Fast Facts


The mission of the Music Department is to provide educational and performance opportunities for student and community participants through a variety of musical experiences and academic courses. It is also our mission to serve as a cultural resource for the university and the greater community through performances and presentations offered by our students, our student/community groups, and by our faculty.


The Music Department aspires to provide a responsive and innovative music education to all NC State students as an essential expression of the human experience.


Music at NC State began as drum and bugle support for the military in 1889, less than a decade after the university’s founding. In 1924, Textiles professor Percy Walter “Daddy” Price (for whom the current Music facility at NC State is named) took over as the department’s first director and cultivated many of the performing ensembles still active today: marching band, concert band, orchestra, and men’s choir. In 80 years, the Music Department has grown well beyond the vision of its founders and its university. The drum and bugle corps grew into a marching band of 300—only one of 18 ensembles the department offers. Serving over 2,000 students annually in 92 academic courses, this is one of the largest music departments in the state.


  • Nine faculty, 13 adjunct faculty and instructors, and three support staff
  • 12 student staff


Price Music Center (built in 1972) has 14,000 square feet that is used for:

  • Classroom instruction
  • Individual student instruction
  • Ensemble rehearsals
  • Individual student practice



  • Academic courses – The Music Department offers 92 academic courses and 5 minors to 2,200 students annually at more than 4,300 credit hours. Lecture courses are available in music history, theory and composition, world music, popular music, arts entrepreneurship, music industry, and music technology.
  • Ensembles – The Music Department offers an extraordinary array of performance possibilities for students including two orchestras, two wind bands, three choruses, four jazz groups, and a drums and pipes band. All ensembles earn one academic credit, are open to all students by audition.
  • Performances – In addition to teaching, the department presents more than 40 formal ticketed concerts annually before a cumulative audience 6,000+. This number does not include the hundreds of thousands who enjoy music ensembles performances at live athletics events.

Last updated: July 29, 2015