The Bachelor of Music Performance degree prepares students to pursue a graduate degree in music and/or seek a career as a performer. Two tracks are offered in this degree: vocal performance or piano performance. Students in both tracks learn how to audition and enter competitions, to refine and improve their performance skills, and to market themselves as professional musicians.
Piano Performance Student
The UMHB music program provides numerous opportunities for every student... I entered UMHB with an undecided major and will graduate UMHB with a growing piano business. Thanks to the UMHB music department, I foresee success.
Piano Performance Student
Why should I choose Music Performance?
A degree in performance helps you take your musical abilities to the next level and prepare to perform as a soloist or in an ensemble.
What are some courses I will take?
- World Music
- Intro to Conducting
- Orchestration: Form & Analysis
- Music History
As a freshman at UMHB, Kathleen Shelton was able to land leading roles on stage, giving her more stage experience than any of her peers once she entered graduate school. Having that advantage, along with an incredible amount of talent, is helping her live out her dream as a professional musician dedicated to singing opera, musical theater, and sacred works all across the country. “At UMHB, I received intentional mentorship from experienced performers whom I continue to turn to for advice and support,” she said. “That has made all the difference in my career.”
What are some career options?
Music Performance majors have thrived in these careers:
- Classical pianist
- Operatic performer
- Musical theater performer
Who is hiring UMHB students?
UMHB Music Performance majors have found success in many different fields:
- Opera companies
- High schools
- Colleges and universities
Where can I go to grad school?
Many Music Performance students have continued their education at these schools:
- Texas Woman's University
- Southern Methodist University
- University of Houston
- Florida State University
- Michigan State University
- University of Oklahoma
Why study music performance at UMHB?
The music faculty at UMHB offers vocal instructors who have helped their students become recognized and honored in regional and national competitions each year. Piano performance majors have the opportunity to study with gifted pianists who are dedicated teachers as well. All faculty members serve as excellent mentors who can guide their students toward a successful musical career.
Since the Department of Music at UMHB is focused on undergraduate learning, students do not have to compete against graduate students for lead roles in operas and musical theater productions or for solos in choir or wind ensemble pieces.
The Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center offers a state-of-the-art venue for instrumental and vocal performances, giving students many opportunities throughout the year to perform and share their talents with local patrons as well as members of the campus community.