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Welcome to UNC, new Tar Heels!

Below are some helpful items to get you started on your musical journey at Carolina. And don’t forget to explore our mission statement, follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, & YouTube, and sign up for our bi-weekly events newsletter to get the latest updates and news from around the department!


Sunday, August 20, 12 – 1 PM – New Music Student Orientation

Join us in Kenan Music Building, Rehearsal Hall (Room 1201) for an orientation session where you’ll learn important information about the upcoming year, the new curriculum, critical logistics, auditions, and more. Come with your questions as we’ll save time for them as well!

View the 2022 orientation program here.

Friday, August 25, 4 – 6 PM – Welcome (Back) Fest

Meet current students, faculty, and staff at this music-filled outdoor festival! Learn about department ensembles, lessons, courses, and other opportunities while meeting other music students from across campus.

Students line the auditorium stage, smiling at the standing ovation from the audience.


Tonal Music Theory Diagnostic Exam

Student examines an open score amidst the music library stacksFor 2023-2024, we are not requiring a theory diagnostic for incoming music students.  Read more about the placement and selection of theory courses here.

Check what credit your AP Music Theory score will count for here.

Keyboard Skills Exam

Students who plan to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree must take the exam.
Learn more and sign up to take the exam here.

Register for MUSC 120 (Foundations in Music)

MUSC 120 is our gateway course for music students. It is only offered in the Fall semester and is required for the major (both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music). MUSC 120 is not required in the minor under the new curriculum. If you are considering a music major, we recommend that you enroll in this course in your first semester.



Students interested in taking private lessons should contact the appropriate studio teacher or area head for details.

See contact information for area heads.


All students at Carolina are welcome to participate in ensembles offered by the Department of Music.

Click here for more information on all of our ensembles and their audition processes.



Kelli-Smith Biwer shows a group of students how to use the technology from the Beat Lab

Explore the new curriculum Transformations in Music Studies to get an idea of what to take your first semester and beyond. Browse flowcharts, sample plans, and FAQs.

B.A. Sample Plan

B.Mus. Sample Plan

Requirements for all music degrees


Browse through music department course offerings.


Find the answer to all your questions, including topics such as practice rooms and lockers, in our easy-to-navigate, Undergraduate Handbook!

View the Department of Music Mission Statement.

Explore Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and resources in the music department.

Learn about Discrimination, Harassment, and Misconduct resources available in the department and on campus.

Visit the Music Library or browse the collection online. This incredible collection of online resources, scores, scholarly texts, CDs, vinyl, and more is one of the largest in the Southeastern US!

Charanga Carolina, conducted by Juan Alamo, performs in the Hill Hall rotunda.


Contact the Music Department office (919-962-1039, or the appropriate studio teacher or ensemble director.