Technical mastery, artistic maturity
UNC’s School of Music has a long and distinguished history of training outstanding performers. Our graduates have moved on to careers in jazz, classical, chamber music, new music, solo performance, and countless other genres. No matter your instrument or your preferred style, you’ll get an outstanding professional education and a strong start to your career in UNC’s Master of Music program with emphasis in Instrumental Performance.
UNC music faculty excel as educators, performers and mentors. You’ll get rigorous instruction on your instrument, along with guidance and encouragement to reach your full artistic potential. The program combines disciplined focus on technique with a high degree of flexible study, enabling you to personalize the program to fit your interests and career goals. Performance emphases are available in flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, tenor trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, violin, viola, violoncello, string bass, harp, keyboard, voice, and guitar.
M.M. in Instrumental Performance Emphasis
The instrumental performance master’s degree requires 30 to 31 credits. It includes advanced coursework in music theory, music history, pedagogy, and scholarship. You’ll work closely with your faculty adviser to structure a course sequence that supports your academic and career objectives. The program concludes with a public recital, which may be accompanied by a correlative paper.
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Associate Professor of Music, Head of Strings Area
At age 3, Gal Faganel announced his intention to master the cello. By age 13 he was winning international competitions. The native Slovenian has collaborated with many of the music world’s most towering figures, including Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Joshua Bell, Itzak Perlman, and Daniel Rothmuller.
He has scaled heights that few musicians can reach—both literally and figuratively. In this video, Professor Faganel carries his cello 8 miles and more than 5,000 vertical feet to perform at the summit of 14,259-foot Longs Peak, the 3rd-highest mountain in the Front Range of the Rockies.
Whether you’re aiming for a doctoral program, performing career, or other professional pursuit, a master’s in music from UNC can help you achieve your goal. Our graduates have an extremely strong track record in all kinds of musical endeavors. With a degree from a nationally and internationally respected school of music, you’ll move to the next stage of your career well prepared to reach your objectives.
Consider UNC's M.M. in Instrumental Performance if you want to:
- Raise your technical proficiency and artistic expression to the next level
- Work full-time as a performing musician
- Offer private music lessons
- Gain admission to a doctoral program
- Music history
- Music theory
- Teaching techniques
- Recital and performance techniques
- Introduction to Music Scholarship
- Music History
- Individual Performance
- Music Theory
You’ll enjoy a wealth of performing opportunities at UNC. The School of Music supports highly acclaimed performing ensembles in multiple genres, supported by more than 450 dedicated collegiate musicians. UNC performers have toured throughout the United States and the world, garnering numerous awards.
Where can your degree take you?
- Doctoral studies
- Secondary teaching career
- Private instruction
- Performing career