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Music Performance

Requirements for the Vocal Performance Major (Bachelor of Music)


Why Study Music Performance at Westminster?

  • 2 hours of private lessons per week included in the cost of tuition

  • Many performance opportunities on and off campus

  • Our students go on to top graduate programs

Music Courses:

MUS 121 Music Theory 1
MUS 121P Music Theory 1 Practicum
MUS 122 Music Theory 2
MUS 122P Music Theory 2 Practicum
MUS 123 Music Theory 3
MUS 123P Music Theory 3 Practicum
MUS 124 Music Theory 4
MUS 124P Music Theory 4 Practicum
MUS 125 Form & Analysis
MUS 126 Orchestration
MUS 127 Modal and Tonal Counterpoint
MUS 141 History of Western Music to 1750
MUS 142 History of Western Music from 1750
MUS 163 Vocal Literature, MUS 164, and MUS 167
MUS 271 Basic Conducting plus either MUS 272 Choral Conducting or MUS 273 Instrumental Conducting
MUS 397 Junior Recital
MUS 600 Music Colloquium
MUS 600L Instrumental Performance Lab
MUS 600M Master Class, lab for private lessons
MUS 601 Capstone Recital
21 semesters’ private lessons (15 semester hours in voice, plus 6 hours in piano)
8 semester hours of large ensemble
2 semester hours of secondary ensembles (MUS 402 Instrumental Jazz Ensemble, MUS 403 Flute Choir, MUS 404 Woodwind Ensemble, MUS 405 Brass Ensemble, MUS 406 Percussion Ensemble, MUS 407 Wind Ensemble, MUS 422 Chamber Singers, and/or MUS 442 String Chamber Ensemble)
4 semester hours of additional ensembles (Voice concentrations take 2 semester hours of opera workshop, and 2 semester hours of musical or opera workshop)

Each student is required to pass a series of examinations on his/her primary instrument, as follows:

8 Juries with one at the end of each semester's primary private lessons
1 Sophomore Hearing with performance and portfolio review during second semester of sophomore year
2 Recital Hearings that are two weeks prior to the junior and the capstone recitals

Plus, successful Completion of Piano Proficiency. Piano Proficiency Examination Levels 1-3 must be completed by the end of the sophomore year, and Levels 4-10 must be completed by the end of the junior year.


What can you do with a Music Performance degree?

Imagine yourself a music educator, performer in a symphony orchestra or opera company, college professor, symphony manager, or sales manager for a recording company.