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 Chorus, University Choir, UB Concert Band, UB Jazz Ensembles, UB Symphony Orchestra, UB Contemporary Ensemble and numerous smaller ensembles and chamber groups.
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.
Eight semesters of study of major instrument or voice study. Six semesters of study for transfer students bringing in previous applied music credits.
One Music Theory elective chosen from:
Three Music History Electives chosen from:
One of the following may be substituted for one of the above Music History electives:
All undergraduate performance majors are required to attend six concerts every semester.
Students giving degree recitals in Baird Recital Hall or Lippes Concert Hall who elect to have their recitals recorded by the Department of Music must submit a Recital Recording Request Form(109 KB). The form must be submitted to the Slee Recording Studio mailbox in the Department of Music General Office (220 Baird Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260) at least two weeks in advance of the recital date.
Copies of student, faculty, and ensemble recitals are available for purchase. The availability of these recordings is dependent on authorization from recital participants and/or ensemble directors for the release of their recordings. The Recording Copy Request Form must be submitted to the Slee Recording Studio mailbox in the Department of Music General Office (220 Baird Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260).