Music, Performance Concentration

The Bachelor of Science in Music, Performance Concentration degree, is designed for students seeking a liberal arts degree in music that focuses on preparing them for a career as a performer. The curriculum of this program is designed to ensure that students receive a solid grounding in the fundamentals of music theory and history, while receiving individual instruction in their vocal or instrumental specialty. Students also participate in various musical ensembles appropriate to their area of musical study. After completion, students earning this degree generally pursue advanced performance degrees in graduate school or immediately enter the field as performers. Many become professionals in other areas while still performing professionally.

Program Contact

Jeffrey S Cottrell Associate Professor of Low Brass and Theory College of Fine Arts

Dr. Jeffrey Cottrell

Associate Professor of Low Brass and Theory

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Why Study Music Performance at HSU?

Liberal Arts Approach

Elective credits and core course choices allow you to tailor your studies to fit your needs.


Outcomes can include graduate school, working as a performer, or even teaching certification after graduation.


HSU has numerous ensembles to hone your skills, and numerous opportunities to perform in the community.

Program Details

All courses can be found in the catalog:

Required Courses for B.S. Music Performance

  • MUTC 1131/1132 Ear Training I & II (2 credits)
  • MUTC 1133/1134 Keyboard I & II (2 credits)
  • MUTC 1235/1236 Harmony I & II (4 credits)
  • MUTC 2131/2132 Ear Training III & IV (2 credits)
  • MUTC 2133/2134 Keyboard III & IV (2 credits)
  • MUTC 2235/2236 Harmony III & IV (4 credits)
  • MUTC 3338 Computers in Music (3 credits)
  • MUTC 3231 Form & Analysis (2 credits)
  • MUHL 3241/3242/3243 Music History I/II/III (Pick 2; 4 credits)
  • MUSI 3122 Introduction to Conducting (1 credit)

Performance Concentration MUPS (4 credits)

  • MUPS (lower level) (8 credits)
  • MUPS (upper level) (8 credits)
  • Ensembles MUEI/MUEV (8 semesters)
  • CONC 1000 Recital Attendance (6 semesters)

Electives (15 credits)

A music audition is required to be accepted as a Performance Concentration for the Bachelor of Science degree.

Music Admissions, Auditions, & Scholarship Information

The B.S. in Music Performance prepares students with the skills that are necessary for a variety of careers in music and other professions. Additionally, the degree prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in performance, or post-graduate teaching certification.