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B.M. in Performance

The Bachelor of Music in Performance prepares undergraduates for a performance career and for private studio teaching. This program of study provides a balanced performance curriculum of orchestral excerpts and solo and chamber repertoire, together with performance in both orchestra and wind ensemble throughout the four-year degree.

Students intending to major in the Music Performance program must perform an audition on their principal instrument (includes Voice) as outlined in the Required Undergraduate Audition Repertoire section of this website and complete a theory and aural skills examination.

View additional information on undergraduate admissions and auditions.

Degree Requirements

The following is the current course of study for the degree. Current students should refer to the SMU Catalog (maintained by the Registrar's Office) listings under their year of matriculation to find their degree plan.

The Meadows School requires three term credit hours of coursework within the Meadows School but outside the Division of Music. Music electives may not be used to fulfill this requirement. The Meadows elective/corequirement is indicated in parentheses in each program of study outlines below.

Requirements for the Degree

Credit Hours

  Orch Organ Piano Voice
UC/GEC Requirements varies varies varies varies

Music Arts and Skills

0 0 0 0
Composition and Theory

12 12 12 12

Composition and Theory

3 3 3 3

Composition and Theory

3 3 3 0
Music History and Literature 8 8 8 8
Music History and Literature 3 3 3 3
Class Instruction for Performance 4 4 4 4
Private Studies 3200 16 16 16 16

Recitals (instrumental recitals)

3 3 3 0

Recitals (voice recitals)

0 0 0 1

Conducting

2 2 2 2

Performance Ensembles

0 0 0 6

Performance Ensembles

6 6 3 0

Performance Ensembles

3 1 2 0
For Orchestral and Guitar:
MPED 4305 Introduction to Instrumental Pedagogy OR MPED 4308 String Pedagogy I (MPED 4303 Guitar Pedagogy is required for guitar majors)
3 0 0 0
For Orchestral and Guitar:
One from MREP 5130, 5160 (two terms) (Winds & Percussion substitute 2 music/AMAE elective credits)
2 0 0 0

For Organ:

  1    

For Organ:

  2    

For Organ:

  5    

For Piano:

    2  

For Piano:

    2  

For Piano:

    3  

For Piano:

    8  

For Piano:

    0  

For Piano:

    1  

For Voice:

  • Second Language (two terms)
      8

For Voice:

      2

For Voice:

      2

For Voice:

      2

For Voice:

      4

For Voice:

      2
Music Electives 11 10 5 5

Community Experience

0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1

Free Electives (hours vary as needed to meet University residency and degree requirements

varies varies varies varies
  122* 122* 122* 122*

*GEC students are required to complete a minimum of 124 term credit hours (orchestral, organ) or 125 term credit hours (piano, voice), and are exempt from three hours of Perspectives and an additional three hours of either Perspectives or Cultural Formations.

Guitar majors follow the orchestral instruments curriculum and are required to take only four credits of large ensemble. Percussionists take 16-20 credits of applied study. Elective hours are reduced accordingly.

Piano majors may earn an emphasis in piano pedagogy by substituting MUPD 5325, 5326 for MUPD 4125, 4126.

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