University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.) Program with Concentration in Performance

A strong professional music foundation for career musicians

The Bachelor of Music program, with concentration in performance, is a professional music degree designed for talented students who wish to pursue a career in music as performers. To earn the degree, students must demonstrate technical competence via performances as soloists and in ensembles, as well as a broad knowledge of musical styles and literature.

Admission is through audition at the end of the first year. During UVM admission and during that first year, prospective B.Mus students are enrolled in the B.A. program.

What can I do with a B.Mus. degree?

A student who chooses the B.Mus. degree program is typically preparing to become a career musician whether a performer in an orchestra, band, chamber ensemble, jazz group, as a soloist, or perhaps as a composer or music theorist. Students choose the B.Mus. because it allows them to concentrate on achieving these goals through concentrated hands-on work with their craft.

B.Mus. degree recipients may combine several components of their passion for performing when assembling their career - for example, playing in a symphony and teaching at a local university. Learn about careers in music.

What is the difference between a B.Mus. degree and a B.A. degree in music?

A Bachelor of Music is a professional, not liberal arts, degree that requires more credit hours in music. B.Mus. students do not have a minor, but must complete the same general distribution requirements of the B. A.

The Bachelor of Arts is a liberal arts degree in which students pick a major (music) and a minor (for example, biology, math, English), allowing them to explore a variety of academic interests. Many of our students choose to double major in music and another subject, in which case a minor is not needed.


The B.Mus. curriculum teaches the performance side of music while also teaching the practical and academic skills to be a successful professional musician. In addition to the degree requirements for the B.A. with a concentration in performance, students must complete an additional 40 hours.

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