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I. INCOMING STUDENTS

Music Theory Diagnostic Exam

All students who plan to major in music or who want to enroll in music theory courses must take this online diagnostic. This includes students who are already enrolled at UNC and students who have taken AP Music Theory.  The Online Diagnostic helps determine course placement for music theory.

See sample exam.

Take the exam.

Academic Planning

See the Advising section for a checklist of what courses to take now and things to keep in mind as you progress through your music degree program.

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II. APPLIED LESSONS

Individual instruction for academic credit (private lessons) in piano (classical & jazz), organ, woodwind, brass, percussion, string instruments, and voice are available to all University students regardless of major. However, as individual lessons represent a course taken for college credit, students taking private lessons are generally experienced performers on their instrument or voice. Music majors are given priority for all lessons instructors, but music minors and non-majors are also welcome, based on the availability of the faculty.

Less experienced students may consider the Department’s group lessons in guitar, piano, and voice (also for course credit). (Please note: some areas offer group lessons for beginners instead of individual lessons and instructors may require the ability to read music. Please contact the instructor of your instrument for more details.)

Registration for all applied lessons is by permission of the instructor (or by audition for the voice and piano areas). Contact information for instructors and registration procedures are outlined below.

Types of Lessons

The Department offers four types of applied lessons: individual lessons at the 1XX level (0.5 or 1.0 credit hours), 2XX level (2.0 credit hours), and 3XX level (3.0 credit hours); and group lessons (1.0 credit hour) at the 1XX level. (Full details are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin.) Individual lessons instructors will assign students to the appropriate level of lessons based on their degree program and musical proficiency.

1XX Level Lessons

Lessons at the 1XX level are generally taken by music majors pursuing the B.A. degree, music minors, and non-majors. Students may enroll for 1XX lessons for 0.5 or 1.0 credit hours, subject to instructor availability.

2XX Level Lessons

Lessons at the 2XX level are generally taken by music majors pursuing the B.Mus. degree and appropriately qualified students pursuing the B.A. degree or music minor. Students enroll in 2XX lessons for 2.0 credit hours, which encompasses a weekly one-hour lesson as well as a weekly studio class. B.Mus. students normally enroll for eight semesters of 2.0 credit lessons on their main instrument.

3XX Level Lessons

3XX level lessons are reserved for students pursuing the B.Mus. or B.A. degree who wish to include a recital in their applied study. Students enroll in 3XX lessons for 3.0 credit hours. 3XX lessons substitute for 2XX lessons in the recital semester, and may be taken in up to two semesters during a student’s degree program. Lessons at the 3XX level have a prerequisite of six hours of the equivalent MUSC 2XX course.

Group Lessons

Group applied lessons are designed for less experienced performers desiring to expand their proficiency in a particular instrument or voice. Students enroll in these 1XX level lessons for 1.0 credit hour, and group lessons meet once per week for 90 minutes. Presently, group lessons are offered in guitar, piano, and voice.

Applied Lessons Registration

All students enrolling for applied lessons must do so during the regular University registration period at the beginning of each semester. Students desiring to register for lessons should complete the following steps.

  • Acquire permission from the appropriate instructor or area head. A list of appropriate contacts for each instrument is available below. (For piano and voice, permission to enroll for lessons is acquired via an audition process during the first week of classes.)
  • For students taking 1XX level individual lessons (MUSC 100-107), complete the Applied Music Lessons Form online. Careful completion of this form will ensure accuracy in your lesson registration and billing for the applied lesson fee. The Department Registrar will register you for the appropriate course when you submit your Applied Music Lessons Form. Even so, you are responsible to confirm your registration for the appropriate course.
  • For students taking 2XX and 3XX level individual lessons or 1XX group lessons (MUSC 110-112), register for your applied lesson course on ConnectCarolina. Note that applied lesson courses are arranged in sections by instructor, and students should be sure to enroll with the correct instructor.

Applied Lesson Fees (per semester)

Separate fees beyond normal tuition are required for private instruction. These fees are the cost per semester, and are billed by the Department Registrar at the end of registration each semester. Unless otherwise requested, applied lesson fees are billed to your student account. There are no refunds for applied lessons. Prices are effective Fall 2021.

  • $475 – one-hour private lesson per week
  • $237 – half-hour private lesson per week
  • $425 – 90-minute group lesson each week

Faculty Contacts for Applied Instruction

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III. ENSEMBLE PARTICIPATION

All students at Carolina are welcome to participate in ensembles offered by the Department of Music. Many ensembles are available by audition; some are open to all interested students without audition. The department currently offers the following ensembles.

Carolina Bluegrass Band | Russell Johnson, director (rdjohn@email.unc.edu)
Carolina Choir | Susan Klebanow, director (skleb@email.unc.edu)
Chamber Singers | Susan Klebanow, director (skleb@email.unc.edu)
Charanga Carolina | Juan Álamo, director (jalamo@email.unc.edu)
Gamelan Nyai Saraswati | John Caldwell, director (asiaweb@email.unc.edu)
Global Rhythms Ensemble | Juan Álamo, director (jalamo@email.unc.edu)
Marching Tar Heels | Jeffrey Fuchs, director (jfuchs@email.unc.edu)
University Band | Jeffrey Fuchs, director (jfuchs@email.unc.edu)
University Chamber Players | Donald Oehler, coordinator (dloehler@email.unc.edu)
UNC Baroque Ensemble | Brent Wissick, director (bswissic@email.unc.edu)
UNC Glee Club | Laura Alexander, director (lalexan@email.unc.edu)
UNC Guitar Ensemble | Billy Stewart, director (wstewart@email.unc.edu)
UNC Jazz Band | Rahsaan Barber, director (rahsaanb@email.unc.edu)
UNC Jazz Combos | Stephen Anderson, coordinator (anderssr@email.unc.edu)
UNC Opera | Marc Callahan, director (mpcall@email.unc.edu)
UNC Percussion Ensemble | Juan Álamo, director (jalamo@email.unc.edu)
UNC Symphony Band | Erin Cooper, director (cooperec@email.unc.edu)
UNC Symphony Orchestra | Tonu Kalam, director (kalam@email.unc.edu)
UNC Viol Consort | Brent Wissick, director (bswissic@email.unc.edu)
UNC Wind Ensemble | Evan Feldman, director (evanfeldman@unc.edu)

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

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IV. PRACTICE ROOMS

The Department of Music houses 32 practice rooms in the basement level of Hill Hall with a variety of configurations, resources, and instruments available for student use. Most of the rooms are equipped with an upright or electric piano and a mirror (currently music stands must be provided by students). Six rooms with grand pianos are available for use by piano majors only. 

In concurrence with the current department safety guidelines, practice rooms must be left vacant for 10 minutes at the conclusion of a practice session. Students must indicate the time when the room can be reoccupied (i.e. 10 minutes after vacating the room) on the “clock sign” hanging on the door to the practice room. Until further notice, practice rooms are only available to music majors and students enrolled in lessons or ensembles.

There will be cleaning materials available in practice room areas, and we need everyone’s help in creating a safe environment. When you are done using a practice room, please use these materials to wipe down surfaces in that space. Brass players are required to use disposable absorbent (“puppy”) pads beneath their playing area to collect spit, water, and condensation. These will be available outside of rehearsal and lesson spaces. 

The guidelines for using a piano are as follows: 

  1. Use the wipes provided by the department to wipe down the keys and commonly touched areas around the keyboard and music desk. 
  2. Discard the used wipe — There are trash bins placed near the CPE stations. 
  3. Sanitize your hands.
  4. For your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of others, repeat steps 1-3 once you are finished using the piano. 

If you encounter issues with our pianos, please email Max Mitler at mitler@email.unc.edu.

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V. Electro-Acoustic Studio and Computer Lab

Electro-Acoustic Studio

The composition area has a designated “Electro-Acoustic Studio” for students who are enrolled in composition courses at UNC. This studio is located in Hill Hall above Room 107 and provides access to Peak, Protools, and GRM Tools softwares. For more information contact Stephen Anderson, who oversees the studio.

Finale and other computer music software for student use

The Department of Music, in conjunction with the Beasley Multimedia Resource Center (located in Graham Memorial), provides workstations where music students can score their music on Finale 2008, or work on audio editing projects through the use of various software, including:  Protools, Audacity, Soundtrack Pro, Logic, and Adobe Soundbooth. Students are encouraged to use these facilities for their course work and artistic development.  UNC also makes the Adobe Creative Cloud suite available for students, which includes both Adobe Audition and Adobe Premiere Pro. 

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VI. LOCKERS

Lockers within the department buildings are reserved for students currently enrolled in a Department of Music class. Lockers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited in numbers. Due to the availability of sizes, lockers will be assigned by instrument. All lockers must be vacated and locks returned to Kenan Music #1212 by the end of each academic year.

To acquire a locker, please fill out the Music Department Locker Request Form.

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VII. DEPARTMENT COURSES

The Catalog is the authoritative resource for all information about degree programs and courses in the Department of Music. It contains detailed requirements for all Department degree programs (B.A., B.Mus., music minor) and emphases, as well as a complete list of music courses with descriptions.

The department offerings of courses can be found withing the Catalog at https://catalog.unc.edu/undergraduate/departments/music/#text.

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VIII. DEGREE PROGRAMS

The Department of Music offers two undergraduate degree programs (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music w/ Music Education) as well as a minor in music. Each of these programs offers significant flexibility, and can be customized to emphasize specialty areas in music or blend with studies in other disciplines. A brief outline of these programs is below, and you can find complete information in the Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Music is a versatile degree that offers maximum flexibility for combining with other degree programs. Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree often have additional majors in biology, chemistry, history, economics, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, global studies, psychology, and many more. With fewer course requirements than the Bachelor of Music degree, this degree is perfect for students wishing to study music at the collegiate level while also pursuing another area of study. Optional pathways are available in any of the areas mentioned below.

Requirements for the B.A. degree can be found on the Catalog website here.

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.)

Our most intensive degree, the Bachelor of Music, is a course of study for students wishing to pursue music at the graduate and professional level with more credit hours of music courses at UNC. With the option to focus studies in areas such as composition, musicology, performance, and jazz studies, just to name a few, this degree option is ideal as a foundation for future music studies.

Requirements for the B.Mus. degree can be found on the Catalog website here.

Minor in Music

The music minor is an easily attainable supplement to an undergraduate career. With a variety of courses available to satisfy the music minor requirements, students are allowed to mold this degree option however best fits them.

Requirements for the Music Minor can be found on the Catalog website here.

Double-Majoring at UNC

Over half of UNC’s music majors are double majors in another field. Our students often have diverse interests and strive to create their own paths toward success after graduation. Per University Advising, you may choose up to three areas of study. This could be two majors and a minor, or one major and two minors. We recommend you consult with an academic advisor to determine which combination of majors and minors works best for you.

Students with more than one area of study often ask how their degree(s) will appear on their diploma. To learn more about this, please follow the link below to learn more about degree hierarchy at UNC.

Degree Hierarchy at UNC

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IX. ADVISING

Music students with 60 hours or more of credit must meet with a Department of Music advisor before registering for classes each semester. You may sign up for an advising appointment via the link above. Students may also consider meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Lee Weisert, for music department or overall academic plan advising.

Prior to completing 60 hours of credit at UNC, students work with academic advisors through the College of Arts and Sciences main academic advising program.  More information is available here: https://advising.unc.edu/advisor/.

Academic Checklist *for incoming music majors & minors

  • MUSC 120 (Foundations in Music)
    • See below for details. It’s best to take this course in your first semester if you plan to pursue a major or minor in music.
  • Music Theory
    • See below for placement information.
  • Keyboard Skills
    • See below for placement information.
  • Ensembles
    • The Bachelor of Music requires 8 semesters, so ensembles should be started immediately.
  • Lessons
    • Similar to ensembles, Bachelor of Music students should get started in individual lessons as soon as possible to meet the required 7 semesters.
  • View a sample academic plan for the Bachelor of Music degree here.

MUSIC 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) and the minor. If you are considering a music major or minor, we recommend that you enroll in this course in your first semester.

If you cannot register for MUSC 120 through ConnectCarolina and are planning to major in music, please contact the instructor of the course to discuss enrollment options.  Please note that your music theory course placement does not affect your enrollment in MUSC 120; MUSC 120 is not a music theory course.

Music Theory Placement

The registration process for music theory courses in the department begins with a theory diagnostic exam, available online. This exam helps identify the first music theory course a student should take, from which they continue into a course of study that corresponds to their degree program, interests, and area(s) of specialization. Any student who intends to major in music or any student who intends to take MUSC 131 in the spring should take the Theory Diagnostic Exam in August. You can find more detailed information and a sample placement exam via the link above. Click here to take the exam: Theory Diagnostic Exam. If you have questions or need to discuss special circumstances with regard to your theory placement after taking the Theory Diagnostic, please contact Professor Jocelyn Neal, jneal@email.unc.edu.

Keyboard Placement

The Bachelor of Music degree has a two credit keyboard skills requirement that may be fulfilled by taking classes chosen from MUSC 100, 136, 200 (with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies), and 236. In most cases, B.Mus. majors with no prior keyboard experience will enroll in MUSC 136 (Fall) and MUSC 236 (Spring) (view a full sample B.Mus. academic plan here). A student may place out of half or all of the requirement by passing half or all of a Keyboard Skills Placement/Exemption Test, which is offered in the days surrounding the beginning of classes each fall and spring semester. You can learn more information, sign up for the placement exam, and view a sample exam here.

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X. FACULTY AND STAFF

Faculty Administrators and Area Heads 

ADMINISTRATORS
ChairDavid Garciadaga@email.unc.edu
Associate Chair for Academic StudiesJocelyn Nealjneal@email.unc.edu
Associate Chair for Performance, Composition, and Music Education DivisionEvan Feldmanevanfeldman@unc.edu
Director of Undergraduate StudiesLee Weisertweisert@unc.edu
Co-Chair; Undergraduate Scholarship CommitteeEvan Feldmanevanfeldman@unc.edu
Co-Chair; Undergraduate Scholarship CommitteeNicholas DiEugenionicholas.dieugenio@unc.edu
Director of Graduate StudiesMark Katzmkatz@email.unc.edu
Director of Graduate AdmissionsMichael Figueroamfigueroa@unc.edu
PERFORMANCE AREA HEADS
Area Head for Brass, Wind, and PercussionJuan Álamojalamo@email.unc.edu
Area Head for KeyboardMimi Solomon (Fall 2021)
Clara Yang (Spring 2022)
mimisolomon@gmail.com
cyang18@email.unc.edu
Area Head for StringsNicholas DiEugenionicholas.dieugenio@unc.edu
Area Head for VoiceJeanne Fischerfischerj@email.unc.edu
OTHER OFFICERS
Director of CompositionAllen Andersonanderso7@email.unc.edu
Director of Choral ActivitesSusan Klebanowskleb@email.unc.edu
Director of Jazz StudiesStephen Andersonanderssr@email.unc.edu
Director of University BandsJeffrey Fuchsjfuchs@email.unc.edu
Summer School CoordinatorEvan Feldmanevanfeldman@unc.edu
Coordinator of Minor/Non-Major Voice StudyTimothy Sparkstsparks@email.unc.edu
Kenan Music Scholars Faculty AdvisorEvan Feldmanevanfeldman@unc.edu
Department Honors AdvisorAllen Andersonanderso7@email.unc.edu
Director of Facilities and OperationsJeffrey Fuchsjfuchs@email.unc.edu
Diversity LiaisonNicholas DiEugenionicholas.dieugenio@unc.edu

Staff

El Fisseha
El Fisseha
Business Manager
Campus Security Authority and Safe Zone, Mental Health, & Haven certified
105C Hill Hall
efisseha@email.unc.edu
(919) 962-3720
Austin Seamster
Austin Seamster
University Bands106 Hill Hall
(919) 962-5695
Max Mitler
Max Mitler
Piano Technician08 Hill Hall
mitler@email.unc.edu
Jesse Moorefield
Jesse Moorefield
Production Manager102 Hill Hall
jmfield@email.unc.edu
(919) 962-0907
Jay Harper
Jay Harper
Multi-Media Technician1212 Kenan Music Building
jwharper@email.unc.edu
(919) 843-7915
Reserve a Room
Angeline Warren
Registrar
Campus Security Authority
105A Hill Hall
awarren@email.unc.edu
(919) 962-6013

Cat Zachary
Communications Coordinator
Campus Security Authority and Safe Zone certified
105F Hill Hall
cpzach@email.unc.edu
(919) 962-1039

To see the full list of department faculty, please visit https://music.unc.edu/people/musicfaculty.

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XI. UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

The Music Department encourages undergraduate students to pursue research projects through the UNC Office of Undergraduate Research, the UNC Honors Program, and other forms of mentored study. The Music Department also offers specific financial awards to support independent research projects. All students are invited to explore opportunities through the Office of Undergraduate Research, where additional grants, fellowships, and programs are listed. We encourage all students to consider undertaking a Senior Honors Thesis project as part of their music degree at UNC. 

Independent Study

Independent study courses provide an opportunity for students to pursue a special research or academic interest under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Music. As of Fall 2021, there are four independent study options in music:

  • MUSC 296. Special Studies for Undergraduates. 1-3 Credits.
  • MUSC 493. Music Internship. 3 Credits.
  • MUSC 691H. Senior Honors Thesis in Music I. 3 Credits.
  • MUSC 692H. Senior Honors Thesis in Music II. 3 Credits.

Please see the Catalog for course details and requirements.

A student who wishes to pursue an independent study should write a research proposal, consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Music Department’s Honors Advisor,  and contact a faculty member who teaches in the research area of interest to supervise the project. After identifying a faculty supervisor, the student must complete an Independent Study Learning Contract through the Online Learning Contract Manager (OLCM) and a research proposal outlining the specific details of the semester-long project. Students should complete this process before the semester begins.

Deadline: The Independent Study Learning Contract must be completed and approved by both the faculty supervisor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies by the Friday of the second week of classes for fall and spring semesters; for summer semesters, the contracts must be completed and approved by the Friday of the first week of classes.

If you have questions about independent study, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Lee Weisert at weisert@unc.edu. If you have questions about an honors thesis, please contact the Honors Advisor (2021-2022 Advisor TBA).

Resources

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XII. HONORS PROGRAM

Eligible students are invited to apply for Honors Carolina (https://honorscarolina.unc.edu/), the undergraduate honors program.  The Music Department offers some courses with the honors designation that Honors Carolina students can take as part of their honors coursework. 

We also encourage students to undertake a Senior Honors Thesis.  Students who must meet an eligibility requirement based on G.P.A., but are not required to have participated in the general Honors Carolina program.  Interested students should contact the Department Honors Advisor: 2021-2022 Advisor TBA.

After contacting the Department Honors Advisor and identifying a faculty supervisor, the student must complete an Independent Study Learning Contract through the Online Learning Contract Manager (OLCM) and a research proposal outlining the specific details of the thesis project. We encourage students to begin planning for their Senior Thesis Project during their Junior year so that they can apply for summer research funds and potentially undertake relevant research opportunities prior to the start of their senior year. 

Resources

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XIII. STUDENT RECITALS

Scheduling a Student Recital

Student recitals are scheduled on a semester basis through the department’s production manager, Jesse Moorefield. A form will be sent out near the beginning of each semester for recital date requests. Priority will be given according to grade level and degree requirements (i.e. seniors who need to fulfill the recital requirement for their music degree will have top priority).

Please email Jesse Moorefield and jmfield@email.unc.edu for more details.

Creating a Student Recital Program

Though the Music Department office offers no formal assistance with student recital programs, we do provide templates to assist student recitalists in creating their own programs. You should feel free to adapt the visual style/format of these templates according to your preference (e.g. changing borders or fonts, adding or removing selections), but the information in the header and footer of the document should be used. Step-by-step instructions/suggestions for formatting your program are included here. Please note also that these materials are simply a resource, and that students are responsible for formatting and copying their own recital programs. 

Scheduling Recording Engineers and Videographers

Department recording engineers and videographers are available to schedule for student recitals. Please email Production Manager, Jesse Moorefield at jmfield@email.unc.edu, for details.

Pricing

Basic Audio Recording: $75
Multi-channel Audio Recording: $100
Audio and Video Recording: $150

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XIV. BUILDINGS & PERFORMANCE VENUES

Kenan Music Building (125 South Columbia Street)

Open 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Performance Venue | Kenan Rehearsal Hall (KMB 1201)

Dedicated in 2009, Kenan Music Building, Rehearsal Hall has a capacity of 200 for performances and 250 for rehearsals. The rehearsal hall is flexible in its set up and can be positioned for a horizontal or vertical seating arrangement.

If you would like to reserve Kenan Music Building, Rehearsal Hall, please fill out our online request form. Questions? Email uncmusicoffice+schedule@gmail.com.

Hill Hall (145 East Cameron Avenue)

Open 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Performance Venue | James and Susan Moeser Auditorium

The historic heart of the music department in the College of Arts and Sciences, Hill Hall reopened in 2016 after an 18-month, $15-million renovation. Work centered on improvements to Hill Hall’s 430-seat auditorium and rotunda. The performance space was renamed the James and Susan Moeser Auditorium in honor of the former chancellor and his wife, who are organists and teachers at UNC.

If you would like to reserve Moeser Auditorium, please contact Jeffrey Fuchs, director of facilities and operations, at jfuchs@email.unc.edu. To book this facility, you will also need to fill out a facility use request form.

Person Hall (181 East Cameron Avenue)

Open 7 days a week, 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Performance Venue | Person Recital Hall

Built in 1797, Person Hall is steeped in history. Throughout the years, Person Hall has served all sorts of functions, from university chapel to chemistry lab. Person Recital Hall is ideal for smaller events with a total capacity of 100. It is also home to the department’s organ.

If you would like to reserve Person Recital Hall, please fill out our online request form. Questions? Email uncmusicoffice+schedule@gmail.com.

Scheduling a Room

In addition to the three venues above, the department also has a number of smaller spaces available for use that accommodate between 25 and 100 people. Music students may reserve rooms in the department, by using the request form found on the Facilities Calendar page.

Please email uncmusicoffice+schedule@gmail.com for more information.

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XV. MUSIC LIBRARY

UNC has a world-class Music Library containing scores, sound recordings, videos, journals, books, and e-books about all kinds of music. We subscribe to many streaming audio and video databases and other e-resources that students can access any time from the library website

The UNC Music Library is located next to the Undergraduate Library on the first floor of Wilson Library. Our fall semester hours will be Monday – Friday 9 am-5 pm when you can check out materials, sit in our quiet study spaces, or use our turntables, players, and scanners. The Music Library also has a (b&w) CCI printer and two midi keyboards with Finale software, and lends laptop chargers and media drives. Library staff will be able to help you find resources you need for class assignments or answer your questions ​either in-person or online.  

Everyone is welcome at the UNC Music Library!

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XVI. STUDY ABROAD AND GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS

King’s College London Partnership

UNC-Chapel Hill’s partnership with King’s College London, a research-led public university in the heart of London founded in 1828, exemplifies a commitment to building robust and multi-level global collaborations. In 2005, the UNC-King’s Strategic Alliance was established, initiated by the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill and the School of Arts and Humanities and School of Social Science and Public Policy at King’s. The alliance has expanded to become one of the most ambitious partnerships between U.S. and U.K. universities, including longstanding and emerging joint activity in teaching, research and other initiatives in diverse fields.

A vibrant student exchange has taken place since 2002, with more than 900 students participating. Graduate students benefit from short-term visits, student-organized workshops and joint doctoral committees. Individual cooperation by faculty members has grown into broader collaboration including conferences, colloquia, joint research projects and publications.

In music, the King’s College London partnership supports graduate and undergraduate research projects, collaborative seminars, collaborative performances as well as long and short term study abroad. The goal is to create an easy conduit for cross-cultural discussions and projects that enhance our global, outward facing university.

To learn more about the full university partnership, visit https://global.unc.edu/global-partners/strategic-partners/kcl/.

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XVII. UNC MUSIC AMBASSADORS

UNC Music Ambassadors are a select group of undergraduates chosen by application to sustain dialogue between students and faculty on issues concerning the curriculum, facilities, personnel, and the University at large and represent the Department at various recruitment and visibility events on campus. Ambassadors represent the Department at various recruitment events and activities on campus, meet with prospective students, provide tours of the Music buildings, assist with prospective student days and audition days, serve on panels, and can answer questions you may have about the Department of Music.

For more information, please visit https://music.unc.edu/people/unc-music-ambassadors.

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XVIII. MUSIC FRATERNITY AND SORORITY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS

Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity

Kappa Kappa Psi was founded on November 27, 1919 at then-called Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College with the purpose of promoting the existence and welfare of the College and University Bands. It is a co-ed National Honorary Fraternity that is dedicated to providing service and leadership to band programs across the country. The Mu Eta Chapter at the University of North Carolina was founded on September 6, 2008 and is a constantly growing and developing organization.

For more information, email KKPsiMH.UNC@gmail.com, or visit the chapter website (http://kkpsimueta.wordpress.com).

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Phi Mu Alpha is a national, social fraternity with a strong emphasis on service through music. With more than 35 active members, the Alpha Rho chapter is one of the strongest in the state and has had a massive impact inside and outside the Music Department. Each year, our members work with the faculty to usher events, organize performances, raise funds for good causes, and positively influence younger musicians.

First started at the New England Conservatory in 1898, Phi Mu Alpha came to North Carolina on February 24, 1926 with the chartering of the Alpha Rho chapter at UNC-Chapel Hill. Since that time, many notable Tar Heels have had the experience of becoming Sinfonians, including Andy Griffith and Woody Durham. Our chapter is as strong as ever and we encourage you to speak with our active brothers, attend interest sessions, and formally rush in the spring semester.

For more information, please visit our website at http://unc.sinfonia.org/ or email pmaunc@gmail.com.

Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity

Our mission is to encourage, nurture, and support the art of music. Since its founding, the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota have dedicated more than 100 years to the highest musical scholarship, most esteemed character building, and friendly relations among female musical professionals.

Today SAI claims more than 110,000 initiated members belonging to more than 300 college and alumnae chapters. The chapter at UNC-CH is named Iota Tau and was installed on April 29, 1946. The founding chapter was formed in 1903 at the University of Michigan School of Music.

Over the past few years, Iota Tau has successfully aided in numerous service projects such as assisting with instrument petting zoos, donating stands to the music department, visiting the Children’s Hospital, and participating in Relay for Life. They also fund a music department scholarship that they raise money for throughout the year and they provide receptions for music concerts, events, and recitals. There are currently more than 40 active sisters at UNC who are bonded together by a love for music and a desire to further music throughout the world.

If you are interested in information regarding membership in SAI, please visit the SAI website (http://sigmaalphaiota.web.unc.edu/) or email sai.iota.tau@gmail.com.

Tau Beta Sigma – National Honorary Band Sorority

Tau Beta Sigma is a co-educational national honorary band sorority dedicated to serving college and university bands. Comprised of more than 160 collegiate chapters and more than 3,800 collegiate members with a balanced representation of women and men, TBS was founded on March 26, 1946, on the campus of Texas Tech University. Since 1947, Tau Beta Sigma has been recognized by Kappa Kappa Psi as “an equal affiliated organization with a parallel purpose, function, and role in the college and university band setting.” Our mission statement is to provide exceptional service to collegiate bands and promote equality and diversity, including empowering women in the band profession. We cultivate leadership, educational achievement, music appreciation, and community development. We are actively engaged in the community through music. The Iota Lambda chapter of TBS was founded on April 19, 2008 and has served the UNC Band Program through the completion of national service projects such as Women in Music, in addition to serving the outside arts community such as the Playmakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill.

For more information, please visit our chapter’s website at http://tbsiotalambda.weebly.com or contact us at tbs_iotalambda227@yahoo.com.

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XIX. EXTRA-DEPARTMENTAL MUSIC STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

You can find a full list of music student organizations on Heel Life. There are a broad range of organizations including a capella, musical theater, ukulele, therapy, and other groups. Many of these groups undertake community service in the form of offering lessons and performances. 

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XX. Contact

Still have questions? Contact the music department office!

Phone: 919-962-1039
E-mail: music@unc.edu

August 2021