Music Performance

Music Performance Degrees offered: B.M., M.M., D.M.A.

Students at the UK School of Music enjoy hundreds of opportunities each year to perform in solo recitals, chamber groups and our more than 30 diverse instrumental and vocal ensembles. Our ensembles have performed at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and have enjoyed international tours to China, Italy, France, Spain and more. Our students have performed with renowned artists including Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and more.

Admission to the music performance program is granted only after the successful completion of an audition in the student’s chosen instrument. Be sure to check for an special audition requirements on the performance instrument page.

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Keyboards
Percussion
Strings
Voice
Winds

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Music Performance B.M. Requirements & Course Information

Always be sure to check the full major requirements on the current UK Registrar Bulletin. The details listed below are simplified for brevity and presented for your convenience.

Admission to the Bachelor of Music program in music performance is granted only after the successful completion of an audition in the student’s performance area. At the conclusion of the sophomore year and before continuing in music performance at the upper division level, each student must perform before the music performance faculty for approval. Each student must also present a full recital during the senior year.

  • MUS 304 Music Communication I: Oral Communication of Music (1 credit hour)
  • MUS 305 Music Communication II: Written Communication of Music (1 credit hour)
UK Core Requirements (30 credit hours)
Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement 

Major Requirements

  • MUS 170, 171, 172, 173, 270, 271, 272, 273
  • MUS 001 Recital Attendance (four courses – completed satisfactorily)
  • MUS 203, 302, 303, plus one course elected from MUS 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505 or 506
Music Theory (16 credit hours)
Major Instrument Study (24 credit hours)
Choose option from Instrument, Piano, Organ or Voice (see below)
Recital Attendance (0 credit hours)
Music History (12 credit hours)
Appropriate Music Ensemble Each semester (8 credit hours)

Major Subtotal: 60 credit hours

All music majors must pass a piano proficiency examination and should schedule, in consultation with their advisor, a suitable course each semester until this requirement is completed. Students with little or no prior piano study should normally expect to complete the piano proficiency examination by the end of four semesters of study

Students in music performance must choose one of the following concentrations:

Concentration in an Instrument

Piano proficiency (0-4 credit hours)
Music Theory: 370, 371, 372, and choice of MUS 572 or 573 (9 credit hours)
Conducting: MUS 358 (2 credit hours)
Electives (13 credit hours)
Senior Recital (MUP 440): the successful completion of a solo recital is required for graduation

Instrument Subtotal: 24-28 credit hours

Concentration in Piano

Piano proficiency: Piano majors work toward this goal as part of their keyboard study (0 credit hours)
Music Theory: MUS 370, 372, and choice of MUS 572 or 573 (7 credit hours)
Piano Literature: MUS 522 (3 credit hours)
Piano Pedagogy: MUS 566 (3 credit hours)
Conducting: MUS 358 (2 credit hours)
Electives (15 credit hours)
Senior Recital (MUP 440): the successful completion of a solo recital is required for graduation

Piano Subtotal: 30 credit hours

Concentration in Organ

Piano proficiency: Organ majors work toward this goal as part of their keyboard study (0 credit hours)
Piano – one credit course MUP 101, MUP 201, each repeated once (4 credit hours)
Music Theory: MUS 370, 372, and choice of MUS 572 or 573 (7 credit hours)
Organ Literature: MUS 521 (3 credit hours)
Conducting: MUS 358 (2 credit hours)
Electives (14 credit hours)
Senior Recital (MUP 440): the successful completion of a solo recital is required for graduation.

Organ Subtotal: 30 credit hours

Concentration in Voice

Piano proficiency (0-4 credit hours)

Foreign Language (0-19 credit hours) – Select two languages from Italian, French, or German and:
  1. pass the third semester course of one language (or demonstrate equivalent competence) and the second semester course of another language (or demonstrate equivalent competence)
  2. or from these same three languages, pass the second semester course of one language (or demonstrate equivalent competence), the second semester course of a second language (or demonstrate equivalent competence) and the first semester of a third language (or demonstrate equivalent competence)

Foreign Language Vocal Diction: MUS 120 (four semesters) (4 credit hours)
Vocal Solo Literature: MUS 520 (3 credit hours)
Conducting: MUS 358 (2 credit hours)
Opera Workshop: MUC 196 (two semesters) (2 credit hours)
Movement for Singers: MUC 197 (1 credit hour)
Opera Practicum: MUC 198 (two semesters) (2 credit hours)
Electives (6-8 credit hours)
Senior Recital (MUP 440): the successful completion of a solo recital must be completed for graduation.


Voice Subtotal: 27-52 credit hours

Total: minimum 120 credit hours


Music Performance M.M., D.M.A.