Music Performance
Department of Music & Theatre

Music Performance

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Undergraduate

131 – 138 credits

required for program

Prepare for a career as a professional musician in vocal, piano, or instrumental music performance. Laying the foundation to teach private music lessons or to pursue graduate studies.


Entrance auditions are required for this major. Auditions are during the spring semester. You must be admitted to both Northwestern and the Department of Music & Theatre to major in music. Please refer to the Music Admissions & Scholarships for audition requirements and dates.

Music performance may be the right degree for you if you

  • are disciplined
  • have a passion for performing
  • are interested in a career in music

Why study music performance at Northwestern?

In small classes, learn from credentialed music faculty, seasoned performers, sought-after conductors, and acclaimed composers who are dedicated to your musical excellence.

You can perform at regional, national, and international tours while building your education. Christian faculty will help you to grow in your faith and your music. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving music industries.

All Northwestern music degrees hold accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music, the principal U.S. accreditor for higher education in music.

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What degree specializations are offered in Music Performance?

Careers in music performance

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in music performance.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Freelance or contracted performer
  • Private instructor
  • Church worship leader
  • Audio technician
  • Concert promotion
  • Concert hall management or administration
  • Music program coordination
  • Artist representation
  • Arts administration or management
  • Promotion/media relations
  • Collaborative pianist
  • Orchestral musician
  • Music librarian
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of Northwestern music performance graduates felt professionally prepared by their education
often combine multiple income streams to experience fulfilling careers
3 tracks
in this degree: vocal, piano, instrumental

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