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Music, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Music degree is designed for students who want to combine intensive training in music with the exploration of other disciplines.  The curriculum consists of 42 credit hours of General Education, including Foreign Language; 52-56 credit hours of Major Courses, including private lessons, ensembles, music theory, ear training, piano, and music history; and 26 credit hours outside of the Department of Music, all of which can be applied to a minor or second major. 

Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive for both freshman and transfer applicants based on an audition interview.  All applicants must first apply to the UNC Charlotte Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  If students are admissible based on applicable freshman admission or transfer admission standards, they are admitted as Pre-Music majors.  

Students interested in pursuing the Bachelor of Arts must audition through the Department of Music (see the “Admissions” link at music.uncc.edu for details).  If the student is approved for acceptance after the audition, their major is changed to Music or Music Performance and they proceed with major coursework.  If the student is not accepted as a Music major after the audition, they will be asked to choose another major at the University.  A second performance-based assessment, the Sophomore Review, is required at the end of the Sophomore year.

Interested students should contact the Performing Arts Academic Advisor as soon as possible for advising.  A decision later than Freshman year to begin major courses may result in a delayed graduation date. 

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses (31 credit hours)

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

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)

All students who earn a degree within the College of Arts + Architecture are required to demonstrate proficiency in the language of their choice through the 1202 level.  Proficiency can be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • Completing the required coursework at UNC Charlotte
  • Completing three years of the same foreign language in high school through level three
  • Achieving a satisfactory score on the foreign languages placement test (in Spanish, French, or German)
  • Through approved transfer or transient credit earned at other accredited institutions
  • 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 (53-57 credit hours)

Performance Courses (26 credit hours)

  • MUPF 11xx - Primary Ensembles (1) (taken for 8 semesters)
  • MUPF 11xx - Secondary Ensembles (1) (taken for 2 semesters)
  • MUPF 12xx - Applied Music (2) (taken for 4 semesters)
  • MUPF 32xx - Advanced Applied Music) (2) (taken for 4 semesters)
  • (0) (taken for 4 semesters)
  • (0) (taken for 4 semesters)

Diction Courses (0-4 credit hours)

These courses are required only for students enrolled in MUPF 1253 .

Senior Project (3 credit hours)

Restricted Elective Courses (26 credit hours)

Select 26 credit hours outside the Department of Music.  Courses may used to complete a Minor or Second Major.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation. 

Degree Total = 120 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 academics.uncc.edu.  Consultation with an advisor is required each semester.