Music Performance, Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music with a major in performance is a professional degree. The degree is offered in four areas of focus including keyboard, strings, vocal, and wind/brass/percussion. Only students who aspire to the highest level of musical performance in their fields can be admitted to this program. Through intensive study of the literature, courses in performance provide our students with opportunities for developing performance and pedagogical skills in primary and/or secondary areas.

At HSU, you will have many music performance opportunities in the World Famous Cowboy Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Opera, and other ensembles.

Music Admissions, Auditions, & Scholarship Information

Majors

  • Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Minors

  • Music (B.A., B.B.S.)

Concentrations

  • Keyboard
  • Strings
  • Vocal
  • Wind/Brass/Percussion

Why study Music Performance at HSU?

HSU Music Major students singing in choir

Performance Opportunities

Performance majors have many opportunities to show off their talents on and off campus in various musical ensembles, churches, and stage productions

Soloists

A competition is held among students every other year for the privilege of performing as soloists with the university’s orchestra ensemble. This affords the gifted performer the opportunity to work with an ensemble in a solo capacity.

HSU music major students playing the piano and tuba

Skill Development

Through intensive study of the literature, courses in performance provide the student with opportunities for developing performance and pedagogical skills in primary and/or secondary areas.

Program Details

Required for all performance majors:

  • MUTC 1131, 1132, 2131, 2132 Ear Training I, II, III, IV
  • MUTC 1133, 1134, 2133, 2134 Keyboard I, II, III, IV
  • MUTC 1235, 1236, 2235, 2236 Harmony I, II, III, IV
  • MUTC 2338 Computers in Music
  • MUTC 3231 Form & Analysis
  • MUTC 3233 Counterpoint
  • MUTC 4231 Orchestration
  • MUHL 3241/3242/3243 Music History I/II/III
  • MUHL – Additional credits from 4241, 4242, 4243, 4244, 4247, or 4099
  • MUSI 3122 Intro to Conducting
  • CONC 1000 Recital Attendance (8 semesters)
  • COMP 4000 Senior Comps
  • RECI 3000 Junior Recital
  • RECI 4000 Senior Recital

Students intending to major in performance must be approved through two auditions. The first audition will be before the major area faculty and, following their approval, the second before the full performance faculty. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with a major in performance must complete a minimum of 22 credits of private instruction in the major area.

Career opportunities include professional performance opportunities as well as private and/or college-level teaching.

  • MUPS 1111, 2111 or 1131, 2131
  • MUPS 3111, 4111 or 3131, 4131
  • MUPC 4311 or 4331 Pedagogy
  • MUHL 4315 or 4335 Performance Lit.
  • MUSI 3223/24 Choral/Instr Cond Tech
  • MUEI or MUEV Concert Band, Chorale, Choir, Orchestra For piano emphasis (4 credits) /For organ emphasis (6 credits)
  • MUEI 3191, 4191 Piano Ensemble For piano emphasis (4 credits) /For organ emphasis (2 credits)

Technological Competency and Electives (3 credits)

  •  Electives (3 Credits)
  • MUPS 1121, 2121
  • MUPS 3121, 4121
  • MUPC 4321 Pedagogy
  • MUPC 1125/1126 Diction I/II
  • MUHL 4325 Performance Lit
  • MUSI 3223 Choral Conducting Tech.
  • MUEV 3131 Opera
  • MUEV 4131 Opera
  • MUEV Choir
  • MUEV Choir (upper level)
  • MUPS 1141, 2141
  • MUPS 3141, 4141
  • MUPC 4341 Pedagogy
  • MUHL 4345 Performance Lit.
  • MUSI 3224 Instrumental Conducting Tech
  • MUEI 3141 Ensemble
  • MUEI 4141 Ensemble
  • MUEI Orchestra
  • MUEI Orchestra (upper level)

Technological Competency and Electives (1 credit)

  • Electives (1 credit)
  • MUPS 1151/2151 or 1161/2161 or 1171/2171
  • MUPS 3151/4151 or 3161/4161 or 3171/4171
  • MUPC 4351, 4361, or 4371 Pedagogy
  • MUHL 4355, 4365 or 4375 Performance Lit.
  • MUSI 3224 Instrumental Conducting Tech
  • MUEI 31X1 Wind, Brass or Percussion Ensemble
  • MUEI 41X1 Wind, Brass or Percussion Ensemble
  • UEI Orchestra or Concert Band
  • MUEI Orchestra or Concert Band (upper level)

Technological Competency and Electives (1 credit)

  • Electives (1 credit)

This minor provides a minimal exposure to music to include knowledge in music theory, music history, and applied music. The music minor (MUSI) has a stronger focus on applied music and music history.

Required Courses

  • MUTC 1131/1132 Ear Training I & II – 2
  • MUTC 1133/1134 Keyboard I & II – 2
  • MUTC 1235/1236 Harmony I & II – 4
  • MUHL 3343 Music History – 3
  • MUPC/MUPS Performance – 4
  • CONC 1000 Recital Attendance (4 sem) – 0
  • Ensembles MUEI/MUEV – 4
  • Advanced Music Elective – 3

TOTAL 22 hours