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Music - Instrumental Performance, BM

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Bachelor of Music degree track is a performance intensive plan of study designed to develop students’ aesthetic, artistic and technical development. The Music - Instrumental Performance program of the Southeast Missouri State University requires substantial work in applied study as well as significant participation through a variety of large performing ensembles and smaller chamber music ensembles. Students will also study music theory and analysis, music history, in addition to literature and pedagogy for their chosen applied instrument.

More than ten ensembles for instrumental and vocal students are available at Southeast, giving students many opportunities to gain valuable performing experience. Students also have the opportunity to participate in small chamber groups of various instrumental combinations.

BM in Music Instrumental Performance graduates work in education, business and arts industries. Examples of job titles include teacher, performer, songwriter, music publisher and concert promoter.

What You'll Do

  • Study and interact with performing artists and educators that are highly qualified, recognized nationally and internationally
  • Attend classes and lessons on the beautiful River Campus in state-of-the-art performance facilities
  • Participate in a wide range of vocal performance ensembles and Opera Workshop
  • Have the option of adding a minor in Fine Arts Entrepreneurship, further enhancing your ability to be creative and innovative in developing your chosen career
  • Study in a program that is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music

Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Fort Collins Opera
  • St. Louis Symphony
  • Memphis Symphony
  • Kansas City Symphony

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History & Literature of Music from 1827
  • Applied Music: Instrumental
  • Theories of Music in Culture
  • Aural Skills
  • Functional Piano
  • Chamber Music

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Submit your Online application
  • Pay the $40 application fee
  • Passport
  • Academic transcripts
  • Affidavit of Financial Support and Proof of finances
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, etc.) for scholarship consideration (Optional)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    431 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 431 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    431 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 431 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    225 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 225 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cape Girardeau

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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