Bachelor of Arts in Music - Performance emphasis

Bachelor of Arts in Music with a focus on Performance

Bachelor of Arts in Music - Performance emphasis

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The Bachelor of Arts in Music program provides a broad comprehension of the integral role of music in society. To prepare students for graduate study and/or a career in the arts, a working knowledge of American music and Western art music is developed, including history, literature and sources in art and vernacular traditions. Research into areas of specific interest is encouraged beyond the classroom and students are challenged to make music through analysis, composition, improvisation and performance.


  • Students learn how to identify and apply related concepts in the curriculum, including historical, theoretical, pedagogical and practical.
  • Develop critical thinking and writing skills and a competency in working with musical technology.
  • Knowledge of music history with both written and oral communication is fostered and students are expected to attain a high level of performance on their major instruments.


  • Individualized instruction combines performance with research, which prepares students for graduate school.
  • Our buildings feature practice rooms, choral and instrumental rehearsal rooms, a cutting-edge recording studio (one of the top in the country), the largest state-of-the-art electronic piano lab in the United States, offices, studios, and music libraries.
  • Performing groups include orchestra, string ensemble, several choirs, wind ensemble, concert band, marching band, jazz bands, a variety of chamber ensembles, as well as the opportunity to perform with the OperaLancaster and the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra.


  • Students attend and participate in the Lancaster International Piano Festival and Assai Performance Institute International String Festival—a unique opportunity to study with renowned teachers and scholars and meet students from all over the world.
  • Students receive an opportunity to collaborate with each other through peer mentorship, small ensembles, and small class sizes.
  • Students have opportunities to teach at Summer Music Camp, in Preparatory Division, tutor college students in their music courses and give group piano lessons during the Lancaster International Piano Festival.


Graduates from our Music Performance program pursue careers in:  

  • music performance
  • music theatre
  • independent studio teachers
  • arts management
  • music recording

Graduates of our Music Performance program have also continued their studies at:

  • Eastman School of Music
  • Penn State University 
  • Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • University of Maryland

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