Department of Music

The Department of Music is committed to providing broad-based educational opportunities for NC State students through a variety of musical experiences and introductory and upper-level academic courses. Departmental faculty seek to assist students in developing musical insights, musical skills, and the capacity to perceive and respond to music in its historical and cultural contexts.

Opportunities for direct student application as performers include many choral and instrumental ensemble courses. Registration in any ensemble is open to students with a disciplined interest in music. Auditions are scheduled during summer orientation, at the beginning of each semester, and by appointment with the conductor of the group.

The department offers a variety of courses, most of which may be taken to fulfill specific general education programs. Any course may be taken as a free elective. The department offers minors in Arts Entrepreneurship, Music Studies, and Music Performance for qualified undergraduate students who wish to engage in more extensive study of music and the arts. 

The department also serves as a cultural resource for the university community and the public at large through concerts presented by ensembles, student-musicians, music faculty, and visiting artists. Concerts are open to students and the public.

For more information about this department, including contact information, visit the department website.

Price Music Center
Campus Box 7311
Raleigh, NC 27695-7311
Phone: 919.515.2981
Fax: 919.9515.4204


Department Head

  • Dr. Daniel G. Monek, Department Head, Professor

Associate Department Head

  • Dr. Tom Koch, Associate Department Head, Associate Teaching Professor


  • Dr. Peter Askim, Director of Orchestras, Teaching Professor
  • Jennifer Beattie, Lecturer, Applied Lesson Coordinator
  • Dr. Gary Beckman, Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in the Arts, Teaching Professor
  • Mr. Christopher Branam, Assistant Director of Bands, Lecturer
  • Dr. Paul Garcia, Director of Bands, Teaching Professor
  • Dr. Olga Kleiankina, Director of Piano Studies, Teaching Professor
  • Dr. Nathan Leaf, Director of Choral Activities, Teaching Professor
  • Dr. Kirsten Paige, Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Dr. Wes Parker, Director of Jazz Studies, Teaching Professor

Adjunct Lecturers

  • Dr. Alison Arnold
  • Dr. William Boone
  • Kathryn Brown
  • Jason Foureman
  • Aaron Keane
  • Dr. Jonathan Kramer
  • Anatoly Larkin
  • Dr. Robert Petters
  • Dr. Kristen Turner
  • Phyllis Vogel

Adjunct Applied Lecturers

  • Sam Almaguer, Applied Instructor of Clarinet
  • Mary Boone, Adjunct Instructor of Flute
  • Elizabeth Beilman, Applied Instructor of Cello
  • Leonid Finkelshteyn, Adjunct Instructor of Bass
  • Kent Foss, Applied Instructor of Trumpet
  • Winifred Garrett, Adjunct Instructor of Harp
  • Justin Martin, Applied Instructor of Guitar
  • Keenan McKenzie, Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone
  • Dr. DeMar Austin Neal, Applied Instructor of Voice
  • John Pederson, Adjunct Instructor of Bassoon
  • Jonathan Randazzo, Adjunct Instructor of Trombone
  • Lin-Ti Wang, Adjunct Instructor of Violin
  • Melanie Wilsden, Adjunct Instructor of Oboe