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.
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.
*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.