Music Performance BM Woodwind
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 performers and studio teachers as well as for continued performance study at the graduate level. 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.
The BM in Performance includes a core of classes required of all music majors. In addition, performance students also fulfill other curricular requirements, including: private instruction, pedagogy, literature, supervised teaching, solo performance, chamber music, instrumental performance, and electives. Total required hours for any emphasis is 120 hours. (See specific requirements by selecting a link below.)
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 performance, music theory, music history, ensemble playing, conducting, sight singing and music dictation.Performance Preparation
Prepare performances at the highest possible level, and gain a working knowledge of standard repertoire.
Demonstrate command of performance practice from the major stylistic periods.
Understand and apply the principles of music pedagogy.
Evidence of Learning
Faculty members use the following to evaluate their students:
- weekly lessons
- weekly masterclasses
- required recital(s)
- jury performances
- master class performances and participation
- various exams, projects, and papers
Performance faculty draw on individual curricula to establish specific instrumental goals. A student's readiness to present public recitals is evaluated by faculty three weeks prior to the performance. Senior recitals are juried. Each semester of performance study is evaluated by the private instructor and a committee of faculty drawn from the instrumental emphasis. All students are encouraged to complete faculty and course evaluations at the end of each course.
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:
Evaluation of performance in private lessons, juries, and studio class
Evaluation of performance in public settings such as degree recitals, chamber music, and large ensembles.
- Scholarly papers
- Monitoring progress through the College Advisement Center
Indirect evaluations include reviewing the following information:
- Periodic data collected on students, for instance, acceptance into MM or other graduate degree programs, student awards from music competitions, summer music festivals and programs, or professional appointments
- Job placement rates
- Student evaluations
- Alumni Questionnaire
- Senior Survey
- Feedback from colleagues outside of BYU
- AIMS survey
Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement
Professors are represented by individuals who serve on the Curriculum Committee. 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.