Hit all the right notes on a campus dedicated to the arts: You’ll do that here.

An instrumental performance degree will prepare you to perform professionally or create new music in the classical, electronic or avant-garde traditions. And, with a variety of ensembles to hone your craft, you’ll sound good when you do. 

What You’ll Do  

As an instrumental performance major at Southeast, you’ll work in applied music study, music theory and analysis, music history, literature and pedagogy for your chosen instrument, and gain experience through performance ensembles.

  • Interact with nationally recognized performing artists and educators. 
  • Attend classes on Southeast’s River Campus, a campus solely dedicated to the arts. 
  • Gain performance experience through ensembles. 
  • Study in a program that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music 

Opportunities in Music at SEMO

What You'll Study

The instrumental performance curriculum includes core coursework to prepare you for a career in music. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Instrumental Performance Option – 78 hours

Required Courses:

  • MH251 History & Literature of Music to 1800 (3)
  • MH252 History & Literature of Music from 1800 (3)
  • MH402 Music in World Cultures (3)
  • MM001 Aural Skills Entry Level Proficiency (0)
  • MM002 Aural Skills Exit Level Proficiency (0)
  • MM099 Music Theory Lab (1)
  • MM101 Theories of Music in Culture (3)
  • MM102 Basic Harmony & Form (3)
  • MM105 Aural Skills I (1)
  • MM106 Aural Skills II (1)
  • MM203 Advanced Harmony, Form & Counterpoint (3)
  • MM204 Twentieth Century Techniques (3)
  • MM207 Aural Skills III (1)
  • MM208 Aural Skills IV (1)
  • MM312 Advanced Form and Analysis (3)
  • MP1xx Applied Music: Instrumental (2+2)
  • MP2xx Applied Music: Instrumental (2+2)
  • MP3xx Applied Music: Instrumental (2+2)
  • MP4xx Applied Music: Instrumental (2+2)
  • MU001 Piano Proficiency (0)
  • MU002 Sophomore Review (0)
  • MU003 Major Field Assessment Test (0)
  • MU110 Recitals & Concerts (eight semesters) (0)
  • MU151 Functional Piano I (1)
  • MU152 Functional Piano II (1)
  • MU253 Functional Piano III (1)
  • MU254 Functional Piano IV (1)
  • MU299 Chamber Music (2)
  • MU300 Junior Recital (0)
  • MU341 Basic Conducting (2)
  • MU3xx Major Ensemble (8)*
  • MU400 Senior Recital (0)
  • MU430 Pedagogy: Applied Area (2)**
  • MU432 Literature: Applied Area (2)**
  • MUxxx Music Electives MU 300 or above (12)

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required for all courses within the major.

Choose 3 Hours:

  • MH310 American Musical Experience (3)
  • MH328 Native American Music (3)
  • MH392 The Age of Romanticism
  • MH393 The Age of Modernism (3)
  • MH394 Music & Culture: 1600-1750 (3)
  • MH396 The Age of Beethoven (3)
  • MH397 Music in Medieval & Renaissance Culture (3)
  • UI315 Electronics & Computers in Music (3)

Additional Requirement:

  • 6 Hours in any foreign language offered by Southeast

*Refer to Student Handbook for ensemble options
**Strings, Piano tracks only

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (15-16 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • MM001 (0) 
  • MM099 (1) 
  • MM101 (3) 
  • MM105 (1) 
  • MP1xx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU151 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MU3xx (major ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3)  

Spring Semester (16-17 Hours) 

  • MM102 (3) 
  • MM106 (1) 
  • MP1xx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU152 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MU3xx (major ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Must maintain 3.0 gpa in major courses

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (16-17 Hours) 

  • MH251 (3) 
  • MM203 (3) 
  • MM207 (1) 
  • MP2xx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU253 (or proficiency) (1) 
  • MU3xx (major ensemble) (1) 
  • Foreign Language (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (13-14 Hours) 

  • MH252 (3) 
  • MM002 (0) 
  • MM204 (3) 
  • MM208 (1) 
  • MP2xx (2) 
  • MU001 (0) 
  • MU002 (0) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU254 (or proficiency) (0-1) 
  • MU3xx (major ensemble) (1) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Must maintain 3.0 gpa in major courses

(Summer courses are encouraged to avoid 18-hour semesters)

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • MP3xxx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU341 (2) 
  • MU3xx (major ensemble) (1)
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • Elective (2) 
  • Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • MM312 (3) 
  • MP3xx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU299 (1) 
  • MU300 (0) 
  • MU430 (2) 
  • MU3xx (major ensemble) (1) 
  • Required UI3xx course or UI402 (3) 
  • Music Elective (3) 

Milestone: Must maintain 3.0 gpa in major courses

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (17 Hours) 

  • MP4xx (2) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU299 (1) 
  • MU3xx (major ensemble) (1) 
  • MU432 (2) 
  • Foreign Language (3) 
  • General Education (3)  
  • Music Elective (3) 

Spring Semester (12 Hours) 

  • MH402 or required elective course (3) 
  • MP4xx (2) 
  • MU003 (0) 
  • MU110 (0) 
  • MU400 (0) 
  • MU3xx (major ensemble) 
  • Music Elective (3) 
  • Music Elective (3) 

Milestone: Must maintain 3.0 gpa in major courses

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.
A minimum of 3.0 gpa in the major and overall are required to graduate with a BM degree.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bold. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 100%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Music report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation. 

  • $52k

    Composer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a composer is $52,250. 

  • $67k

    Sound Technician

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a sound technician is $67,210. 

  • $52k

    Music Director

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a music director is $52,250. 

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