BM – Instrumental Performance


The Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance is ideal for students interested in pursuing an intensive, conservatory-like undergraduate career in performance. Students are given various and unique opportunities to hone their craft. In addition to advanced applied study, this program provides foundational study in music theory, history, instrumental pedagogy, and conducting, among other areas. With the Bachelor of Music degree comes frequent opportunities to perform, including but not limited to: required half and whole degree recitals, solo performances in convocation, performance in master classes, ensemble performances, and chamber music.

Applied Lessons

Applied Music, listed in the university catalog as MUSI 1222 and MUSI 3222, consists of private study of an instrument or voice with a member of the Department of Music faculty. The student’s major determines the number of credits of Applied Music taken each semester. Some undergraduate degrees require the student to progress to upper division performance status. Admission to upper division performance status is achieved by passing a promotional jury, typically taken at the end of the sophomore year.

As with all lessons, the main emphasis is on performing. Lessons will address technical and musical skills in order to improve the student’s performance ability and understanding. Musical analysis, history, and other musical skills learned in the course of the student’s academic career may be applied during Applied Music, thereby elevating the student’s musical awareness.

Students pursuing the BM in Instrumental Performance are required to take eight semesters of Applied Music for 3 credits each. Four of those eight semesters must be in MUSI 3222.