Intrinsic to your nature is a desire to create your own artistic expression, but what is your next step in becoming a music performance major?

As a student in the College of Musical Arts you join a community of musicians with a long history of excellence and success. Examine some resources that are available to you as a performance major in the Department of Music Performance Studies.

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College of Musical Arts

The Music Performance major provides the potential professional performer (musician) and/or teacher with the finest instrumental/vocal training within the context of a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum. Individual study with artist-teachers enables each student to achieve a high level of proficiency on the major instrument (strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar, keyboard, voice), and a high level of participation in ensembles provides performance experience and a broad knowledge of the literature. Specialized coursework develops the expertise in reading, writing, analysis, musical styles, and performance practices which marks the professional performer/teacher (musician). The department provides applied instruction and coursework in performance for music majors and minors, as well as for all qualified students of the University.

Admittance as a music performance major

A student is accepted for the bachelor of music degree program in music performance by successfully passing an audition before the appropriate area faculty. This audition may be held at the time of the initial College of Musical Arts audition or during the course of degree study. Continuance and/or acceptance as a music performance major is dependent on jury approval each semester. Acceptance as a performance major later than the freshman year may necessitate studies beyond the fourth year to meet repertoire and performance standards.

Jury Examinations

Information on jury examinations can be found in the College of Musical Arts Student Handbook.

Sophomore Review

At the end of the fourth semester of applied lessons, students are evaluated during the jury exam for advancement to upper division applied study (4000 level). If a student does not pass this Sophomore Performance Review, the student may enroll again in 2000 level applied study the following semester and may take the Sophomore Performance Review again. Written comments describing issues that need to be addressed and a remediation plan will be provided to the student. A student who fails the Sophomore Performance Review a second time will be denied future registration in applied instruction. However, students may re-audition for entrance into applied study by submitting a request for audition during one of the scheduled College of Musical Arts audition days. Students should consult their applied instructor for any specific performance requirements for the Sophomore Performance Review.

Recital Requirement

At least one full recital is required of all performance majors. This is usually given in the senior year. Permission to perform a recital is granted by the appropriate performance studies faculty and is based upon the successful completion of a recital jury. A student must be registered for applied study during the semester the recital is presented.

Piano Proficiency

Applied piano instruction is required of all music performance majors. A prerequisite to individual applied instruction is class piano, MUED 1510, or equivalent. (See coordinator of class piano for placement assessment.) In addition, majors in brass, guitar, harp, percussion, strings, voice, and woodwinds are required to demonstrate piano proficiency through examination. The examination, which is to be scheduled through the keyboard coordinator during the final semester of applied piano study, consists of satisfactory performance of one Baroque, one Classical, and one Romantic or contemporary composition. One work is to be memorized.

Specific Requirements for Music Performance Specializations

Church Music specialization (123 - 124 hours) - Spring 2015 course requirements (voice or organ emphasis)

Guitar specialization (125 -126 hours) - Spring 2015 course requirements (jazz emphasis)

Harpsichord specialization (126 - 127 hours) - Spring 2015 course requirements

Instrumental specialization (124 - 125 hours) - Spring 2015 course requirements

Organ specialization (122 - 123 hours) - Spring 2015 course requirements

Keyboard Accompanying specialization (127 - 128 hours) - Spring 2015 course requirements

Keyboard Literature specialization (125 - 126 hours) - Spring 2015 course requirements

Keyboard Pedogogy specialization (130 - 131 hours) - Spring 2015 course requirements


Voice specialization (127 - 128 hours) - Spring 2015 course requirements

Vocal Pedogogy specialization (125 - 126 hours) - Spring 2015 course requirements

Woodwind Specialist specialization (131 - 132 hours) - Spring 2015 course requirements










Students must perform two songs from memory: one in English and the other in a foreign language (e.g., French, German, Italian or Spanish). The songs may be from any musical period. You may wish to bring an accompanist with you to your audition. If you cannot bring your accompanist, one will be provided. Due to the number of vocalists auditioning, there will be no rehearsal time. The voice area does not accept taped or CD accompaniments. If you are planning to use the provided accompanist, please follow these requirements:

Scan and email a PDF of a clearly printed Piano/Vocal score in your key at least two weeks prior to your audition date to musicadmissions@bgsu.edu.

  • Clearly mark your name and audition date requested on the scan.
  • No lead sheets or choral arrangements are permitted.
  • The $20 accompanist fee should be paid through our online e-market. Follow the link in your audition application.
  • Additionally, you must bring a copy of the original accompaniment to your audition.