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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 the first year of study, students interested in the B.Mus. should follow the curriculum plans of the B.A. in Music, studying intermediate music theory, taking private lessons, and performing in ensembles.

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 such as a performer in an orchestra, band, chamber ensemble, or 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.

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

A Bachelor of Music is a professional degree that requires more credit hours in music. B.Mus. students must complete the same general distribution requirements of the B.A. Because of the additional music courses required, B.Mus. students are not required to pursue a minor.

In contrast, the Bachelor of Arts is a liberal arts degree in which students pick a major (music) and a minor in another field (for example: biology, psychology, English), which allows them to explore a variety of academic interests.


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 (36 credits), B.Mus. students complete an additional 40 credits in ensembles, private lessons, additional music electives, and solo recitals.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.Mus. degree (Performance concentration), students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional skill on a single instrument or voice
  • Describe and apply intermediate music theory knowledge and skills
  • Describe and apply intermediate music history and literature knowledge
  • Demonstrate intermediate proficiency on the piano
  • After graduating, alumni demonstrate professional success in music
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Graduate employment rate


of UVM Arts & Sciences graduates were employed within six months of graduation.


  • professional performer
  • composer
  • music educator

Graduate Schools

  • Aaron Copland School of Music