Degree type(s): Bachelor's
Degree field(s): Music; Arts
Location(s): Bismarck, ND
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

Music Performance Bachelor’s Degree Program

Four-year degree; Bachelor of Music (BM)

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree at the University of Mary provides you with focused preparation in vocal or instrumental performance. After graduation, you may choose to perform professionally, open a private studio, or apply to graduate programs in music.

Music Performance Degree Program Highlights

The Bachelor of Music in Performance degree includes practical and professional training that prepares you for a career in music. As a music performance major at the University of Mary, you will enjoy unique opportunities to:

  • Experience intensive study in primary performance area, including lessons with renowned faculty who are dedicated to your success and master classes with internationally recognized guest artists.
  • Develop performance skills and grow professionally within a collaborative community of learners and a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values.
  • Participate in a variety of performance opportunities, including solo performances, large ensembles and chamber groups on campus, and community groups such as the Youth Orchestra, Bismarck-Mandan Civic Chorus, Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra, and the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra.
  • Tour regionally, nationally, and internationally with campus ensembles.

The Music Performance Bachelor of Music program includes liberal arts courses, music courses in sight singing, music theory, piano, conducting, and music history, lessons and pedagogical study in your primary performance area, and capstone recitals and project opportunities.

Required Courses

  • Eight semesters of major performance ensemble (primary area)
  • Four semesters of small performance ensemble
  • Piano proficiency - level four
  • Eight semesters of perform lab
  • Eight semesters of applied music (primary area, one-hour lessons)
  • 14-16 semester hours music electives (no more than eight semester hours may be in ensembles and/or applied music)
  • Minimum 78 credits MUS with at least 21 upper division credits
  • Four semesters of class or applied piano
  • Vocal Performance majors must take two semesters of the same foreign language, along with MUS 357 Diction for Singers I and MUS 358 - Diction for Singers II.

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application to the Music Department takes place in the first semester of the sophomore year, or during the first fall semester for transfer students.

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

You may audition for music scholarships which can be stacked with most academic scholarships. If you live more than 250 miles from campus, you may submit a video recording, or audition during your campus visit. The deadline for priority consideration for scholarships is February 20, although applications are welcome at any time. For more information please contact the Music Department or University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Program Advisors:

To learn more about the Bachelor of Music in Performance degree, please contact the Music Department or University of Mary Admissions at (800) 288-6279.

If you are thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music performance, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: