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Music Performance

The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance provides training to prepare students for professional pursuits in the field of music. Because of its emphasis on performance skills, it is suitable for students planning performance careers, studio teaching or graduate study towards a teaching position at the college level.

In addition to Gordon’s Core Curriculum and music survey classes, students will take courses focused on improving their interpretation and technique on their major instrument. Students pursuing the performance degree are required to prepare for and perform adjudicated solo recitals in their junior and senior years.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE

Students pursuing this degree are required to earn a total of 136 credits.

Core Adjustments for Bachelor of Music in Performance

Music Performance students receive the following core reductions:

  • HIS 121 Historical Perspectives
  • Aesthetic Sensibilities and Practices
  • Global Understanding

Music Performance majors must fulfill two of the following core options:

  • Language I
  • Language II
  • Natural World Theme
  • Human Person Theme
  • Civic Responsibility Theme


Music Performance

Students majoring in music performance must complete the following music courses:

  • MUS 211 - Music Theory I (Credits: 3)
  • MUS 212 - Music Theory II (Credits: 3)
  • MUL 211 - Music Theory Labs I (Credits: 1)
  • MUL 212 - Music Theory Labs II (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 226 - Music History and Literature I (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 326 - Music History and Literature II (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 245 - World Music (Credits: 2)
  • MUS 311 - Music Theory III (Credits: 3)
  • MUL 311 - Music Theory Labs III (Credits: 1)
  • MUS 315 - 20th-Century Techniques (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 318 - Conducting (Credits: 4)
  • MUS 332 - Pedagogical Practices: Instrumental (Credits: 4) OR
  • MUS 333 - Pedagogical Practices: (Vocal Credits: 4)
  • MUS 346 - Instrumentation and Arranging (Credits: 2)
  • MUS 491 - Senior Seminar I (Credits: 2)

Instrumentalists must fulfill four credits of:

  • MUS 259 - Performance of Chamber Music Credits: 0 or 1 variable credit

Voice majors must fulfill four credits of

  • MUS 270 - Opera Scenes Workshop (Credits: 0) or 2 credits and/or
  • MUS 275 - Musical Production (Credits: 0, 1, 2, 4)


Other Requirements

  • Applied music (32 credits on one instrument, including 2 semesters of piano proficiency)
  • Music electives (16 credits; voice majors must take two semesters of MUS 092 Vocal Diction Class)
  • Meet music major ensemble requirement (eight semesters - see below)
  • Pass piano and voice proficiency examinations
  • Successful completion of a junior and senior recital


Ensemble Requirement
Eight semesters of ensemble participation are required. The following ensembles may be applied:

  • MUS 250 - College Choir Credits: (0 or 1 variable credit)
  • MUS 251 - Symphonic Band Credits: (0 or 1 variable credit)
  • MUS 252 - Men's Choir Credits: (0 or 1 variable credit)
  • MUS 253 - Gordon Symphony Orchestra (Credits: 0 or 1 variable credit)
  • MUS 254 - Women's Choir Credits: (0 or 1 variable credit)
  • MUS 258 - Wind Ensemble Credits: (0 or 1 variable credit)


Note:
Further requirements and information are outlined in the Music Student Handbook.

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