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 2011
MUSC 2051
Music Theory III
and Music Theory Lab III
4
MUSC 1016An Introduction to Computer Applications in Music1
MUSC 1/2XXX Major/Principal Applied 4
Senior College Curriculum60
Music Performance Tracks A-F
MUSC 2012Music Theory IV3
MUSC 3820Concert Choir1
MUSC 3850Concert Band1
MUSC 3860Orchestra1
MUSC 3870Jazz Ensemble1
MUSC 4850Wind Ensemble1
MUSC 1_40 or MUSC 2_40 Major Applied12
MUSC 3_40 or 4_40 Major Applied 16
MUSC 4451
MUSC 4452
History of Music to 1750
and History of Music since 1750
6
MUSC 3650
MUSC 3010
Conducting
and Music Analysis
4
MUSC 1001Professional Orientation and Seminar for Music Majors0
Music Performance Tracks A-F
Select one of the following tracks:15
Performance Track A: Piano
Performance Track B: Organ
Performance Track C: Voice
Performance Track D: Orchestral Instruments
Performance Track E: Guitar
Performance Track F: Jazz
Total hours required for the degree124

Performance Track A: Piano

MUSC 3230Accompanying2
MUSC 4721Piano Pedagogy I1
Guided Music Electives7
General Electives 5

Performance Track B: Organ

MUSC 3230Accompanying2
Guided Music Electives8
General Electives 5

Performance Track C: Voice

MUSC 1101
MUSC 4750
Diction for Singers
and Vocal Pedagogy
2
MUSC 2131
MUSC 2132
Class Piano I
and Class Piano II
1
FREN or GRMN 13
MUSC 3840Opera and Musical Theatre1
MUSC 3101
MUSC 3102
Advanced Diction I
and Advanced Diction II
2
Guided Electives4

Performance 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:
Percussion Pedagogy
Brass Pedagogy
Woodwind Pedagogy
String Pedagogy
Guided Music Electives8

Performance Track E: Guitar

MUSC 3100Arranging for Band, Chorus, and Orchestra2
MUSC 2131Class Piano I1
MUSC 2132Class Piano II1
Guided Music Electives5
MUSC 4735Guitar Pedagogy1
General Electives 6

Performance Track F: Jazz

MUSC 3110
MUSC 3430
Jazz Arranging
and History of Jazz
4
MUSC 2131
MUSC 2132
Class Piano I
and Class Piano II
1
MUSC 1171
MUSC 1172
Theoretical Foundations of Jazz Improvisation I
and Theoretical Foundations of Jazz Improvisations II
2
MUSC 2171
MUSC 2172
Theoretical Foundations of Jazz Improvisation III
and Theoretical Foundations of Jazz Improvisation IV
2
MUSC 3120
MUSC 4760
Rhythm Section Techniques and Pedagogy
and Jazz Pedagogy
3
Electives2
1

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