music performance

Music Performance Major

Centered on training, a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Saint Mary’s provides students the expertise necessary to pursue a career in music. 

The music performance degree, within the context of the liberal arts undergraduate university, provides students with the broadest possible educational foundation for lifelong musical success.

As part of their educational experience, music performance majors at Saint Mary’s will be required to take weekly private lessons to improve their musicianship skills, perform in regularly scheduled departmental recitals, and present junior and senior recitals.

This major may be combined with the M.A. in Teaching fifth-year education program.

Choosing a Music Performance Track

Students in the music performance major choose between four different tracks:

  • Instrumental
  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Voice

Students majoring in the vocal performance track must demonstrate proficiency in at least one language other than English, preferably a language found in a significant body of vocal literature from the standard western art music repertoire.

Career Options

Music performance majors will be prepared to pursue careers such as arts administrators, composers, elementary, middle, and high school teachers, librarians, musicians and singers, and recreational therapists.

High School Preparation

High school coursework that will support a student in his or her pursuit of a music performance degree includes experience in Band or Orchestra, Chorus, Music, Music History, and Music Theory.

Enhance Your Experience

Students who earn a degree in music education oftentimes pursue a double major or minor in theatre, dance, or educational studies.