School of Music

Performance Studies

Performance studies are considered as non-liberal arts (NLA) courses for music majors because of the emphasis placed on performance. Performance studies are considered as liberal arts (LA) courses for non-music majors because of the emphasis placed on fine arts in the context of a liberal arts education.

Upon acceptance into the program, performance and performance/music education (four-and-a-half-year) majors take a one-hour private lesson each week for 4 credits per semester. All other music majors take a half-hour private lesson each week for 2 credits. Additionally, each semester, all music majors take the 0.5-credit course PFMJ 19900 Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy. Music minors take a half-hour private lesson each week for 2 credits. Music majors who have an additional requirement of private lessons on a secondary instrument (e.g., voice students who take private piano lessons) take a half-hour lesson each week for 1 credit. Music minors and music majors in secondary lessons do not take the PFMJ 19900 Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy class for that instrument.

The following chart shows performance studies (principal) levels and credits to be taken within degree programs of the School of Music.

Credits of Performance Study per Semester

Program Levels of Performance Study Credits

Music education

I-IV (two semesters at each level) (1 credit during semester of senior student teaching)

2

Music education/
performance

I-IV (two semesters at each level); V (one semester) (2 credits during semester of senior student teaching)

4

Performance

I-IV (two semesters at each level)

4

Performance --
collaborative emphasis

I-IV (two semesters at each level)

4

Sound recording
technology

I-IV (two semesters at each level) (1 credit during semester of internship)

2

Combination with
outside field

I-IV (two semesters at each level)

2

Jazz studies

I-IV (two semesters at each level)

2

Music theory

I-IV (two semesters at each level)

2

Composition

(no performance studies -- major required)

Bachelor of arts in music

I-III (two semesters at each level)

2

Minor in music

I-II (two semesters at each level)

1

B.F.A. -- musical
theater*

I-IV (two semesters at each level) (1 credit during first semester of freshman year)

2

* Degree program administered by the School of Humanities and Sciences