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    Dec 02, 2021  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performance (specialization: Orchestral Instruments), BM

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After completing the Bachelor of Music with a major in performance, you might play as a solo guest performer with an orchestra or smaller ensemble, or you might become a church musician or recitalist. Many graduates also teach private lessons in schools or colleges.

 Program requirements

Bachelor of Music

Click here to view the general “Bachelor of Music ” requirements within the “College of Music ” section.

Major in Performance

The following choices are available under performance.

  • Piano (performance)
  • Piano (pedagogy)
  • Organ (performance)
  • Organ (church music)
  • Harpsichord
  • Voice
  • Orchestral Instruments
    • Strings: violin, viola, cello and double bass
    • Winds: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, woodwinds (a combination of all five instruments), trumpet, trombone euphonium, horn and tuba
    • Percussion
    • Harp
    • Classical Guitar

General requirements for majors in Performance

Students who have not fulfilled the following requirements at the beginning of the fifth term/semester are not allowed to major in applied music.

  1. Completion of at least 60 semester hours with an average of C or better.
  2. Completion of
  3. Completion of sophomore applied major study, or equivalent for transfer students, with at least a grade of B.
  4. Successful completion of Upper Division Examination.

Graduation requirements for majors in Performance

  1. Completion of 20–32 hours in the major instrument/voice. (Number of hours varies according to the instrument.)
  2. Completion of 6–16 hours supplementing the major instrument (literature, pedagogy, diction, chamber music, advanced conducting).
  3. Demonstration of proficiency in solo playing in public recitals, and in ensemble and chamber music, as appropriate.
  4. Presentation of all senior recital capstone requirements, content approved in advance and public performance graded by faculty. All proficiencies (including theory, piano and Upper Division Examination) must be met the semester before applying for the senior recital capstone.
  5. Completion of 6–12 hours in upper-level MUTH, MUCP and MUED. Credit hours and courses vary by performance area.
  6. Other music and general electives 3–10 hours (see program outlines below for specific recommendations).
  7. A total of 121–134 hours are required.

Degree requirements

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 121 hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Music  requirements.

Major requirements

36 hours, including:

Chamber music, 6 hours

Note: percussion majors may use MUCM 3617 ; harp majors may use MUCM 3630 ; guitar majors may use MUEN 2621 ; substitutions may result in needing to add additional advanced hours.

Other required courses


5 hours (1 of which must be advanced).

Other requirements

All non-keyboard majors must enroll in secondary piano each long term/semester until proficiency is passed.

Stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello, double bass)

  • A minimum of eight terms/semesters of MULB 1805 , Symphony Orchestra, each long term/semester.
  • A minimum of 2 hours in a performance versatility requirement chosen from:
    1. a secondary stringed instrument,
    2. orchestral repertoire,
    3. applied lessons on a baroque instrument.
  • Preparation of two programs of representative works from classic, romantic and contemporary styles. The equivalent of one-half recital must be given the junior year and a full recital in the senior year.

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