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Performance, BM

Requirements

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree prepares students for performance-related work and studio teaching. In addition to standard courses that focus on performance skills, it includes courses relevant to the music industry such as entrepreneurship, music technology, and studio recording.

Total Program Credits: 121

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
Choose one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors) (3.0)  
  MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (recommended for Social science majors) (3.0)  
  MATH 1050

College Algebra (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors) (4.0)

 
  MATH 1090  College Algebra for Business (recommended for Business majors) (3.0)  
Choose one of the following: 3
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 86 Credits
Musicianship Courses:
  MUSC 1110 Music Theory I 3
  MUSC 1120 Music Theory II 3
  MUSC 1130 Aural Skills I 1
  MUSC 1140 Aural Skills II 1
  MUSC 2110 Music Theory III 3
  MUSC 2130 Aural Skills III 1
  MUSC 2140 Aural Skills IV 1
  MUSC 2350 Fundamentals of Conducting 2
  MUSC 3120 Form and Analysis 3
  MUSC 3450 Music History and Literature I 3
  MUSC 3451 Music History and Literature II 3
  MUSC 4120 Twentieth-Century Theory 3
Music Industry and Technology
  MUSC 1400 Music Technology I 2
  MUSC 3412 Music Career Development 3
Choose at least four credits from the following: 4
  MUSC 1402 Music Technology II (2.0)  
  MUSC 2400 Music Recording Applications I (2.0)  
  MUSC 2420 Music Recording Applications II (2.0)  
  MUSC 3015 Jazz and Rock Theory (3.0)  
  MUSC 3025 Songwriting I (2.0)  
  MUSC 379R Studio Recording Workshop (1.0)  
  MUSC 4600 Jazz Improvisation (2.0)  
  MUSC 470R Studio Arranging and Producing (3.0)  
Individual Musicianship Studies:
  MUSC 250R

Private Lessons for Music Majors (Repeated 4 times on major instrument or voice)(Includes completion of sophomore review) (1.0)

4
  MUSC 251R Performance Class (Repeated 4 times on major instrument or voice) (Includes completion of sophomore review) (1.0) 4
  MUSC 455R

Private Lessons for Music Performance Majors (Repeated 4 times

on major instrument or voice) (2.0)

8
  MUSC 451R Performance Class (Repeated 4 times on major instrument or voice) (1.0) 4
  MUSC 3800 Junior Recital 1
  MUSC 4800 Senior Recital 1
  Student must pass the Departmental Keyboard Proficiency Examination or complete MUSC 1150, MUSC 1160, MUSC 2150, and MUSC 2160    
Large Ensembles:   
Complete 8 credits from the following:  8
  MUSC 320R Masterworks Chorale (1.0)  
  MUSC 322R Chamber Choir (1.0)  
  MUSC 327R Men's Chorus (1.0)  
  MUSC 328R Women's Choir (1.0)  
  MUSC 330R Wind Symphony (1.0)  
  MUSC 332R Jazz Ensemble (1.0)  
  MUSC 370R Symphony Orchestra (1.0)  
Choose from one of the following performance areas: 20
Instrumental Performance/Piano Performance:  
  MUSC 306R Advanced Keyboard Skills (For Piano Performance area only) (Repeated 4 times) (1.0)  
  MUSC 3415 Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature I (2.0)  
  MUSC 3416 Instrumental Pedagogy and Literature II (2.0)  
  MUSC 373R Small Ensembles (Repeated 4 times) (1.0)  
  Eight credits of music electives for Piano Performance area and twelve credits of music electives for Instrumental Performance area.  
 Vocal Performance:
  MUSC 3001 Diction for Singers I (1.0)  
  MUSC 3002 Diction for Singers II (1.0)  
  MUSC 3005 Vocal Literature I (1.0)  
  MUSC 3006 Vocal Literature II (1.0)  
  MUSC 423R Opera Workshop (Repeated 4 times) (1.0)  
  MUSC 4240 Vocal Pedagogy (2.0)  
  Eight credits of French and German language courses
  Two credits of music electives.

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 121 semester credits, 40 credits must be upper-division.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. MUSC 1150, MUSC 1160, MUSC 2150, MUSC 2160, MUSC 250R and MUSC 455R courses require a grade B or higher. All other MUSC courses require a C grade or higher.
  3. Residency hours- minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements, including a sophomore review and concert attendance requirements.  
  5. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Flexible delivery options (e.g., online, hybrid, live interactive, evening, weekend, education centers) are available for this degree. These vary by semester. Please check the Schedule of Classes for the semester you plan to enroll.


Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 1110 Music Theory I 3
MUSC 1130 Aural Skills I 1
MUSC 1150** Group Piano I (or exam equivalent) 0-1
MUSC 250R Private Lessons for Music Majors 1
MUSC 251R Performance Class 1
Ensemble*  1
MUSC 1400 Music Technology I 2
General Education Electives  6
Concert Attendance  
  Semester total: 15-16
Notes: *Large Ensembles: MUSC 320R Masterworks Chorale, MUSC 322R Chamber Choir, MUSC 327R Men's Chorus, MUSC 328R Women's Choir, MUSC 330R Wind Symphony, MUSC 332R Jazz Ensemble, MUSC 370R Symphony Orchestra 
Notes: **If MUSC 1150, 1160, 2150, and 2160 are taken total credits for degree will be higher
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 1120 Music Theory II 3
MUSC 1140 Aural Skills II 1
MUSC 1160** Group Piano II (or exam equivalent) 0-1
MUSC 250R Private Lessons for Music Majors 1
MUSC 251R Performance Class 1
Ensemble   1
Music Industry and Technology Electives*** 2
General Education Electives  6
Concert Attendance  
  Semester total: 15-16
Notes: *** Music Industry and Technology Electives: MUSC 1402, MUSC 2400, MUSC 2420, MUSC 3015, MUSC 3025, MUSC 379R, MUSC 4600, MUSC 470R
Notes: **If MUSC 1150, 1160, 2150, and 2160 are taken total credits for degree will be higher
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 2110   Music Theory III 3
MUSC 2130   Aural Skills III 1
MUSC 2150** Group Piano III (or exam equivalent) 0-1
MUSC 250R Private Lessons for Music Majors 1
MUSC 251R Performance Class 1
Ensemble*  Group Piano III (or exam equivalent) 1
MUSC 2350 Fundamentals of Conducting 2
Music Industry and Technology Electives*** 2
General Education Electives  3
Concert Attendance  
  Semester total: 14-15
Notes: **If MUSC 1150, 1160, 2150, and 2160 are taken total credits for degree will be higher
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 3120 Form and Analysis 3
MUSC 2140 Aural Skills IV 1
MUSC 2160** Group Piano IV (or exam equivalent) 0-1
MUSC 250R Private Lessons for Music Majors 1
MUSC 251R Performance Class 1
Ensemble*  1
General Education Electives  8
Sophomore Review   
Concert Attendance  
  Semester total: 15-16
Notes: **If MUSC 1150, 1160, 2150, and 2160 are taken total credits for degree will be higher
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 3450 Music History and Literature I 3
MUSC 455R Private Lessons for Music Performance Majors 2
MUSC 451R Performance Class 1
Ensemble*  1
Performance Area Requirements**** 5
General Education Electives  3
Concert Attendance  
  Semester total: 15
Notes: ****(1) Instrumental/Piano Performance: MUSC 306R (repeated 4 times, piano only), MUSC 3415/3416, MUSC 373R (repeated 4 times), 8-12 credits MUSC electives; (2) Vocal Performance: MUSC 3001/3002, MUSC 3005/3006, MUSC 423R (repeated 4 times), MUSC 4240, 8 credits language (French and/or German), 2 credits MUSC electives
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 3451 Music History and Literature II 3
MUSC 4120 Twentieth-Century Theory 3
MUSC 3412 Music Career Development 3
MUSC 455R Private Lessons for Music Performance Majors 2
MUSC 451R Performance Class 1
Ensemble*  1
MUSC 3800 Junior Recital 1
Performance Area Requirements**** 2
Concert Attendance  
  Semester total: 16
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 455R Private Lessons for Music Performance Majors 2
MUSC 451R Performance Class 1
Ensemble*  1
Performance Area Requirements**** 9
General Education Electives  3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
MUSC 455R Private Lessons for Music Performance Majors 2
MUSC 451R Performance Class 1
Ensemble*  1
MUSC 4800 Senior Recital 1
Performance Area Requirements**** 4
General Education Electives  6
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 121-125

Department

Name:

Music

Location:

GT 332

Telephone:

801-863-8534

Email:

musicinfo@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/music

Chair:

Donna Fairbanks

 
 

Mission Statement

The Department of Music promotes student success through innovative programs that enhance musical creativity, hone performance expertise, and sustain high standards of academic excellence. World-class faculty provide learning opportunities essential to the professional competency of music students as they prepare for an increasingly global marketplace. The department engages diverse audiences through performances and activities representing an array of musical styles and traditions. 

Our objectives are to:

1.  Offer the highest quality of education for students pursuing undergraduate programs in music performance, commercial music, music education, liberal arts in music, and integrated studies with a music emphasis.

2.  Provide an inviting, safe, and healthy environment that promotes academic excellence and musical creativity.

3.  Provide general music studies and performance opportunities to all students on campus.

4.   Foster an open and inclusive environment that engages traditional and non-traditional students, celebrates diversity, and promotes understanding of a variety of musical styles and cultures.

5. Promote a supportive and stimulating environment within the department that encourages students and faculty to explore creativity and innovation at their highest professional potential. 

 
 

Music

Advisors:

Entrance Auditions

Entrance auditions are required for students wishing to pursue a degree in music. Live auditions are recommended, as they provide students with the opportunity to meet and perform for the faculty. Students also have the option to submit a recorded audition. More information (link to: http://www.uvu.edu/music/getting/entrance.html)

Scholarship Auditions

Music majors and non-majors alike are eligible for a variety of scholarships, ranging from quarter to full tuition. Live auditions are recommended, as they provide students with the opportunity to meet and perform for the faculty. More information (link to: http://www.uvu.edu/music/getting/scholarships.html

Ensemble Auditions

Ensemble auditions are held at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters. More information (link to http://www.uvu.edu/music/getting/#ensemble

Theory Placement

All new music major students are required to take a music theory placement examination on the first day of semester classes. The results of this test may indicate a need for further theory training before entrance into Music Theory I. More information (link to  http://www.uvu.edu/music/getting/#theory)

Keyboard Proficiency

Music majors are required to pass keyboard proficiency examinations in preparation for their Sophomore review. Students who complete Group Piano I, II, III, and IV with a ‘B’ or higher will fulfill exam requirements. Students who have attained a requisite level of competency in piano may be exempted from group piano coursework through a demonstration of exam requirements. More information (link to http://www.uvu.edu/music/getting/#proficiency)

 
 

Faculty

Cheung Chau(2012)

Associate Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Cello Performance, Harid Conservatory, M.M., Cello Performance, Yale School of Music; D.M.A., Cello Performance and Wind Ensemble Conducting, New England Conservatory.

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Reed Criddle(2010)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.A., Music , M.A., East Asian Studies, Stanford University; M.M., Conducting, Eastman School of Music; D.M.A., Choral Conducting, University of Michigan.

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Hilary Demske(2009)

Associate Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Piano Performance, The Peabody Conservatory of Music; M.M, Piano Performance, The Julliard School; Meisterklase Diploma, Munich Conservatory; D.M.A., Piano Performance, University of Michigan.

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Donna Fairbanks(2005)

Associate Professor

Department: Music
Department Chair, Faculty



B.M., Violin Performance, Brigham Young University; M.M., Violin Performance, University of Rochester New York; D.M.A., Violin Performance, University of Arizona, Tucson.

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W. Hagen(2010)

Lecturer

Department: Music
Faculty



B.A., Music, Davidson College; M.M., Ph.D., Musicology, University of Colorado.

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Melissa Heath(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Vocal Performance, Brigham Young University; M.M., D.M.A., vocal performance, University of Utah.

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Alex Heitlinger(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Trombone Performance, University of Colorado, Boulder; M.M., Jazz Composition, New England Conservatory of Music; D.M.A., Music Composition, University of Texas at Austin.

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Nathan Hofheins(2012)

Artist in Residence

Department: Music
Faculty



B.A., Music, M.M., Composition, Brigham Young University.

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Thomas Keck(2016)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.S., Music Education, University of Illinois; M.A., Music Education, University of Iowa; D.M.A., Conducting, Arizona State University.

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Tyler Nelson(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.A., M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Utah; D.M.A., Opera Performance, Florida State University.

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Jeffrey O'Flynn(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Clarinet Performance, Wichita State University; M.M., Clarinet Performance, Florida State University; D.M.A. (ABD), Clarinet Performance, College-Conservatory of Music.

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Bryce Rytting(2001)

Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.S., Music Theory, magna cum laude, University of Utah; Kuenstleriche Reifeprufung, Conducting, Frankfurt Conservatory; M.F.A., Ph.D., Musicology, Princeton University.

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Doug Smith(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Music Education, Central Missouri State University; M.M., Rice University, D.M.A., Musical Arts, University of Arizona.

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D. Sorensen(2012)

Artist in Residence

Department: Music
Faculty



B.A., Music, Brigham Young University.

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Cherilyn Worthen(2011)

Lecturer

Department: Music
Faculty



B.M., Choral Music Education, M.M., Choral Conducting, Brigham Young University.

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Careers

Careers:
UVU's music degree programs focus on three principal areas of professional music studies: education, performance, and commercial music. Students interested in broader studies, inclusive of other educational disciplines, may pursue a liberal arts or integrated studies major. In addition to professional careers, music is also an area that offers highly flexible self-employment opportunities, such as freelance performing and recording, as well as private teaching. Coursework in music technology and entrepreneurship further enhances opportunities for students who choose to pursue freelance employment. These opportunities are very dynamic, rapidly responding to advancing technology and an open and diverse media market. See http://www.uvu.edu/music/why/index.html for more information.

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