Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree with a concentration in Performance may choose from a wide variety of performing areas, including voice, brass, woodwind, percussion, jazz guitar, and jazz or classical piano. Students complete eight semesters of one-on-one lessons with the faculty member in their performing area along with weekly masterclasses with the other students in their area. Other requirements include a junior and a senior recital, ensemble participation, and additional study in music theory and history.
All music degrees require a live audition performed before a panel of music faculty. Interested students should contact the School of Music office to set up an audition for the program. Auditions are typically held in late January and early February, but an audition may also be arranged at other times by appointment.Students interested in receiving a scholarship must complete the University's application for financial aid and audition by mid-February in order to be eligible. Music scholarships may be renewed for up to four years, but a student must complete the university's application for financial aid each year.
Performance concentration students must maintain a 2.5 grade-point average in all of their college work in order to receive the degree.
Faculty members are committed to teaching the individual student, whether in lessons or in larger courses. Because developing skills in music performance involves one-on-one teaching, significant mentoring relationships often develop that last well beyond a student's graduation.