Music Performance

The Bachelor of Music Performance is designed for exceptional, musically advanced students who are planning careers in music as performers and/or private teachers. It does not meet certification requirements for public school teaching. This program fosters your artistic growth while improving your technical skills, collaborative competence and knowledge of repertory through regular ensemble experiences. You will also be prepared to pursue advanced musical degrees upon your graduate.

The program includes study in an academic core of music courses as well as additional studies that center around your chosen area of performance (collaborative piano, jazz studies, keyboard, orchestral strings, percussion, voice, woodwind/brasswind).

Collaborative Piano Track

Studies center around the performance of collaborative piano/accompanying in a variety of settings.

For a complete list of program requirements and additional course information for the collaborative piano track, visit the undergraduate catalog website.

Jazz Studies Track

The Jazz Studies program at Morehead State University is designed for students interested in learning how to perform, compose, arrange, and teach jazz music at a professional level. One of the oldest in Kentucky, the Jazz Studies program was developed to prepare graduates for a career in jazz and commercial music. Jazz Studies students are required to enroll in and participate in all activities of the Jazz and/or Guitar Ensembles (enrollment in a jazz ensemble is determined by audition). 

For a complete list of program requirements and additional course information for the jazz studies track, visit the undergraduate catalog website.

Keyboard Track

Studies center around the performance of keyboard instruments in a variety of ensemble settings. Organ or harpsichord students are required to enroll in collaborative and ensemble keyboard courses.

For a complete list of program requirements and additional course information for the keyboard track, visit the undergraduate catalog website.

Orchestral Strings Track

Orchestral string music education majors are required to enroll in and participate in all activities of the orchestra. In addition, orchestral string music education majors are required to take two semesters of a choral ensemble (University chorus, concert choir or chamber singers).

For a complete list of program requirements for the orchestral strings track and additional course information, visit the undergraduate catalog website.

Percussion Track

This track features studies that center around the performance of percussion instruments in a variety of ensemble settings.

For a complete list of program requirements for the percussion track and additional course information, visit the undergraduate catalog website.

Voice Track

Vocal music education majors are required, upon successful audition, to enroll and participate in all activities of the concert choir. Students with an unsuccessful audition for concert choir enroll in the University chorus.

For a complete list of program requirements for the voice track and additional course information, visit the undergraduate catalog website.

Woodwind/Brasswind Track

Woodwind and brasswind music education students are required to enroll in and participate in all activities of the marching band each fall semester and in the concert or symphony band each spring semester (enrollment in a concert band is determined by audition). Those students who perform in the marching band on an instrument other than their principal applied instrument must also participate in the concert or symphony band on their principal applied instrument each fall semester. In addition, woodwind and brasswind music education majors are required to take two semesters of a choral ensemble (University chorus, concert choir or chamber singers). 

For a complete list of program requirements for the woodwind/brasswind track and additional course information, visit the undergraduate catalog website.

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