Music Performance

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Music (BM)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Audition required. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Prepare for a career performing or teaching, with a focus on guitar, organ, piano, strings, voice, winds, or percussion.
  • Gain performance experience through both on-campus and off-campus opportunities in the heart of Southern Maine’s thriving arts community.
  • Learn from a faculty of nationally and internationally distinguished performers, teachers, scholars, and mentors with experience in a comprehensive range of genres.
  • Study in a program that is accredited by the National Association of Schools and Music (NASM).
  • Experience performing in Corthell Hall, a historical building that gives students access to practice rooms, recording facilities, as well as rehearsal and performance venues.
  • Join a network of successful alumni including a Grammy winner and singers for the Metropolitan Opera.
A trumpet player performs at the Merrill Auditorium.

Cultivating your talent

Students prepare for careers as performers, private teachers, and college professors, but also to pursue graduate study at the most prestigious programs in the country. Notable alumni have gone on to sing at world-renowned institutions such as the New York Metropolitan Opera (the Met) and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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Faculty of distinguished performers

We offer a personalized and opportunity-based approach to educating musicians, featuring a faculty of distinguished performers (nationally and internationally), teachers, scholars, and mentors with experience in all styles of music.

Drummers perform at the Merrill Auditorium.

Scholarships for Music Performance majors

We offer Merit Scholarships as well as scholarships specifically for Music Performance majors. Keep in mind that there are deadlines for all scholarship opportunities. Be sure to apply and audition by each respective deadline.

A pianist performs at the Annual Scholarship Gala.

Our performance season

Attend and engage in our Faculty Concert Series; the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra; Scholarship Gala; Chamber Singers; University Chorale; Concert Band; our annual musical; opera; ensembles of jazz, vocal jazz, winds, and composers; as well as student recitals, masterclasses, and performances by internationally known guest musicians.

The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra on stage at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland.

Program requirements

Build a thorough understanding of music and its relationship to contemporary society for a career as a performer or teacher. Students prepare through private lessons, solo, chamber and large ensemble performances, as well as the study of literature and pedagogy.

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate, as part of the NEBHE Tuition Break Program.

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Talent of the highest caliber

In order to be accepted into the Osher School of Music and join a group of other talented musicians, students must first audition as part of the application process.

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Next steps

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