It is the intent of the Fine Arts department that as a result of completing the Music Performance degree, students will demonstrate an ability in functional music, performance and interpersonal skills. An effective performer must be a good musician with proficiency in the following music skills:
- Practical application of written and aural music theory;
- Keyboard proficiency;
- Pedagogical skills;
- Use of multi-media and computer-related equipment;
- Music and dramatic production;
- Music composition and arranging;
- Adaptation of music to indigenous cultures;
- Working with an ensemble.
The performance major requires a recognized level of musicality and technique. The student who has chosen the classical tradition should be prepared to:
- Perform art music;
- Teach their instrument;
- Pursue advanced degrees;
- Demonstrate an understanding of music history in Western Civilization;
- Perform at a high level on their chosen medium, i.e. voice, piano, guitar, etc.
Performance includes working with people; therefore, the Christian who desires a life as a performer should demonstrate:
- A personal Christian lifestyle congruent with their performance;
- Communication and organizational skills;
- Public relations awareness;
- Time and financial management.
All students must complete the General Education Core and Biblical Studies Core. Total credit hours to complete the Music Performance major must equal at least 124 credit hours.