Music Major: Performance Study Option (B.A.)

Music Major: Performance Study Option (B.A.)

Student vocalist performing

What is performance study in music?

This music degree option is tailored to students who wish to develop their talent in musical performance while also gaining a solid liberal arts education. You’ll be immersed in the study of music theory, history, literature and world music while honing your listening and performance skills by participating in training and various ensembles on campus. The program is recommended if you’re considering graduate study leading to a master's or doctoral degree.

Why study performance in music at UNH?

Performance opportunities abound at UNH, which is home to the intimate Bratton Recital Hall and the grand Johnson Theatre, and just minutes from the arts-rich New Hampshire Seacoast region. Several vocal and instrumental performing ensembles exist on campus, including jazz and marching bands, the UNH Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Singers and the Concert Choir. Each spring, the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference highlights student music performers. Our department also hosts dynamic artists and guest lecturers throughout the year. Take advantage of an exchange program in Cardiff, Wales, to gain access to the National Welsh Opera, the BBC Orchestra and more.

Potential careers

  • Arts administrator
  • Music teacher
  • Music therapy
  • Professional musician
  • Sound engineer

Department of Music
Paul Creative Arts Center
30 Academic Way
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH  03824

Phone: (603) 862-2404
Fax: (603) 862-3155
E-mail: music.info@unh.edu

  • Music Performance and Music Education Major | Performance Artist and Studio Teacher
    UNH Alumna Amal El-Shrafi '09 will be singing the role of  ‘Antonia’ from The Tales of Hoffman with Opera North in August 2018. She has been hailed by the Boston Music Intelligencer as “shining through with a strength and power that matched her character’s presence onstage.” The Palestinian-...
    Music Performance and Music Education Major | Performance Artist and Studio Teacher
    UNH Alumna Amal El-Shrafi '09 will be singing the role of  ‘Antonia’ from The Tales of Hoffman with Opera North in August 2018. She has been hailed by the Boston Music Intelligencer as “shining through with a strength and power that matched her character’s presence onstage.” The Palestinian-...

Curriculum & Requirements

The Discovery Program capstone requirement is fulfilled by a final project or a public performance given during the senior year. For students in the performance study option, a full recital is required.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Major department courses may not be used to satisfy Discovery category requirements except in the case of a second major. B.A. in music majors may use MUSI 502 History and Literature of Music (a required core course for the major) to satisfy the Inquiry Discovery requirement.

Bachelor of Arts in Music Core Curriculum

MUSI 471
MUSI 472
Theory I
and Theory I
6
MUSI 473
MUSI 474
Ear Training I
and Ear Training I
2
MUSI 475
MUSI 476
Functional Piano I
and Functional Piano I 1
2
MUSI 571
MUSI 572
Theory II
and Theory II
6
MUSI 573
MUSI 574
Ear Training II
and Ear Training II
2
MUSI 575
MUSI 576
Functional Piano II
and Functional Piano II 1
2
MUSI 501
MUSI 502
History and Literature of Music
and History and Literature of Music
6
MUSI 515Music in World Cultures4
MUSI 540Recital Attendance0
Advanced Music History: select one of the following3
MUSI 703
Music of the Renaissance
MUSI 705
Music of the Baroque
MUSI 707
Music of the Classical Period
MUSI 709
Music of the Romantic Period
MUSI 711
Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
MUSI 713
Art Song
MUSI 715
Survey of Opera
Select one of the following:3
MUSI 771
Counterpoint
MUSI 781W
Analysis: Form and Structure
MUSI 782W
Analysis: Form and Structure
Performance Study (Applied Lessons): select from the following courses
MUSI 541, MUSI 545, MUSI 546, MUSI 547, MUSI 548, MUSI 549, MUSI 550, MUSI 551, MUSI 552, MUSI 553, MUSI 554, MUSI 555, MUSI 556, MUSI 557, MUSI 558, MUSI 559, MUSI 560, MUSI 561, MUSI 562, MUSI 563, MUSI 564, MUSI 741, MUSI 745, MUSI 746, MUSI 747, MUSI 748, MUSI 749, MUSI 750, MUSI 751, MUSI 752, MUSI 753, MUSI 754, MUSI 755, MUSI 756, MUSI 757, MUSI 758, MUSI 759, MUSI 760, MUSI 761, MUSI 762, MUSI 763, MUSI 764
Performing Ensemble: select variable credits from the following courses 2
MUSI 441, MUSI 442, MUSI 448, MUSI 450, MUSI 451, MUSI 452, MUSI 453, MUSI 454, MUSI 455, MUSI 456, MUSI 457, MUSI 458, MUSI 459, MUSI 460, MUSI 461, MUSI 462, MUSI 463, MUSI 464
Total Credits36

Performance Study Option Requirements

Degree program has final approval from the National Association of Schools of Music.

MUSI 731Conducting2
Performance Study (Applied Lessons): select from the following courses 116
MUSI 541, MUSI 545, MUSI 546, MUSI 547, MUSI 548, MUSI 549, MUSI 550, MUSI 551, MUSI 552, MUSI 553, MUSI 554, MUSI 555, MUSI 556, MUSI 557, MUSI 558, MUSI 559, MUSI 560, MUSI 561, MUSI 562, MUSI 563, MUSI 564, MUSI 741, MUSI 745, MUSI 746, MUSI 747, MUSI 748, MUSI 749, MUSI 750, MUSI 751, MUSI 752, MUSI 753, MUSI 754, MUSI 755, MUSI 756, MUSI 757, MUSI 758, MUSI 759, MUSI 760, MUSI 761, MUSI 762, MUSI 763, MUSI 764
Performing Ensemble: select from the following courses8
MUSI 441, MUSI 442, MUSI 448, MUSI 450, MUSI 451, MUSI 452, MUSI 453, MUSI 454, MUSI 455, MUSI 456, MUSI 457, MUSI 458, MUSI 459, MUSI 460, MUSI 461, MUSI 462, MUSI 463, MUSI 464
Required for vocal performance option only:4
MUSI 520
Diction for Singers I
MUSI 521
Diction for Singers II
Total Credits30

The language requirement for a student in the vocal performance option is satisfied by taking ITAL 401 Elementary Italian I-ITAL 402 Elementary Italian II, GERM 401 Elementary German I-GERM 402 Elementary German II or FREN 401 Elementary French I-FREN 402 Elementary French II.

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