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Music - Instrumental Performance, Bachelor

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Philadelphia, PA, United States
As an Instrumental Performance major at UArts, you can choose to learn one or many instruments, including bass, drumset, guitar, hand drumming, percussion, piano, saxophone, strings, trombone, trumpet, vibes and woodwind.
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Overview

If you consider your instrument to be a true extension of yourself and your personality, and if jazz or contemporary musical performance is what you want to do for a living and you're a creative and critical thinker, the Instrumental Performance program at the University of the Arts will put you on the right track to become a professional touring and recording musician, arranger, producer, or music director.

The Instrumental Performance curriculum provides a direct and practical education for students interested in establishing a career in jazz and/or contemporary music.  The core of this curriculum includes theory and musicianship, piano, improvisation, technology, and music business.  Additional study topics include recording, acoustics, orchestration, arranging, and an array of music history and literature courses. 

Students receive weekly, one-hour private lessons in their major area with renowned artist teachers. Ensemble and performance opportunities play a critical part in the student’s education by sharpening technical and improvisation skills and increasing the student’s command of repertoire and styles.

Areas of Concentration:  Clarinet, Saxophone, Woodwinds, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Guitar, Electric and/or Upright Bass, Violin, Cello, Percussion, Drums, Hand Drums, Vibes, Piano, Flute

Woodwind majors may elect to enroll in a woodwind specialist program that includes the study of various woodwind instruments.

Students successfully completing the Instrumental Performance program will demonstrate:

  • Strong technique and artistry through the study of varied repertoire and technique exercises;
  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary and traditional music theory;
  • Knowledge of fundamental aural skills through singing, sight-reading, dictation and solo transcription;
  • Understanding of jazz forms, improvisational concepts, and how to apply them to a broad range of musical styles;
  • Ability to collaborate artistically with other performers, both vocal and instrumental, as a performer, arranger, creator and leader;
  • Ability to compose, orchestrate and create musical arrangements;
  • Knowledge of current technological applications to assist in the creation of one’s art.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Instrumental Performance Instruction 
  • Jazz Musicianship  
  • Jazz Theory 
  • Classical Jazz Piano

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    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:

    6

    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.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Follow these steps to complete the application for admission and scholarship:

  • Submit your Application for Admission.
  • Submit the non-refundable $60 Application Fee.
  • Submit official transcripts from all secondary (high school level) and post-secondary (university level) schools attended.
  • Submit demonstration of English Proficiency.
  • Complete a Portfolio Review, Interview or Audition.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46530 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    46530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46530 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Philadelphia

  • 1313 - 2290 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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