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B.A. Instrumental Performance

Chamber-9999Students in the instrumental performance major receive a solid grounding and experience in solo, chamber music, and large ensemble repertoire, preparing them for graduate school and work as a professional musician with emphasis on developing entrepreneurial skills.

Faculty specializations include chamber music, American music, Japanese contemporary music, music by minority composers, new complexity music, extended instrumental techniques, Baroque string music, and improvisation. Special musical opportunities exist for students through an exchange program with the Nicolini Conservatory in Piacenza, Italy, and through collaborative projects with faculty and international graduate students in the Department’s Certificate Program in American Contemporary Music.


Audrey Andrist, D.M.A. – Classical Piano
Tom Baldwin, B. M. – Bass, electric & upright
Patrick Crossland, D.M.A. – Trombone
Matthew Belzer, M.M. – Saxophone
Wayne Cameron, M.M. – Trumpet
Lisa Cella, D.M.A. – Flute
Fatma Daglar, M.M- Oboe
Barry Dove, M.M. – Percussion
Zane Forshee, M.M. – Classical Guitar
Tom Goldstein, M.M. – Percussion
Michelle Humphreys, M.M. – Percussion
Brian Kaufman – Tuba/Euphonium
Lori Kesner, D.M.A. – Flute
Gita Ladd, B.A. – Cello
Tom Lagana, M.M. – Electric Guitar
Maria Lambros, M.M. – Viola
Jacqueline Pollauf, M.M. – Harp
E. Michael Richards, Ph.D. – Clarinet
Laura Ruas, M.A., Double Bass
Richard Spittel, D.M.A. – Bassoon
Christian Tremblay, D.M.A. – Violin
Airi Yoshioka, D.M.A. – Violin
Alice Young, M.A. – Viola

Core Music B.A. Requirements

All music majors, regardless of major, take a series of core courses.

Music Theory
Catalog Number Course Name
MUSC 125 Theory I: Basics of Music [3]
MUSC 126 Theory II: Harmony and Voice Leading [3]
MUSC 225 Theory III: Counterpoint [3]
MUSC 226 Theory IV: Expanded Harmony [3]
MUSC 227 Theory V: 20th Century Analysis [3]
Musicianship Lab
MUSC 110 Musicianship Lab I [1]
MUSC 111 Musicianship Lab II [1]
MUSC 210 Musicianship Lab III [1]
MUSC 211 Musicianship Lab IV [1]
A grade of “B” or better is required for MUSC 211
Keyboard Skills
MUSC 178-A Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 178-B Beginning Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-A Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1]
MUSC 179-B Intermediate Keyboard Skills Class [1]
Or demonstrated piano proficiency.
A grade of “B” or better is required for MUSC 179-B.
MUSC 191
Eight semesters of MUSC 191 – Recital Preparation [8]
Music History
MUSC 230 Musics of the World [3]
MUSC 321 Music History I [3]
MUSC 322 Music History II [3]
MUSC 380 Introduction to Conducting [3]
MUSC 300-310 Ensembles – Eight semesters of ensemble participation [16]
Upper Division Classes
MUSC 480 Music, Art and Society [3]
MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [3]
MUSC 485 Selected Topics in Music History [3]
One elective – upper level, in Music or VPA [3]Note: Performance majors are required to take as their upper-level elective core requirement either MUSC 362: Arts in Education or MUSC 400 Special Projects in Pedagogy.

Core Instrumental Performance Requirements

In addition to the core courses listed above, students must complete the following core requirements.

Instrumental Performance Core
Catalog Number Course Name
MUSC 193 Performance Studies for Music Majors – Four semesters of individual performance studies at 3 credits each [12]
MUSC 390 Performance Studies for Music Majors – Four semesters of individual performance studies at 3 credits each [12]
Junior Recital
Senior Recital