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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Music Performance (B.M.)

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Program: Bachelor of Music in Performance
Department of Music  
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Rhinehart Music Center 144 ~ 260-481-6714

Student learning outcomes common to all music degrees are as follows:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of music theory sufficient to analyze musical forms, structures, and styles; to create within basic musical structures; and to relate theoretical concepts to sound.
  • Students will demonstrate performance ability as ensemble members, as conductors, and as soloists on both a primary instrument and a secondary instrument.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the history and literature of western and non-western music, with an understanding of the social, political and cultural impacts which shaped music history.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in utilizing appropriate technology to notate and create music, to investigate and report scholarly research, and to support the specific demands of their professional degrees.

The Bachelor of Music program provides an opportunity for an advanced performer to earn a performance degree in voice, brass, woodwinds, orchestral strings, piano, guitar, or percussion. Student learning outcomes specific to the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree are as follows:

  • Performance majors will demonstrate the ability to perform with a high level of artistry as soloists and collaborating musicians in settings appropriate to their instrument of expertise. In addition, students will learn the pedagogy of their primary instrument and study its literature.


  • Programs offered by the department are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on campus though some courses may be available as distance learning.

Declaring this Major:

  • Students who choose to major in music must be accepted by both Purdue University Fort Wayne and the School of Music. For information regarding admission to the university, see the Office of Admissions web page: 
  • Acceptance into the School of Music is not automatic upon acceptance by the university. All accepted students who indicate music as their major are placed into the Pre-Music category by the Admissions Office. Full acceptance as a music major is contingent upon a successful audition. 
  • Auditions. Information about audition requirements are found on the department web site:

General Requirements:

To earn the Bachelor of Music, one must satisfy the requirements of Purdue Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the music core, and satisfactorily complete the following courses with a grade of C- or better in each music course.

Students in this degree are subject to the policies for all music degrees found on the School of Music .

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

General Education Requirements    

Category B6 -Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing: Credits 3

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses  

  • Cr. 3.
  • MUSC 10500 Traditions in World Music is required for all music degrees and should be taken to fulfill general education Area VI and accreditation requirements.

Performance Studies: Credits 28

Applied Secondary: Credits 4

Non-keyboard Applied Primaries take:

Keyboard Applied Primaries take:

Ensembles: Credits 8

See School of Music Ensemble  Requirements.

  • Vocal and Instrumental majors take major ensembles for 8 semesters.
  • Guitar majors take guitar ensemble for 8 semesters.
  • Piano majors take major ensembles for 6 semesters and MUSC 00200 Piano Accompanying for 2 semesters

Professional Music Courses and Free Electives: Credits 26

Piano Majors (26 credits)

  • MUSC 45200  Piano ensemble/piano chamber ensemble Credits:  2 (2 semesters)

  • MUSC 44300  Keyboard Literature I Credits: 3

  • MUSC 44600  Keyboard Literature II Credits: 3

  • MUSC 49300  Piano pedagogy Credits: 3

  • Elective music Credits: 6

  • Free elective Credits: 9

Voice Majors (26 credits)

  • MUSC 43100  Song literature Credits: 3

  • Foreign language (must be in the same language)  Credits: 8

  • MUSC 22600  English Diction Credits: 1

  • MUSC 22700  German Diction Credits: 1

  • MUSC 22800  French Diction Credits: 1

  • MUSC 22900  Italian Diction Credits: 1

  • MUSC 49400  Vocal pedagogy Credits: 3

  • MUSC 47001  Opera Ensemble Credits: 2 (2 semesters)

  • Elective music Credits: 3

  • Free elective Credits: 3

Brass, Wind, Orchestral String, and Percussion Majors (26 credits)

  • MUSC 44500  Instrumental literature Credits: 3

  • MUSC 45900  Instrumental pedagogy Credits: 2

  • Additional ensembles Credits: 6
    Refer to Department of Music Handbook for specific requirements

  • Elective music Credits: 6

  • Free elective Credits: 9

Guitar Majors (26 Credits)

  • Additional ensemble (must be a conducted ensemble) Credits: 2
  • Elective music Credits: 10
  • Free elective Credits: 9

Grade Requirements

Grades. Music majors must complete each required music course with a grade of C- or better and with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher for all required music courses. Two unsuccessful attempts to attain a grade of C- or better in the same required music course will result in dismissal from the Department of Music. 

Exceptions to academic policies require a written request to the music faculty in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program. Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career. All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.


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