Department of Music

Our Department of Music is committed to developing the musical knowledge, appreciation, talents, skills and teaching abilities of its students.

Compared to larger, more competitive schools, music students at Greensboro College have more opportunities and experience performing in musicals, participating in operas, teaching music and working one-on-one with professional musicians. With a reputable, well-rounded and in-depth degree program, music students graduate Greensboro College as experts in their craft and can pursue their passions as professional musicians or music teachers.


Auditions for entrance into the Music Department and music scholarship auditions occur on most Saturdays other than holiday weekends beginning at 1:00 pm. Auditions are held in Huggins Performance Center and Finch Chapel. Students interested in auditioning must contact Cathy Jansen, Fine Arts Administrative Assistant at 336-272-7102, ext. 242 to schedule an audition date and time.

Students are to prepare and perform two pieces of contrasting styles and another piece that is a favorite. Students may have their own accompanist or request an accompanist when scheduling the audition.

Music (B.A., B.S.) Major

Students in the major receive a well-rounded music theory and performance foundation while honing their chosen music concentration. All incoming majors are required to (1) audition, (2) be tested in ear training and sight singing, (3) sight read, and (4) be interviewed by members of the Music Department.

  • Admittance will be carefully judged based upon the following elements:
  • TEACHER RECOMMENDATION –— From a teacher, coach, conductor, director, or mentor in music. If there is no music teacher, then a recommendation from the general school teacher, counselor or principal – to determine skill level, intent, career goals, work ethic, and discipline, is acceptable.
  • PREPARATION FOR THE DISCIPLINE — The department reviews courses, lessons, and experience through a preview of materials submitted by each candidate
  • AUDITION — All students must be prepared to sight read, sight sing, and take a short ear training test. If a student is auditioning in instrumental music, he or she must play three music selections: two classical of contrasting styles; one selection of their choice, including jazz, musical, pop and rock. If a student is auditioning in vocal music, he or she must sing three music selections: two classical of contrasting styles; one selection of their choice, including jazz, musical, pop and rock. Music auditions for acceptance and music scholarship auditions are held at 1 p.m. Saturdays. Students wanting to audition should contact Cathy Jansen at 336-272-7102, ext. 5242, to schedule an audition. Students needing an accompanist will be provided one.
  • INTERVIEW — A one-on-one conversation with judges determines the candidate’s interests, intent, career goals, understanding of major and its requirements, rehearsals and performances.
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    Music Education (B.M.E.) Major

    Students in the major earn their teaching licensure, state certifications required by K-12 schools. With a 100% job placement rate, our Bachelor of Music Education graduates are proven to succeed in a competitive job market.

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    Music Minor

    Students receive foundational understanding of musical knowledge, appreciation and talents. Minors require 20 credits to complete.

Jane McKinney
119 Odell Building

336-272-7102, ext. 5281
email: [email protected]

Memberships & Accolades

Greensboro College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music which is an organization that establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for music and music-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other music-related endeavors.


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