Jan 22, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Music Performance (B.M.)


86-90 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours

Note:


*Piano proficiency for all majors: All music majors must pass a piano proficiency exam either through instruction in two years of class piano or through private piano lessons and a separate exam each semester.

**All music majors must be registered for credit for a major ensemble every semester of their course study, excluding the student teaching semester.

All music majors who complete the B.M. in performance must document small/chamber ensemble experience.

Music Performance Major Additional Requirements


All music majors must be registered for credit for a major ensemble every semester of their course study, excluding the student teaching semester.

Students majoring in performance must concentrate in one of the following areas:

Voice


Students must audition and be approved by the voice faculty for acceptance into the performance program by the end of the student’s second semester of study. Voice majors are required to take diction classes and eight hours of modern languages, as assigned by the voice faculty. Performance majors are required to perform a full senior recital. In addition, a half-junior recital is required of all performance majors, with the option of doing a full junior recital at the discretion of each studio teacher. When doing a half-recital, students should find a partner with whom to fill out the hour concert. The student’s major teacher must approve all recital literature and preparation.

All solo literature must be performed by memory.

Piano


Students must audition and be approved by the keyboard faculty for acceptance into the performance program by the end of the student’s second semester of study. All majors will be required to enroll for credit in the major ensemble in their performance area during each semester of study. Performance majors are required to perform a full senior recital. In addition, a half-junior recital is required of all performance majors, with the option of doing a full junior recital at the discretion of each studio teacher. When doing a half-recital, students should find a partner with whom to fill out the hour concert. The student’s major teacher must approve all recital literature and preparation.

Organ


Students must audition and be approved by the keyboard faculty for acceptance into the performance program by the end of the student’s second semester of study. All majors will be required to enroll for credit in the major ensemble in their performance area during each semester of study. Performance majors are required to perform a full senior recital. In addition, a half-junior recital is required of all performance majors, with the option of doing a full junior recital at the discretion of each studio teacher. When doing a half-recital, students should find a partner with whom to fill out the hour concert. The student’s major teacher must approve all recital literature and preparation.

Winds, Percussion, Strings


Students must audition and be approved by the instrumental faculty for acceptance into the performance program by the end of the student’s second semester of study. All majors will be required to enroll for credit in the major ensemble in their performance area during each semester of study. Performance majors are required to perform a full-senior recital. In addition, a half junior recital is required of all performance majors, with the option of doing a full junior recital at the discretion of each studio teacher. When doing a half-recital, students should find a partner with whom to fill out the hour concert. The student’s major teacher must approve all recital literature and preparation.

Note:


It is suggested that free electives beyond the major hours and general education requirements should be music oriented, including music courses, applied lessons, or ensembles. Foreign Language is also strongly suggested.

Four-Year Program Guides and Costs


USD encourages students to take 15 credits per semester or 30 credits within the year in order to graduate in 4 years. To help students complete their academic degree program in four years, we provide a sample academic plan. Please work with your academic advisor to confirm your plan.