Music Performance BM Percussion

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 Percussion Emphasis

Catalog Information

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

Students will prepare performances at the highest possible level, demonstrating knowledge of applicable solo and ensemble literature and utilization of improvisation skills, and successfully perform from a cross-section of that repertory.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Competence
Performing with a Variety of Instruments

Students will be able to perform in solo recital and in ensembles on a variety of percussion instruments with a foundation or core of study on snare drum, timpani, keyboard percussion and drum set. Some exposure to all percussion (including orchestral and ethnic or world percussion) will be included. This will expand into solo and chamber literature that will demonstrate a variety of styles in both formal and informal settings.

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

Students will study analysis, assessment, and applicaion of percussion methods and curriculae for use in teaching all aspects of percussion performance practices.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly, Communicate effectively
Music and Technology use

Students will utilize and learn how to apply technology in their performance preparation, assessment of their own performances and their teaching. This includes audio and video recordings of performances, master classes, and practice sessions. Music software for composition, improvisation, transcription, and rehearsal techniques are included in the curriculum.

(2016) With easy access of today's technology and the installation of wifi in the HFAC, the students are entering the program with prior knowledge of how to access multiple performances and continue learning and sharing to better discriminate the quality of those performances in their own preparation.

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

Evidence of Learning


All students are encouraged to complete faculty and course evaluations at midterm and at the end of each course. Faculty members may use exams, projects, papers, recital and performance attendance and juried performances to evaluate their students. Performance faculty rely on the Percussion Core Curriculum to establish basic skills in freshman and sophomore years and draw on individual curriculae to establish specific instrumental goals during recital prepartaion and evaluation in junior and senior years. Students' readiness to present public recitals are evaluated by faculty at a juried exam at least two weeks prior to the performance. The performance may also be juried. Each semester of performance study is evaluated by the private instructor and the student on a regular basis through digital video recording and from a committee of faculty drawn from the instrumental emphasis.

Direct Measures

School of Music faculty prize certain subjective, critical components of a music education such as musicality, creativity, and originality. Faculty recognize the difficulty of assessing such elements objectively, and therefore utilize audio and video recordings of performances to document and aid in that process. 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


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.

Every semester, at the conclusion of juries, percussion faculty discuss and assess curriculum modification or improvement, learning outcomes, student needs, physical facilities and equipment repair and procurement.