Performance Studies


Music Education majors must take two credits of Performance Studies in their principal performance area each semester (during the Internship), with a minimum of two semester at each of the 1000, 2000 and 3000 level and one semester at the 4000 level. Bachelor of Arts majors may take one or two credits of Performance Studies in their principal area each semester with a minimum of two semesters at each of the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels. Students majoring in Music may study additional performance areas for one credit with the approval of the Performance Studies teachers.

Music minors may take either one or two credits in their performance area. The number of credits will depend on availability of instruction time. See the Music Minors page for more details. Interdisciplinary majors determine the number of credits in their performance area with their advisors. Non-Music majors may take one credit of Performance Studies if instruction is available.


If a student cannot attend a lesson for any reason, the professor must be notified in advance. The professor will attempt to arrange a make-up lesson if the scheduled lesson was missed due to illness, but is under no obligation to make up lessons missed because of an unexcused absence.

Performance Studies Evaluations

Students will perform for the faculty at end of each semester of enrollment. Level changes (to 2000, 3000 or 4000) occur at the end of two semesters at each level. Evaluations at the conclusion of each level, will be evaluated by the faculty who will then recommend:

  1. Performance Studies at the next higher level, or
  2. A continuation of Performance Studies at the same level until sufficient progress has been made, or
  3. A change of major or minor

Evaluation requirements may be found in the Music Handbook, and in consultation with the Performance Studies Instructor. Students should acquire information concerning these requirements at the beginning of the semester.

For more information, see your specific performance areas below: