Bachelor of Music - Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Performance prepares students for careers in performance and studio teaching, as well as for graduate level study in performance. This major offers comprehensive course work in solo and ensemble literature and emphasizes public performance on all orchestral and band instruments, piano, organ, harpsichord, and voice. 

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The BMUS in Performance requires completion of the common requirements for all Bachelor of Music degrees including general education courses and the BM Music Core. In addition, students follow their Performance Area Core in addition to elective courses chosen in accordance with an adviser for a total of at least 130 credit hours. In order to be considered for acceptance into the BM in Performance, students must pass an audition for acceptance into an applied study program.

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Bachelor of Music in Performance: Music Core Requirements

Music Theory Core Hours 
MUS 101, 102, 201 and 202 - Music Theory and Practice I, II, III, and IV 8
MUS 107, 108, 207 and 208 - Aural Skills I, II, III, and IV 7
Advanced music theory (chosen in consultation with an advisor) 6
Music History and Literature Core Hours
MUS 110 - Introd Art Mus: Intl Perspect 2
MUS 313 and 314 - The History of Music I and II 6
Advanced music history (chosen in consultation with an advisor) 6
Performance Studies Hours
MUS 172 and 173 - Group Instruction Piano for Music Majors I and II
    or MUS 454 - Advanced Keyboard Skills I (keyboard majors) 
4
2
MUS 242 - Elements of Conducting 2
MUS 2xx - Ensembles 8

 

Individual Performance Area Core Requirements

Woodwind Performance Core  Hours 
Applied Major (lessons) 32
Applied Minor 8
Junior and Senior Recital  
Brass Performance Core   Hours 
Applied Major (lessons) 24
Applied Minor 8
Chamber Ensemble 8
Junior and Senior Recital  
Percussion Performance Core Hours 
Applied Major (lessons) 32
Applied Minor 8
Junior and Senior Recital  
String Performance Core Hours
Applied Major (lessons) 26
Applied Minor 8
Chamber Ensemble 6
Junior and Senior Recital  
Piano, Organ, Harpsichord Performance Core Hours
Applied Major (lessons) 32
Applied Minor 6
Intro to Piano Literature 3
Piano Pedagogy I and II 4
Junior and Senior Recital  
Vocal Performance Core Hours
Applied Major (lessons) 24
English, Italian, French, German Diction  4
Italian I and II 8
French I and II 8
German I and II 8
Applied Music Pedagogy 4
Additional Piano 8
Junior and Senior Recital