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
Charles Hodgson, French horn
Melissa Koprowski, clarinet
Christa Garvey, oboe
Jacob Grewe, euphonium and tuba
Tim Lane, flute
Trent Jacobs, bassoon
Phillip Ostrander, trombone
Michael Shults, saxophone
Strings Area Faculty
Nobu Yasuda, violin, Area Coordinator
Molly Gebrian, viola
Tulio Rondon, cello
Joshua Schwalbach, double bass
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
- Elizabeth Joosten, Assistant Director of Choral Activities
- Mark Mowry, Voice Area Coordinator
- Diana Cataldi
- Julie DeBoer
- Ken Pereira
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.
Comprehensive Collaborative Piano Major
78 credits / no minor required
This major focuses on collaborative playing, and offers many opportunities for students to work with singers and instrumentalists in a collaborative setting. Upon graduation, students can pursue work as a freelance accompanist/coach or pursue graduate school. In addition to the core music classes, students are required to give one solo recital and one collaborative recital, participate as the pianist for one of our large ensembles and take a keyboard accompanying course, voice diction and literature classes.
Comprehensive Piano Pedagogy Major
75 credits / no minor required
This major is for students interested in teaching piano lessons right after graduation, or those interested in continuing on to graduate school in pedagogy. In addition to the core music classes, students are required to give one solo recital, take a two-semester piano pedagogy sequence, an educational psychology course, and to present a senior capstone project in pedagogy.
Comprehensive Piano Performance Major
75 credits / no minor required
This is a traditional option for students seeking intense study in solo performance and those looking to continue on to graduate school. In addition to the core music classes, students are required to give two solo recitals and take a keyboard accompaniment course, plus one semester of piano pedagogy.
Keyboard Area Faculty
- Nick Phillips, Area Coordinator
- Lori Cruciani
- Namji Kim
- William Whipple
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!