MusB (BM) in Performance

MusB in Performance students are passionate about perfecting their craft. Performance study at UB begins with an emphasis on strong musical and technical foundations for instrumentalists and singers, guided by faculty comprised of world-renowned soloists, ensemble musicians, and orchestral players committed to preparing students for careers in music. The department's low student-teacher ratio ensures that students receive a high degree of individual instruction and supervision. In addition to offering weekly studio lessons, the faculty direct performance initiatives at the university and throughout the local community, providing students with unique performance opportunities in Buffalo and greater Western New York.

To further augment performance study, the department offers more than 150 public performances each year. A wide range of performance opportunities is available to undergraduate students with such groups as University ChorusUniversity Choir, UB Concert BandUB Jazz EnsemblesUB Symphony OrchestraUB Contemporary Ensemble and numerous smaller ensembles and chamber groups

Application Requirements

Applicants for the MusB in Performance must first submit an application, two letters of recommendation and an audition request form. 

Course Requirements

The following is the approved normal course of study for students pursuing the Bachelor of Music Performance (MusB). In all cases a student's particular program should be determined in consultation with his or her academic advisor.  

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  • Mus 105 Music Theory, Analysis and Aural Skills I (lec+lab)
  • Mus 106 Music Theory, Analysis and Aural Skills II (lec+lab)
  • Mus 211 Music Theory, Analysis and Aural Skills III (lec+lab)
  • Mus 212 Music Theory, Analysis and Aural Skills IV (lec+lab)
  • Mus 213 Music History Survey I
  • Mus 214 Music History Survey II
  • Mus 220 Break on Through (Two Semesters)
  • Mus 155 Basic Keyboard Skills
  • Eight semesters of study of major instrument or voice study. Six semesters of study for transfer students bringing in previous applied music credits.  
  • Performance majors receive one hour lessons (4 credit hours per semester)
  • Minimum of four semesters of a large ensemble
  • Minimum of two semesters of a small ensemble
  • Voice major requirement: MUS 221 Vocal Diction (2 semesters)
  • In addition, a pre-recital jury and a senior recital, are required.

Music Electives

One Music Theory elective chosen from:

  • MUS 305 Renaissance Counterpoint
  • MUS 437 Analysis and Performance
  • MUS 438 Analysis of 20th-Century Music

Three Music History Electives chosen from:

  • MUS 311 Women and Music
  • MUS 333 Orpheus: The Meaning of Music
  • MUS 408 Special Topics in Music
  • MUS 440 Seminar in American Music

Concert Attendance

All undergraduate performance majors are required to attend six concerts every semester.