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B.M. in Music Performance

Music Performance

Bachelor of Music Degree Program

What You'll Learn

Ohio University's performance faculty provides comprehensive study through private instruction, large and small ensemble experiences, chamber music, pedagogy and literature courses, and master classes.

Music education students at Ohio University receive intensive musical training on their chosen instrument or voice, and participate in the performing ensembles. They study music history, literature, theory, and conducting. Methods courses help students develop teaching skills in a variety of settings from marching, concert, and jazz bands, to elementary, choral, and orchestral classrooms. Students also learn about modern technology in education as they work in the school's keyboard, electronic music, and computer labs.

Career Opportunities

The discipline and critical insights gained from pursuing a professional degree in music can also have implications for other career options. Many individuals holding bachelor of music degrees have gone on to pursue distinguished professional careers in law, medicine, administration, and other fields.

Areas of focus include:

The Bachelor of Music Performance degree curriculum is rooted in applied music study with significant components in practical and academic skills. The degree program is designed for students demonstrating exceptional talent, technical aptitude, potential to interpret advanced repertoire, and those who are ready to commit to the rigorous preparation necessary to fully develop their artistic talents and abilities.

Applying to the Program

All students who seek admission to Ohio University with a major in Music must audition. The audition is for both admission and talent-based scholarship decisions.

More information on School of Music Undergraduate Admissions

Music Performance Faculty

Area Chairs:

Rebecca Rischin

Professor John Schlabach
Professor of Trumpet

Jose Rocha

Professor Roger Braun
Professor of Percussion

Emely Phelps

Voice and Opera
Debra Rentz
Lecturer in Voice Division

Contemporary Music and Digital Instruments (CDMI)
Dr. Sean Parsons
Associate Professor of Instruction

Bradley Naylor

Jazz Studies
Dr. Matthew James
Professor of Saxophones & Jazz Studies


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