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Instrumental, Bachelor of Music

Instrumental, Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music degree allows you to select an emphasis in Instrumental Performance. Music programs at UCM offer a balanced curriculum of classroom studies and practical experiences.

Students considering a Performance major should be in contact with the Applied Faculty member in their area before scheduling a Music Audition to learn more about the specific audition requirements for performance majors.

Why Choose Music at UCM?

  • The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • Each year more than 100 student and faculty recitals, concerts and other musical performances enhance the culture of the campus community and provide academic experiences for students.
  • There are numerous scholarships and awards offered to students in this field.

What will I study?

  • Music History, Theory, Literature, and Pedagogy courses provide insights into the music of the past and present as well as the skills and knowledge required to succeed as a working musician in today’s professional music world.
  • Students receive individualized instruction with world-class artist-teachers in their primary applied area and have many opportunities to perform on and off campus in large ensembles, chamber ensembles, and solo recitals.  
  • UCM Music Performance majors compete successfully in regional and national competitions, and many of our graduates go on to Masters-level performance programs across the country.  

How can I get involved outside the classroom?

At UCM, we value engaging learning experiences that include student involvement and service-learning projects. In Music, there are several involvement opportunities:

  • National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
  • American String Teacher Association (ASTA)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI)
  • Percussive Arts Society (PAS)
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (PMA)

Performing Groups

  • Chamber Ensembles including String Quartet, Wind Quintet, etc.
  • Chamber Winds
  • Marching Mules
  • Symphonic Band
  • Uncommon Noise New Music Ensemble
  • University Symphony Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
  • New Technology Ensemble

About our Faculty:

The student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1, which allows professors to get to know you and provide personalized attention.

Besides teaching, faculty members present recitals, teach master classes and workshops, and perform nationally and internationally.  Additionally, many pursue other scholarly activities including writing books and articles, and creating compositions and recordings.


For more information about the BM Instrumental Performance degree please contact the applied faculty member for your instrument or the following area coordinators listed below:

Piano: Dr. Albert Kim

Strings: Dr. Michael Bersin

Winds, Brass, Percussion: Dr. David Aaberg


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