Performance Major (B.M.)

Performance Major (B.M.)

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What is a Bachelor of Music in performance?

The Bachelor of Music in performance degree is the program for you if you wish to focus intensively on developing your skills as a performer. This program places heavy emphasis on performance study and is great preparation for master and doctoral degree programs. You’ll develop your musicianship through private study, chamber music and some of the best performing ensembles in the region. You’ll be immersed in the study of music theory, history, literature and world music while sharpening your listening and performance skills.

Why study performance in music at UNH?

The applied studio faculty at UNH are some of the region’s most sought-after performers. They are also phenomenal teachers who will prepare you for entry into top master’s degree programs at home and abroad. You will perform frequently in chamber music ensembles and some of the best performing ensembles in New England. You will develop your ability to promote yourself as an artist through outreach experiences like the Chamber Music Program and numerous gigging opportunities. Our department also hosts dynamic guest artists and lecturers throughout the year and offers a study abroad exchange program with Cardiff University in the U.K.

Potential Careers

  • Artist management
  • Arts administrator
  • Arts nonprofit team member or director
  • Military musician
  • Music educator
  • Music professor
  • Music therapist
  • Private lesson instructor
  • Professional performer

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

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This form is only for prospective students who are not already enrolled at UNH. If you are a current UNH student and interested in this program, please reach out to the contact on this page.


  • Music Performance Major
    Hometown: Scarborough, Maine What made you choose UNH?
    Music Performance Major
    Hometown: Scarborough, Maine What made you choose UNH?
  • Music Performance Major | Music Professor
    What are you currently doing for work? I am a professor of clarinet and director of the woodwind program at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, as well as chamber musician and arts administrator. I am a member of Pulse Trio, and we have performed across the United States, as well as...
    Music Performance Major | Music Professor
    What are you currently doing for work? I am a professor of clarinet and director of the woodwind program at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, as well as chamber musician and arts administrator. I am a member of Pulse Trio, and we have performed across the United States, as well as...
  • Music Performance and Psychology Majors | Licensed Professional Counselor
    What are you currently doing for work?
    Music Performance and Psychology Majors | Licensed Professional Counselor
    What are you currently doing for work?
  • Music Performance Major
    Why did you choose UNH? I chose UNH because of the wonderful experiences I had visiting the music department when I was doing my college audition process. My private instructor, Nic Orovich, seemed really interested in me, and really wanted me to come to UNH. Plus I got to see what being a music...
    Music Performance Major
    Why did you choose UNH? I chose UNH because of the wonderful experiences I had visiting the music department when I was doing my college audition process. My private instructor, Nic Orovich, seemed really interested in me, and really wanted me to come to UNH. Plus I got to see what being a music...
  • Music (Performance) Major | Professional Pianist
    What are you doing for work and how did you get there? Currently, I manage my own teaching practice in Mississauga, Ontario, adjudicate for festivals and competitions, and perform both as a soloist and with my husband Gregory (Millar Piano Duo).  I also serve as Vice-President of one of the most...
    Music (Performance) Major | Professional Pianist
    What are you doing for work and how did you get there? Currently, I manage my own teaching practice in Mississauga, Ontario, adjudicate for festivals and competitions, and perform both as a soloist and with my husband Gregory (Millar Piano Duo).  I also serve as Vice-President of one of the most...

Curriculum & Requirements

All bachelor of music students are required to give a public performance during their senior year, which fulfills the Discovery Program capstone requirement:

  • For students in the performance option, a full recital is required. Students in the bachelor of music in performance degree program are required to perform a half junior recital.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. B.M. in music majors may use MUSI 502 History and Literature of Music (a required core course for the major) to satisfy the Inquiry Discovery category requirement, and MUSI 515 Music in World Cultures (a required core course for the major) to satisfy the World Cultures Discovery category requirement.

Bachelor of 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
MUSI 731Conducting2
Select one of the following:3
MUSI 703
Music of the Renaissance
MUSI 705
Music of the Baroque
MUSI 707
Music of the Classical Period
MUSI 709W
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 coursesVariable
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 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 coursesVariable
MUSI 441, MUSI 442, MUSI 448, MUSI 450, MUSI 451, MUSI 452, MUSI 453, MUSI 454, MUSI 455, MUSI 456, MUSI 457, MUSI 459, MUSI 460, MUSI #461, MUSI 462, MUSI 463, MUSI 464
Total Credits38

Bachelor of Music in Performance (Voice)

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

MUED 741Techniques and Methods in Choral Music2
MUED 755Vocal Pedagogy2
MUSI 520
MUSI 521
Diction for Singers I
and Diction for Singers II
4
MUSI 713Art Song3
or MUSI 715 Survey of Opera
MUSI 545/745Voice (voice lessons) 125
Select 8 credits of the following:8
MUSI 441
Concert Choir 2
MUSI 442
Chamber Singers
MUSI 448
Vocal Arts Project
Select one of the following:8
ITAL 401
ITAL 402
Elementary Italian I
and Elementary Italian II
GERM 401
GERM 402
Elementary German I
and Elementary German II
FREN 401
FREN 402
Elementary French I
and Elementary French II
Total Credits52

Bachelor of Music in Performance (Piano)

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

MUED 743Materials and Methods in Piano Music2
Select one of the following: 13
MUSI 771
Counterpoint
MUSI 781W
Analysis: Form and Structure
MUSI #782W
Analysis: Form and Structure
Select 3 credits of the following: 23
MUSI 775
Composition
MUSI 776
Composition
MUSI 777
Advanced Composition
MUSI 779
Orchestration
Any 700-level advanced music history or advanced music theory course 23
MUSI 795Special Studies (Topic V) advanced piano pedagogy)2
MUSI 795Special Studies (Topic E) piano literature)1-2
MUSI 455Collaborative Piano 34
MUSI 541/741Piano (piano lessons) 425
Performing Ensemble: select from the following4
MUSI 441, MUSI 442, MUSI 448, MUSI 450, MUSI 451, MUSI 452, MUSI 453, MUSI 454, MUSI 455, MUSI 456, MUSI 457, MUSI 459, MUSI 460, MUSI #461, MUSI 462, MUSI 463, MUSI 464
Total Credits47-48

Bachelor of Music in Performance (All other Instruments)

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

Techniques & Methods: select from the following 12-3
MUED 745
Techniques and Methods in String Instruments
MUED 747
Techniques and Methods in Woodwind Instruments
MUED 749
Techniques and Methods in Brass Instruments
MUED 751
Techniques and Methods in Percussion Instruments
Select 3 credits of MUSI 700-level Advanced Music History or Advanced Music Theory 23
Performance Study (Applied Lessons): select from the following 325
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 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 following12
MUSI 441, MUSI 442, MUSI 448, MUSI 450, MUSI 451, MUSI 452, MUSI 453, MUSI 454, MUSI 455, MUSI 456, MUSI 457, MUSI 459, MUSI 460, MUSI #461, MUSI 462, MUSI 463, MUSI 464
Total Credits42-43
  • Students will exhibit the skills necessary for artistic expression at the highest possible level as defined by their particular area of concentration in solo and small ensemble (not conducted) and large ensemble (conducted) settings.
  • Students will exhibit competency in musicianship and analysis through: their understanding of musical forms and processes aural, verbal and visual analyses skill in performance, academic, pedagogical, and compositional applications rudimentary ability to create derivative or original music.
  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with musical literature from the formal concert repertory and from musical traditions outside of that repertory. Students will demonstrate the ability to place music in historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts.
  • Students will demonstrate collegiate-level skill in the English language and competence in written and oral communication in English.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use technologies current to their area of specialization for professional development and entrepreneurship, and career preparation and promotion.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of pedagogy as required in the particular field of study.
  • Students in vocal studies will demonstrate competencies in diction and language, as well as interpretive skills, physicality, and stage deportment.
  • Students will plan, prepare, and perform a solo recital in collaboration with faculty and staff that includes both organizational elements and artistic preparation.

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