Music Performance (B.M.)

Degree Type
Degree/Major
Area of Interest
Performing Arts
Degree Level
Undergraduate
College
College of Business, Performing Arts, and Leadership
FourYearPlan

Performing on stage is an exhilarating experience. Professional performers have the unique ability to exhibit the energy of a particular song, scene, or character and inspire the audience. The music performance program at Viterbo—which is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music—works with nationally and internationally recognized artists/faculty in voice, piano, theory, and education. Students learn specific musical techniques, develop their own signature sound, perfect their skills as musicians, and learn to get into character for performances.  

Policy
  • All music majors are required to attend the weekly music department forum every semester in which they are enrolled except for the semester they register for MUSC 425 and 429.
  • All music majors are required to register for MUSC 137/337 (Concert Choir) every semester in which they are enrolled as full time students except for the semester music education majors register for MUSC 425 and 429.
  • All MUVO or MUPI 171/371 credits (applied lessons) required in Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees must be completed in the same major applied area, either piano or voice, except as noted for specific major requirements.
  • All music majors must register for a piano class each semester until all packages are successfully completed. Music majors who have not completed all levels of Piano Proficiency by the end of their sixth semester of full time study in music must petition the music department to continue as a music major.
  • Applied Music – Private Lessons
    • Music Majors - the 171 level is for freshman and sophomore standing and the 371 level is for junior and senior standing
    • Each credit of applied study is a 25-minute lesson per week with minimum of twelve lessons to satisfy the credit requirement. The consent of the instructor or music chairperson is required
    • For majors other than music the 168 level is for freshmen and sophomore standing and the 368 level is for junior or senior standing
    • An applied lesson fee is charged for each credit of applied lessons – see Tuition and Fees
    • All students giving a Full Recital (MUPI 490 or MUVO 490) are required to complete a Full Recital Permission Hearing for faculty in their major area (piano or voice) no less than three weeks before the recital. Consult the Department Handbook for details.
  • Students pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance choose an emphasis in voice. Formal admission is attained by completing a performance hearing for a faculty committee. For incoming freshmen and underclass transfer students, the hearing should take place no later than the fourth semester of fulltime study as a music major. For upper class transfer students, no later than the second semester of fulltime study as a music major. Hearing requirements are posted online in the department handbook.
Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate performance skills requisite for artistic self-expression in voice or piano and proficiency in keyboard, sight reading, and conducting.
  • Understand and employ the common elements and organizational patterns of music through analysis, arrangement, composition, and improvisation.
  • Distinguish the major eras, composers and genres of music history and literature within broad historical, cultural, and stylistic contexts
  • Apply knowledge of current teaching methods, materials, and technology to individual and group instruction in voice or piano.
    Complete one Franciscan Values and Traditions course (VUSM-100 level course). Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Living in a Diverse World course. Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Serving the Common Good course.
    Complete one The Ethical Life course (VUSM-400 level).
    Complete three credits of historical analysis.
    Complete three credits of literary analysis.
    Complete four credits of scientific reasoning in the natural sciences.
    Complete three credits of scientific reasoning in the social sciences.
    Complete three credits of artistic engagement.
    Complete three credits of theological inquiry.
    Complete three credits of integrating faith and practice.
    Complete three credits of philosophical and moral inquiry.
    Complete a minimum of 40 upper division credits (300/400).
    Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits.

The degrees Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music are currently granted accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA, 20190-5248; 703-437-0700; https://nasm.arts-accredit.org/