Music Performance BM Organ

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 Organ 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 organ. The program is designed for students who will benefit from private study, juried performances and peer-group ensemble experiences.

Curricular Structure

The BM in Organ Performance includes a core of classes required of all music majors. In addition, organ students have other requirements that mix in a combination of the following: private instruction, pedagogy, literature, practicum, supervised teaching, 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 Organ Emphasis

Catalog information

Department Information

Application procedures

Learning Outcomes


Meeting the Aims of a BYU Education

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 participation, conducting, sight singing and music dictation.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Gospel knowledge, Lifelong service
Performance Preparation and Repertoire

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

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

Understand and demonstrate the fundamentals of music pedagogy as they apply to private and group organ instruction.

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

Show mastery of the basic cultural and historical background of civilization, and the important musical styles that have emerged therefrom.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge, Competence
Music Principles

Demonstrate command of music's organizing principles from the common practice period to the present.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Human knowledge
Music and Technology Use

Understand how specific technologies serve the student's chosen field of music.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Lifelong service

Evidence of Learning


Faculty members use exams, projects, papers, recital attendance, and juried performances to evaluate their students. The curriculum is designed to establish specific goals. Students' readiness to present public recitals is evaluated by faculty at a juried exam three to six weeks prior to the performance. The performance may also be juried. Each semester of performance study is evaluated by the organ faculty. All students are encouraged to complete faculty and course evaluations at the end of each course.

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.

Indirect Measures

Indirect evaluations include reviewing the following information:

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


Professors are represented by individuals who serve on the Undergraduate Council. This committee supervises the undergraduate curriculum and policies and serves to assess all areas of the program. The Performance Council supervises all performances in the School of Music, equipment, rehearsal space and related matters to the physical needs generated by the curriculum. The Assistant Director for Admissions and Scholarships and the Assistant Director for Development oversee recruiting, scholarships and admission procedures. All performance faculty are involved in the recruitment of the most prepared and talented students. Recruiting is a diverse and multi-faceted commitment and may include, for instance, teaching pre-college students, faculty recordings and broadcasts, concerts, masterclasses, a highly visible and consistant private studio and festival and adjudication participation.