Music Performance BM Brass

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 Brass Performance. 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, brass students have other requirements that mix in a combination of many of the following: private instruction, pedagogy, literature, 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 Brass 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 brass students, in addition to mastering the core requirements of all music degrees, should show proficiency in brass performance, pedagogy, and brass history and literature.

Music Pedagogy

Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the fundamentals of brass pedagogy.

Courses that Contribute: MUSIC 368
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence, Lifelong service
Prepared Performers

Students will be prepared at the highest possible level for their year of study.  Include applicable solo and ensemble literature.  Perform a representative cross section of that repertoire.  Demonstrate a grasp of performance practice from the major historical periods and styles.

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

Evidence of Learning


All students are encouraged to complete faculty and course evaluations at the end of each semester. Faculty members use exams, projects, papers, recital attendance and juried performances to evaluate their students. Masterclass performances provide students with peer evaluation. Performance faculty draw on individual curricula to establish specific goals. Student recitals will be juried. Each semester of performance study is evaluated by the brass faculty.

Direct Measures

School of Music faculty prize certain subjective, critical components of a music education such as musicality, creativity, and originality. Faculty also assess other more explicit evidence of learning using traditional tools throughout the course of studio classes and lessons. These tools include:

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.