Department of Music

Degree Programs

While offering unique opportunities for extensive studies in music history, theory, composition,pedagogy, and jazz, the UNC Wilmington music degree programs provide challenging curricula in performance, music technology, jazz studies, general music, and music education

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Designed for the 21st century musician, the Bachelor of Arts in Music offers unique and innovative areas of study in performance, jazz, music technology and entrepreneurship, and general music. The Bachelor of Arts degree is a foundation for a wide range of career options, including performance, private studio teacher, composition, music technology and recording, concert management and promotion, or graduate study in music and/or other academic areas.

Degree requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Music: Jazz Studies Option
The Jazz Studies Option offers a comprehensive jazz curriculum, as well as exceptional training and diversified experiences through a wide variety of performance opportunities, to help prepare students for careers in the jazz field, as well as related contemporary fields.

Bachelor of Arts in Music: Music Technology Option
The Music Technology Option provides the foundation for a wide range of career options by combining studies in music technology and recording, along with music entrepreneurship and music business.

Bachelor of Arts in Music: Performance Option (Instrumental, Piano, Vocal)
The Music Performance Option emphasizes training in music performance in the areas of instrumental, piano, and vocal, while providing a strong foundation in music theory, history and conducting for students who wish to study music performance within a liberal arts curriculum.

Bachelor of Arts in Music: General Music Option
The General Music Option allows the student to create their own curriculum option by choosing courses from the other BA Options in order to create unique opportunities for distinctive educational experiences oriented to his or her specific needs and interests.

Bachelor of Music in Music Education

The Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree is intended for students who have a passion for teaching music in a public or private school setting. Students study instrumental, vocal, and general music pedagogy for grades kindergarten through 12, while gaining background in music theory, history, conducting, and performance. Applied learning experiences provide students with the necessary skills to prepare them for their teaching career and qualifies the student for the North Carolina Class A teaching license. Students completing this degree have successfully found employment in education and other music-related fields, as well as admission to graduate school.

Degree requirements

Music Education, B.M.


Music Education Handbook (PDF)
(If you need this document in another format, please reach out to the Music Department.)

UNCW Chapter #527 of the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference

Web Links

North Carolina Public Schools Educator's Page

LearnNC (program of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education)

National Association for Music Education

Praxis I Information from the Watson School of Education

Education Testing Service (Praxis Test Information)

Southern Teachers Agency (Independent teacher placement service)

Music Teacher International (Independent music education magazine)

NC Standard Course of Study: Music K-12

Music Minors

The music minor provides courses in music theory and history, applied lessons, participation in performance ensembles and a variety of other music classes to further the student’s musical knowledge, as well as opportunities to emphasize studies in select areas.

Degree requirements

Music Minor; Musical Theatre MinorJazz Studies Minor; Choral Music Minor

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will have competency in fundamental musical knowledge and skills through analytical listening, & sight-singing.
  • Students will have skills in preparation for and performance of musical works that exhibit effective artistic expression in applied lessons, and/or seminar performances.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to assess the need for, locate, evaluate and effectively use information to accomplish the goal of preparing written music for a performer.

Bachelor of Music in Performance (2013-2014 Archived Catalog)

The performance degree emphasizes training in music performance with a thorough curriculum of music courses, balanced by as rich an experience in the liberal arts as the program will allow. Performance areas include Instrumental, Jazz Studies, Keyboard, and Vocal

Degree requirements

Music Performance, B.M.

Bachelor of Arts (2013-20 14 Archived Catalog)

Degree requirements

Music, B.A.