the Oral Communications (O) course are fulfilled by the Music History courses in the major.

Foreign Language Courses (0-8 credit hours)

All Music majors must demonstrate proficiency in the foreign language  of their choice through the 1202 level.  Proficiency can be demonstrated in the following ways:

  1. Completing the required coursework at UNC Charlotte
  2. Completing three years of the same foreign language in high school through level three
  3. Achieving a satisfactory score on the foreign languages placement test (in Spanish, French or German)
  4. Through approved transfer or transient credit earned at other accredited institutions
  5. A combination of the above methods (e.g., placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1201 and completing the 1202 course, completing 1201 and placing out of or earning transfer or transient credit for 1202)

Major Courses (54 credit hours)

Ensembles Courses (9 credit hours)

  • MUPF 11xx - Primary Ensembles (1) (7 semesters)
  • MUPF 11xx - Secondary Ensembles (1) (2 semesters)

Applied Music and Recital Preparation Courses (14 credit hours)

  • MUPF 12xx - Applied Music (2) (4 semesters)
  • MUPF 32xx - Advanced Applied Music (2) (2 semesters)
  • MUPF 44xx - Senior Recital Preparation (2)

Performance Classes (7 semesters)

Degree Total = 135 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

Most music courses require grades of C or above to progress to subsequent levels of study; all required music courses must be passed with grades of C or above to graduate.  For specific requirements, refer to the Department of Music Student Handbook

Honors Program

For details about the Arts + Architecture Honors Program, visit the AAHP program page .

Suggested Curriculum

For the suggested course sequence toward completing the major, please see the Academic Plan of Study available online at  Consultation with an advisor is required.

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