Performance Major B.M.

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Performance Major B.M.

What is a Bachelor of Music in performance?

The music performance degree program is designed for students who want to develop their skills as vocalists or instrumentalists in order to pursue a career or graduate degree in music. You’ll build a solid foundation in music history, theory and analysis, while also training in voice, piano or another instrument of your choice. The program places heavy emphasis on performance study and is great preparation for master and doctoral degree programs.

Why study music performance at UNH?

Performance opportunities abound at UNH, which is home to the intimate Bratton Recital Hall and the grand Johnson theatres, and just minutes from the arts-rich New Hampshire Seacoast region. Several vocal and instrumental performing ensembles exist on campus, including Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, jazz and marching bands, and the UNH Symphony Orchestra. Each spring, winners of our annual Concerto/Aria Competition solo with the UNH Orchestra or Wind Symphony, and the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference highlights student music performers. Our department also hosts dynamic artists and guest lecturers throughout the year.

Potential careers

  • Artist management
  • Arts administrator
  • Music educator
  • Music professor
  • Nonprofit director
  • Orchestra member
  • Program director
  • Vocalist
  • Voice teacher

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

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 731Conducting2
Select one of the following:3
Music of the Renaissance
Music of the Baroque
Music of the Classical Period
Music of the Romantic Period
Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Art Song
Survey of Opera
Select one of the following:3
Counterpoint
Analysis: Form and Structure
Analysis: Form and Structure
Performance Study (Applied Lessons): select from the following coursesVariable
Performing Ensemble: select from the following coursesVariable
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
Concert Choir 2
Chamber Singers
Opera Workshop
Select one of the following:8
Elementary Italian I
and Elementary Italian II
Elementary German I
and Elementary German II
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
Counterpoint
Analysis: Form and Structure
Analysis: Form and Structure
Select 3 credits of the following: 23
Composition
Composition
Advanced Composition
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 455Piano Ensemble4
MUSI 541/741Piano (piano lessons) 325
Performing Ensemble: select from the following4
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
Techniques and Methods in String Instruments
Techniques and Methods in Woodwind Instruments
Techniques and Methods in Brass Instruments
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
Performing Ensemble: select from the following12
Total Credits42-43

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