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Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music, Instrumental Performance Emphasis, BA

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Musical performance is at the center of preparation for a career in music.  Good instrumentalists are in constant demand in professional settings including live performance, studio recording and also in the orchestra pit. Successful performers combine performance with private studio teaching to create a wide variety of opportunities to utlize their skills. Instrumental performers are offered opportunities to work as solo performers and also in collaboration with others in small and large ensemble settings. Instrumental performance majors are also offered teaching opportunities to younger students as part of the Band Project and String Project to help refine their pedagogical skills under the supervision of master teachers.


Program Length

Four years for a complete BA degree.  Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree.  Program length may vary depending upon the student’s course load and academic progress.

Program Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing a major in Music, Instrumental Performance, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of literature and repertoire appropriate to their chosen instrument or instruments of emphasis.
  • Demonstrate a high level of technical skill and mastery of their chosen instrument or instruments.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of pedagogical practices specific to their chosen area of performance practice.
  • Research and prepares a junior recital under faculty supervision.
  • Research and prepares a senior recital under faculty supervision.
  • Create and produce a printed recital program for public performance with appropriate format and annotations.
  • Create and produce and distribute publicity materials such as print and electronic media.
  • Perform publicly a junior recital according to the guidelines outlined in the student recital handbook.
  • Perform publicly a senior recital according to the guidelines outlined in the student recital handbook.

Baccalaureate Degree Core

Baccalaureate Degree Core Requirements   

Music Core Courses: Required for all Bachelor of Arts in Music majors

Music History: 8 Credits

Ensembles: 8 semesters

Large ensemble appropriate to the student’s instrument or voice each semester in residence; may be taken for 0 or 1 credit. Students with junior standing or above may register at the 300-level for upper-division credit.

Piano: 2 Credits

(and pass the Piano Proficiency Test)

Recital Attendance: 0 Credits

Total: 34-42 Credits

* Waived for students who pass the Piano Proficiency Test without enrolling in these courses

Major Requirements

Required Courses

Methods Courses: 2 Credits

(as appropriate)

Two Upper-division Electives: 8 Credits

Two upper-division electives in Music History from the following courses:

Total: 53 Credits

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