Music Performance BM Piano

Program Purpose

This is a limited-enrollment program requiring departmental admissions approval. Please see the college advisement center for information regarding requirements for admission to this major.

The purpose of the BM in Music Performance degree is to prepare students for professional work as a performer, a studio teacher or a combination of both. It is intended to attract students with exceptional technical development and artistic ability in one of the following emphases: Brass, Combined Piano and Organ, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Vocal or Woodwinds. The program is designed for students who will benefit from private study, juried performances and peer-group ensemble experiences. This is a limited enrollment program requiring departmental admissions approval.

Curricular Structure

The BM in Performance includes a core of classes required of all music majors. In addition, and depending on the emphasis, performance students have other requirements that mix in a combination of many of the following: private instruction, pedagogy, literature, practicum, supervised teaching, chamber music, workshops, and electives so that the total required hours for any emphasis is 120 hours. (See specific requirements by selecting a link below.)

Major Academic Plan Music Performance Piano Emphasis

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Department Information

Application procedures

Learning Outcomes

We support the aims of a BYU education, to strengthen students' lives spiritually, enlarge their intellectual experience, build their character, and prepare for lifelong learning and service. 

As reviewed and approved by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), all music students, through the core requirements of all music degrees, show proficiency in music theory, music history, performance, ensemble playing, conducting, sight singing and music dictation."

Performance Preparation and Repertoire

Prepare performances at the highest possible level, demonstrating knowledge of applicable solo and ensemble literature, and perform from a cross-section of that repertory.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Lifelong learning
Music Pedagogy

Comprehend and demonstrate the fundamentals of music pedagogy through private and group instruction.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence

Evidence of Learning

All students are required to complete faculty evaluations at the end of every class. This information is then shared with the faculty on an individual basis and a copy of the report is given to the Director of the School of Music. Faculty members use performances, papers, exams and other creative projects to measure the skills and knowledge of their students.

Direct Measures

School of Music faculty prize certain subjective, critical components of a music education such as musicality, creativity, and originality. They recognize the difficulty of assessing such elements objectively, and understand the very act of measuring them drains away their virtue and value. Faculty assess other more explicit evidence of learning using traditional tools throughout the course of classes and lessons, and at periodic advisement points as determined by the college advisement center. These tools include:

Indirect Measures

Indirect evaluations include reviewing the following information:

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement

All students are encouraged to complete faculty and course evaluations at the end of each course. Faculty members may use exams, projects, papers, recital attendance and juried performances to evaluate their students. Performance faculty draw on individual curricula to establish specific goals. Students' readiness to present public recitals are evaluated by faculty at a juried exam two weeks prior to the performance. The performance is also be juried. Each semester of performance study is evaluated by the private instructor and a committee of faculty drawn from the keyboard area.