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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Performance (Instrumental), BM

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Bachelor of Music in Performance

This degree is intended for students whose skills and interest in the performance of music are focused at the professional level. Those who elect this option must be aware that ultimate success in performance careers normally involves further study beyond the bachelor’s degree, as well as a growing accumulation of actual performance experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • gain knowledge of music theory, history, literature, and culture
  • acquire skills necessary to perform, conduct, and/or compose music from various periods and genres
  • acquire knowledge of performance literature appropriate to their medium

Specific Degree Requirements

All music majors must meet all general University and College graduation requirements, including First Year Seminars, regardless of the following specific degree requirements, unless specifically excused. All music degrees require MUSI 1307 - Elements of Musical Style , which also meets the Core Curriculum Program Fine Arts requirement. Understanding and Enjoying Music (MUSI 1306 ) cannot count towards any degree requirement of the Bachelor of Music in Performance. No music coursework with a grade lower than “C” will be counted toward the completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Music, the Bachelor of Music with Teacher Certification, or the Bachelor of Music in Performance, with the following exception. In order to progress to the next level of applied principal lessons (MUAP courses), a student must earn at least an “A” or “B” in his/her lessons and also be recommended to advance by the jury committee. A student who does not advance to the next level of lessons, as recommended by the jury committee, can earn no higher than a “C” in applied music. Students who do not advance in lessons due to their ineligibility to take the Basic Music Skills Assessment due to other factors (i.e. theory sequence issues) are not held to this grading policy.

Degree Requirements

Sem. Hrs.
  1. University Core Curriculum Programs  
  2. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*
  3. Major Requirements



Total 120 (122)

*Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:


Transfer students with 24 or more hours are exempt from First-Year Seminar.


*Students with adequate keyboard skills may substitute Secondary Piano Studio courses for Class Piano I-IV with permission of the Music Department Chair.

Minimum of 8 hrs. of appropriate large ensemble

Upper-Division music electives 10 hrs.

Total Music Coursework: 78 hrs.

Total Core Curriculum Program: 42 hrs.

Total Minimum Requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Performance (Instrumental): 120 hrs.

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