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, percussion and jazz piano. Students will study one-on-one with a faculty member in their performing area and complete eight semesters of lessons. Other requirements include public performance, ensemble participation and study in music theory and history.
Whether your performing area is woodwind, brass, percussion, keyboard, or voice, our exceptional faculty of recognized and respected professionals will provide you with the training you need to excel. Most graduates of the B.M. Performance program go on to further study at the graduate level.
In addition to a music aptitude exam, all music degrees require a live audition performed before a panel of music faculty. Interested students should contact the department office to set up an audition for the program. The customary audition day is the last Saturday in February, but an audition may also be done by appointment throughout the year.
Students interested in a scholarship must audition by March 8, 2016 to receive full consideration for an award. All students are considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of admission and additional scholarships are available based on financial need and FAFSA information.
All music majors must pass a public recital in the last semester of principal applied lessons before a degree will be granted. MUS 371, 372, 373 must (unless exempted) reflect the applied study area; only one will count per semester.
Students with a Performance Concentration in wind and percussion must include a minimum of 3 semesters in a concert band and 2 semesters in marching band. For keyboard, strings, and guitar concentrations, MUS 373 must be the major ensemble; performance on secondary winds or percussion is required. If piano is the principal instrument, 3 hours in one secondary applied wind instrument or percussion is required in lieu of piano class.
Performance concentration students must earn and maintain a 2.5 grade-point average in all of their college work for full admission.
The music studio faculty members are all active teachers, performers, producers and composers and bring extensive experience in various aspects of music performance, theory and composition.
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 date.