Dec 01, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Music Performance (B.M.)

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

Rhinehart Music Center 144 ~ 260-481-6714

The Bachelor of Music program provides an opportunity for an advanced performer to earn a performance degree in voice, winds, orchestral strings, piano, guitar, or percussion. Instruction is by highly-qualified artist teachers.  Graduates of this program are regularly accepted into prestigious graduate programs and continue to be active performers and studio teachers.

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.

Student learning outcomes specific to the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree are as follows:

  • Students 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.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the pedagogy of their primary instrument and its literature.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Music program offers a comprehensive classical experience that allows you to develop your solo playing or singing along with skilled teachers and professionals who will mentor you all the way.  You can benefit from our partners in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and other organizations as you learn from one-on-one study and also participate in ensembles that perform masterworks both in the region and internationally.   When you complete this degree you will be ready to continue study in some of the prestigious graduate programs and continue to be active performers and studio teachers. 


  • Programs offered by the School of Music 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 school web site:

General Requirements:

  • Degree Requirements  
  • General Education Requirements  
  • Overlapping Content  
  • Academic Regulations  

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 music courses with a grade of C- or better.

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

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  

Performance Studies: Credits 28

Applied Primary (includes recital): Credits 16

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 Concentrations and Free Electives: Credits 27

Piano Concentration (27 credits)

Voice Concentration (27 credits)

Brass, Wind, Orchestral String, and Percussion Concentration (27 credits)

Guitar Concentration (27 Credits)

  • Elective music Credits: 11
  • 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 School 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 ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. 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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