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Music History: Music, M.M.

School of Music

Prepare for a career in musicology and study music history and literature from different perspectives through courses that integrate a historical, cultural, theoretical and interdisciplinary approach.

Our devoted faculty is committed to the development of future music historians with a rich understanding of music from different perspectives. Gain skills to support informed and successful musicians with exceptional critical listening and communication skills. Prepare for continued advanced study in music history in an environment of collaborative research and teaching.

Program Highlights

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    Expert Faculty

    Work with our extraordinary and diverse faculty with knowledge of different historical periods and cultures of music.

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    Distinguished School

    Since 1969, the School of Music has consistently retained the distinctive National Association of Schools of Music accreditation.

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    Supportive Community

    Foster your creative learning, skill development and personal exploration through Spark: Music Leadership at Carolina.

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    In-Depth Study

    Learn to think, speak and write clearly and effectively and teach music culture and history from a variety of perspectives.

What You’ll Study

Join an exciting environment of collaborative research and inquiry both within and outside the classroom. Enhance understanding through the advanced study of music bibliography and research, music history, ethnomusicology and literature. Attend music and culture guest lectures. Demonstrate fundamental piano skills and foreign language proficiency.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments


    Presenting oneself creatively through a specific medium to an audience


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students


    Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective

    Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Musicologist
  • Program Note Author

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Music

The music history department is fantastic. Every single professor is at the cutting edge of their expertise and wholeheartedly open to helping you as a student to succeed.

Jeffrey Yelverton, Jr.
Portrait of Jeffrey Yelverton, Jr.