Welcome to the UNC Department of Music!

Louise Toppin
Louise Toppin

The Department of Music is a welcoming environment for students, faculty and visitors. Our full calendar of performances and lectures are scheduled in our three buildings – Hill Hall (The James and Susan Moeser Auditorium opening in 2016-17), Person Hall, and Kenan Music Building – as well as in Memorial Hall, Gerrard Hall, Historic Playmakers, and other locations throughout Chapel Hill. Our programs invite students, faculty, and the community to enjoy a wide variety of musical styles presented by this dynamic department and our invited guests.

For those interested in majoring in music, we offer B.A., B.M., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. We offer comprehensive and individualized instruction to more than 200 students. Our preeminent Ph.D. program offers graduate students the opportunity to work closely with world-renowned scholars in the field of musicology and ethnomusicology. Undergraduate students interested in pre-professional training study with well-known performers and follow a rigorous performance/ academic course of study. For 200 more students who are pursuing a minor degree or for those who just want to explore musical offerings, we offer a wide variety of courses in classical, jazz, bluegrass, musical theater, world music, rock, country, hip-hop, and much more.

Our exciting Department takes pride in our role as a musical resource for our students, the University, and the broader community. Whether you are a prospective student, an alumnus, or a member of the public, we invite you to explore and enjoy the offerings of this lively program.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events!

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Louise Toppin

Kappa Kappa Gamma Distinguished Professor of Music

Chair, Department of Music

Featured Videos


The UNC Wind Ensemble, conducted by Evan Feldman, performs Mothership by Mason Bates.

Rocha Fernando percussion masterclass from March 2016