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B.M. in Performance

The Bachelor of Music with a major in music performance is designed for students who wish to pursue a career and/or subsequent graduate-level study in music performance. This program consists of the Elmhurst College Integrated Curriculum, the music core curriculum, a rigorous program of applied music study, and coursework in further areas necessary for success: performance, literature, pedagogy and music business. Junior and senior recitals are required as capstone projects. Candidates for this program must pass an audition for admittance into the department as part of the college application process, and they must pass a continuance jury at the end of the sophomore year (during the first term of enrollment for transfer students). Students must maintain a 2.5 grade-point average.

Music Courses

MUS 100 Concert Attendance (every term)
MUS 135, 136, 235, 236 Music Theory I-IV
MUS 343-344 Music History and Literature I-II
MUS 369 Conducting I
MUS 221, 222 Functional Class Piano (piano majors substitute AMP)
MUS 330 Principles and Procedures in Music Business

Applied Music
Applied Lessons: Eight terms, last four must be for full credit
Large Ensemble (Band, Choir or Orchestra): Every term of on-campus enrollment; Classical Guitar Ensemble for guitar majors
Chamber Music: Four terms
MUS 492 Independent Study and Research (junior year; half recital/.50 credit)
MUS 492 Independent Study and Research (Senior Capstone Lecture; full recital/1.00 credit)

Additional courses for specific performance areas:

Voice
AMU 101-402 Performance Seminar (every term) 
ENG 200 Introduction to Literature
MUS 267/467 Opera Scenes; MUS 226/326 Light Opera/Musical Theater: Four terms
MUS 253 Vocal Techniques and Pedagogy
MUS 353 Diction for Singers and Music Education Majors
MUS 354 Vocal Arts Literature
THE 226 Acting Technique I
Any one of THE 302 Ballet or THE 303 Jazz Dance   
Any two of GRM 101, ITL 101, FRN 101    

Guitar
AME 351-399 Performance Techniques & Pedagogy II    
AMU 101-402 Performance Seminar: every term starting sophomore year
AMY 101-402 Classical Ensemble: every term (satisfies major ensemble requirement for guitar majors)
MUS 250 Guitar Techniques and Pedagogy I   
MUS 306-307 Fingerboard Harmony I and II
MUS 320-321 Performance History and Literature I and II

Brass
AME 351-399 Performance Techniques and Pedagogy II
AMU 101-402 Performance Seminar (every term)
MUS 254 Brass Techniques and Pedagogy
MUS 320-321 Performance History and Literature I and II

Woodwind

AME 351-399 Performance Techniques and Pedagogy II
AMU 101-402 Performance Seminar (every term)
AMY 101-402 Classical Ensemble
MUS 251 Woodwind Techniques and Pedagogy
MUS 320-321 Performance History and Literature I and II

In AMW 101-402 applied lessons on their major instrument, Woodwind majors will acquire skill playing other members of their instrument’s family (at a time determined by the applied teacher):

  • Flute majors will also study piccolo
  • Clarinet majors will also study E-flat and bass clarinets
  • Oboe majors will also study English horn
  • Bassoon majors may also study contrabassoon
  • Saxophone majors will also study soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax

Additional courses required for individual woodwind instruments:

Flute Major
AMW 101 Clarinet
AMW 101 Saxophone

Clarinet Major
AMW 101 Flute
AMW 101 Saxophone

Oboe Major
AMW 101 Bassoon
AMW 101 Clarinet

Bassoon Major
AMW 101 Saxophone
AMW 101 Clarinet

Saxophone Major
AMW 101 Flute
AMW 101 Clarinet

Strings
AMY 101-402 Classical Ensemble
MUS 255 String Techniques & Pedagogy
MUS 320-321 Performance History and Literature I and II
MUS 336 String Improvisation for Educators

Percussion
AME 351-399 Performance Techniques and Pedagogy II
AMY 101-402 Classical Ensemble
MUS 252 Percussion Techniques and Pedagogy
MUS 301-302  Jazz and Ethnic Percussion I and II
MUS 320-321 Performance History and Literature I and II

Piano
AME 301-302 Piano Pedagogy I and II
AME 401-402 Supervised Teaching I and II
AMM 301-302 Accompanying I and II
AMU 101-402 Performance Seminar (every term)
MUS 320-321 Performance History and Literature I and II
Major ensemble requirement: With permission, accompanying choral ensembles can count toward the large ensemble requirement for piano majors after freshman year.

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