Performance, B.Mus.

School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts

Program Overview

As a student in music performance, you will build a strong foundation in the skills fundamental to becoming a performer, such as keyboard, ear-training, theory, and musicology. You will also deepen your understanding of music history across a diverse range of musical styles.

Performance, B.Mus.

Where You'll Go

Through periodic jury examination, you will develop and refine your artistic voice in preparation for a professional career in performance. With a background and training in music performance, you could go on to perform as a member of an orchestra, a session musician for a recording studio, a soloist, or as a music therapist. You could also teach privately or through an institution.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (69 Credits Plus Foreign Language or Proficiency)

Music is a writing-intensive major.

All of the following:

In addition to the course listings above, an approved recital, and approval of the faculty are required for the Bachelor of Music degree.

A successful jury examination in performance must be completed at the conclusion of each semester of Music 3791–3796 or 4841 (Performance). Students taking Music 3793 will present to the faculty a longer performance jury, at which time their overall progress in the program will be evaluated, and permission to continue in the program granted or denied. Music majors aiming toward professional careers as performers are strongly urged to take additional ensembles each semester, including at least two terms of Music 3741, 3742, 3743, 3780, or 3781 (i.e., Contemporary Music Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Chamber Music, Jazz Big Band, or Small Jazz Ensemble).

All music courses offered to satisfy the requirements for a major in music must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

View a list of the performance faculty.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to sing or play an instrument that evidences interpretative understanding and technical accomplishment at a level appropriate to the student’s degree program and professional goals, in both solo and ensemble contexts.
  • Experience in composing and improvising.
  • Ability to write and speak about music with precision and clarity and to articulate and defend critical judgments.
  • Acquire fluency with an extensive and varied repertory through performance, analysis, and concert attendance (including Western art music, non-Western art music, jazz, and Western and non-Western popular and folk music).
  • Knowledge of the historical and cultural contexts in which music has been created and performed in different periods and places.
  • Functional knowledge of the terminology, and grammar of music with regards to musical elements (rhythm, melody, harmony, timbre, texture, dynamics, form) and their application in aural and score-based analysis.
  • Functional ear training and keyboard skills, including sight-reading.

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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the performance B.Mus. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • Berklee College of Music
  • Fusion Academy
  • Hillary Hawkins Production, LLC
  • Luzerne Music Center
  • The New York Times
  • New York University
  • Oxide Games
  • Universal Music Group

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