Learn to be a flexible and sensitive musician in a variety of settings like orchestra, band, chamber ensemble or as a soloist.
The BMus program in performance with a concentration in an orchestral instrument focuses on the study of music literature and techniques on a specific orchestral instrument.
Students receive coaching from world-renowned faculty and visiting guest artists, attend master classes, and receive extensive performance experience in large ensembles, as a chamber musician and as a soloist.
Students study a specific orchestral instrument intensively with a faculty member for eight semesters including major repertoire, solo literature and chamber music. Additionally, students learn skills that are needed to be a highly successful working musician including audition preparation, networking, learning organizational strategies, opportunity creation and developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
At A Glance
Performance (Orchestral Instrument), BMUS
A major map outlines a major's critical requirements, courses, and optimal course sequence and aids students in remaining on track to graduation.
While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.
Spring 2023: October 15, 2022
Fall 2023: January 5, 2023
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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Important: Applicants must submit an ASU application for undergraduate admission in addition to a separate School of Music, Dance and Theatre application. Students should visit https://musicdancetheatre.asu.edu/admissions/music/undergraduate-steps-to-apply for details. Admission to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre is based on an audition. Auditions take place in November (spring admission) and in January and February (fall admission) of each year. Applicants may review audition information at https://musicdancetheatre.asu.edu/admissions/music/undergraduate-auditions.
Admission to the music program is highly selective and based on an audition process. Students are admitted as music audition students and must successfully complete the audition before enrolling in music major courses. Upon admission to both ASU and the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, the applicant's major will be changed to music. In the event a student is admitted to ASU but not to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre or misses the audition deadline, the student will remain as a music audition major and will need to successfully pass the music audition milestone in the first semester in order to gain admission into the program.
Application Deadlines: Students should visit https://musicdancetheatre.asu.edu/admissions/music/undergraduate-deadlines-fees for complete music deadlines.
Spring admission: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is October 15.
Fall admission: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is January 5.
Graduates are prepared to work in various professional or entrepreneurial capacities, including:
- performing as a concert soloist, as a freelance musician in venues such as art galleries, churches, clubs, cruise ships, resorts, restaurants and theme parks, or performing in orchestras, chamber music ensembles, music theatre and opera pit ensembles
- presenting school and community programs
- recording and studio work
- teaching privately or as part of a college or university program
- working in music-related fields such as media production, music business, publishing and marketing
Many graduates pursue a master's degree or a doctorate in music or in another professional field.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Music Directors and Composers||1.7%||$52,250|
|Musical Instrument Repairers and Tuners||-7.1%||$36,810|
|Musicians and Singers||0.9%||*|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
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