Study Music Performance
APU’s Bachelor of Music in Performance equips musicians to take their art to the next level and prepares them for careers in performance, pedagogy (private teaching), or to pursue advanced degrees. Courses in theory, music history, literature, and conducting give the student a thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship. Music performance majors also participate in musical ensembles, attend and perform in recitals, and take voice and piano classes, providing extensive, diverse musical experiences. Students graduate with the artistic and practical preparation they need to start a musical career.
The performance major is offered in:
- Brass, Wind, or Percussion
- Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass
Is This Major Right for You?
You’re a music performance major (B.M.) if you:
- Are diligent and willing to put in extensive time and effort to hone your talent into skill.
- Enjoy the creative process, including writing and arranging music.
- Visualize a career performing in a professional orchestra or vocal ensemble.
- Want to teach the art of music privately or at the college level.
- Plan to pursue an advanced degree in music.
- Seek thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship.
- Small classes that facilitate greater student access to professors
- Freedom to integrate faith and musicianship
- Interaction with a variety of performance groups
- Access to the greater Los Angeles area, which provides opportunities in many different venues including musicals, operas, church concerts, recording studios, orchestras, jazz bands, etc.
School of Music Accreditation
A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The university is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2016 rankings, placing in Tier One at No. 175 in the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2016 Best Colleges in the West, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2016, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their educational dreams.