Music Performance, Bachelor of Music (BM)


Program Description

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is a professional degree that allows students to focus on Music performance. Students will receive comprehensive training in Music and will have many opportunities for performing in a variety of settings by focusing on one of four tracks: Voice, Strings, Winds & Percussion, and Piano. The discipline and training acquired in this degree will facilitate careers and graduate study in Music Performance, as well as in private studio teaching and many other fields.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Required Courses

Complete a minimum of four semesters:
MUSC 1000RConcert Attendance0
Complete all of the following:
MUSC 1001First Year Experience: Music2
MUSC 1010Introduction to Music (FA)3
or MUSC 1020 Popular Music in America (FA)
or MUSC 1050 Introduction to World Music (FA)
or MUSC 1236 Survey of Jazz History (FA)
MUSC 2180Introduction to Music Technology3

Theory & Analysis 

MUSC 1110Music Theory I (Prerequisite: MUSC 1100 or C or higher on the Music Department theory test) 13
MUSC 1120Music Theory II3
MUSC 1130Ear Training & Sight Singing I1
MUSC 1140Ear Training/Sight Singing II1
MUSC 2110Music Theory III3
MUSC 2120Music Theory IV3
MUSC 2130Ear Training/Sight Singing III1
MUSC 2140Ear Training/Sight Singing IV1
MUSC 3540Form and Analysis3

Music History and Literature

MUSC 3630Music History & Literature I3
MUSC 3640Music History & Literature II3
MUSC 3650Music History and Literature III3


MUSC 2350Fundamentals of Conducting2
MUSC 3222Choral Conducting2
or MUSC 3380 Instrumental Conducting


MUSC 3890Junior Recital1
MUSC 4890Senior Recital1

Music Elective Requirements

Elective Courses
Complete general elective coursework to bring the total number of credits to no less than 120 credits.
Piano Proficiency (required for all tracks except Piano)
Music majors are required to complete the Department's Piano Proficiency during the first two years of study. Completion of the Piano Proficiency is a prerequisite to Junior-level private lessons. A placement exam is administered during the first week of classes each semester. Students enroll in group piano courses (MUSC 1150, 1160, 2150, and 2160) to fulfill the requirements. Once the proficiency is passed off students are not required to enroll in group piano. Enrolling in private lessons is not an acceptable solution to achieving proficiency.

Select one of the four tracks:


MUSC 1840RPrivate Applied Lessons I: Vocal Performance Emphasis4
MUSC 2840RPrivate Applied Lessons II: Vocal Performance Emphasis4
MUSC 3840RPrivate Applied Lessons III: Vocal Performance Emphasis4
MUSC 4840RPrivate Applied Lessons IV: Vocal Performance Emphasis4
MUSC 3200ROpera Scenes Workshop2
MUSC 3250RConcert Choir8
MUSC 3270RChamber Singers4
MUSC 3861Diction for Singers I2
MUSC 3862Diction for Singers II2
MUSC 4661Vocal Pedagogy2
MUSC 4662Vocal Literature2
Foreign Language - 2 courses8


MUSC 1843RPrivate Applied Lessons I: String Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 1845R Private Applied Lessons I: Guitar Performance Emphasis
MUSC 2843RPrivate Applied Lessons II: String Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 2845R Private Applied Lessons II: Guitar Performance Emphasis
MUSC 3843RPrivate Applied Lessons III: String Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 3845R Private Applied Lessons III: Guitar Performance Emphasis
MUSC 4843RPrivate Applied Lessons IV: String Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 4845R Private Applied Lessons IV: Guitar Performance Emphasis
Large Ensembles (8 credits total)8
Symphony Orchestra
Symphonic Band (For guitar and harp majors only)
Chamber Ensembles (4 credits total)
MUSC 4430RString Chamber Music3
MUSC 3360RChamber Orchestra1
MUSC 3370RGuitar Ensemble (For guitar majors only)4
Specialized Ensembles (1 credit)1
MUSC 4434
Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
or MUSC 4435
MUSC 4630String Pedagogy2
MUSC 4632String Literature2
MUSC 4538Orchestration3

Winds & Percussion

MUSC 1842RPrivate Applied Lessons I: Brass Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 1844R Private Applied Lessons I: Woodwind Performance Emphasis
or MUSC 1851R Private Applied Lessons I: Percussion Performance Emphasis
MUSC 2842RPrivate Applied Lessons II: Brass Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 2844R Private Applied Lessons II: Woodwind Performance Emphasis
or MUSC 2851R Private Applied Lessons II: Percussion Performance Emphasis
MUSC 3842RPrivate Applied Lessons III: Brass Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 3844R Private Applied Lessons III: Woodwind Performance Emphasis
or MUSC 3851R Private Applied Lessons III: Percussion Performance Emphasis
MUSC 4842RPrivate Applied Lessons IV: Brass Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 4844R Private Applied Lessons IV: Woodwind Performance Emphasis
or MUSC 4851R Private Applied Lessons IV: Percussion Performance Emphasis
MUSC 3310RSymphonic Band8
or MUSC 3350R Symphony Orchestra
MUSC 4431RWoodwind Chamber Music4
or MUSC 4432R Brass Chamber Music
or MUSC 4485R Percussion Ensemble
MUSC 44341
or MUSC 3390R Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
or MUSC 4435
MUSC 3380Instrumental Conducting2
MUSC 4538Orchestration3
MUSC 4635Wind Band Literature2


MUSC 1841RPrivate Applied Lessons I: Piano Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 1846R Private Applied Lessons I: Organ Performance Emphasis
MUSC 2841RPrivate Applied Lessons II: Piano Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 2846R Private Applied Lessons II: Organ Performance Emphasis
MUSC 3841RPrivate Applied Lessons III: Piano Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 3846R Private Applied Lessons III: Organ Performance Emphasis
MUSC 4841RPrivate Applied Lessons IV: Piano Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 4846R Private Applied Lessons IV: Organ Performance Emphasis
MUSC 3250RConcert Choir2
or MUSC 3310R Symphonic Band
or MUSC 3350R Symphony Orchestra
MUSC 3870RPiano Accompanying4
MUSC 4433RPiano Ensemble4
MUSC 44341
or MUSC 3390R Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
or MUSC 4435
MUSC 3865Piano Pedagogy I2
MUSC 3866Piano Pedagogy II2
MUSC 4665Piano Literature I2
MUSC 4666Piano Literature II2


  • No more than 4 credits of private lessons may be transferred from another institution.
  • No more than 4 credits of ensembles may be transferred from another institution.
  • Each Private Lesson course may be repeated up to 4 credits.
  • Each Ensemble course may be repeated up to 8 credits. Students are limited to no more than three ensemble courses per semester.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher. 

Graduation Plan

Some aspects of this plan vary depending on which performance track a student pursues. Please consult with an advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
MUSC 1000R Concert Attendance 0
MUSC 1001 First Year Experience: Music 2
MUSC 1110 Music Theory I 3
MUSC 1130 Ear Training & Sight Singing I 1
MUSC 1840R - 1851R Private Lessons 2
Music Track Emphasis 1
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (MA) 3
Spring Semester
MUSC 1000R Concert Attendance 0
MUSC 1120 Music Theory II 3
MUSC 1140 Ear Training/Sight Singing II 1
MUSC 1840R - 51R Private Lessons 2
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
MUSC 1010
Introduction to Music (FA)
or Popular Music in America (FA)
or Introduction to World Music (FA)
or Survey of Jazz History (FA)
Music Track Emphasis 1
Elective Credits 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
General Education (Life Sciences) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
MUSC 1000R Concert Attendance 0
MUSC 2110 Music Theory III 3
MUSC 2130 Ear Training/Sight Singing III 1
MUSC 2840R - 2851R Private Lessons 2
MUSC 2350 Fundamentals of Conducting 2
Music Track Emphasis 2
Spring Semester
General Education (Physical Sciences/Lab) 4
MUSC 1000R Concert Attendance 0
MUSC 2120 Music Theory IV 3
MUSC 2140 Ear Training/Sight Singing IV 1
MUSC 2840R - 2851R Private Lessons 2
Music Track Emphasis 2
Elective Credits 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
MUSC 3840R - 3851R Private Lessons 2
MUSC 3630 Music History & Literature I 3
MUSC 2180 Introduction to Music Technology 3
Music Track Emphasis 2
Elective Credits 2
Spring Semester
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
MUSC 3840R - 3851R Private Lessons 2
MUSC 3640 Music History & Literature II 3
MUSC 3380
Instrumental Conducting
or Choral Conducting
MUSC 3890 Junior Recital 1
Music Track Emphasis 2
Elective Credits 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
General Education (Exploration) 3
MUSC 4840R - 4851R Private Lessons 2
MUSC 3650 Music History and Literature III 3
Music Track Emphasis 4
Elective Credits 2
Spring Semester
MUSC 4890 Senior Recital 1
MUSC 4840R - 4851R Private Lessons  
MUSC 3540 Form and Analysis 3
Music Track Emphasis 3
Elective Credits 6
 Total Hours120

BM in Music Performance Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

1. Analyze and evaluate the elements, forms, and processes in music.

2. Describe, categorize, and assess the major historical periods, composers, styles, and genres of music.

3. Develop and defend musical judgments, and self-assess their efforts.

4. Perform associated repertoire with technical proficiency and artistic expression on their instrument or voice.

5. Use collaboration and leadership skills in making music.

6. Apply pedagogical skills in their area by appropriately critiquing student work and designing an applicable learning strategy.

7. Perform on their instrument or voice in an exemplary manner that demonstrates a high
level of achievement and career potential.