Bachelor of Music Performance – Emphasis in Instrumental

Southeastern’s instrumental music performance program enables students to turn their passion into a career by honing their music talents to the highest degree — all while studying in a supportive Christian environment. Study alongside professors with extensive experience in the field — including training at top conservatories, performing abroad and playing in a myriad of settings.To develop your abilities on your instrument, you will study weekly with a music professor, who will help you enhance your craft. You’ll also perform in a wide array of ensembles — jazz, wind, orchestral, percussion, brass and string — giving you an extensive and well-rounded music education. Campus ensembles, local groups and our annual performances of operas, chamber music and Broadway musicals provide you with a variety of opportunities to gain additional music performance experience. In addition to regular performances, you will take courses in orchestration and conducting — both important skills that you’ll need to excel in the music industry.

Practice in our new state-of-the-art rehearsal facilities, and perform in our campus ensembles and local groups.

Program Details

59 hours of major core
55 hours of general education
16 hours of electives

Total credit hours — 130

Music Majors, Ensembles and Scholarship Auditions

In addition to acceptance to Southeastern University, each student pursuing a music degree at SEU must also apply and be accepted to the Department of Music. Music minors do not require an audition. The online music application must be completed via Acceptd in order to schedule an audition. After completing the music application, an audition time will be sent to you for the date requested. Please note that music scholarships are listed as part of an applicant’s financial aid award package. Therefore, applicants must complete the university application process before a music award can be confirmed.

Sample Core Courses

  • Aural Theory I (MUSC 1041) — This course provides training in the recognition of fundamental melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns. In addition, training is provided in sight-reading melodic and rhythmic excerpts with a moderate level of difficulty.
  • Music Theory III (MUSC 2133) — This course is an advanced study of melodic, rhythmic, harmonic, formal elements and compositional techniques of the Common Practice era.
  • Music History and Literature I (MUSC 3532) — This course is a study of basic styles of music history from Medieval through Baroque, with emphasis on listening and analysis.
  • Orchestration (MUSC 4712) — This course is a study of the fundamental principles of writing for musical instruments. The transpositions, ranges, abilities and limitations of all the standard orchestral instruments are explored, along with an overview of some of the scoring techniques used by composers.