Academics

The Major in Performance

The BM in performance is a four-year program consisting of course work in the major (individual instruction, performance class, major conducted ensemble, chamber music), core music studies (theory, aural skills, music history, conducting) and a minimum of 30 credits outside the School of Music that will provide a broad education in the spirit of the Liberal Arts Foundation. A junior and senior recital is required. The performance major is available in voice, piano, organ, violin, viola, cello, double bass, classical guitar, jazz/studio guitar, harp, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, and percussion.

Piano or Organ

Basic Music Courses (all majors) plus:

  • MUAP 302 or MUAP 305 Private Instruction in the Major Instrument— 24 credits 
  • MUAP 304 and/or MUAP 306 Private Instruction—2 credits 
  • MUS 211 Accompanying—8 credits 
  • MUS 217 Piano Literature (Piano majors)
  • MUS 157 Organ History and Literature (Organ majors) 
  • MUS 228 Pedagogy
  • MUS 229 Pedagogy Practicum
  • MUS 299 * Upper Division Qualifying Examination
  • MUS 399 Junior Recital (or production of a professional-level edited tape recording) 
  • MUS 498A Full Senior Recital
  • Appropriate conducted ensemble— 4 credits

Voice

Basic Music Courses (all majors) plus:

  • MUAP 308 Private Instruction in Voice—24 credits 
  • MUS 224 German and Italian Vocal Literature and Diction
  • MUSI 110 Opera Workshop—4 credits 
  • MUS 228 Pedagogy
  • MUS 225 English and French Vocal Literature and Diction
  • MUS 229 Pedagogy Practicum
  • MUS 299 * Upper Division Qualifying Examination
  • MUS 399 Junior Recital (or production of a professional-level edited tape recording) 
  • MUS 498A Full Senior Recital
  • Appropriate conducted ensemble— 8 credits

Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass or Harp

Basic Music Courses (all majors) plus:

  • MUAP 300–399 Private Instruction on the Major Instrument—24 credits
  • MUS 228 Pedagogy
  • MUS 229 Pedagogy Practicum
  • MUS 259 Literature of the Major
  • MUS 299 Upper Division Qualifying Examination
  • MUS 399 Junior Recital (or production of a professional-level edited tape recording)
  • MUS 498A Full Senior Recital
  • Appropriate conducted ensemble—8 credits
  • Chamber Ensemble—4 credits

Violin majors must also complete 2 credits of private study in viola.
Viola majors must also complete 2 credits of private study in violin.

Wind Instrument or Percussion

Basic Music Courses (all majors) plus:

  • MUAP 300–399 Private Instruction on the Major Instrument—24 credits
    Note: Percussion majors must take a minimum of 8 credits of MUAP 322 Classical Percussion and a minimum of 8 credits of MUAP 324 Jazz Percussion.
  • MUS 228 Pedagogy
  • MUS 229 Pedagogy Practicum
  • MUS 259 Literature of the Major
  • MUS 299 Upper Division Qualifying Examination
  • MUS 399 Junior Recital (or production of a professional-level edited tape recording)
  • MUS 498A Full Senior Recital
  • Appropriate conducted ensemble—8 credits
  • Chamber Ensemble—4 credits

Guitar

Basic Music Courses (all majors) plus:

  • MUAP 300–399 Private Instruction in Guitar—24 credits
    Note: Students must take a minimum of 8 credits of MUAP 328 Classical Guitar and 8 credits of MUAP 330 Studio/Jazz Guitar.
  • MUS 228 Pedagogy
  • MUS 229 Pedagogy Practicum
  • MUS 259 Literature of the Major
  • MUS 299 Upper Division Qualifying Examination
  • MUS 399 Junior Recital (or production of a professional-level edited tape recording)
  • MUS 498A Full Senior Recital
  • Appropriate conducted ensemble—4 credits
  • Guitar Ensemble—8 credits

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