Bachelor of Music in Instrumental/Vocal Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is appropriate for students who wish to prepare for a career in music performance and related fields. Among the particular career emphases for which the BM in Performance is an appropriate preparation are professional performer, university teacher, private music studio teacher, or pre-professional preparation for music teacher certification study. Since it is unlikely that graduates of the program will have developed all the requisite skills to enter the professional ranks of performers or university teachers, most graduates will continue to develop their skills through further study. Students who have completed the BM in Performance at UofL typically do very well in gaining admission to strong graduate programs nationwide.

Requirements for:
Emphasis in Instrumental Performance
Emphasis in Piano Performance
Emphasis in Piano Performance with concentration in Piano Pedagogy
Emphasis in Vocal Performance
Emphasis in Organ Performance

Every University of Louisville School of Music student must complete the following degree requirements:

2-4 semesters of Piano (individual to major)
4 semesters of Theory
4 semesters of Music Literature
Private Lessons
Principal Ensemble Performance
Recital Attendance (15 per semester for 6 semesters)
General Education Requirements (hours vary)

The liberal arts degree in music affords the student the opportunity to pursue the study of music at the collegiate level and also to combine the study of music with an outside field. In some cases, we have developed some specific areas of emphasis but the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree offers the student a wide array of choices, limited only to his imagination. This degree is popular with students who want to eventually earn an advanced degree in medicine, law, or some other area.

A professional degree in music is a highly concentrated degree with approximately 85 of the 131 hours in music. There is a solid general studies core of subjects included in this degree as well. Most of the students who pursue this degree will go on to graduate school and to more advanced study in music.