With a degree in music and major in music performance, you will work to develop a high-level of artistic self-expression in both solo and ensemble performance.

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Music Performance

With a degree in music and major in music performance, you will work to develop a high-level of artistic self-expression in both solo and ensemble performance. You will develop and demonstrate skills in composition and improvisation and develop a solid musical understanding based on fundamentals and historical styles and be familiar with technological resources to enhance research, composition, teaching, and performance. You will be prepared for careers in performance and for graduate studies in music performance.


Students coming to GWU to study music performance will be studying with professional faculty artist performers/teachers that are tops in their field, not with graduate assistants. At GWU, you will be mentored, developed, and nurtured by our very fine faculty. You will have numerous performing opportunities at GWU in all types of small and large vocal and instrumental ensembles, musical theatre productions, and operas.


Course Requirements (78 hours)


MUSC 105: Music Theory I (4 hrs.)

MUSC 106: Music Theory II (4 hrs.)

MUSC 205: Music Theory III (3 hrs.)

MUSC 206: Music Theory IV (3 hrs.)

MUSC 211: Sophomore Qualifying Recital (1 hr.)

MUSC 226: Music Literature (3 hrs.) (hours counted in core)

MUSC 247: Conducting Fundamentals (1 hr.)

MUSC 305: Counterpoint (2 hrs.)

MUSC 306: Orchestration (2 hrs.)

MUSC 312: Junior Recital (2 hrs.)

MUSC 325: Music History I (3 hrs.)

MUSC 326: Music History II (3 hrs.)

MUSC 405: Form and Analysis (2 hrs.)

MUSC 413: Senior Recital (3 hrs.)

MUSC 446: Choral Conducting (1 hr.)

MUSC 447: Instrumental Conducting (1 hr.)

MUSC 453: Performance Seminar (1 hr.)

MUSC 454: Performance Seminar (1 hr.)

MIBS 150: Introduction to Music Technology (3 hrs.)


Primary Applied (18 hours)

Performance Group (10 hours with a minimum of one hour in a small ensemble)

Secondary Applied (4 hours)

            For Piano: Organ (2 hours); Voice (2 hours)

            For Organ, Instrumental, Vocal: Piano (4 hours)


Required by Concentration (6 hours):

For Piano

            MUSC 259: Advanced Piano Skills (1 hr.)

            MUSC 426: Piano Literature (3 hrs.)

            MUSC 455: Piano Pedagogy (2 hrs.)

For Organ

            MUSC 259: Advanced Piano Skills (1 hr.)

            MUSC 427: Organ Literature (3 hrs.)

            MUSC 459: Organ Pedagogy (2 hrs.)

For Instrumental

            MUSC 248: Marching Band Techniques (1 hr.)

            MUSC 428: Instrumental Literature (3 hrs.)

            MUSC 450: Instrumental Pedagogy (2 hrs.)

For Vocal:

            MUSC 257: Vocal Diction (1 hr.)

            MUSC 425: Vocal Literature (3 hrs.)

            MUSC 457: Vocal Pedagogy (2 hrs.)


A minor is not required with this major.



With a major in music performance, you will be prepared to be a vocal/instrumental soloist, a session musician, a performing artist, an orchestra/group member, a background vocals, part of a floor show band, and you’ll be prepared for graduate school, to teach in the college setting, to be a private studio teacher.



Jondra Harmon is a Dramatic Mezzo-Soprano who performs with Chicago Lyric Opera and Washington National Opera, is a soloist with the world-touring American Spiritual Ensemble and Kentucky Opera, is a studio teacher, and is finishing her D.M.A. degree in vocal performance.


Desiree Lulay is a soprano with lead performances in musical theatre productions, and she works in a private voice studio.


Christina Beekman is the Founder and CEO/Teacher/Performer of Cello and Piano at Masters Musicians School of Music.


Dr. Patricia C. Sparti 

Phone: (704) 406-4453 or

(704) 466-4710

E-mail: psparti@gardner-webb.edu