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The performance curricula are especially designed for students wishing to prepare themselves as performers or as teachers of a particular instrument or voice. The increased interest of society today in the arts is creating many new opportunities for the professional musician and for the private music teacher.

A student in a performance curriculum, if entering as a freshman, should achieve proficiency level six in the principal performance area at the time of audition, and must complete proficiency level ten in that area to be eligible for graduation. In addition to presentation of a senior recital, performance majors also must make three solo appearances on the major instrument in upper-level student recitals or convocations. Exceptions to this policy are noted below.

Combined Performance/Music Education Curriculum

An optional program can be arranged for outstanding students who desire to meet the requirements of majors in both performance and music education. Admission to this rigorous program is by written consent of the coordinator of the appropriate performance area and the coordinator of music education after the student has completed two semesters. This curriculum satisfies the course requirements of the professional certificate for grades birth through adult. The numerous possible combinations of performance with music education cannot be listed separately here. When you become a candidate for this degree, your advisor designates the specific courses that must be taken to satisfy the requirements for both a bachelor’s in performance and a bachelor’s in music education. By attending summer sessions, if appropriate courses are available, it may be possible to complete the combined curriculum in four calendar years, although it usually takes longer.