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

There is no catalog data for this program.

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.