As a musical performer, you have a special gift. You’ll be challenged in the best of ways here! Surround yourself with fellow music lovers and practice your craft as a music performance major. There are several majors in this category to increase your technical knowledge and keep your skills sharp. Not to mention the countless ensembles you can audition for to get the real-life performance experience that’s an important outlet for your creative expression.
View some specifics below about each of the performance majors. All music degrees have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
Comprehensive Applied Instrumental Major
76 credits / no minor required
This major is designed for performers whose abilities and desires will lead to careers as performing artists and private studio instructors. It also prepares students for entrance into graduate level performance programs. The program focuses on preparation for public performance, emphasizing mastery of technique and a high level of musical maturity. The degree includes public solo performances. It does not require professional education courses; therefore, teaching certification is not included in the program.
Winds/Brass/Percussion Area Faculty
John R. Stewart, Area Coordinator and Director of Concert Bands
Robert Baca, trumpet, Director of Jazz Studies
Jeffery Crowell, percussion
Randy Dickerson, Blugold Marching Band
Jennifer Fraley, clarinet
Christa Garvey, oboe
Jacob Grewe, euphonium and tuba
Aaron Hedestrom, jazz saxophone
Charles Hodgson, French horn
Trent Jacobs, bassoon
Tim Lane, flute
Phillip Ostrander, trombone
Alastair Wright, saxophone
Strings Area Faculty
Nobu Yasuda, violin, Area Coordinator
Barbara Beechey, viola
Tulio Rondon, cello
Joshua Schwalbach, double bass
Keyboard Area Faculty
Nick Phillips, Area Coordinator
Comprehensive Applied Voice Major
79 credits / no minor required
This major is designed for performers whose abilities and desires will lead to careers on the operatic or musical stage, as recitalists or concert artists or as private studio instructors. It also prepares students for entrance into graduate level performance programs. The program focuses on preparation for public performance, emphasizing mastery of technique and a high level of musical maturity. The degree culminates in a public solo recital. Interested students must demonstrate an ability for technical and musical achievement through their program audition.
Voice/Choral Area Faculty
Frank A. Watkins, Director of Choral Activities
Chris McGinley, choral conductor
Mark Mowry, Voice Area Coordinator
The members of the music department staff have changed my life in more ways than one. In my very first semester as a Blugold, my musicianship flourished.
Change your major or minor
To change your major or minor to something in music and theatre arts, please contact the music and theatre arts department using the information below, and they will help you get going!