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Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance

The Bachelor of Music degree in Performance is an intensive program for students planning to pursue graduate study and careers in classical music performance. It requires 86 credits in music, including a junior half-recital and senior full recital, studio lessons, performance courses, and an academic core of music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology.

Admission to the BMus program requires an audition, which can take place either before matriculation at Binghamton University or within the first three semesters of study. Current students considering a BMus audition should speak to their studio teacher about preparation. Auditions for current applicants to Binghamton University are normally held in early February; please note that a successful BMus audition does not guarantee admission to the university. Click here for information on the Opera/Vocal Studies Concentration.

To be considered for an audition, applicants to the university must first submit a Special Talent Review in Music by January 15. Special Talent forms are available here.

Students are strongly advised to begin the Music Theory and History courses and Studio Lessons during the first year, and prepare the audition in consultation with the studio teacher. Once admitted to the program, the student should see the Undergraduate Director to declare the major.


Music Theory & Musicianship (8 courses/20 credits)

Courses must be taken in sequence. Students with previous training in Music Theory who wish to place out of any theory courses may request a placement exam, to be given during the first week of each semester.

MUS 215 Theory I (Fall, 4 credits)
MUS 216 Musicianship I (Fall, 1 credit)
(must be taken concurrently with Theory I)

MUS 217 Theory II (Spring, 4 credits)
MUS 218 Musicianship II (Spring, 1 credit)
(must be taken concurrently with Theory II)

MUS 315 Theory III (Fall, 4 credits)
MUS 316 Musicianship III (Fall, 1 credit)
(must be taken concurrently with Theory III)

MUS 317 Theory IV (Spring, 4 credits)
MUS 318 Musicianship IV (Spring, 1 credit)
(must be taken concurrently with Theory IV)

Music History (3 courses/12 credits)

MUS 301 History of Western Music I: Origins to 1750 (Spring, 4 credits)
(Theory I is a prerequisite)

MUS 302 History of Western Music II: 1750 to 1900 (Fall, 4 credits)
(Theory II is a prerequisite)

MUS 303 History of Western Music III: 1900 to Today (Spring, 4 credits)

Music History courses must be taken in sequence.

Ethnomusicology (1 course/4 credits)

MUS 304 Introduction to Ethnomusicology (Fall, 4 credits)
(Theory II is a prerequisite)

Studio Lessons and Recitals:

PRIMARY CONCENTRATION (8 semesters/28 credits):
     2 semesters @ 2 credits
     6 semesters @ 4 credits

SECONDARY CONCENTRATION (2-4 semesters/4 credits):
Secondary Piano is a four-semester sequence, and is required for non-keyboard  performance majors unless they demonstrate piano proficiency. Keyboard majors and those who demonstrate piano proficiency may elect to take a different keyboard instrument or voice as the secondary concentration.

     Junior Half-Recital (2 credits)
     Senior Recital (4 credits)

Electives (2 courses/8 credits)

Two academic (MUS) courses at the 300 or 400 level in music theory, music history, ethnomusicology, composition, or conducting. Composition may only fulfill one of the elective requirements. Students pursuing a double major are only required to take one elective course, not two.

Conducting: MUS427 Conducting I (Fall (alternate years only), 4 credits)

Applied Music Electives (2-4 courses/4 credits): Electives appropriate to the student's concentration. These may include courses in diction (for singers), literature, pedagogy, etc.

Ensemble Participation

B.Mus. majors are required to participate in 8 semesters of ensembles, which may be taken for 0 credits. This participation may include major ensembles (University Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Harpur Chorale, Women's Chorus, University Chorus, or Jazz Ensemble) or piano accompanying. BMus Performance students in voice may fulfill part of the ensemble requirement through performance with the Tri-Cities Opera chorus, subject to approval.

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Last Updated: 10/1/18