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A trumpet player and two saxophone players from the NC State Jazz Combo perform in OneEarth cafe.


No matter what that looks like for you, we're here to help you keep performing, listening, learning, creating and connecting.

Dance and music empower us to think and do the extraordinary—and the ordinary—every day. Both art forms can help us focus, unwind or power through. We dream up new ideas and explore different ways to communicate them through movement or music.

The Department of Performing Arts and Technology is where NC State students of any major cultivate and explore their creative interests—no matter where they lead. Through our courses and programs, students grow as performers, develop entrepreneurial skills, learn new ways to enhance their art form using technology, and gain an understanding of the theory, history and cultural significance of both dance and music.

Whether you’re a mover, musician, performing arts enthusiast or innovator, your artistic passions will thrive at NC State.

20+ performing ensembles

Our ensemble courses and performing student organizations offer music-making opportunities for all NC State student-performers plus some community members.

50+ concerts
every year

Don’t miss our orchestras, choirs, a cappella groups, concert bands and jazz bands performing several times each year in Stewart Theatre. Student tickets are just $5.

60+ courses
available to you

All of our courses are open to any student at NC State regardless of their major, and many will satisfy your GEP requirements. Follow your interests where they lead.

[The department] is one of the beautiful facets of NC State University that make this place feel like home.

Riley Stephenson, ’21

Vocal performance minor, pictured above

Join the Wolfpack music community

Follow us on social media to keep up with everything going on in the music department. Our student-musicians make their voices heard, in support of the department and each other, on the university’s annual Day of Giving and every day. You’ll find us @ncstatemusic on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Soundcloud.

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