University of North Carolina School of the Arts

The School of Music at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) is one of five conservatories on one campus that make up the UNCSA arts ecosystem: Music, Dance, Drama, Design & Production and Filmmaking.

A passion for the arts and creativity unites all students and faculty across the campus. Degree offerings in the School of Music include a Bachelor of Music (BM), a Master of Music (MM), and a post-graduate Professional Artist Certificate (PAC). UNCSA also has a highly regarded residential high school program, offering a high school diploma with a concentration in music.

The conservatory environment at UNCSA provides students with core classical music training in theory, aural skills, keyboard skills, history and literature. These skills combine with performance techniques practiced in weekly lessons, studio classes, chamber ensemble coachings, and large ensemble performances, allowing each student to reach their highest potential as a creative artist. 

UNCSA produces more than 200 performances and more than 150 of those each year are exclusive to the School of Music. Currently, all performances are livestreamed and available on demand. Our season includes two fully staged operas, chamber music and solo recitals, jazz, wind ensemble, orchestra and choral concerts, composer readings and performances, side-by-side concerts with faculty, and more. Student musicians have the unique opportunity to collaborate with the other conservatories at UNSCA on ballets, musicals, and film score recording sessions. 

Ideal UNCSA students have a core understanding of music and a passion and work ethic to reach their highest level of potential as performers or composers. Students will receive personalized mentorship from world-renowned faculty, access to state-of-the-art practice rooms, performance venues, recording studios, and faculty and student peers’ support to take creative risks.

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