In your last year, you’ll delve deeper into pop/jazz theory and arranging courses. You’ll also take a repertoire and traditions course in which you’ll study and perform the works of master musicians. Much of the year is dedicated to preparing for your senior recital, with a private instructor guiding you along the way. Many Instrumental Performance students present original music in their final performances.
You’ll take required one-on-one lessons with our acclaimed faculty and advanced courses in theory, history and music business. You’ll also have the opportunity to take master classes with a series of acclaimed artists in residence from a variety of disciplines. The artists also hold workshops and critiques with Instrumental Performance students and perform public concerts with our department ensembles.
The department works diligently to promote your work, inviting industry professionals to recitals and helping you book off-campus gigs. By graduation, you’ll be ready to launch a career as a working musician.