School of Music

BM in Music Performance

This degree program is designed for those who wish to prepare for a career in music performance and/or applied music teaching, and those who plan to do graduate work in applied music. The program aims to instill a thorough understanding of music and its relationship to contemporary society. Private lessons, solo, chamber and large ensemble performance, and the study of literature and pedagogy of the major instrument are emphasized. Basic understanding of the standards and opportunities for professional performance leads the student to realistic expectations for a career as a performer or teacher.

The minimum number of credits required for the degree is 120.

Music CORE (30-34 credits)

Credits
Music Theory and Aural Skills (16 credits) 
MUT 110 Music Theory 13
MUT 111 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 11
MUT 112 Music Theory 23
MUT 113 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 21
MUT 210 Music Theory 3 3
MUT 211 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 31
MUT 212 Music Theory 43
MUT 213 Sight Singing and Aural Skills 41
  
Music History (12 credits) 
MUH 105 Multi-Cultural Perspectives of American Popular Music and Jazz3
MUH 222 Music History Survey 13
MUH 223 Music History Survey 23
One other MUH course not listed above3
  
Functional Piano (4 credits, not required for piano and organ majors) 
MUS 150 Piano Class 11
MUS 151 Piano Class 21
MUS 250 Piano Class 31
MUS 251 Piano Class 41
  
Conducting (2 credits) 
MUS 244 Basic Conducting2
  

Applied Music (27 credits)

 Credits
Instrumental Students: MUP 203 Applied Music (8 semesters)24
Voice Students: MUP 202 Applied Music (8 semesters) AND24
MUP 201 Vocal Coaching (8 semesters) 
MUS 440 Studio Class - Voice only (6 semesters)0-3
All voice students who are taking applied voice lessons as their primary instrument must take 6 semesters of MUS 440 Studio Class while studying applied voice.  
MUP 390 Junior Recital0
MUP 490 Capstone: Senior Recital / Seminar3
MUS 442 Recital Class (8 semesters)0
  
Performance majors must complete satisfactorily a 30 minute recital in the junior year and a 50 minute recital in the senior year. The junior recital, 30 minutes of music, must include at least 25 minutes of solo performance. The senior recital, 50 minutes of music, must include at least 40 minutes of solo performance. All recitals must show a range of performance pieces demonstrating a variety of historical styles.

Guitar Performance

Credits

Ensembles 
MUS 406 Chamber Music or playing guitar in a conducted ensemble 6
Area Specific Music Courses  
MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument2
MUS 330 Form and Analysis3
MUS 332 Counterpoint 3
MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument2
Elective Credits 
Music7
Non-Music9
Jury Information - Guitar Performance  

Performance majors will take a jury at the end of every semester. Students are expected to make satisfactory progress and meet their applied teacher's expectations. Students will be required to demonstrate progress through comprehensive musical selections with both technical proficiency (scales, etudes, etc.) and musicianship (concerti, sonatas, concert etudes, excerpts, etc.).
A minimum of 2/3 of recital material (including any and all memorization requirements), must be presented with piano at the jury prior to the semester in which any degree recitals is to be performed. Degree recitals may not be scheduled until this jury level is met.
A USM collaborative pianist is available for jury accompaniment.

 

Recital Information - Guitar Performance

 

Guitar Performance majors must perform a 30-minute recital in the junior year and a 50-minute recital in the senior year. A pre-recital hearing two weeks prior to any degree recital must be passed before a student may present their recital.
The Junior Recital: must consist of 30 minutes of music, must include at least 25 minutes of solo performance and must show a range of pieces demonstrating a variety of historical styles and genres, technical proficiency and musicianship. Program repertory to be selected under the guidance of the applied instructor. At least one work must be performed from memory.
The Senior Recital: must consist of 50 minutes of music, must include at least 40 minutes of solo performance and show a range of pieces demonstrating a variety of historical styles and genres, technical proficiency and musicianship. Program repertory to be selected under the guidance of the applied instructor. At least one work must be performed from memory.

 
  
Organ Performance Credit
Ensemble 
MUS 401 University Chorale (4 semesters)2
MUS 406 Chamber Music (2 semesters; one completed playing continuo)1
MUS 452 Accompanying or keyboard in a conducted ensemble
Area Specific Music Course 
MUS 310/311 Organ Improvisation 1 & 22
MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument Organ 12
MUS 323 Literature of the Major Instrument Organ 22
MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument2
MUT 330 Form and Analysis3
MUT 332 Counterpoint3
Elective Credit  
Music7
Non-Music9
Jury Information - Organ Performance 

Organ Performance majors will take a progress check jury at the end of each fall semester and a level jury at the end of each spring semester. Jury level expectations are:
Level 1 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 2; Level 2 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 4; Level 3 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 6.
Students must perform a check jury in the semester in which jury levels are not being completed. Jury Level 3 must be successfully completed prior to the presentation of their Senior Recital.

 

Recital Information - Organ Performance

 

Organ Performance majors must satisfactorily complete a 30 minute recital in the junior year and a 50 minute recital in the senior year. The junior recital, 30 minutes of music, must include at least 25 minutes of solo performance. The senior recital, 50 minutes of music, must include at least 40 minutes of solo performance. All recitals must show a range of performance pieces demonstrating a variety of historical styles.

 
  
Piano PerformanceCredits
Ensembles 
       MUS 406 Chamber Music2
       MUS 406, MUS 452 or keyboard in a conducted ensemble4
 Area Specific Music Courses 
MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument Piano 12
MUS 322 Literature of the Major Instrument Piano 22
MUT 330 Form and Analysis3
MUT 332 Counterpoint3
MUS 360/361 Advanced Keyboard Skills 1 & 24
MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument Piano 12
MUS 373 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument Piano 22
Elective Credits 
Music4
Non-Music6
Jury Information  - Piano Performance 

Piano Performance majors will take a progress check jury at the end of each fall semester and a level jury at the end of each spring semester. Jury level expectations are:

Level 1 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 2; Level 2 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 4; Level 3 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 6. Students must perform a check jury in the semester in which jury levels are not being completed. Jury Level 3 must be successfully completed prior to the presentation of their Senior Recital.

 

Recital Information  - Piano Performance

 

Piano Performance majors must satisfactorily complete a 30 minute recital in the junior year and a 50 minute recital in the senior year. The junior recital, 30 minutes of music, must include at least 25 minutes of solo performance. The senior recital, 50 minutes of music, must include at least 40 minutes of solo performance. All recitals must show a range of performance pieces demonstrating a variety of historical styles.

 
  
 String Performance Credits
 Ensemble 
University Orchestra (8 semesters)4
MUS 406 Chamber Music2
Area Specific Music Courses 
MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument2
MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument2
MUT 330 Form and Analysis3
MUT 332 Counterpoint3
Elective Credits 
Music5
Non-Music9
Jury Information - String Performance 

Performance majors will take a jury at the end of every semester. Students are expected to make satisfactory progress and meet their applied teacher's expectations. Students will be required to demonstrate progress through comprehensive musical selections with both technical proficiency (scales, etudes, etc.) and musicianship (concerti, sonatas, concert etudes, excerpts, etc.).
A minimum of 2/3 of recital material (including any and all memorization requirements), must be presented with piano at the jury prior to the semester in which any degree recitals is to be performed. Degree recitals may not be scheduled until this jury level is met.
A USM collaborative pianist is available for jury accompaniment.

 
Recital Information - String Performace 

Performance majors must perform a 30-minute recital in the junior year and a 50-minute recital in the senior year. A pre-recital hearing two weeks prior to any degree recital must be passed before a student may present their recital.
The Junior Recital: must consist of 30 minutes of music, must include at least 25 minutes of solo performance and must show a range of pieces demonstrating a variety of historical styles and genres, technical proficiency and musicianship. Program repertory to be selected under the guidance of the applied instructor. At least one work must be performed from memory.
The Senior Recital: must consist of 50 minutes of music, must include at least 40 minutes of solo performance and show a range of pieces demonstrating a variety of historical styles and genres, technical proficiency and musicianship. Program repertory to be selected under the guidance of the applied instructor. At least one work must be performed from memory.

 
  

Vocal Performace

Credits

Ensembles

 

Major Ensemble (8 semesters)

 

University Chorale or Chamber Singer

4

MUS 404 Opera Workshop

3

Area Specific Music Courses

 

     MUS 256/257 Diction 1 and 2

4
MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument2
MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Instrument 2
MUT 330 Form and Analysis3
Voice Majors only: Non-music course requirements16
Voice majors must meet a minimum proficiency in Italian and either French or German either by exam or through completion of the second semester of the basic course. 
Italian 1 & 28
French or German8
Elective Credits 
Music0
Non-Music0
Jury Information - Vocal Performance 

Performance majors will take a progress check jury at the end of each fall semester and a level jury at the end of each spring semester. Jury level expectations are: 
Level 1 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 2; Level 2 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 4; Level 3 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 6.
A level 2 jury must be earned prior to the presentation of the Junior Recital. A Level 3 jury must be earned prior to the presentation of the Senior Recital. 
A USM collaborative pianist is available for jury accompaniment.

 
 Recital Information - Vocal Performance 
Performance majors must complete satisfactorily a 30 minute recital in the junior year and a 50 minute recital in the senior year. The junior recital, 30 minutes of music, must include at least 25 minutes of solo performance. The senior recital, 50 minutes of music, must include at least 40 minutes of solo performance. All recitals must show a range of performance pieces demonstrating a variety of historical styles. 
  
Wind / Percussion Performance Credit
Ensembles 
University Concert Band (8 semesters)4
MUS 406 Chamber Music2
Area Specific Music Courses 
MUS 321 Literature of the Major Instrument 2
MUS 372 Pedagogy of the Major Instrument2
MUT 330 Form and Analysis3
MUT 332 Counterpoint3
Elective Credits 
Music5
Non-Music9
Jury Information - Wind / Percussion Performance 

Performance majors will take a jury at the end of every semester. Students are expected to make satisfactory progress and meet their applied teacher's expectations. Students will be required to demonstrate progress through comprehensive musical selections with both technical proficiency (scales, etudes, etc.) and musicianship (concerti, sonatas, concert etudes, excerpts, etc.). 
Jury level expectations are: 
Level 1 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 2; Level 2 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 4; Level 3 - earned at the conclusion of Semester 6. Jury Level 2 must be earned prior to the presentation of the Junior Recital. Jury Level 3 must be earned prior to the presentation of the Senior Recital.
A USM collaborative pianist is available for jury accompaniment.

 
Recital Information - Wind / Percussion Performance 

Performance majors must perform a 30-minute recital in the junior year and a 50-minute recital in the senior year. A pre-recital hearing two weeks prior to any degree recital must be passed before a student may present their recital.
The Junior Recital: must consist of 30 minutes of music, must include at least 25 minutes of solo performance and must show a range of pieces demonstrating a variety of historical styles and genres, technical proficiency and musicianship. Program repertory to be selected under the guidance and approval of the applied instructor. 
The Senior Recital: must consist of 50 minutes of music, must include at least 40 minutes of solo performance and show a range of pieces demonstrating a variety of historical styles and genres, technical proficiency and musicianship. Program repertory to be selected under the guidance and approval of the applied instructor.

 

Admission Information 

Admission to all degree programs in music is based on the following criteria:

  1. Performance audition on the applicant's major instrument.
  2. Tests of aural comprehension, rhythmic recitation, and sight singing administered individually by a member of the staff.
  3. A diagnostic written test of music fundamentals, including intervals, scales, chords, and key signatures.