As a student in the high school piano program at University of North Carolina School of the Arts you will be part of a renowned program that educates you to be a versatile artist, ready for the challenges and rigors of a college program.
You will be able to focus on your passion for music while also studying traditional academic courses. You will have weekly private lessons, group master classes, theory and sight reading lessons and can be assigned to chamber and large ensembles as appropriate. The School of Music requires a weekly Performance Hour where music students and faculty perform a wide range of musical styles and genres. The unique curriculum at UNCSA, with its high school through postgraduate programs, provides positive interaction between students of different experience levels. The program exposes you to a variety of instruments and music selections from different periods and from around the world.
You will have access to 14 piano-student-only practice rooms, equipped with grand pianos, and play in the acoustically-designed Watson Hall, Crawford Hall, Gerald Freedman Theatre and the 1,300-seat Stevens Center.
The high school academic program is highly valued as an integral component in the education of our students. The high school music intensive curriculum is balanced by the academic classroom – 9th and 10th graders are required to take at least four academic courses, 11th graders at least three academic courses, and 12th graders at least two. There are no academic classes held on Wednesdays to allow for group and large ensemble rehearsals, individual practice and lessons. High school musicians graduate with a diploma, with the option to work toward an additional “Concentration in Music” designation.
"Gold Medal Soloist" concert on Saturday, March 31 features Concerto Competition winners Andrew Hasher and Jacob Wang. Symphony Orchestra Music Director Christopher James Lees conducts.
Undergraduate students in the School of Music took top prizes in the Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists and the Baltimore International Piano Competition.