The Bachelor of Music with a major in music performance is a 124-hour professional degree program that prepares students for a variety of music, music performance, and music-related careers. It also provides the basis for further personal study or graduate school.

Students may select from a variety of different performance tracks within the Bachelor of Music with a major in music performance depending upon instrumental or voice performance specialty. These tracks include piano, organ, voice, orchestral instruments, guitar, and jazz.

The Bachelor of Music with a major in music performance is designed to enable students to develop the range of knowledge, skills, and competencies expected of those holding a professional baccalaureate degree in music performance.

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. Candidates will demonstrate acceptable professional-level performance of solo and ensemble literature.

  2. Candidates will use and apply appropriate theoretical skills.

  3. Candidates will employ fundamental music pedagogy appropriate for their instrument or voice.

  4. Candidates will apply analytical and historical knowledge of activities related to music performance.

  5. Candidates will meet all the standards set forth by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) for the professional degree in music performance.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Candidates will demonstrate performance skill through the jury process (a prepared performance adjudicated by a panel every semester), a performance barrier (after 4 semesters of applied instruction) that leads to upper division applied study, a junior recital of not less than 20 minutes, and a senior recital of not less than 40 minutes.

  2. Candidates will produce an in-depth analysis project or paper in which advanced music theory precepts are documented.

  3. Candidates will demonstrate fundamental music pedagogy as part of the studio class; candidates will provide feedback and therapeutic suggestions to other members of the studio.

  4. Candidates will perform repertoire on the junior and senior recitals that display stylistically correct performance practices for a variety of genres.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Music Degree with a Major in Music Performance

Core Curriculum60
Core Curriculum, Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum)42
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Music with a major in music performance should take MUSC 1100 in Area C or as an elective in the senior college curriculum.
Core Curriculum Area F
MUSC 1011Music Theory I3
MUSC 1012Music Theory II3
MUSC 1051Music Theory Lab I1
MUSC 1052Music Theory Lab II1
MUSC 2052Music Theory Lab IV1
MUSC 2011Music Theory III3
MUSC 2051Music Theory Lab III1
MUSC 1016An Introduction to Computer Applications in Music1
MUSC 1/2XXX Major/Principal Applied 4
Senior College Curriculum64
MUSC 2012Music Theory IV3
Principal Ensemble8
One or a combination of the following assigned ensembles (see Principal Ensemble Requirement):
Chamber Singers
Concert Choir
Concert Band
String Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble
Marching Band
Wind Ensemble
MUSC 1_40 or MUSC 2_40 Major Applied12
MUSC 3_40 or 4_40 Major Applied 16
MUSC 4451History of Music to 17503
MUSC 4452History of Music since 17503
MUSC 3650Introduction to Conducting1
MUSC 3010Music Analysis2
MUSC 1001Professional Orientation and Seminar for Music Majors0
Select one of the following tracks:16
Track A: Piano
Track B: Organ
Track C: Voice
Track D: Orchestral Instruments
Track E: Guitar
Track F: Jazz
Total hours required for the degree124

Track A: Piano

MUSC 3230Accompanying2
MUSC 4721Piano Pedagogy I1
Guided Music Electives13
Total Hours16

Track B: Organ

MUSC 3230Accompanying2
Guided Music Electives14
Total Hours16

Track C: Voice

MUSC 1101Diction for Singers I1
MUSC 1102Diction for Singers II1
MUSC 4750Vocal Pedagogy2
MUSC 2131Class Piano I1
MUSC 2132Class Piano II1
MUSC 3840Opera and Musical Theatre1
Guided Music Electives6
Total Hours16

Track D: Orchestral Instruments

Additional Music Ensembles 3
MUSC 3100Arranging for Band, Chorus, and Orchestra2
MUSC 2131Class Piano I1
MUSC 2132Class Piano II1
Select one of the following pedagogy courses:1
Percussion Pedagogy
Brass Pedagogy
Woodwind Pedagogy
String Pedagogy
Guided Music Electives8
Total Hours16

Track E: Guitar

MUSC 3100Arranging for Band, Chorus, and Orchestra2
MUSC 2131Class Piano I1
MUSC 2132Class Piano II1
MUSC 4735Guitar Pedagogy1
Guided Music Electives11
Total Hours16

Track F: Jazz

MUSC 3110Jazz Arranging2
MUSC 3430History of Jazz2
MUSC 2131Class Piano I1
MUSC 2132Class Piano II1
MUSC 1171Theoretical Foundations of Jazz Improvisation I1
MUSC 1172Theoretical Foundations of Jazz Improvisations II1
MUSC 2171Theoretical Foundations of Jazz Improvisation III1
MUSC 2172Theoretical Foundations of Jazz Improvisation IV1
MUSC 3120Rhythm Section Techniques and Pedagogy1
MUSC 4760Jazz Pedagogy2
Guided Music Electives3
Total Hours16