Bachelor of Music in Performance

125 units

General Education: 40 units
Performance Core Requirements: 65 units
Performance Area Requirements: 20 units

The Bachelor of Music in Performance, a professional degree, prepares musicians for a career in performance, pedagogy (private teaching), or to pursue advanced degrees in performance. The four-year curriculum spans voice, piano, organ, guitar, and all instruments found in the standard orchestra. In addition to music performance, courses in theory, music history, literature, and conducting give the student a thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship. Students with applied music emphasis must pass an examination at the end of their lower-division applied studies to qualify for placement in upper-division applied music.

General Education Requirements for the Bachelor of Music in Performance

GE 100First-Year Seminar3
WRIT 110Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing3
Writing 23
Social Science3
Humanities: Literature3
Natural Sciences4
Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Formation
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry3
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
UBBL 230Luke/Acts3
PHIL 220Introduction to Philosophy3
or HUM 224 Core Texts in Philosophy
or HUM 324 Core Texts in Philosophy
Upper-Division Bible Elective3
Theology3
Personal and Social Responsibility
Intercultural Competence
MUS 201Introduction to World Music3
or MUS 302 Soul Music
Total Units40

Music Performance Core Requirements

Piano Proficiency4
Music Theory12
Music Theory I (F/S, Fr, So) 1
Music Theory II (F/S, Fr, So)
Music Theory III (F/S, So, Jr)
Music Theory IV (F/S, So, Jr)
Practical Musicianship4
Practical Musicianship I (F/S, Fr, So)
Practical Musicianship II (F/S, Fr, So)
Practical Musicianship III (F/S, So, Jr)
Practical Musicianship IV (F/S, So, Jr)
Conducting4
Introduction to Conducting (F, Jr)
Choral Conducting (S, Jr)
Instrumental Conducting
Music History9
Ancient, Renaissance, and World Music Literature (F, Jr)
Writing 3: Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic Music Literature (F/S, Jr) 2
Late Romantic and 20th-Century Music Literature (F/S, Sr) 3
Applied Music16
(Must be in primary instrument; 2 units must be taken each semester of full-time status, F/S)
Ensemble Requirement 48
Other Requirements
MUS 296Introduction to Music Technology (F/S, Fr)2
MUS 441Music in Worship (F/S, Jr, Sr)3
MUS 210Performance Forum (F/S, 8 semesters)0
Performance Courses
MUS 427Form and Analysis (F, Jr, Sr)3
MUS 393Junior Recital0
MUS 491Senior Recital (F/S, Sr) 50
Performance Area 20
Total Units85
1

Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement.

2

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement. 

3

Meets the General Education Humanities: History requirement.

4

See details on the APU website.

5

Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement. 

Performance Areas

Brass, Wind, or Percussion Performance

MUS 452Instrumental Music Literature (ES, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 440Instrumental Pedagogy (OF, Jr, Sr)2
Select one of the options listed below to complete a total of 16 applied music units counted above in Music Performance Core0
Applied Brass
Applied Brass
and Applied Brass
Applied Brass
and Applied Brass
Applied Brass
and Applied Brass
Applied Brass
and Applied Brass
Applied Woodwinds
Applied Woodwinds
and Applied Woodwinds
Applied Woodwinds
and Applied Woodwinds
Applied Woodwinds
and Applied Woodwinds
Applied Woodwinds
and Applied Woodwinds
Applied Percussion
Applied Percussion
and Applied Percussion
Applied Percussion
and Applied Percussion
Applied Percussion
and Applied Percussion
Applied Percussion
and Applied Percussion
Ensemble
Select one of the options listed below8
Brass Chamber Ensemble
Chamber Ensemble - Brass
and Chamber Ensemble - Brass
Chamber Ensemble - Brass
and Chamber Ensemble - Brass
Chamber Ensemble - Brass
and Chamber Ensemble - Brass
Chamber Ensemble - Brass
and Chamber Ensemble - Brass
Wind Chamber Ensemble
Chamber Ensemble - Woodwind
and Chamber Ensemble - Woodwind
Chamber Ensemble - Woodwind
and Chamber Ensemble - Woodwind
Chamber Ensemble - Woodwind
and Chamber Ensemble - Woodwind
Chamber Ensemble - Woodwind
and Chamber Ensemble - Woodwind
Percussion Chamber Ensemble
Chamber Ensemble - Percussion
and Chamber Ensemble - Percussion
Chamber Ensemble - Percussion
and Chamber Ensemble - Percussion
Chamber Ensemble - Percussion
and Chamber Ensemble - Percussion
Chamber Ensemble - Percussion
and Chamber Ensemble - Percussion
Music Electives8
Total Units20

Guitar Performance

Applied Guitar (F/S, all years; units counted in Music Performance Core)
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Chamber Ensemble Strings (Guitar) (F/S) (all years)6
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Strings
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Strings
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Strings
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Strings
MUS 270Guitar Ensemble (F/S, One unit a semester for eight semesters)1
MUS 452Instrumental Music Literature (ES, JR)2
MUS 440Instrumental Pedagogy (OF, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 379Guitar Fingerboard Harmony (OF, Jr, Sr)2
Total Units20

 Harp Performance

Applied Harp (F/S, all years; units counted above in Music Performance Core)
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Chamber Ensemble Strings (Harp) (F/S, all years)2
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Brass
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Strings
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Strings
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Strings
MUS 452Instrumental Music Literature (ES, Jr)2
MUS 440Instrumental Pedagogy (OF, Jr, Sr)2
Music Electives14
Total Units20

Organ Performance

Applied Organ (F/S, all years; units counted above in Music Performance Core)
Applied Organ
and Applied Organ
Applied Organ
and Applied Organ
Applied Organ
and Applied Organ
Applied Organ
and Applied Organ
MUS 417Organ Literature I (ES, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 420Organ Literature II (OF, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 440Instrumental Pedagogy (EF, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 397Instrumental Collaboration for Pianists (ES, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 398Vocal Collaboration for Pianists (OF, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 399Keyboard Ensemble (ES, Jr, Sr)2
Chamber Music (2 Semesters)2
Music Electives6
Total Units20

 Piano Performance

Applied Piano (F/S, all years; units counted above in Music Performance Core)
Applied Piano
and Applied Piano
Applied Piano
and Applied Piano
Applied Piano
and Applied Piano
Applied Piano
and Applied Piano
MUS 429Piano Literature I (EF, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 430Piano Literature II (OS, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 434Piano Pedagogy (OS, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 397Instrumental Collaboration for Pianists (ES, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 398Vocal Collaboration for Pianists (OF, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 399Keyboard Ensemble (ES, Jr, Sr)2
Chamber Music (2 Semesters)2
Music Electives6
Total Units20

Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass Performance

Applied Lessons (F/S, all years; units counted above in Music Performance Core)
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Applied Strings
and Applied Strings
Chamber Ensemble Strings (four semesters) (F/S) (all years)4
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Strings
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Strings
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Strings
Chamber Ensemble - Strings
and Chamber Ensemble - Strings
MUS 452Instrumental Music Literature (ES, Jr)2
MUS 440Instrumental Pedagogy (OF, Jr, Sr)2
Music Electives12
Total Units20

 Vocal Performance

Applied Voice (F/S, all years; units counted above in Music Performance Core)
Applied Voice
and Applied Voice
Applied Voice
and Applied Voice
Applied Voice
and Applied Voice
Applied Voice
and Applied Voice
MUS 348Song Literature Survey (F, Jr)2
MUS 443Vocal Pedagogy (S, Jr, Sr)2
MUS 224Diction for Singers I (F, So)1
MUS 227Diction for Singers II (S, So)1
MUS 484Preparing the Total Performer (F, Jr, Sr)1
MUS 486Opera Workshop: Lead Roles and Minor Roles (F/S, So, Sr)1
Foreign Language 112
Total Units20
1

Must be 8 units of French and 4 units of German, or 8 units of German and 4 units of French. If student already demonstrates acceptable proficiency (as determined by the foreign language faculty) in either German or French, then 4 units of Italian may be substituted for the 4-unit language requirement. Student must petition for this exception in advance.

Course Requirements Legend

Course Requirement Availability: Recommended Year:
F = Offered every fallFr = Freshman
S = Offered every springSo = Sophomore
E = Even YearJr = Junior
O = Odd YearSr = Senior

Music Theory Proficiency

The Music Theory Placement Examination is given to incoming students who are not transferring credit for Music Theory I from another college or university. This examination measures the student’s background in music theory and ensures placement at the appropriate level. The examination may be taken online. Students who are not ready for Music Theory I take MUS 120, and upon successful completion of MUS 120, begin the music theory sequence in the next semester. Music theory is taken in sequential order (I, II, III, IV). Before advancing to the next level, a grade of C or better is required. If a C or better is not achieved at any level, the course must be repeated.

Practical Musicianship

Practical musicianship is taken in sequential order (I, II, III, IV). Before advancing to the next level, a grade of C or better is required. If a C or better is not achieved at any level, the course must be repeated.

Piano Proficiency

Each student must register for a piano class or Applied Piano until the Piano Proficiency Examination is passed. Examination fact sheets are available in the School of Music office. Students will not be cleared to graduate until they have passed the proficiency examination, which is usually met at the conclusion of MUS 106.

Grade-point Average

Music students must maintain a 2.5 GPA for all upper-division music classes (those classified as 300 and 400 level). Students with a cumulative GPA lower than 2.0 or who are on probation are not eligible to participate in a performing group other than Masterworks Chorale.

Performance Forum

MUS 210 meets every Monday at 4:20 p.m. and features a variety of presentations including student recitals, guest artists, and lecturers. Music students must be continuously enrolled in Performance Forum for eight semesters. This class is graded pass/fail based on attendance. Students who do not pass the course will be required to take MUS 353 Concert Music to make up the deficiency. Transfer students must enroll in MUS 210 and an approved ensemble every semester in attendance, up to eight semesters.

Student Attendance

Students are required to attend a minimum of eight concerts/recitals per year. This requirement must be met under the following criteria: two Artist Concert Series performances and six other recitals or concerts selected from the following: junior recitals, senior recitals, or any School of Music ensemble concerts (excluded from these options are any Bel Canto Women’s Choir and Men’s Chorale concerts). The School of Music office maintains careful attendance records, but students should keep a copy of all programs of recitals they attend for their own records. To help track recital attendance, students may obtain a Recital Attendance Form from the School of Music office. To receive attendance credit, students must fill out and submit an attendance card at the recital. Workshops, off-campus concerts by APU performing groups, or performing in a concert as a member of an ensemble may not qualify for recital credit. Students who do not meet these requirements will be required to take MUS 353 Concert Music to make up the deficiency. 

Concert Music

MUS 353 Concert Music offers redemption for students who have not met the requirements of recital attendance or have failed MUS 210. In extenuating circumstances, students may petition in advance to make up attendance by registering for Concert Music. If this petition is granted, students making up recital attendance in this manner must adhere to the course requirements. Students negligent in fulfilling the requirements of MUS 353 may be called to appear before the School of Music faculty and are subject to disciplinary action and eventual dismissal from the program.

Recital Performance

Each performance major must present a solo performance annually in a student recital. This requirement can be met through performance forum student recitals, a junior recital, or a senior recital. Any other performances proposed to meet this requirement must be requested through the petition process and submitted to the associate dean of undergraduate studies of the School of Music.

Non-performance majors must present a solo performance annually in either a studio recital or performance forum student recital. In the case of a student who is taking instruction in more than one applied area, recital performance is required only in the primary applied area.

All students must take applied jury each semester. Music majors with a concentration in applied music present a recital during their junior year1(shorter program) and an additional recital in their senior year2 (full-length program). Only Bachelor of Music in Performance students must register for MUS 491. Students giving recitals should follow the guidelines in the Azusa Pacific University School of Music Recital Confirmation Packet (available through the School of Music office).

1

Traditionally, those students in the Bachelor of Arts in Music program may prepare a junior recital at the discretion of the applied professor involved. Students in the Bachelor of Music in Performance program are required to present a junior recital.

2

Senior recitals are required of all performance majors during their senior year. Seniors in the Bachelor of Arts in Music with an applied music concentration must present a senior recital but are not required to register for MUS 491. Bachelor of Music in Performance students must present a senior recital and register for MUS 491.

Applied Music

  1. Each student is required to take at least 16 units in one applied area. 
  2. Students must take at least 1 unit of applied lessons each semester, even if the minimum number of units for their emphasis has been met. Students must take 2 units of applied lessons the semester of their senior recital.
  3. Jury examinations are required each semester for all students taking private lessons. Presentation of a junior or senior recital fulfills this requirement.
  4. All students, in conjunction with the instructor, are responsible for selecting an accompanist for juries by the indicated deadlines. There are three ways to select an accompanist:
    1. Faculty may request an accompanist with the Accompanist Request Form available in the School of Music office by the indicated deadlines.
    2. Faculty may request a specific accompanist by submitting an Accompanist Request Form available in the School of Music office by the indicated deadlines.
    3. If no Accompanist Request Form is submitted, or is requested after the published deadlines, faculty members are responsible to make arrangements for their students.
  5. Private lessons:
    1. Grades for private lessons are issued based on a minimum of 12 lessons per semester. The grade will be lowered if the student attends fewer than the minimum of 12 lessons. Additionally, if the student does not meet the mandatory annual solo performance requirement, an F will be assigned for the spring semester applied grade.
    2. The area director will assign an instructor.
    3. When the student is ill and notifies the teacher in advance, a makeup lesson will be rescheduled if possible. “No-show” students do not receive makeup lessons.

Upper-division Concentration

Each student in the music program is required to select an upper-division concentration in at least one of the following areas: B.A. in Music with an emphasis in applied music (performance), music theory, or music education; B.M. in Commercial Music, Composition, Music Education, Music and Worship, or Performance. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all of their upper-division concentration courses. Otherwise, the course(s) must be repeated.

Ensemble Requirement

In each of 8 semesters as a music major, a student must be in an ensemble reflecting the designated performance requirements as listed by emphasis below. Transfer students must participate each semester until they graduate or accumulate eight semesters. Membership in multiple ensembles in a given semester counts as only one semester toward the ensemble requirement. All ensembles listed require audition except Masterworks Chorale.

Performance Area Required Ensemble Remaining Semesters Ensemble Choices
GuitarMUS 170 Masterworks Chorale (one year)Chamber Ensemble MUS 251, MUS 252, MUS 355, MUS 356
Guitar Ensemble MUS 270
Masterworks Chorale MUS 170
Piano and OrganMUS 170 Masterworks Chorale (two years)Bel Canto Women’s Choir MUS 144, MUS 145, MUS 246, MUS 247, MUS 344, MUS 345, MUS 437, MUS 438
Chamber Singers MUS 281, MUS 380
Ensemble Accompanist1
Gospel Choir MUS 146, MUS 147, MUS 248, MUS 249, MUS 346, MUS 347, MUS 478, MUS 479
Jazz Choir MUS 182, MUS 183, MUS 382, MUS 383
Jazz Ensemble MUS 182, MUS 183, MUS 382, MUS 383
Men’s Chorale MUS 173, MUS 174, MUS 275, MUS 276, MUS 373, MUS 374, MUS 475, MUS 476
Opera Workshop MUS 486
Masterworks Chorale MUS 170
Studio Orchestra MUS 195
Symphonic Band MUS 142, MUS 143, MUS 244, MUS 245, MUS 342, MUS 343, MUS 449, MUS 450
Symphony Orchestra MUS 271, MUS 272, MUS 371, MUS 372,
University Choir MUS 140, MUS 141, MUS 242, MUS 243, MUS 340, MUS 341, MUS 435, MUS 436
Wind Ensemble MUS 187, MUS 188, MUS 289, MUS 290, MUS 387, MUS 388, MUS 489, MUS 490
Strings and HarpSymphony Orchestra (four years) MUS 271, MUS 272, MUS 371, MUS 372; String Chamber Ensemble (one year) MUS 151, MUS 152Studio Orchestra MUS 195
VoiceMUS 170 Masterworks Chorale (two years)Bel Canto Women’s Choir mUS 144, MUS 145, MUS 246, MUS 247, MUS 344, MUS 345, MUS 437, MUS 438
MUS 486 Opera Workshop (1 year)Chamber Singers MUS 281, MUS 380
Choral Scholars
Masterworks Chorale MUS 170
Men’s Chorale MUS 173, MUS 174, MUS 275, MUS 276, MUS 373, MUS 374, MUS 475, MUS 476
Opera Workshop MUS 486
University Choir MUS 140, MUS 141, MUS 242, MUS 243, MUS 340, MUS 341, MUS 435, MUS 436
Winds and PercussionSelect four years from:
Symphonic Band MUS 142, MUS 143, MUS 244, MUS 245, MUS 342, MUS 343, MUS 449, MUS 450Studio Orchestra MUS 195
Symphony Orchestra MUS 271, MUS 272, MUS 371, MUS 372N/A
Wind Ensemble MUS 187, MUS 188, MUS 289, MUS 290, MUS 387, MUS 388, MUS 489, MUS 490N/A
In addition to the above, select one year from:N/A
Brass Chamber Ensemble MUS 153, MUS 154, MUS 253, MUS 254, MUS 357, MUS 358, MUS 459, MUS 460N/A
Woodwind Chamber Ensemble MUS 155, MUS 156, MUS 255, MUS 256, MUS 359, MUS 360, MUS 464, MUS 465N/A
Percussion Chamber Ensemble MUS 157, MUS 158, MUS 257, MUS 258, MUS 365, MUS 366, MUS 469, MUS 470N/A
1

Requires approval from the director of keyboard studies