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Music in Performance, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Macon, GA, United States
Townsend School of Music is committed to providing comprehensive music degrees that nurture competent, creative, and successful music performers. Townsend School of Music students enjoy numerous solo performance opportunities, main stage productions, ensemble concert tours, and chamber music experience in an artistic environment.


With small class sizes and a dynamic performance faculty, Townsend School of Music will help you achieve your goal of becoming a musical artist. Toward that end, we offer a Bachelor of Music Performance degree in numerous areas of study, including: Vocal Studies, Keyboard Studies (piano, organ, and harpsichord), and Instrumental Studies (wind, brass, strings and percussion).

About the Degree

The Bachelor of Music in Performance Degree is uniquely designed to allow a student to develop highly specialized technical skills and knowledge for their instrument or voice. Excellence as performers is the School's goal for all students. Those majoring in performance, however, are held to a higher standard of technical ability, artistry and difficulty than those pursuing the other degrees offered in music.

The student takes approximately 65 percent of their required credits in the major area and in the supportive courses in music. The most distinctive feature of this degree is the double credit hours given for applied lessons from the sophomore year. This credit is assigned to compensate the student for the double amount of practice time spent to intensely prepare for the weekly applied lesson. The major areas of applied study include voice, piano, organ, harpsichord, orchestral instruments, wind instruments, percussion instruments and guitar.

Individual performance skills are nurtured in weekly private lessons, weekly studio classes, monthly recitals, semester-end juried examinations, junior recitals and senior recitals. Students are required to participate in at least one ensemble per semester, and most students perform in more than one. Large and small ensemble experiences are available in each applied music area.

Other required courses specifically designed for this degree program include pedagogy of the instrument/voice and literature of the instrument/voice. Teaching in a discipline invariably leads to the synthesis of knowledge about the subject area as well as heightened clarity of communication of that knowledge.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music Theory
  • Class Piano
  • Basic Musicianship
  • Introduction to Music Research and Writing 
  • Sightreading Skills
  • Organ/Harpsichord Skills
  • Understanding Music
  • Jazz Improvisation

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application for Admission, either Mercer's application or the Common Application, with U.S. $50.00 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official secondary school and/or official university transcript(s), translated in English
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic or personal reference, translated in English
  • Course-by-course evaluation of transcripts, including grade point average (GPA), completed and forwarded to Mercer. We will accept evaluations from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny & Associates.
  • For students whose native language or language of instruction in secondary high school is English, an official SAT or ACT score is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36894 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    36894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36894 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    36894 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36894 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Macon

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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