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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 AND MUS 121L Music Theory 1 Aural Skills Lab
MUS 122 Music Theory 2 AND MUS 122L Music Theory 2 Aural Skills Lab
MUS 123 Music Theory 3 AND MUS 123L Music Theory 3 Aural Skills Lab
MUS 124 Music Theory 4 AND MUS 124L Music Theory 4 Aural Skills Lab
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 206 Vocal Pedagogy
MUS 207 Latin and Italian Diction
MUS 208 German Diction
MUS 209 French Diction
MUS 244 Accompanying & Coaching
MUS 271 Basic Conducting OR MUS 272 Choral 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 (2 hours must be MUS 425 Opera Workshop and/or MUS 428 Musical Workshop)

And three of the following music literature courses:

MUS 161 Piano Literature
MUS 162 Organ Literature
MUS 164 Choral Literature
MUS 165 Opera Literature

And one additional 4 semester hour music elective course


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.