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The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in performance and/or teaching at the private or collegiate level, and who have the ability and commitment to achieve that goal. Students in this program must demonstrate exceptional potential for performance excellence. For more information about performing in your area, go to the areas of study section and select your instrument.
The core of the performance degree is the weekly lesson. All performance majors have a one hour lesson each week with one of our faculty members, allowing the faculty member to both instruct the student in his or her instrument and mentor them in their field.
Performance majors take the full two year cycle of Music Theory and Aural Skills, piano proficiency (piano majors study a secondary instrument), as well as a year of Music History. In addition, all performance majors take a course in the literature of their instrument and a course in the pedagogy of their instrument.
Students must audition for the appropriate faculty members prior to acceptance as a performance major.
All performance majors are required to be in at least one ensemble for all 8 semesters. There are many different ensemble opportunities (for more detail, go to the ensembles page), which help students build their ability to create music as a part of a whole.
All performance majors have a weekly studio class, giving students the opportunity to workshop their pieces in a Master class setting for their colleagues and faculty.
In addition to the major ensembles, there are chamber groups available for most instruments. There are also a number of opportunities to perform with various community organizations such as the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Forks Master Chorale, and several community bands and musical theater groups.
The department puts on a Student Showcase several times a semester that allows students to perform in a more formal setting for a larger audience.
All performance majors give a half recital during their junior year and a full recital their senior year.