Music majors (and minors, upon approval of instructor) with piano as their primary instrument are expected to take the following three “gateway” ensemble courses in their first two years:
- MUSC 211.9 — Piano Ensemble I: Piano Duet. 1 credit. Should be taken Fall semester, first year. (Monday 2:30-4:20)
- MUSC 211.10 — Piano Ensemble II: Vocal/Instrumental Accompanying. 2 semesters; 1 credit each semester. Should be taken Spring semester of first or sophomore years. Vocal Accompanying is offered in Spring of odd-numbered years, Instrumental Accompanying in Spring of even-numbered years.
Music majors with piano as their primary instrument are expected to take at least one semester of large ensemble, such as Carolina Choir/ Glee Club/Chamber Singers; other options are listed below under “large ensemble credit.” The above-listed gateway ensemble courses, combined with one semester of large ensemble, fulfill the ensemble requirements for a BA in music.
Post-Gateway Courses (for BM students/scholarship holders):
- MUSC 211.11 — Collaborative Piano (1 credit/semester; repeatable). Upon completing the three-semester gateway ensemble sequence, pianists may also receive ensemble credit for vocal/instrumental studio accompanying. 40 hours of work/semester is expected with one student singer or instrumentalist; this includes rehearsal time, accompanying all lessons, and a select number of performances at divisional recitals and end-of-semester juries.
Large ensemble credit (one credit/semester; repeatable) is available for performing piano parts in large ensembles such as UNC Symphony and Wind Ensemble, as needed. Singing in a choral group (e.g., Carolina Choir) will also give large ensemble credit and is repeatable.
Other ensemble credit opportunities (chamber music):
- MUSC 214 — Chamber Music Ensembles (1 credit/semester; repeatable) A large chamber work, complete, is learned/performed in the course of one and/or two semesters.