Prepare for a Musical Career with APU’s Music Performance Major

APU’s Bachelor of Music in Performance equips musicians to take their art to the next level and prepares them for careers in performance, pedagogy (private teaching), or to pursue advanced degrees. Courses in theory, music history, literature, and conducting give the student a thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship. Music performance majors also participate in musical ensembles, attend and perform in recitals, and take voice and piano classes, providing extensive, diverse musical experiences. Students graduate with the artistic and practical preparation they need to start a musical career.

The performance major is offered in:

  • Brass, Wind, or Percussion
  • Guitar
  • Harp
  • Organ
  • Piano
  • Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass
  • Vocal

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a music performance major (B.M.) if you:

  • Are diligent and willing to put in extensive time and effort to hone your talent into skill.
  • Enjoy the creative process, including writing and arranging music.
  • Visualize a career performing in a professional orchestra or vocal ensemble.
  • Want to teach the art of music privately or at the college level.
  • Plan to pursue an advanced degree in music.
  • Seek thorough preparation in comprehensive musicianship.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes that facilitate greater student access to professors
  • Freedom to integrate faith and musicianship
  • Interaction with a variety of performance groups
  • Access to the greater Los Angeles area, which provides opportunities in many different venues including musicals, operas, church concerts, recording studios, orchestras, jazz bands, etc.

View performances on APU Symphony Orchestra's YouTube channel.

School of Music Accreditation

A degree from Azusa Pacific University is respected and recognized internationally, and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The university is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

University Reputation

Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2019 rankings, and also ranked No. 22 for First-Year Experience, No. 23 in Service Learning, and No. 31 in Campus Ethnic Diversity. In addition, Forbes and The Princeton Review included Azusa Pacific in their America’s Top Colleges 2019 and 2020 Best Western Colleges rankings, respectively. Azusa Pacific is also a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon University, serving more than 500 military-connected students and families, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as an R2 Doctoral Research University.

Note: This information is current for the 2020-21 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.