Music Performance, Bachelor of Music (BM)


Program Description

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is a professional degree that allows students to focus on Music performance. Students will receive comprehensive training in Music and will have many opportunities for performing in a variety of settings by focusing on one of four tracks: Voice, Strings, Winds & Percussion, and Piano. The discipline and training acquired in this degree will facilitate careers and graduate study in Music Performance, as well as in private studio teaching and many other fields.  Entrance to this program is by audition only.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements

American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5

Required Courses

Complete a minimum of four semesters:
MUSC 1000RConcert Attendance0
Complete the following:
MUSC 1001First Year Experience: Music2
MUSC 1050Introduction to World Music (FA)3
MUSC 2180Introduction to Music Technology3

Theory & Analysis 

MUSC 1110Music Theory I (Prerequisite: MUSC 1100 or C or higher on the Music Department theory test) 13
MUSC 1120Music Theory II3
MUSC 1130Ear Training & Sight Singing I1
MUSC 1140Ear Training/Sight Singing II1
MUSC 2110Music Theory III3
MUSC 2120Music Theory IV3
MUSC 2130Ear Training/Sight Singing III1
MUSC 2140Ear Training/Sight Singing IV1
MUSC 3540Form and Analysis3

Students may request to take the Music Theory test from the Music Department Chair or the test is offered on the first day of MUSC 1100.  Students passing with a grade of C or higher may test out of the MUSC 1100 requirement.

Music History and Literature

MUSC 3630Music History & Literature I3
MUSC 3640Music History & Literature II3
MUSC 3650Music History and Literature III3


MUSC 2350Fundamentals of Conducting2
MUSC 3222Choral Conducting2
or MUSC 3380 Instrumental Conducting


MUSC 3890Junior Recital1
MUSC 4890Senior Recital1

Music Elective Requirements

Elective Courses
Complete general elective coursework to bring the total number of credits to no less than 120 credits.
Piano Proficiency (required for all tracks except Piano)
Music majors are required to complete the Department's Piano Proficiency during the first two years of study. Completion of the Piano Proficiency is a prerequisite to Junior-level private lessons. A placement exam is administered during the first week of classes each semester. Students enroll in group piano courses (MUSC 1150, 1160, 2150, and 2160) to fulfill the requirements. Once the proficiency is passed off students are not required to enroll in group piano. Enrolling in private lessons is not an acceptable solution to achieving proficiency.

Select one of the four tracks:


MUSC 1840RPrivate Applied Lessons I: Vocal Performance Emphasis4
MUSC 2840RPrivate Applied Lessons II: Vocal Performance Emphasis4
MUSC 3840RPrivate Applied Lessons III: Vocal Performance Emphasis4
MUSC 4840RPrivate Applied Lessons IV: Vocal Performance Emphasis4
MUSC 3200ROpera Scenes Workshop2
MUSC 3250RConcert Choir8
MUSC 3270RChamber Singers4
MUSC 3861Diction for Singers I2
MUSC 3862Diction for Singers II2
MUSC 4661Vocal Pedagogy2
MUSC 4662Vocal Literature2
Foreign Language - 2 courses8


MUSC 1843RPrivate Applied Lessons I: String Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 1845R Private Applied Lessons I: Guitar Performance Emphasis
MUSC 2843RPrivate Applied Lessons II: String Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 2845R Private Applied Lessons II: Guitar Performance Emphasis
MUSC 3843RPrivate Applied Lessons III: String Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 3845R Private Applied Lessons III: Guitar Performance Emphasis
MUSC 4843RPrivate Applied Lessons IV: String Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 4845R Private Applied Lessons IV: Guitar Performance Emphasis
Large Ensembles (8 credits total)8
University Orchestra
Symphonic Band (For guitar and harp majors only)
Chamber Ensembles (4 credits total)
MUSC 4430RString Chamber Music3
MUSC 3360RUniversity Chamber Orchestra1
MUSC 3370RGuitar Ensemble (For guitar majors only)4
Specialized Ensembles (1 credit)
MUSC 3390RElectro-Acoustic Ensemble1
or MUSC 4434R Early Music Ensemble
or MUSC 4435R New Music Ensemble
MUSC 4630String Pedagogy2
MUSC 4632String Literature2
MUSC 4538Orchestration3

Winds & Percussion

MUSC 1842RPrivate Applied Lessons I: Brass Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 1844R Private Applied Lessons I: Woodwind Performance Emphasis
or MUSC 1851R Private Applied Lessons I: Percussion Performance Emphasis
MUSC 2842RPrivate Applied Lessons II: Brass Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 2844R Private Applied Lessons II: Woodwind Performance Emphasis
or MUSC 2851R Private Applied Lessons II: Percussion Performance Emphasis
MUSC 3842RPrivate Applied Lessons III: Brass Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 3844R Private Applied Lessons III: Woodwind Performance Emphasis
or MUSC 3851R Private Applied Lessons III: Percussion Performance Emphasis
MUSC 4842RPrivate Applied Lessons IV: Brass Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 4844R Private Applied Lessons IV: Woodwind Performance Emphasis
or MUSC 4851R Private Applied Lessons IV: Percussion Performance Emphasis
MUSC 3310RSymphonic Band8
or MUSC 3350R University Orchestra
MUSC 4431RWoodwind Chamber Music4
or MUSC 4432R Brass Chamber Music
or MUSC 4485R Percussion Ensemble
MUSC 3390RElectro-Acoustic Ensemble1
or MUSC 4434R Early Music Ensemble
or MUSC 4435R New Music Ensemble
MUSC 3380Instrumental Conducting2
MUSC 4538Orchestration3
MUSC 4635Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Pedagogy and Literature2


MUSC 1841RPrivate Applied Lessons I: Piano Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 1846R Private Applied Lessons I: Organ Performance Emphasis
MUSC 2841RPrivate Applied Lessons II: Piano Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 2846R Private Applied Lessons II: Organ Performance Emphasis
MUSC 3841RPrivate Applied Lessons III: Piano Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 3846R Private Applied Lessons III: Organ Performance Emphasis
MUSC 4841RPrivate Applied Lessons IV: Piano Performance Emphasis4
or MUSC 4846R Private Applied Lessons IV: Organ Performance Emphasis
MUSC 3250RConcert Choir2
or MUSC 3310R Symphonic Band
or MUSC 3350R University Orchestra
MUSC 3870RPiano Accompanying4
MUSC 4433RPiano Ensemble4
MUSC 3390RElectro-Acoustic Ensemble1
or MUSC 4434R Early Music Ensemble
or MUSC 4435R New Music Ensemble
MUSC 3865Piano Pedagogy I2
MUSC 3866Piano Pedagogy II2
MUSC 4665Piano Literature I2
MUSC 4666Piano Literature II2


  • No more than 4 credits of private lessons may be transferred from another institution.
  • No more than 4 credits of ensembles may be transferred from another institution.
  • Each Private Lesson course may be repeated up to 4 credits.
  • Each Ensemble course may be repeated up to 8 credits. Students are limited to no more than three ensemble courses per semester.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.