Majors & Minors

Music students can pursue the following degrees and minor. In order to be accepted into a UNC Asheville music degree program, applicants must first pass an instrumental or vocal audition placing them into MUSC 291 or higher. See the Auditions webpage for audition requirements. It is highly recommended that students pass an audition before enrolling at UNC Asheville.

Declaration of Major or Minor in Music

Accepted students are eligible to formally declare the major after satisfying the LANG 120 requirement, demonstrating *piano competency through the MUSC 101 level and successfully completing Aural Skills I and Music Theory I. Students must also complete a Declaration of Major or Declaration of Minor form that must be signed by the department chair.

Note: Demonstration of piano competency may also be satisfied by completion of *MUSC 101 Class Piano I, which is the prerequisite for Theory I and Aural Skills I.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz and Contemporary Music

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Jazz and Contemporary Music is intended for students wishing to pursue careers as singers, instrumentalists, composers and arrangers. These students also make up the various jazz, funk, blues, rock, R&B, fusion, and world ensembles as well as a wide range of vocal groups.

Course Requirements

I. Required courses in the major—62 hours, including: MUSC 201, 202, 231, 235, 232, 295, 296, 301, 331, 348, 349, 354, 355, 357, 235, 382, 395, 396, 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492; 8 hours of ensemble; 6 hours of music electives at the 300-400 level.

II. Required courses outside the major—None. Also, see the Liberal Arts Core Requirements for additional requirements.

III. Other departmental requirements—Senior competency and oral competency is demonstrated through lecture/recital. Computer competency is demonstrated through the use of computer programs designed for music notation, computer-assisted instruction, multimedia presentation, or similar applications used in preparation of assignments for MUSC 301 and 331.

Review UNC Asheville's Course Catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Sample Curriculum for the B.F.A. in Jazz and Contemporary Music Degree

This Sample Curriculum is provided as an aid to the student. It is not the definitive statement of degree requirements. It is the sole responsibility of the student to know and satisfy his or her degree requirements. When in question, consult the course catalog published during the year you were accepted into the degree program at UNC ASheville. Also refer to Department of Music guidelines for additional requirements. The Office of the Registrar can also provide information and assistance.

Format: (course number) (course title or category) (number of credit hours)

Note: Introductory Theory (with significant aural skills component) and Class Piano will be offered each Fall semester (not required; offered as remedial). Applied 191 and 192 will be offered every semester (not required; offered as remedial).

  • Aural Skills I, Spring (1)
  • Aural Skills II, Fall (1)
  • Aural Skills III (1); Spring
  • Theory I, Spring (3)
  • Theory II, Fall (3)
  • Theory III (3); Spring
  • Harmony and Improv I (2)
  • Harmony and Improv II (2)
  • Harmony and Improv III (3)
  • Harmony and Improv IV (3)
  • Contemporary Writing and Production I (2)
  • Music History I (3)
  • Music History II (3)
  • Jazz History (3)
  • Music Business I (3)
  • Applied 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492; (Total 12)
  • 8 hours of ensemble;
  • 6 hours of music electives at the 300-400 level

Total: 62 Hours

Bachelor of Science in Music Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Music Technology is a highly selective program that combines music, engineering, mathematics, computer science, music business and electronics. Students learn how to professionally mix and record music and put those skills to use in internship opportunities ranging from Echo Mountain Recording to the Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Graduates of the program have worked with top recording artists, including R.E.M. and Alison Krauss. 

The Music Technology program was established at UNC Asheville in 1982. We have a wide array of analog and digital recording equipment, including two Pro Tools HD recording systems with 96 I/O interfaces, 15 Pro Tools LE systems with Digi003, 002, and M-Box interfaces, and 16 and 24 track 1" multi-track analog tape machines. In our main studio control room, we are installing the newly developed SSL AWS 900+ recording and mixing console. This professional hybrid analog console also functions as a digital control surface for one of our Pro Tools HD systems. We have an electronic music lab fully-outfitted with gear invented and built by electronic music pioneer (and former UNC Asheville Music Professor) Dr. Bob Moog. Courses are taught in UNC Asheville's recording studio, our 5.1 surround sound mixing/editing/mastering studio, and our 14-station electronic keyboard classroom.

Major and Course Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Music Technology

NOTE: An instrumental or vocal audition is required to be considered for admission to the B.S. in Music Technology degree program. In order to be accepted into a UNC Asheville music degree program, applicants must first pass an instrumental or vocal audition placing them into MUSC 291 or higher. The audition requirements are posted at music.unca.edu/auditions original compositions will not be considered.

NOTE: It is highly recommended that students pass an audition before enrolling at UNC Asheville.

Accepted students are eligible to formally declare the major after satisfying the LANG 120 requirement, demonstrating piano competency through the MUSC 101 level and successfully completing Aural Skills I and Music Theory I. NOTE: demonstration of piano competency may be also be satisfied by successful completion of MUSC 101 Class Piano I.

In order to begin the Music Technology course sequence, students must have declared the music major (declaration requirements indicated in the course catalog) and have also taken PHYS 102 Physics of Sound and Music and PHYS 122 Physics of Sound and Music Lab.

Music majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must complete a minimum of three semesters of ensembles recommended by the Director of the Music Technology Program and approved in writing by the department chair.

1. Required courses in the major—40 hours, including: MUSC 201, 202, 231, 232, 293, 294, 301, 331, 348, 349, 354, 355, 384, 385, 386, 387, 484, 485, 486, 487; three hours of ensembles. Three hours of approved Music electives at the 300-400 level.

2. Required courses outside the major—22-24 hours: CSCI 182; MATH 167; PHYS 102, 122, 131, 231, 310. Also, see the Liberal Arts Core Requirements for additional requirements.

3. Senior competency is demonstrated by an approved senior recording or research project (to be undertaken in conjunction with MUSC 485 and 487). Oral competency will be examined by a faculty committee. Computer competency is demonstrated by utilizing computer programs for audio recording, editing, mastering, sequencing, or similar applications during the realization of the senior project.

Review UNC Asheville's Course Catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Senior Project & Comprehensive Exams

All B.S. candidates are required to complete a senior recording or research project and pass Senior Comprehensive Examinations in Music Theory, Music History, Audio Engineering Technology and oral competency. Internships (up to 6 hours) are available (but not required) to qualified students.

Sample Curriculum for the B.S. in Music Technology Degree

This Sample Curriculum is provided as an aid to the student. It is not the definitive statement of degree requirements. It is the sole responsibility of the student to know and satisfy his or her degree requirements. When in question, consult the course catalog published during the year you were accepted into the degree program at UNC Asheville. Also refer to Department of Music guidelines for additional requirements. The Office of the Registrar can also provide information and assistance.

Format: Course number, course title or category, (number of credit hours)

  • MATH167 Precalculus (4)
  • PHYS102 Physics of Sound and Music (3) Fall
  • PHYS131 Introductory Physics I (4) Spring
  • PHYS231 Introductory Physics II (4) Fall
  • PHYS310 Electronics (4) Spring
  • 182 Introductory Programming for Media Applications (3)
  • MUSC384 Audio Engineering Tech. I (2) Spring
  • MUSC386 Audio Engineering Tech. II (2) Fall
  • MUSC484 Audio Engineering Tech. III (2) Spring
  • MUSC486 Audio Engineering Tech. IV (2) Fall
  • MUSC385 Recording Studio Practicum I (1) Spring
  • MUSC387 Recording Studio Practicum II (1) Fall
  • MUSC485 Recording Studio Practicum III (1) Spring
  • MUSC487 Recording Studio Practicum IV (1) Fall
  • Aural Skills I, Spring (1)
  • Aural Skills II, (1) Fall
  • Aural Skills III (1); Spring
  • Theory I, Spring (3)
  • Theory II, Fall (3)
  • Theory III (3); Spring
  • Harmony and Improv I (2)
  • Harmony and Improv II (2)
  • Music History I (3)
  • Music History II (3)
  • 3 hours of ensembles
  • 3 hours of music electives at the 300-400 level

Total: 62 hours

Bachelor of Arts in Music

Bachelor of Arts in Music

The Bachelor of Arts in Music provides an opportunity for students to engage in a wide range of musical and academic studies. Students may emphasize areas of special interest, such as performance, composition, computer music, theory and history.

I. Required courses in the major – at least 36 hours, including: MUSC 201, 202, 231, 232,

301, 331, 348, 349; 8 hours in Applied Music, 4 of which must be at 300 or 400 level; 4

hours of ensemble chosen from MUSC 113, 114, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 129; six

hours of approved Music electives at the 300-400 level area of emphasis. Students who

do not take and pass the placement exam for MUSC 101, 130 and 131 will be required

to take these courses prior to enrolling in MUSC 201 and 231.

II. Required courses outside the major – None.

III. Other departmental requirements – Senior and oral competencies are demonstrated

through lecture and recital. Computer competency is demonstrated through the use of

computer programs designed for music notation, computer-assisted instruction,

multimedia presentation, or similar applications used in preparation of assignments for

MUSC 202 and 232.

 

Minor in Music

At least 20 hours:

    MUSC 201 - Aural Skills I (1)
    MUSC 202 - Aural Skills II (1)
    MUSC 231 - Music Theory I (3)
    MUSC 232 - Music Theory II (3)
    MUSC 348 - Western Music History and Literature I (3)
    MUSC 349 - Western Music History and Literature II (3)

6 additional hours of electives in Music at the 300 or 400 level

Students who do not take and pass the placement exam for MUSC 101, 130 and 131 will be required to take these courses prior to enrolling in MUSC 201 and 231. University-wide minimum requirements for a minor: 1) one-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed in residence at UNC Asheville, to include at least 6 hours at the 300-400 level; 2) students must have a cumulative grade-point-average of at least 2.0 on minor courses taken at UNC Asheville.