Music Performance Major

Reach for Musical Excellence through Performance

For those passionate about singing or playing an instrument for others, a Music Performance major will teach you everything you need to reach musical excellence and refine your talent for professional performance.

Our foundational music courses allow students to delve into composition and conducting, study music theory and harmony, and examine major compositions and their historical contexts. By analyzing and practicing performance techniques and theory, you will develop new skills and sharpen your existing musical gifts. Our Music Performance program will stretch the limits of your abilities and provide active experience through music technology in our fully equipped music lab, vocal and instrumental ensembles, and personal music instruction and lessons.

Concentrate in Piano, Vocal, or Instrumental Music Performance

Music Performance majors must choose a concentration in piano, vocal, or instrumental music performance and decide on a primary and secondary instrument to focus on over their four years. Every Music Performance student closes their four years of study with a culminating senior recital.

  • Instrumental: Become an expert on the instrument of your choice. The instrumental performance curriculum will provide you with an introduction to electronic music, instrumental arranging, instrumental pedagogy, and musical literature.
  • Piano: Focus on piano performance with additional studies in theory and history, composition, and electronic music. You will also study piano pedagogy and piano music literature. Piano students are encouraged to take choral and instrumental arranging courses to complement their studies.
  • Vocal: Learn how to best express your voice through song. Voice courses include vocal pedagogy; vocal literature; diction in Italian, French, German, and English language; and two foreign language proficiency courses.

Music Performance Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Contact the Music Program

Patricia Robertson, Department Chair & Professor of Music

Lisa Royal, Music Program Assistant

Cathy Moore, Concert & Tour Coordinator