Music Materials & Supplies

The School of Music lists the following materials and supplies depending on your academic level.

High School

Music students are responsible for providing the necessary music materials and supplies for art-related study. Some items are needed by all music students, while other items are specific to a particular instrument or area of study. Below are two lists, one giving items all music students should have and the other giving representative examples of items specific to individual students. Regardless of the category, once a student is told they need a particular item it is their responsibility to acquire that item promptly.

Items needed by ALL Music students:

  • Pencil with a working eraser, to be brought to every lesson and rehearsal;
  • Notebook(s), to be used during lessons, master classes, and other activities;
  • Music (manuscript) paper;
  • Some kind of datebook (either digital or paper);
  • Fold-up music stand to be used during individual practice, chamber ensemble rehearsals, and master classes [this applies only to brass, guitar, harp, string, and woodwind students];
  • Concert dress clothes (the appropriate clothes to have will be determined by the ensemble in which you are assigned to perform); and
  • Required textbook(s) for the theory or aural skills classes. This is only for 11th and 12th grade students. Also, the appropriate text(s) can only be determined after the placement assessments have been completed during Orientation Weekend.

Items specific to INDIVIDUAL Music students (representative examples):

  • Supplies for your instrument, such as strings, rosin, valve oil, etc.;
  • Music for your lessons, such as performance repertoire (sonatas, concerti, song collections) and etude books; and
  • Any other supplies your teacher wants you to have for your lesson and master class work.

Undergraduate

Music students are responsible for providing the necessary music materials and supplies for art-related study. Some items are needed by all music students, while other items are specific to a particular instrument or area of study. Below are two lists, one giving items all music students should have and the other giving representative examples of items specific to individual students. Regardless of the category, once a student is told they need a particular item it is their responsibility to acquire that item promptly.

Items needed by Undergraduate Music students:

  • Pencil with a working eraser, to be brought to every lesson and rehearsal;
  • Notebook(s), to be used during lessons, master classes, and other activities;
  • Music (manuscript) paper;
  • Some kind of datebook (either digital or paper);
  • Fold-up music stand to be used during individual practice, chamber ensemble rehearsals, and master classes [this is only for brass, guitar, harp, string, and woodwind students];
  • Concert dress clothes (the appropriate clothes to have will be determined by the ensemble in which you are assigned to perform); and
  • Required textbooks for the theory, aural skills, and keyboard skills classes. You will need to be prepared to purchase these textbooks, all of which are available through the UNCSA Virtual Campus Book Store. While the exact texts you need will be determined by the placement evaluations you will take on Tuesday and Wednesday (and hence cannot be reliably purchased prior to those assessments), you should budget approximately $450 for these required materials so that you can purchase them before the first day of class. (Please know the faculty are aware the cost of textbooks is significant and do everything possible to minimize the overall costs. Also understand that while the initial financial outlay is significant, the theory and aural skills texts will be used for all four semesters of the Foundations of Music sequence, thus providing a longer-range economy.)

Items specific to Individual Music students (representative examples):

  • Supplies for your instrument, such as strings, rosin, valve oil, etc.;
  • Music for your lessons, such as performance repertoire (sonatas, concerti, song collections) and etude books; and
  • Any other supplies your teacher wants you to have for your lesson and master class work.

Graduate

Music students are responsible for providing the necessary music materials and supplies for art-related study. For brass, guitar, string, and woodwind students, this includes a fold-up music stand to be used during individual practice, chamber ensemble rehearsals, and master classes. All students who will perform in one of the large ensembles (orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble) will need appropriate concert dress clothes, although the appropriate clothes to have will be determined in part by the ensemble(s) to which you are assigned.