Major in Music Performance (B.M.)

The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance prepares students for a career as a professional soloist, ensemble musician or studio teacher. Music performance majors must exhibit exceptional potential on their applied instrument. In addition to technical competence, students graduate with the breadth of musical skills, concepts and artistry essential to pursue a professional career in music. The Bachelor of Music degree in Music Performance is also the best preparation for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in performance.

What do UST alumni do with a performance degree?

  • Perform with the Metropolitan Opera, the Minnesota Opera, and major orchestras across the United States
  • Perform in professional jazz and rock bands
  • Pursue graduate studies at some of the top graduate schools in the country

Degree Requirements

  • MUSC 001 Student Convocation Hour (0 credits) (6 semesters)
  • MUSC 101 Piano Skills I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 102 Piano Skills II (1 credit)
  • MUSC 113 Music Theory and Aural Skills I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 114 Music Theory and Aural Skills II (4 credits)
  • MUSC 133 Music of the United States: Aural and Written Traditions (2 credits)
  • MUSC 140 Music Media (2 credits)
  • MUSC 201 Piano Skills III (1 credit)
  • MUSC 202 Piano Skills IV (1 credit)

Students for whom piano or organ is the primary instrument will take the following courses in lieu of MUSC 101, 102, 201, and 202:

    • MUSC 192 Technical Skills for Keyboard Majors (1 credit)
    • MUSC 292 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors I (1 credit)
    • MUSC 293 Functional Skills for Keyboard Majors II (1 credit)
    • MUSC xxx Piano Elective (1 credit) to be chosen from the following: MUSP 121, 131 (organ majors only), 135 (piano majors only), 153, MUSN 171, 172, 182, or MUSW 501. 

  • MUSC 213 Music Theory and Aural Skills III (4 credits)
  • MUSC 214 Music Theory and Aural Skills IV (4 credits)
  • MUSC 231 Introduction to Conducting I (1 credit)
  • MUSC 233 Music of the World: Aural and Written Traditions (4 credits)
  • MUSC 263 Entrepreneurial Careers in Music & Professional Practice (1 credit)
  • MUSC 340 Theory Elective (2 semesters) (2 credits per semester)
  • MUSC 411 History and Literature of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUSC 412 History and Literature of Music II (4 credits
  • MUSC 420 Senior Research Paper (2 credits)
  • MUSN 1xx Eight semesters of Ensemble participation (0 credits)

Guidelines for choosing an ensemble:

If principal instrument is:

    • Piano - at least two semesters in MUSN 171: at least two semesters in MUSN 172; at least two semesters in one of: MUSN 140, 142, 143. 160, 181, 185, 186, 190: two semesters may be in 161, 182, 183.
    • Voice - voice majors must participate in a minimum of eight semesters in MUSN 140, 142, 143, or 160.
    • Woodwind, Brass or Percussion - at least eight semesters in MUSN 185 or 186.
    • Orchestral String - at least eight semesters in MUSN 181.
    • Guitar - at least six semesters in MUSN 173; at least two semesters in MUSN 174.
    • Other Instruments - at least eight semesters chosen from: MUSN 140, 142, 143, 160, 171, 172, 181, 185, 186, 190.

  • MUSP 3xx Eight semesters of performance studies in the same performance medium (2 credits per semester)
  • MUSR 114 Aural-Skills Proficiency (0 credits)
  • MUSR 200 Piano Proficiency (0 credits)
  • MUSR 214 Aural-Skills Proficiency (0 credits)
  • MUSR 270 Level I Recital (0 credits)
  • MUSR 350 Level II Recital (0 credits)
  • MUSR 450 Level III Recital (0 credits)

Plus:

  • EDUC 308 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers I (2 credits)
  • EDUC 309 Pedagogy and Literature for Music Performers II (2 credits) 

Allied Requirements:

  • PHYS 105 Musical Acoustics (4 credit hours)