About

Are you interested in delivering inspired performances at the highest level of musicianship? Do you want to move audiences through your artistry?

Whatever your instrument, performing is a central piece of your education, both as an undergrad and as a grad student, and it is an experience not to be missed.

It is a crucial part of developing your talent. It is an opportunity to join your classmates and oftentimes your professors in the thrill of a recital in front of an enthusiastic and appreciative audience on campus and on the road. At ECU, you will find yourself on stage a lot.

Your opportunities here are enormous. ECU is a place where the arts hold sway. Performance is part of everyday life, not only for those studying music but also for those in our excellent art, dance, and theatre programs. There is an extensive schedule of events featuring students, faculty members, and visiting artists, making East Carolina a lively center for artistic activity. So you will perform, and you will have the chance to learn from and be entertained by others in concerts, plays, musicals, operas, and exhibitions.

There are many established student ensembles that perform regularly, in addition to groups pulled together for specific projects and productions. Your education is designed to give you the opportunity to be part of one or more of these groups. Many tour each year and perform throughout the United States and abroad. They have appeared by invitation at state, regional, national, and international conventions and festivals in locations including Anaheim, Montreux, Vienna, New Orleans, Jacksonville, New York City, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.

ECU Advantage

Alumni from the ECU School of Music hold faculty positions in music schools across the country, are represented in the top military bands, and can be found on the world's greatest stages performing with orchestras, opera companies and in recital.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Rachel Copeland (A 119-B Fletcher Building; 252-328-4281; skibar@ecu.edu)

The bachelor of music in music degree has three concentrations - music therapy, music performance, and music theory-composition.

Minimum degree requirement is 128 s.h. as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

    a. Music therapy concentration
      Required:
      • BIOL 1050 - General Biology
      • BIOL 1051 - General Biology Laboratory
      Recommended:
      • ANTH 1000 - Introduction to Anthropology
      • BIOL 2130 - Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy
      • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
      • Space
      • PSYC 2201 - Psychology of Childhood or
      • PSYC 3206 - Developmental Psychology
      • space
      • SOCI 2110 - Introduction to Sociology
    b. Music performance concentration (sacred music)
      Recommended:
      • RELI 2695 - Introduction to the Old Testament
      • RELI 2696 - Introduction to the New Testament
    c. Music performance concentration (voice performance)
      Recommended:
      • DNCE 1011 - Ballet I or
      • DNCE 1013 - Jazz Dance I
      • space
      • THEA 1010 - Introduction to Acting I
    d. Music theory-composition concentration
      Recommended:
      • PHYS 1050 - Physics and the Environment
      • PHYS 1090 - Physics of Sound
      • PHYS 1091 - Physics of Sound Laboratory
2. Common core - 30 s.h.
  • MUSC 1156 - Basic Musicianship
  • MUSC 1166 - Basic Musicianship
  • MUSC 1176 - Basic Musicianship Laboratory
  • MUSC 1186 - Basic Musicianship Laboratory
  • MUSC 1406 - Music History and Literature
  • MUSC 2406 - Music History and Literature
  • MUSC 2156 - Basic Musicianship
  • MUSC 2166 - Basic Musicianship
  • MUSC 2176 - Basic Musicianship Laboratory
  • MUSC 2186 - Basic Musicianship Laboratory
  • MUSC 2248 - Music of the World's Peoples
  • MUSC 2416 - Music History and Literature
  • MUSC 3156 - Conducting
  • MUSC 3166 - Conducting
  • MUSC 3176 - Basic Musicianship V
3. Concentrations - 58 s.h.

(Choose one.) 

    a. Music therapy concentration

     This curriculum has been approved by the American Music Therapy Association and completion confers eligibility to take the national certification examination given by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

      Core - 22 s.h.
      • MUSC 2277 - Orientation to Therapy
      • MUSC 2287 - Orientation to Therapy Practicum
      • MUSC 3257 - Music Therapy I: Introduction to Music in Therapy
      • MUSC 3267 - Music Therapy II: The Influence of Music on Behavior
      • MUSC 3357 - Music Therapy Practicum
      • MUSC 3367 - Music Therapy Practicum II
      • MUSC 4277 - Music for Group Activities
      • MUSC 4287 - Music for Group Activities Practicum
      • MUSC 5257 - Psychological Foundations of Music
      • MUSC 5267 - Psychological Foundations of Music
      • MUSC 5287 - Psychological Foundations of Music Practicum
      • MUSC 5297 - Music Therapy Practicum III
      • MUSC 5997 - Clinical Internship
      Professional studies - 5 s.h.
      • PSYC 3375 - Abnormal Psychology
      • SPED 2000 - Introduction to Exceptional Children
      Performance groups - 7 s.h.

      Music majors may count only two semester hours of the Marching Band Field Experience (MUSC 1706, 1 s.h.) for large ensemble credit. Marching Band (MUSC 1705, 2 s.h.) may not count toward large ensemble credit for music majors. Music majors taking more than 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 or 1705 must sign a release form to be made available in the music office. The form will help clarify that hours above the required 2 s.h. of MUSC 1706 will not count as part of the music education degree plan at ECU, and that these extra hours may lead to additional hours on a student's transcript before graduation.

        Note:

        Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

        Applied music - 22 s.h.

        (guitar, keyboard, percussion, strings or wind, voice)

          Applied major - 14 s.h.
            Applied minor - 8 s.h.

            A student who is exempt from any applied minor courses specified must take other applied minor courses to complete the total required hours.

              Major instrument: guitar
              • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
              • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
              • MUSC 1205 - Beginning Voice Group
              • MUSC 1215 - Beginning Voice Group
              • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
              • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
              • Choose 2 s.h. minor applied elective
              Major instrument: keyboard
              • MUSC 1205 - Beginning Voice Group
              • MUSC 1215 - Beginning Voice Group
              • MUSC 3105 - Functional Guitar Class
              • MUSC 3115 - Functional Guitar Class
              • Choose 4 s.h. minor applied electives
              Major instrument: percussion
              • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
              • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
              • MUSC 1205 - Beginning Voice Group
              • MUSC 1215 - Beginning Voice Group
              • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
              • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
              • MUSC 3105 - Functional Guitar Class
              • Choose 1 s.h. minor applied elective
              Major instrument: strings or wind
              • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
              • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
              • MUSC 1205 - Beginning Voice Group
              • MUSC 1215 - Beginning Voice Group
              • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
              • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
              • MUSC 3105 - Functional Guitar Class
              • Choose 1 s.h. minor applied elective
              Major instrument: voice
              • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
              • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
              • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
              • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
              • MUSC 3105 - Functional Guitar Class
              • MUSC 3115 - Functional Guitar Class
              • Choose 2 s.h. minor applied elective
            MUSC electives - 2 s.h.
            b. Music performance concentration
              Jazz studies, instrumental
                Applied major - 20 s.h.
                  Applied minor - 4 s.h.
                  • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
                  • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
                  • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
                  • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
                  Jazz studies - 17 s.h.
                  • MUSC 2095 - Jazz Keyboard Harmony
                  • MUSC 2096 - Jazz Keyboard Harmony
                  • MUSC 2195 - Jazz Improvisation
                  • MUSC 2196 - Advanced Jazz Improvisation
                  • MUSC 2258 - History of Jazz Music
                  • MUSC 2295 - Jazz Theory and Arranging
                  • MUSC 2296 - Jazz Theory and Arranging
                  • MUSC 4195 - Jazz Seminar
                  Pedagogy - 5 s.h.
                  • MUSC 2280 - Introduction to Music Technology
                  • MUSC 4657 - Directed Study in Instrumental Pedagogy for Brass, Percussion, Strings, or Woodwinds
                  Performance groups - 10 s.h.
                    Minimum of 2 semesters selected from:
                    • MUSC 1706 - Marching Band Field Experience
                    • MUSC 1715 - Concert Band
                    • MUSC 1735 - Wind Ensemble
                    • MUSC 1745 - Symphony Orchestra
                    • MUSC 1765 - Symphonic Band
                    • Note:

                      Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                      Choose 8 s.h. from the following:
                      • MUSC 1775 - Jazz Ensemble
                      • MUSC 1855 - Jazz Chamber Music
                      • Note:

                        Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                    MUSC electives - 2 s.h.
                      Jazz studies, vocal
                        Applied major - 17 s.h.
                          Applied minor - 4 s.h.
                          • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
                          • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
                          • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
                          • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
                          Jazz studies - 17 s.h.
                          • MUSC 2095 - Jazz Keyboard Harmony
                          • MUSC 2096 - Jazz Keyboard Harmony
                          • MUSC 2195 - Jazz Improvisation
                          • MUSC 2196 - Advanced Jazz Improvisation
                          • MUSC 2258 - History of Jazz Music
                          • MUSC 2295 - Jazz Theory and Arranging
                          • MUSC 2296 - Jazz Theory and Arranging
                          • MUSC 4195 - Jazz Seminar
                          Pedagogy - 6 s.h.
                          • MUSC 1627 - Italian and English Lyric Diction for Singers
                          • MUSC 2280 - Introduction to Music Technology
                          • MUSC 3637 - Voice Pedagogy
                          Performance groups - 12 s.h.
                            Minimum of 4 semesters selected from:
                            • MUSC 1625 - Concert Choir
                            • MUSC 1635 - University Chorale
                            • MUSC 1675 - Chamber Singers
                            • Note:

                              Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                              Choose 8 s.h. from:
                              • MUSC 1775 - Jazz Ensemble
                              • MUSC 1855 - Jazz Chamber Music
                              • Note:

                                Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                            MUSC electives - 2 s.h.
                              Percussion performance
                                Applied major - 24 s.h.
                                  Applied minor - 4 s.h.
                                  • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
                                  • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
                                  • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
                                  • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
                                  Pedagogy - 3 s.h.
                                  • MUSC 4660 - Percussion Pedagogy and Literature
                                  Performance groups - 12 s.h.
                                    Note:

                                    Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                                    Music history and literature electives - 6 s.h
                                      MUSC electives - 4 s.h.
                                        Free electives - 5 s.h.
                                        Piano performance
                                          Applied major - 24 s.h.
                                            Applied minor - 2 s.h.
                                              Pedagogy - 6 s.h.
                                              • MUSC 2125 - Basic Keyboard Skills
                                              • MUSC 2135 - Basic Keyboard Skills
                                              • MUSC 3707 - Foundations and Principles of Piano Pedagogy
                                              • MUSC 5717 - Advanced Piano Performance Problems
                                              Performance groups - 10 s.h.
                                                Note:

                                                Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                                                  Piano literature and advanced pedagogy - 6 s.h.
                                                  • MUSC 5737 - Piano Literature and Advanced Pedagogy
                                                  • MUSC 5747 - Piano Literature and Advanced Pedagogy
                                                  MUSC electives - 5 s.h.
                                                    Free electives - 5 s.h.
                                                    Sacred music, organ
                                                      Applied major - 16 s.h.
                                                        Applied minor - 9 s.h.
                                                        • MUSC 1205 - Beginning Voice Group
                                                        • MUSC 1215 - Beginning Voice Group
                                                        • MUSC 2125 - Basic Keyboard Skills
                                                        • MUSC 2135 - Basic Keyboard Skills
                                                        • 4 s.h. applied piano
                                                        • 1 s.h. applied harpsichord
                                                        Organ literature and history - 4 s.h.
                                                        • MUSC 5667 - Organ History, Literature, and Design
                                                        • MUSC 5677 - Organ History, Literature, and Design
                                                        Performance groups - 8 s.h.
                                                          Note:

                                                          Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                                                          Sacred music - 13 s.h.
                                                          • MUSC 2476 - Introduction to Service Playing I
                                                          • MUSC 4417 - Service Playing
                                                          • MUSC 4437 - Service Playing
                                                          • MUSC 4525 - History of Sacred Music and Worship
                                                          • MUSC 4526 - Philosophy and Practice of Sacred Music I
                                                          • MUSC 4527 - Philosophy and Practice of Sacred Music II
                                                          • MUSC 4528 - Sacred Music Internship
                                                          Advanced conducting - 3 s.h.
                                                          • MUSC 5706 - Advanced Applied Conducting OR
                                                          • MUSC 5716 - Advanced Applied Conducting
                                                          MUSC electives - 2 s.h.
                                                            Free electives - 3 s.h.
                                                            Sacred music, vocal
                                                              Applied major - 16 s.h.
                                                                Applied minor - 5 s.h.
                                                                • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
                                                                • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
                                                                • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
                                                                • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
                                                                • 1 s.h. piano or organ, in consultation with the degree advisor
                                                                • Note:

                                                                  Note: A piano skills proficiency exam will be given no later than the end of the fifth semester; students found to be in need of further piano study must enroll in additional applied piano until they pass the proficiency exam.

                                                                  Advanced conducting - 3 s.h.

                                                                  Choose one of:

                                                                  • MUSC 5706 - Advanced Applied Conducting
                                                                  • MUSC 5716 - Advanced Applied Conducting
                                                                  Pedagogy - 6 s.h.
                                                                  • MUSC 1627 - Italian and English Lyric Diction for Singers
                                                                  • MUSC 1637 - French Lyric Diction for Singers
                                                                  • MUSC 1647 - German Lyric Diction for Singers
                                                                  • MUSC 3637 - Voice Pedagogy
                                                                  Performance groups - 8 s.h.
                                                                    Note:

                                                                    Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                                                                    Sacred music - 12 s.h.
                                                                    • MUSC 4525 - History of Sacred Music and Worship
                                                                    • MUSC 4526 - Philosophy and Practice of Sacred Music I
                                                                    • MUSC 4527 - Philosophy and Practice of Sacred Music II
                                                                    • MUSC 4528 - Sacred Music Internship
                                                                    • MUSC 5906 - Choral Literature
                                                                    • MUSC 5916 - Choral Literature
                                                                    MUSC electives - 2 s.h.
                                                                      Free electives - 6 s.h.
                                                                      String performance
                                                                        Applied major - 24 s.h.
                                                                          Applied minor - 6 s.h.
                                                                          • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
                                                                          • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
                                                                          • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
                                                                          • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
                                                                          • Bowed String majors select 2 s.h.
                                                                          • Guitar majors select 2 s.h.
                                                                          Pedagogy - 3 s.h.
                                                                          • MUSC 4657 - Directed Study in Instrumental Pedagogy for Brass, Percussion, Strings, or Woodwinds
                                                                          Performance groups - 12 s.h.

                                                                          Performance groups for guitar majors: 

                                                                            Note:

                                                                            Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                                                                            Music history and literature electives - 6 s.h.
                                                                              MUSC electives - 2 s.h.
                                                                                Free electives - 5 s.h.
                                                                                Voice performance
                                                                                  Applied major - 16 s.h.
                                                                                    Applied minor - 2 s.h.
                                                                                      Performance groups - 10 s.h.
                                                                                        Note:

                                                                                        Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                                                                                        Foreign language and diction - 21 s.h.
                                                                                        • Minimum of 6 s.h. FREN
                                                                                        • Minimum of 6 s.h. GERM
                                                                                        • Minimum of 6 s.h. ITAL
                                                                                        • MUSC 1627 - Italian and English Lyric Diction for Singers
                                                                                        • MUSC 1637 - French Lyric Diction for Singers
                                                                                        • MUSC 1647 - German Lyric Diction for Singers
                                                                                        Voice pedagogy - 3 s.h.
                                                                                        • MUSC 3637 - Voice Pedagogy
                                                                                        Music history and literature - 4 s.h.
                                                                                        • MUSC 4496 - Opera History
                                                                                        • MUSC 4596 - Historical Development of Solo Vocal Literature
                                                                                        MUSC electives - 2 s.h.
                                                                                        Wind performance
                                                                                          Applied major - 24 s.h.
                                                                                            Applied minor - 4 s.h.
                                                                                            • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
                                                                                            • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
                                                                                            • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
                                                                                            • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
                                                                                            Pedagogy - 3 s.h.
                                                                                            • MUSC 4657 - Directed Study in Instrumental Pedagogy for Brass, Percussion, Strings, or Woodwinds
                                                                                            Performance groups - 12 s.h.
                                                                                              Note:

                                                                                              Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                                                                                              Music history and literature electives - 6 s.h.
                                                                                                MUSC electives - 2 s.h.
                                                                                                  Free electives - 7 s.h.
                                                                                              c. Music theory-composition concentration
                                                                                                Applied major - 14 s.h.
                                                                                                  Applied minor - 2-6 s.h.
                                                                                                  • MUSC 1105 - Beginning Group Piano
                                                                                                  • MUSC 1115 - Beginning Group Piano
                                                                                                  • MUSC 2105 - Intermediate Group Piano
                                                                                                  • MUSC 2115 - Intermediate Group Piano
                                                                                                  • Note:
                                                                                                  • After "Note:
                                                                                                  Performance groups - 6 s.h.
                                                                                                    Note:

                                                                                                    Approval of student's major applied instructor and ensemble directors is required for ensemble registration.

                                                                                                    Theory-composition, theory emphasis
                                                                                                      Advanced theory - 11 s.h.
                                                                                                      • MUSC 4327 - Counterpoint
                                                                                                      • MUSC 4328 - Language of Post-tonal Music
                                                                                                      • MUSC 4506 - Directed Study in Music Theory
                                                                                                      • MUSC 4506 must culminate in a project or research paper which will require the approval of a three-m
                                                                                                      • MUSC 4536 - Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
                                                                                                      Composition - 4 s.h.

                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      • Choose one from:
                                                                                                      • MUSC 3326 - Composition
                                                                                                      • MUSC 3336 - Composition
                                                                                                      • space
                                                                                                      • Choose one from:
                                                                                                      • MUSC 3366 - Electronic Music Composition
                                                                                                      • MUSC 3386 - Electronic Music Composition
                                                                                                      Music history and literature electives - 6 s.h.
                                                                                                        MUSC electives - 6 s.h.
                                                                                                          Free electives - 5 s.h. (9 s.h. for keyboard majors)
                                                                                                          Theory-composition, composition emphasis

                                                                                                          Note: A full recital of the student's compositions, approved by the theory, composition, and musicology faculty, must be presented at the end of the senior year.

                                                                                                            Composition (Choose one option.)

                                                                                                            Note: A full recital of the student's compositions, approved by the theory, composition, and musicology faculty, must be presented at the end of the senior year.

                                                                                                              Electronic music option - 14 s.h.
                                                                                                              • MUSC 3326 - Composition
                                                                                                              • MUSC 3336 - Composition
                                                                                                              • MUSC 4366 - Advanced Composition in Electronic Media
                                                                                                              Traditional media option - 14 s.h.
                                                                                                              • MUSC 3326 - Composition
                                                                                                              • MUSC 3336 - Composition
                                                                                                              • MUSC 3366 - Electronic Music Composition
                                                                                                              • MUSC 3386 - Electronic Music Composition
                                                                                                              • MUSC 4326 - Composition
                                                                                                              • MUSC 4336 - Composition
                                                                                                            Music history and literature - 6 s.h.
                                                                                                            • MUSC 4446 - Music of the Modern and Postmodern Eras
                                                                                                            • Music history and literature electives (4 s.h.)
                                                                                                            Advanced theory - 8 s.h.
                                                                                                            • MUSC 4327 - Counterpoint
                                                                                                            • MUSC 4328 - Language of Post-tonal Music
                                                                                                            • space
                                                                                                            • Choose one of the following:
                                                                                                            • MUSC 4536 - Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis
                                                                                                            • MUSC 5336 - Advanced Orchestration
                                                                                                            MUSC electives - 2 s.h.
                                                                                                              Free electives - 2 s.h. (6 s.h. for keyboard majors)
                                                                                                            Note:
                                                                                                              For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

                                                                                                              Careers With This Degree

                                                                                                              Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

                                                                                                              • Musicians
                                                                                                              • Singers
                                                                                                              • Communications, Entertainment, and Information
                                                                                                              • General Music

                                                                                                              Career Opportunities

                                                                                                              ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

                                                                                                              NC Tower

                                                                                                              This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

                                                                                                              • Self-employed;
                                                                                                              • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
                                                                                                              • Work outside of North Carolina.

                                                                                                              US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

                                                                                                              This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

                                                                                                              Degree-specific internships

                                                                                                              For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.

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