Music Performance - B.Mus.

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Degree & Major: Music Performance - B.Mus.
College Name: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Department Name: Music
Brandon Craswell
Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies

Heather Gozdan-Bynum
Academic Advisor
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: The program of study leading to the degree Bachelor of Music with a major in Music Performance is designed to develop a strong foundation in music history, music theory, and performance, and as preparation for continued study at the graduate level. The degree provides for maximum development of individual musicianship and the various competencies required by the contemporary performer. The student has numerous opportunities to perform—including required third and fourth-year solo recitals. A matriculation plan is available at

Career Opportunities: Students earning this degree are prepared for a career as a professional performer or a studio teacher. Areas requiring high-level performance skills include, for example, radio broadcast, television, filmmaking, church music programs, and professional orchestras and bands. The degree also prepares the student for graduate study, which is designed to enhance skills and provide a credential for teaching at the college/university level.
of Transfer Students:
Attention Transfer and Incoming Freshmen Music Students:
Admission to the Hodgson School of Music is gained by a successful vocal or instrumental audition. This requirement applies to first-year students as well as transfer students. Auditions are evaluated by faculty members in the appropriate area of applied music. Prospective students are expected to prepare representative works from the classical repertoire. Auditions are scheduled through the Hodgson School of Music. Forms and specific requirements may be found at

For diagnostic purposes, transfer students with college credit in music theory are required to take an examination in theory immediately prior to the semester of entrance. Consult a music advisor for details of this exam. AP credit for Music Theory is not accepted for music majors.
Special Requirements: Music majors interested in pursuing a major in Music Performance must be admitted by the appropriate area faculty following the second semester jury of the first year.

For successful completion of the degree, the following is required: (1) a grade of C or better in all major courses, (2) successful completion of a keyboard proficiency test, (3) participation each semester in a large ensemble appropriate to the major performance medium (e.g., string students participate in orchestra, voice students participate in a choral group, etc.), and (4) attendance each semester at the required number of recitals stipulated by the Hodgson School of Music.
Scholarships: Financial aid is available through scholarships sponsored by both the Hodgson School of Music and the University Bands. Scholarships are awarded based on audition and are renewed each year for a period of four years, providing the student meets the requirements of the Scholarship Contract.
Student Organizations: There are many organizations and clubs open to students within the Hodgson School of Music, including Sigma Alpha Iota, Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Lambda (Beta Tau Chapter), Music Therapy Club, Collegiate National Association for Music Education, American String Teachers Association, Musicology/Ethnomusicology Student Association, Music Teacher National Association, Music Therapy Student Association, UGA Student Composers Association, and UGA American Choral Directors Association. Some of these organizations offer scholarships by audition each year.
Available Graduate Programs: The Bachelor of Music with a major in Performance is designed to prepare the student to begin professional work or to pursue graduate study at the University of Georgia or other prestigious institutions. The Hugh Hodgson School of Music offers six graduate degrees ranging from a Master of Arts in Musicology to a Doctor of Philosophy in Music with elective areas of research. More information about these graduate degrees and certification programs at the Hodgson School of Music is available at