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.

Bachelor of Music in Music Performance

Gardner-Webb vocalist performing

With a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, you will receive one-on-one instruction from the top professionals in the field to develop a solid understanding of musical fundamentals and demonstrate skills in composition, performance and improvisation.

Undergraduate Admissions

The School of Performing and Visual Arts - Department of Music will provide you with numerous performance opportunities in small and large vocal and instrumental ensembles, musical theater productions and operas. Your reality-based education will link with focused classroom instruction from experienced faculty members to enable a high level of artistic expression.

The GWU Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).


Students who graduate with a major in Music Performance will:

1. demonstrate technical proficiency in the chosen concentration that enables a high level of artistic self-expression in both solo and ensemble performance;

2. demonstrate musical understanding based on knowledge of music fundamentals and historical styles and the ability to use this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analyses; 

3. develop skill in composition and improvisation; and 

4. develop familiarity with technological resources which can enhance research, composition, teaching, or performing. 

A degree in Music Performance prepares you for various careers in music, including

  1. vocal or instrumental soloist
  2. session musician
  3. performing artist
  4. orchestra or group musician
  5. background vocalist

Students are also equipped for graduate school studies in music disciplines that provide preparation for teaching music.

Our alumni are working in musical theater, private voice studios, national operas, and music schools.

In addition to the University’s required general education and prerequisites, the Bachelor of Music in Music Performance requires 78 credit hours, including various application and performance components in both vocal and instrumental disciplines. 

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.


MUSC 105, 106, 205, 206, 211, 247, 305, 306, 312, 325, 326, 405, 413, 446, 447, 453, and
 454, MIBS 150 (40 hours)

MUSC 226 (hours counted in core)

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, and Vocal: Piano (4 hours)

Required by Concentration (6 hours)

For Piano: MUSC 259, 426, and 455

For Organ: MUSC 259, 427, and 459

For Instrumental: MUSC 248 (Non-Band instrumentalist may substitute two additional credit hours of performance group.), 428, and 450
For Vocal: MUSC 257, 425, and 457

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