BMus in Music

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.

  • Opera/Vocal Studies Concentration (Vocal Performance)
    Vocal performance at Binghamton University is a small, selective program designed to train students in their pursuit of a career in professional classical singing and opera. Our program affords students a wide array of performance and scholarly activities. Binghamton University enjoys a unique collaboration with the with Tri-Cities Opera, providing auditioned and selected students with professional stage experience. Both Undergraduate and masters students have the opportunity to perform with Tri-Cities Opera each season in three mainstage productions.

    In addition to Voice Lessons and Coachings at Binghamton University students participate in the Stage Techniques/Opera workshop, (presenting one-act operas and opera scenes), performance ensembles, recital programs, studio voice class, lyric diction, language studies, vocal literature & interpretation, oratorio performances, voice master classes, music history 
and music theory.

    The excellence of this unique program is validated by the achievements of its graduates, who have performed in virtually every major opera house in the world, including: The Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, Washington Opera, and many more internationally and abroad. Our students have the opportunity to perform in the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts at Binghamton University, which houses two outstanding theaters often used by some of the finest professional artists in the country.

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

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.

Requirements

  • 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.

    RECITALS:

    • 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.