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Undergraduate | In-Person

Music Performance, BM

Hone your skills as an exceptional performer.

Why Major in Music Performance? 

The pursuit of artistic excellence and expression is the hallmark of Belmont's Bachelor of Music in Music Performance degree. Our program combines knowledge of vocal and instrumental performance with courses in pedagogy and literature.

Complete your intensive study on a primary instrument or voice with our renowned faculty, engaging master classes with guest artists and performances of significant masterworks across a wide array of historical styles.

Instruments of study within the BM in Music Performance include Voice, Viola, Violin, Cello, Upright Bass, Harp, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Organ, Piano and Guitar.

full-width-performance.jpgWhat You'll Learn

Belmont's Music Performance program focuses on classical skills and techniques.

Class-specific performances:

  • Weekly 50-minute lessons and performance seminars
  • Jury exams at the end of each semester
  • Performance opportunities on departmental recitals
  • 25-minute Junior Recital in McAfee Concert Hall
  • 50-minute Senior Recital in McAfee Concert Hall

Performances by audition:

  • Roles in Belmont’s Opera, University Symphony, Jazz Band and/or Wind Ensemble
  • Master Classes with guest artist/teachers
  • Ensemble and solo possibilities with choral & instrumental ensembles
  • Instrumental Chamber Music experiences
  • Concerto/Aria Concert with University Symphony Orchestra
  • Classical Singers Recital and Instrumental Honors Recital
  • Options for Studies Abroad with teachers at major music schools in Europe
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Career Possibilities

Hear from our Faculty

Under the guidance of dedicated educators like Savanna Sokolnicki, students are well-prepared to hit the high notes in their future careers. 

Program Details


Bachelor of Music in Music Performance majors complete 132 hours of coursework over the course of their undergraduate career. This includes an array of courses that gives our students the necessary training for industry success.

  • BELL Core Requirements: 38 Hours (minimum)
  • Music Requirements: 37 Hours
  • Music Technology Requirements: 39 Hours
  • General Electives: 16 Hours (minimum)

Learn more about the degree requirements for:

the vocal track 

the instrumental track.

Ensembles & Performance Opportunities

Belmont University's School of Music has a variety of ensembles that showcase the School of Music's incredible musical diversity. From classical chamber groups to popular music ensembles, students have access to many performance opportunities that support the development of their craft.

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The Belmont University School of Music is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

All programs in the School of Music require an audition. The audition determines admission into the School of Music, which is separate from the University's admission decision.

After submitting the Application for Undergraduate Admission, applicants to the School of Music will receive an email prompting them to complete the Undergraduate School of Music Audition Registration Form in their BU4U account. They will choose their intended in-person audition date or the video audition option.

The School of Music does not prescreen for any of its programs.

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College of Music & Performing Arts

Alex Routen
Admissions Coordinator
(615) 460.8116
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