This page is specific to non-Jazz Emphasis performance majors. Find out about the Bachelor of Music in Performance - Jazz Emphasis in the 2023-2024 Music catalog.


120–138 credits (varies by major instrument)

Admission and Retention in the Performance Department

Students are admitted to the Performance program by completing the formal application and audition process. All performance majors who have been awarded a School of Music scholarship are expected to maintain a QPA of 2.0 every semester of enrollment in order to maintain their scholarship. Any student failing to meet these expected standards will be subject to the university academic student standing guidelines that are stated in the academic policies section of this catalog and could potentially lose their music scholarship.

Program Learning Outcomes

The music performance department adheres to the School of Music General Outcomes for All Degree Areas as listed on the main Degree page. In addition:

  1. Students must demonstrate achievement of professional, entry-level competence in the major area, including significant technical mastery, the ability solve professional problems independently, and develop a coherent set of artistic/intellectual goals for the purpose of long-term success in their chosen field.
  2. Students are expected to have the ability to form and defend value judgments about music and to communicate musical ideas, concepts, and requirements to professionals and laypersons related to the practice of the major field.
  3. Students must demonstrate understanding of performance practice and historical and social contexts of the musical works of their field.
  4. Students must demonstrate the ability to conduct theoretical analysis of relevant repertoire, including arranging music for their instrument and/or ensembles.
  5. Students incorporate relevant technology into degree completion requirements, including recitals, recital program notes, and jury papers.
  6. Students must demonstrate competency in musicianship skills, including rhythm, aural skills, sightreading, score analysis and reading, and transposition.
  7. Students must demonstrate a reasonable capacity to improvise as appropriate to the performance practice of selected repertoire.
  8. Students perform a wide variety of musical styles from various cultures and time periods.
  9. Students demonstrate research, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in applied study, ensembles, and academic coursework.
  10. Students will demonstrate an understanding of sequential pedagogy for beginning and intermediate performers; major schools of philosophy and methodology; teaching techniques and strategies; repertoire and resources; measurement and evaluation of performance; psychological, cognitive, and physiological developmental issues in teaching

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