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​The Bachelor of Music in performance degree prepares students for careers in music, combining applied lessons on one's instrument with a variety of ensemble and performing experiences. Students also study literature, pedagogy, and other areas related to musical performance. The faculty is comprised of highly celebrated performers, who are committed to teaching excellence.  ​​​​​​

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Music Core Requirements 94-103
Liberal Studies Requirements 52
Specialization Requirements 50-69
Electives 9-24
Total hours required 192

Learning Outcomes

Core Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a growing competence in technical aspects of performance, such as tone quality, pitch consistency, dynamic control, technical agility, accurate rhythmic concepts, and other skills particular to the area of specialization.
  • Identify and analyze the elements of music in a given piece, including an understanding of its compositional processes, aesthetic properties, and artistic, social, and historical contexts for works in the Western music tradition, Contemporary periods, Jazz, and World Music Cultures.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate level of aural, keyboard, and conducting skills.

​Students will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the pedagogical processes and theories that are foundational to performance practices and instruction on one’s primary instrument.
  • Demonstrate a growing maturity in musical concepts using tools of performance to create artistic products.
  • Demonstrate increasing knowledge of repertoire and growing musical competence through participation in solo, chamber and large ensemble performances.

Music Core Requirements

Course Requirements

All students in the School of Music are required to enroll in the following music courses:

Musicianship  (42 Credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
Music Theory Sequence:
MUS 110AMUSIC THEORY I2
MUS 120AMUSIC THEORY II2
MUS 130AMUSIC THEORY III2
MUS 212AMUSIC THEORY IV2
MUS 222AMUSIC THEORY V2
MUS 232MUSIC THEORY VI2
Music History Sequence:
MUS 110BMUSIC HISTORY I2
MUS 120BMUSIC HISTORY II2
MUS 130BMUSIC HISTORY III2
MUS 212BMUSIC HISTORY IV1
MUS 222BMUSIC HISTORY V1
Aural Training Sequence:
MUS 111AURAL TRAINING I1
MUS 121AURAL TRAINING II1
MUS 131AURAL TRAINING III1
MUS 211AURAL TRAINING IV 11
MUS 221AURAL TRAINING V 11
MUS 231AURAL TRAINING VI 11
Group Piano Sequence:
MUS 113GROUP PIANO I1
MUS 123GROUP PIANO II1
MUS 133GROUP PIANO III1
MUS 213GROUP PIANO IV 21
MUS 223GROUP PIANO V 21
MUS 233GROUP PIANO VI 21

Additional Courses

Course Title Quarter Hours
MUS 303BASIC CONDUCTING PRACTICUM0
MUS 304BASIC CONDUCTING4
MUS 320INTRODUCTION TO WORLD MUSIC2
MUS 321INTRODUCTION TO JAZZ HISTORY 32
MUS 322ADVANCED MUSICIANSHIP 32

Applied Music

Students may enroll in a maximum of 3 credits of applied study per quarter, with a maximum of 36 credits total. The requirements for applied study vary by degree program:

  • BM in performance, 36 credits
  • BM in jazz studies, 32 credits
  • BM in composition, 12 credits
  • BM in music education, 18 credits
  • BM in performing arts management, 18 credits
  • BA in music, 12 credits
  • BS in sound recording technology, performance  track, 9 credits

The BS in Performing Arts Management degree does not require applied lessons, and the BS in Sound Recording Technology, non-performance track, degree does not require applied lessons.

Except performance majors, students may enroll in additional applied credits, which will count towards music electives.

Modern Language Option

If a music student wishes to study a modern language for a three-course sequence (12 credits) beyond their degree program's requirement, the three MLO substitutions must be made in three different Liberal Studies learning domains. Any substitutions must be consistent with the principle that students complete at least one course in each learning domain. In the Scientific Inquiry domain, the only MLO substitution allowed is for Scientific Inquiry-Elective. Additional language credits may be applied toward non-music electives or free electives. 

Liberal Studies Requirements

Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year ProgramHours
Chicago Quarter  
LSP 110
DISCOVER CHICAGO
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
4
Focal Point  
Not Required  
Writing  
WRD 103 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1 4
WRD 104 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1 4
Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy  
LSP 120 QUANTITATIVE REASONING 2 4
Sophomore Year
Multiculturalism in the US  
LSP 200 SEMINAR ON RACE, POWER, AND RESISTANCE (FORMERLY MULTICULTURALISM IN THE U.S.) 4
Junior Year
Experiential Learning  
Not Required  
Senior Year
Capstone  
Not Required  

Learning Domains

Arts and Literature (AL)

  • 2 Courses Required

Historical Inquiry (HI)

  • 2 Courses Required

Math and Computing (MC)

  • Not Required

Philosophical Inquiry (PI)

  • 1 Course Required

Religious Dimensions (RD)

  • 1 Course Required

Scientific Inquiry (SI)

  • 1 SWK or 1 Lab Course Required​​​​​

Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI)  

  • 1 Course Required

Notes

Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major.

In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.

Major Requirements

Program Checkpoints

Undergraduate students in classical performance will perform a checkpoint audition at the end of their sophomore year. The student's applied instructor and/or area coordinator or director will give students specific information on content and required music. Successful completion of the checkpoint audition is required for continuation in the performance degree.

Course Requirements

Concentration Requirements

Additional requirements are determined by the specific performance track that students choose. Students must also complete the requirements from one of the following concentrations: Brass; Guitar; Percussion; Piano; String Bass; Violin, Viola, Cello; Voice; Woodwinds.​