The University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Music degree – Instrumental Performance Area helps you develop your unique musical voice and prepares you for success as a professional musician. Whether you’re interested in a career in instrumental performance or teaching — or a combination of the two — UCM’s world-class Music faculty will bring out the best of your musical abilities.
You’ll study performance (both as a soloist as well as in large and small ensembles), improvisation, music history, music theory and more alongside talented peers. Develop your professional network and hone your skills for a lifelong career in instrumental performance.
More than just a degree in Music
UCM knows that it takes more than just instrumental skills to succeed in today’s competitive music industry. Our Instrumental Performance degree in Music features classes that cover music business practices — including topics such as social media marketing, digital distribution and music technology — in addition to a rigorous instrumental music curriculum. You’ll prepare to meet the challenges of the professional music world while amplifying your skills and personal musical brand.
1:1 instruction with world-class faculty
13 student ensembles
Record in cutting-edge music facilities
Community service learning projects
UCM’s Music degree students in Instrumental Performance choose from a wide range of classes, so you can tailor our undergraduate program to meet your needs. In addition to performance-focused ensembles and private lessons, you’ll also take classes on the cultural, theoretical and historical aspects of music. Moreover, you’ll gain a working knowledge of how to integrate the latest software applications and technologies into your studies and musical practices.
You’ll have the opportunity to select classes from several categories across the Music degree program curriculum. Some of your classes will include:
Prepare for a career as a professional musician with UCM’s valuable experiential learning opportunities on and off campus. Our bachelor’s degree in Music offers you real-world scenarios to sharpen both your musical performance, recording and professional networking skills:
Earning a Music degree in Instrumental Performance from UCM means that music is more than a hobby for you — it’s your profession. Graduates with an Instrumental Performance degree in Music pursue rewarding careers as professional and studio session musicians, private music teachers, entrepreneurs, educators and online music instructors.
An undergraduate Music degree in Instrumental Performance from UCM also prepares you for advanced music degrees at the master’s and doctoral levels. Graduate studies are an excellent choice if you plan to work in college-level education or music research.
Jobs in Music
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UCM offers financial resources and support to help you finance your college education. About 94% of UCM undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid. We’ll guide you through your financial options when you enroll in our Music degree program, including more than 50 endowed scholarships for Music, as well as grants, loans and work-study opportunities.
Depending on your primary instrument, you may qualify for a range of scholarships reserved for UCM’s Music majors, such as:
Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Make yourself more marketable.
Adding a UCM minor to your Instrumental Performance degree can expand your career possibilities: