Music Performance

Music Performance

The Department of Music provides an environment in which professional and non-professional musicians may continue to develop the skills, knowledge, concepts and sensitivities essential in recognizing and cultivating quality musical experiences. This development takes place within a liberal arts academic community that:

  • enables the pursuit of undergraduate degrees in music
  • enhances the breadth of non-music degrees
  • emphasizes the artistic and personal maturity of the individual
  • encourages personal enrichment through diverse musical experiences
  • embraces professional values, responsibilities and relationships
  • values highly-qualified, professionally-active faculty who continue the tradition of excellence in music degrees

The Bachelor of Music degree is offered with majors in Music Education (Choral, Instrumental, or Elementary emphasis) and Performance. The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered for students who desire a broad liberal arts education or who wish to combine a major in music with a minor or concentration in other areas of study. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre is offered through the Department of Theatre.

Within any of the degree programs, a student chooses a principal applied instrument from among the following: voice; organ or piano; brass, percussion, or woodwind instruments.


The Department of Music holds full membership in the National Association of Schools of Music. The Music Education degree is part of the Teacher Education Program, which is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.

Faculty and Guest Recitals and Concerts

The Department of Music sponsors recitals by its faculty members and guest artists. The university also has a Visiting Artists and Lecturers Series that brings artists and to campus for performances. The proximity of Asheville enables students to attend performances by the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, the Asheville Lyric Opera, and other area ensembles.

Recital Attendance Requirement:

Each semester, students pursuing a major or minor in music are required to attend concerts and events sponsored by the Department of Music.

Departmental Performance Labs:

Each applied area has specific requirements regarding performance labs.