2019-2020 University Catalog 
    Feb 01, 2023  
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Performance, B.M.

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  • Mark A. Boyle, D.M.A.
  • Kathleen M. Campbell, M.M.
  • Ted A. DiSanti, D.A.
  • Laurie Fox, M.M.T., M.T.-B.C., L.P.C.
  • Edward Kuhn, M.F.A.
  • Christopher M. Marra, Ph.D.
  • Sarah McMeekin, M.A., M.T.-B.C.
  • Jessica Vaughan-Marra, Ph.D.

Learning Objectives: Music/Performance

  1. Perform at the degree required level on the major instrument from a cross-section of the appropriate repertoire.
  2. Demonstrate the skills necessary to work as a leader and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretation through conducting and performance.
  3. Perform at the degree required secondary proficiency level on piano and voice.
  4. Demonstrate growth in artistry, technical skills, collaborative competence, and knowledge of repertory through regular ensemble participation, as well as attendance at concerts and recitals.
  5. Employ the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interactions through aural, verbal, and visual analyses.
  6. Sightread music at the degree required proficiency level.
  7. Create derivative or original music both extemporaneously and in written form.
  8. Demonstrate basic knowledge of music history from antiquity through the present time, including the music of Western and global cultures through written and scholarly discourse.
  9. Integrate emerging technologies in music through performance and coursework.
  10. Synthesize a broad range of musical knowledge and skills as well as the Music and University objectives through self-directed study and the capstone assessment.

Admission to the program in music is based on the successful completion of an audition for the music faculty, as well as admission to the University. Auditions are scheduled by appointment throughout the academic year. Consideration for music scholarships is determined by the quality of the entrance audition.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Music degree in music performance must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major.

All music students are evaluated in the sophomore year for a formative review. Students complete and present the Year Two Self-Assessment on the Attainment of the Integration of Music/University Learning Objectives, and academic and music performance benchmarks are reviewed by the music faculty during the spring semester of the sophomore year. Upon successful completion of this evaluation, students continue through their upper-divisional major coursework.

The capstone assessment includes successful completion of coursework and assignments; successful completion of juries in the applied major; completion of all designated proficiencies in piano and voice. Students must also successfully complete the Senior Performance Test and Recital with accompanying program notes and musician’s statement on how the attainment and integration of major and University learning objectives informed the performance.

A minimum of 120 credits is required.

In addition, all music majors will have a performance examination (jury) on their major instrument each semester and perform in at least one student recital every semester. They must also participate in one music department major ensemble each semester and otherwise complete all requirements as identified in the ensemble documents.

Music Performance Curriculum

Major Instrument

24 credits from:

SMU 337 -SMU 354  Performance


2 credits from:

Total credits: 80

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