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Music Performance, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Kutztown, PA, United States
Music has different meaning for different people but for you if music means more than just a simple tune, this may be your program. Do you hear music in the patter of raindrops on the window, a dribbling basketball, children laughing?  KU’s combination of superb mentoring by renowned artists/teachers, and a well-rounded curriculum is ideally suited to guide you to professional success. 
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The KU Music Performance degree is designed for students with an interest in performing, conducting, writing or teaching music outside of the public schools.  Some students elect to pursue a minor or a double major in programs such as audio engineering; jazz studies; music history; business; marketing; communication studies; cinema, media and television production; or professional writing to become more marketable.

The Music major with an Emphasis in Music Performance provides preparation for students aspiring to take their place on the stage, to teach in private or community music settings, or to work collaboratively in the vast field of the performing arts. Students have the opportunity to study with professional musicians who are making a living as performers, recording artists, and composers. Perform on-campus, regionally in a variety of venues, and take your talents to the top in places like the famed Carnegie Hall.

Career Opportunities 

Graduates may pursue a career in a wide variety of musical fields such as freelance or ensemble performer, private lesson teacher, accompanist, music producer, conductor, composer/arranger, and stage manager. Many students also continue their music studies at the graduate level.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Music in Human Experience
  • Music from Ancient Times to 1750
  • American Popular Music
  • Music from 1750 to the Present

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3.2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3.2 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

  • Students will select an audition date in the application process. During the audition, students will perform in their area of musical interest and expertise. 
  • At the audition, students should be prepared to discuss their musical background, career goals, musical and general areas of interest. 
  • Students will also take preliminary diagnostic exams in: (a) harmony and theory, (b) ear training, (c) sight singing, and (d) piano skills. The results determine placement in music courses, and are considered as part of acceptance to the degree program. Students may receive the university's academic admissions decision prior to the audition process. Acceptance decision to the music programs will follow shortly.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11574 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5787 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    11574 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5787 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7716 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3858 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Kutztown

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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