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Teaching with the Arts

Carolina Performing Arts brings to UNC’s campus a dazzling array of live performances in genres ranging from American roots and classical to jazz and dance, and more.

Students can buy tickets to any performance for just $10.

Performances can be a resource for academic classes and programs. The academic connections to the performing arts range from the straightforward (a Bach performance for a music history class) to the holistic (a Bach performance for a course in psychology or mathematics – stressing contextual, historical connections) to the imaginative (a Bach performance for a course in psychology mathematics – stressing structure and form, or theories of knowledge). Faculty members in numerous departments already make such connections and incorporate performing arts experiences into course syllabi.

How can I integrate the performing arts into my core academic subjects?

Mellon Distinguished Scholar Joy Kasson is available to consult with faculty members on the most effective ways to integrate the arts into their academic courses.

Faculty seminars and reading groups will be held throughout the academic year for faculty and graduate students who wish to explore the pedagogy of academic arts incorporation, as well as to share ideas about planning and incorporating the arts into the curriculum. To learn more about upcoming Arts@TheCore events, email

Additional resources are also available to faculty over the course of the 2014-2015 Carolina Performing Arts season. To learn more about performances for academic integration, click here.

Arts@TheCore Academic Integration Workshops

Throughout the year, Arts@TheCore hosts faculty workshops to discuss ways to integrate the performing arts into the academic mission of the entire university. This summer Joy Kasson, the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Scholar for Carolina Performing Arts, will host workshops on July 11th and August 11th. Topics will include:

  • Discussion of collaboration and creativity
  • Identification of academic themes
  • Presentation of best practices for teaching with the performing arts
  • Procedures for incorporating performances or artist visits as part of an academic program
  • Ideas for faculty-led activities to enrich the campus discussion around performances

Participation is free and open to all UNC faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. Workshops take place from 10am-2pm and lunch will be provided. To register, click here. For more information, contact