Sep 24, 2023
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.
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)
- 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
- 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.
- Completion of at least 60 semester hours with an average of C or better.
- Completion of
- Completion of sophomore applied major study, or equivalent for transfer students, with at least a grade of B.
- Successful completion of Upper Division Examination.
Graduation requirements for majors in Performance
- Completion of 20–32 hours in the major instrument/voice. (Number of hours varies according to the instrument.)
- Completion of 6–16 hours supplementing the major instrument (literature, pedagogy, diction, chamber music, advanced conducting).
- Demonstration of proficiency in solo playing in public recitals, and in ensemble and chamber music, as appropriate.
- 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.
- Completion of 6–12 hours in upper-level MUTH, MUCP and MUED. Credit hours and courses vary by performance area.
- Other music and general electives 3–10 hours (see program outlines below for specific recommendations).
- A total of 121–134 hours are required.
Hours required and general/college requirements
A minimum of 130 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.
34 hours, including:
(Contact the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures for placement)
23 hours in music theory, including:
Plus 3 hours selected from
7 hours (6 of which must be advanced)
- Presentation of a junior recital; content approved in advance by faculty.
- Demonstration of proficiency in performance equivalent to the Service Playing Examination of the American Guild of Organists.
- Organ majors must perform one major work from memory on the degree recital.
- Attendance at all area departmental recitals is required. Unexcused absences will result in the final applied major course grade being lowered. For additional information, consult the divisional and area handbooks.