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Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Music Performance, BM

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The Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance prepares students with a performing proficiency in organ, piano, voice, or any of the orchestral instruments (brass, winds, strings, percussion). Students preparing for graduate school in music or a professional career in music generally follow the performance major.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Music is designed for students who want a general aesthetic background in the history, theory, and appreciation of music. This particular program allows students to combine other areas of interest with music such as Education, Theatre, Family Ministries, Religion, or Business. Students who wish to pursue a double major in Music and another discipline should see their Music faculty advisor for information.

Students preparing for careers in church music or who plan to go on to graduate study church music may choose to major in Sacred Music. Performance concentrations will focus on keyboard (organ or piano), voice, or orchestral instrument.

Regular attendance at university-sponsored music events is required for all music majors and minors. (See the Music Student Handbook on the Music Program intranet for details.)

Entrance Auditions

An entrance audition is required for acceptance into the program in order to pursue a major or minor. Several of the music ensembles also require auditions.


Music majors may elect to pursue honors work with the approval of the music faculty. To graduate ”With Honors in Music,” students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, a minimum major GPA of 3.2, and a GPA of 3.5 in the honors courses. In addition, they must complete eight credits in honors work in the major area including MUS 499  and five credits of music honors courses.

Core Curriculum Requirements (55-62 Hours)

The Core Curriculum 

Technical Requirements (3 Hours)

Major Requirements (70-71 Hours)

Music Foundations (BM) (54-55 Hours)

Vocal Techniques and Diction - Chose One Option

Option 1: Instrumental/Keyboard Majors

Applied Music (20 Hours)

  • Primary Applied Instrument or Voice Hours: 4 (Lower Division; 1 credit per semester; 4 Semesters)
  • Primary Applied Instrument or Voice Hours: 8 (Upper Division; 2 credit per semester; 4 Semesters)
  • Primary Major Ensemble/A Cappella Choir/Wind Symphony Hours: 8 (8 semesters - 1 credit per semester)
  • Hours: 0 (8 semesters, or number of semesters in residency minus one for transfer students)

Comprehensive Exam (ETS Field Test in Music) 0 Hours

Music Performance (16 Hours)

Applied Music (4 Hours)

  • Primary Instrument or Voice Hours: 4 (Lower Division; 1 credit per semester in addition to BM core requirement)
  • Secondary Ensembles Hours: 8 (1 credit per semester; 8 Semesters

General Elective Credits

(If Needed)

Total Credit Hours (Minimum) 128

On occasion, technical and/or program requirements may also meet specific core curriculum requirements. Please confer with your program advisor to determine which courses, if any, may be counted accordingly.

All Bachelors programs at Lenoir-Rhyne require at least 128 credit hours. If, in combination, core, technical, and program requirements do not generate at least 128 hours, additional credits must be completed to achieve 128 hours. These classes may be general electives, or a student may complete a minor or additional major.

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