Jul 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Music: Music Performance Specialization (B.M.)


86-90 Major Hours, 120 Degree Hours


Music Performance Specialization Courses (49-53 hours)


Select Concentration/Emphasis: Voice; Piano; Organ; or Winds, Percussion, Strings (2-6 hours required)


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

Voice (6 hours)


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 (2 hours)


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 (2-4 hours)


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 (2 hours)


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.

Notes:


*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.

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

 

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. 

Location Matters for Non-Licensure Track Programs


This program is not designed or advertised to lead to a professional license or certification required for employment.

USD is permitted to operate under the terms of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) policies and standards in offering online courses/degree programs to residents in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  Online courses/programs may also be offered to residents of California (a non-SARA state) because it does not regulate out-of-state public institutions.

Additionally, this program is authorized to offer supervised field study experiences (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) in South Dakota. Please be aware that there may be some restrictions on your ability to engage in supervised field study outside of South Dakota. Please contact a program representative if you have questions regarding supervised field study.

Distance education courses or programs will not be offered outside of the United States without prior written approval from the University, which may be withheld for any reason. If you are taking distance courses while physically located outside of the United States, it is your responsibility to confirm the following: (a) if the country will recognize an online degree; (b) the availability of supervised field study opportunities in the country; and (c) if the country charges any additional taxes, withholdings or fees associated with online distance education programs.

For more information, please visit USD’s State Authorization page or contact your admissions counselor.