Music Performance (BM)


The University offers a bachelor of music (BM) in performance.

The program is designed for students who wish to pursue performing careers, establish private studios, or pursue graduate studies and seek teaching positions in higher education.

The performance major includes required coursework in theory, music history and literature, musicianship, and performance. In addition, students choose a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Brass (euphonium, horn, trombone, trumpet, or tuba)
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Strings (cello, violin, viola, or string bass)
  • Voice
  • Winds (bassoon, clarinet, flute, oboe, or saxophone)

The School of Music's size is ideal for maximum student-to-faculty interaction while still providing wide-ranging opportunities for aspiring musicians. The distinguished faculty of performers and scholars shares an uncommonly strong commitment to teaching, research, experience-based learning, and each student's career development.

Each student receives a solid foundation in comprehensive, integrated musicianship by participating in performance ensembles, by taking private lessons, by attending concerts, and by studying music theory, music history and literature, piano, music technology, scoring, and conducting.

Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad programs, which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.

In addition to the University's regular admission process, there is a separate admission process for a student to be admitted as a music major. For further information, visit the School of Music.

Required Courses


Our experienced, caring faculty consistently brings out the best in students. A high degree of individual attention, combined with one of the Midwest's finest music facilities, leads to a truly exceptional learning environment.

Our graduates have successful careers as performers, scholars, music educators at all levels, from elementary to collegiate. In addition, our graduates gain admission to top graduate schools around the country.

In addition, the School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Music Education Program holds accreditation with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Music Business Program is affiliated with NAMM (International Music Products Association).

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Music scholarships are awarded through a competitive audition process that begins in November and concludes by March 1 of each academic year. To be considered for a music scholarship for the following academic year, students must have auditioned by March 1.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

School of Music
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

School of Music
Indiana State University