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BMus: Performance
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BMus: Performance

The Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance serves students in Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance and Jazz Studies. The program targets a small, advanced constituency of performance students and offers advanced training in performance techniques based on a broad body of repertoire and stylistic variety.  

The Bachelor of Music in Performance curriculum includes advanced repertoire, technique and ensemble courses as well as specialized courses in Music Technology, Music Pedagogy and Music Business. All Bachelor of Music in Performance majors perform in a variety of ensembles, with repertoire encompassing a wide range of popular and classical music styles and genres.

Typically, students apply for the BM in Performance in their third or fourth semester. Applications are specific to each concentration; students should consult with the appropriate coordinator (see list below) for precise directions regarding repertoire and audition dates. All BM applicants, regardless of concentration, are required to upload all relevant materials (recordings, statements, references) to SlideRoom by the application deadline—follow the instructions and/or links below. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the deadline for all materials was May 1, 2014.

Online Application

The Fall 2014 BMus Performance Application is now closed. The deadline for applications was May 1, 2014. Check back in the spring for the Fall 2015 application.

If you are applying for admission to Columbia at this time, you must also visit the Admissions web page and apply for general admission.

Application Requirements

  1. At least 45 earned credits are required for consideration. The application process can begin when 45 credits are in progress. Final decisions will be made upon review of the applicant's transcript with at least 45 credits completed (typically spring semester of the sophomore year).
  2. Personal statement: In a brief statement of less than 300 words, please discuss the reasons why you have chosen to apply for the Bachelor of Music degree. What specific background makes you a strong candidate for the program? What are your professional goals for the next five years, and how will the Bachelor of Music degree help you to achieve those goals?
  3. Overall 3.0 GPA in music coursework; no benchmark grades in specific courses required for application. Students can be rejected based on their grades in any specific course, at discretion of evaluators.
  4. Audition (live or recorded) - Some concentrations may request a live audition demonstrating advanced technical facility on either the primary instrument or voice.  Repertoire for this audition should be prepared under the supervision of a private lesson instructor. In some cases, the audition material will need to be submitted electronically. Again, the private lesson instructor should oversee the process of repertoire preparation, recording and submission. All audition materials, including those performed in a live audition, should be submitted electronically for evaluation by performance faculty.
  5. List of references – At least two references, which should include the private lesson instructor and a classroom instructor.  Some concentrations may require electronically submitted letters of recommendation.  Check with the specific concentration coordinator (see bottom of page).

Transfer Students

Transfer students are advised to simply enter the department as declared Performance BAs, and enroll in the appropriate courses and ensembles based on their placement into the Music Core course sequences.

Those transfer students who feel they may be qualified to apply and audition for the BMus in Performance upon entering the program should contact the appropriate concentration coordinator (see bottom of page) to discuss your eligibility and help you get started.

Degree Requirements

For students entering in the 2014-2015 academic year:

Program Coordinators