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Music B.A.

If you’re passionate about music and want to explore multiple academic and career options, UNC’s Bachelor of Arts in Music offers an ideal fit. You’ll integrate a broad, deep program of musical study within a classic liberal arts curriculum. The Music BA offers all the benefits of our Bachelor of Music degree—outstanding and dedicated faculty, extensive performing opportunities and membership in an elite community of extraordinarily talented collegiate musicians.

Versatile Degree, Diverse Career Options

Like all degree programs in the School of Music, the music BA features small classes with lots of one-on-one attention from faculty. You can explore a wide range of musical styles and genres while building your proficiency as a musician and performer. You’ll also gain the full value of a liberal education, developing strong skills in writing, research, critical thinking and communication.


Music Viewbook

See how UNC's School of Music can help you find your rhythm, strike a chord, tune in and set your stage.


Degree Option

B.A. in Music

UNC's Bachelor of Arts in Music covers music theory, literature and history, as well as performance and technical proficiency on an instrument or voice. You’ll also complete UNC’s liberal arts core, with a required 18-credit minor in a liberal arts subject of your choosing. The liberal arts core includes coursework in composition, mathematics, humanities, history, social sciences, physical sciences and international studies.

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Peak Experiences

Gal Faganel
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.

Your Future in Music

The Bachelor of Music degree allows you to keep many options open for your future. If you choose to continue your studies in music, you’ll have first-rate preparation for graduate school, with the qualifications and skill set to gain admission to highly competitive programs. However, the degree’s broad liberal arts component enables you to choose many other career and academic pursuits, which may or may not be related to music.

Consider UNC's B.A. in Music if you want to:

  • Get top-notch musical training at a nationally ranked school of music
  • Gain a traditional liberal arts education
  • Explore a wide range of academic interests
  • Learn from world-class faculty
  • Perform with extremely talented college musicians

You’ll learn:

  • Music theory and history
  • Individual and ensemble performance
  • Writing, communication and critical thinking
  • Math and science

Sample courses:

  • Music Theory
  • Sight Reading / Sight Singing
  • Individual Performance
  • Musical Form and Analysis

Beyond the Classroom

UNC’s School of Music includes nearly 500 musicians and many outstanding performing ensembles. You’ll enjoy extensive opportunities to perform in various settings and genres. Our musicians take the stage throughout Colorado, with many opportunities for national and international travel. The program can offer you a terrific range of extracurricular experiences.

Where can your degree take you?

  • Graduate school in music
  • Graduate school in another discipline
  • Musical career
  • Career avenues in other creative fields
  • Business

Spark Initiative

Musical Creativity Comes in Many Forms

UNC music students Braeden Ayres and Trevor Lowell saw the need for a tool to help younger musicians master the concepts of rhythm. The newly created Spark Initiative is helping them fill that need.

A partnership between the School of Music and UNC’s Monfort School of Business, the program provides $1,500 grants to support new products, events, technologies, performance groups and other music-related innovations. Ayres and Lowell received support for a mobile and web-based app that helps middle- and high-school students learn rhythm.

School of Music director Michael Alexander calls the app “an outstanding example of how a 21st Century musician can be resourceful to make a difference in our field and build a career in the arts." It’s also a perfect illustration of how musicians can have an impact by integrating diverse skills and technologies — exactly the kind of opportunity the School of Music seeks to promote, Alexander says.

Braden and Trevor

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