Department of Music Education
School of Music, Theatre and Dance
220 Music Building
Patricia Sink, Associate Professor and Interim Head of Department
Associate Professors MacLeod, McKoy, Nolker, Teachout, Walter
UNCG has long been recognized as one of the top music institutions in the United States and has been fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1938. The Department of Music Education offers the only comprehensive music education program from undergraduate through doctoral study in the State of North Carolina. UNCG also offers degrees in music performance and music studies. Our outstanding facilities, world-class faculty, and numerous ensemble experiences provide an environment for artistic and academic success.
Undergraduate students in Music Education pursue rigorous professional training in music teacher education along with a broad liberal arts education that prepares them for positions as choral directors (principal performance area usually voice, piano, or organ), teachers of general music, or for positions as instrumental directors (principal performance area in orchestral or band instruments) in public schools. Our students graduate earning a Standard Professional 1 (SP1) North Carolina Educator’s License and are prepared as informed, responsible citizens with the tools to succeed and communicate effectively as musicians and educators of the twenty-first century.
Located in artistically-thriving Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and High Point, the Triad area provides a wealth of cultural and academic opportunities for our students. Music education students acquire valuable early field teaching experience in a wide variety of P-12 school settings beginning the Freshman year and continuing throughout the degree program.
We welcome students who will strive for excellence, will contribute to the inclusiveness and diversity of our mission, and wish to make our warm and friendly school their musical home.
Throughout the four years of undergraduate enrollment, Music Education students will have the opportunity to study in one or more performance studies areas: keyboard, voice, strings, winds, percussion, jazz, or composition. This study will include private instruction in the major or principal performance area and some group instruction.
Music Education students enrolled for two or more semester hours of music performance studies must audition for and perform in an ensemble each semester. Students will have the opportunity to express their ensemble placement preferences, but they will be assigned according to audition results and ensemble priorities. Ensemble assignments and placement will be determined by the Director of Bands, Director of Orchestras, Director of Choral Activities, and the Director of the Mile Davis Jazz Program, in consultation with the performance teachers and appropriate area conductor. Each year advanced voice students may apply for roles in the performance of opera and musical theatre, which the departments of music present in cooperation with the Department of Theatre.
Student Information Manual
Additional policies and regulations are found online in the Music Student Information Manual. This manual is made available to all music students after entrance requirements are met. Adherence to the contents of this publication is the responsibility of the student.