Why Study Music Performance at Concordia?

  • The Music Department provides a rich environment of performance opportunities and music studies for the young musician.
  • Besides applied lessons, masterclasses and recitals focused on solo performance skills, the department provides multiple chamber music and ensemble performance experiences.
  • Members of the applied music faculty bring years of performance knowledge and experience to their informed studio teaching.
  • Concordia performance majors are carefully prepared for successful graduate school auditions.

About two-thirds of the coursework for an earned Bachelor of Music degree will be in music. While some of the liberal arts requirements are waived for Bachelor of Music students, a core of general college courses is taken that provides a well-rounded education.  Bachelor of Music in Performance majors generally prepare for further music studies in graduate school. 

This degree program culminates in focused recitals presented during the junior and senior years of study.  

An audition is required for acceptance into the Music Performance program. 

Degree Requirements and Courses

Required Courses

Additional Requirements

  • 4 credits from contextual studies courses 
  • 8 credits in music electives
  • 8 credits in private instruction or class piano (eight 1-credit courses)
  • 0 credits in ensemble (eight semesters). Participation in an appropriate ensemble as designated by the music faculty and as related to the major area of study is required each semester of enrollment.

It is suggested that students concentrate the elective courses within a single area – music theory and composition, music history and literature, conducting or pedagogy. Credits in private lesson instruction may not be used to fulfill the 8-credit requirement in music electives.

Private Instruction in the Bachelor of Music Program

All students majoring in programs leading to the Bachelor of Music are required to take private instruction in a major instrument, voice or composition, and a minor instrument or voice. Students majoring in instrumental music should have adequate foundation in preliminary study of their major instrument.

Students take the 200-level courses in private instruction for 1 or 2 credits, according to the following guidelines:

  • Major instrument or voice: 2 credits are given for each course to all first-year and sophomore majors in the Bachelor of Music programs, and to juniors and seniors majoring in music education or composition, for private instruction in the student’s major instrument or voice. Students receive two half-hour lessons per week in their major instrument or voice and are expected to practice three hours daily. 
  • Minor instrument or voice: 1 credit is given to all majors for each course of private instruction in a student’s minor instrument or voice. One hour of daily practice and one half-hour lesson are required per week.
  • Composition: MUS 264 – Composition may be taken as 1 credit starting in the freshman year, or 2 credits beginning in the sophomore year, such that 4 credits have been completed by the end of the sophomore year. At 1 credit, students receive one half-hour lesson per week and are expected to compose 60 minutes daily. At 2 credits, students receive one, one-hour lesson per week and are expected to compose 120 minutes daily. 

Juniors and seniors majoring in voice performance, instrumental music, or composition take the 400-level courses of private instruction in their respective area of focus. Students receive a weekly, one-hour lesson in their area of focus and are expected to practice or compose three hours daily. 4 credits are granted.

Registration for private music lessons is on a semester basis. At the end of each semester, each student registered for private instruction must perform for a panel of music faculty members. Note carefully these regulations regarding private instruction:

  • Students entering not later than two weeks after the beginning of the semester must pay in full for private instruction.
  • If lessons are discontinued during the semester, no refund is made after the eighth week of the semester.
  • Only in the case of illness of more than two weeks’ duration are fees refunded for absences from lessons.
  • Students are charged for lessons missed unless they notify the instructor a reasonable time in advance of an absence. Lessons missed on legal and special holidays and during organization tours are not made up.
  • Students are permitted to change instructors with the consent of the department chair.
  • Students registered in the department of music are not permitted to take private lessons for credit from instructors who are not faculty members of Concordia College.

Because participation in many ensembles is open to students who are not majors or minors in music, detailed descriptions of these organizations are included under Expanded Academic Opportunities on Page 27.

Information on other Music Degree Programs: 

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My inner calling was to perform music professionally... I’ve taken my dream to be a professional musician and started making it a reality. I absolutely love my major, and Concordia has provided such a welcoming environment to help me grow, learn, and live every second of it.