Music Performance

Undergraduate Program (BA)

If music is your passion, we can make it your vocation. And being a virtuoso is not a pre-requisite—your acceptance into the Xavier music program is based upon your musical literacy rather than performance accomplishments. It's from that starting point that you'll discover and follow your passions and interests, whether it's education, performance, theatre or directing.

Sample Four-Year Music Performance Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 198: Studio Class 0
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 200: Music Theory I [Quantitatve] 3
MUSC 201: Aural Skills I 1
MUSC 208: Keyboard Skills I 1
Private Lesson I 1
Large Ensemble I 1
CORE 100: First-Year Seminar 3
CORE 101: First-Year Co-Curricular Passport 0
ENGL 101 or ENGL 115 3
Foreign Language Elective I 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 198: Studio Class 0
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 202: Music Theory II 3
MUSC 203: Aural Skills II 1
MUSC 209: Keyboard Skills II 1
Private Lesson II 1
Large Ensemble II 1
CORE 102: First-Year Co-Curricular Passport 0
Foreign Language Elective II 3
PHIL 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3
THEO 111: Theological Foundations 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 198: Studio Class 0
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 210: Music History I 3
MUSC 300: Music Theory III 3
MUSC 301: Aural Skills III 1
Private Lesson III 1
Large Ensemble III 1
Scientific Perspectives 3
ERS Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 198: Studio Class 0
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 211: Music History II [Writing] 3
MUSC 303: Aural Skills IV 1
Private Lesson IV 1
Large Ensemble IV 1
Mathematical Perspectives 3
Natural Science Elective 3
Free Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 198: Studio Class 0
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 311: Rock, Pop and R&B [OC+Divers] 3
Private Lesson V 1
Large Ensemble V 1
Theological Perspectives 3
ENGL/CLAS/SPAN 205: Literature and the Moral Imagination 3
Free Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 198: Studio Class 0
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
Private Lesson VI 1
Large Ensemble VI 1
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
Philosophical Perspectives 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Historical Perspectives 3
Social Science Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Music Performance major at Xavier:

Studio Class (MUSC 198) - Meeting every other week, the course engages students in professional development by requiring them to perform for each other in the form of a master class, attend presentations and workshops, and receive instruction in pedagogy and other topics relevant to the profession.

Keyboard Skills I (MUSC 208) - The first in a sequence of courses for music majors. Skills learned include elementary scales, arpeggios, triads, chord progressions, and solo repertoire as well as sight-reading, accompaniment, harmonization, transposition, and improvisation.

Music History II (MUSC 211) - A continuation of Music History I, this course traces the path of Western Classical music from the early Romantic period to the present, situating the music in its historical and cultural context.

Rock, Pop and R&B (MUSC 311) - Survey of popular music styles from the Blues to newer trends, such as Hip-Hop and Alternative.

100% of Xavier Music Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

100%

of Xavier Music Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

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Play an instrument with other students in our Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble or Chamber Orchestra. If singing's more your thing, connect with the XU Concert Choir, the women, and men's choruses or the Edgecliff Vocal Ensemble.

ART IN THE QUEEN CITY

Cincinnati is one of only 13 U.S. cities to boast a professional ballet, opera, symphony, and theater. Engage with local arts organizations, including the Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Ballet, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

PERSONAL ATTENTION

Small class sizes allow you to ask the right questions and get the attention you need to succeed and learn. On top of that, our Career Development mentoring program will connect you with a Cincinnati-based professional in your field.

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AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

75,000+

XAVIER GRADUATES ACROSS THE GLOBE

14

STUDIOS FOR PRIVATE PRACTICE AND LESSONS

100+

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CAREERS AFTER GRADUATION

Xavier music graduates have gone on to such diverse positions and employers as
  • Music educator, public and private schools
  • Private music studio instructor
  • University professor
  • Performer in local bands
  • Sales, professional recording equipment
  • Member, United States Army Band
  • Cincinnati Opera
Xavier music graduates have also been accepted into graduate music programs at
  • Columbia University
  • Florida State University
  • Indiana University School of Music
  • Miami University (OH)
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio University
  • Peabody Conservatory
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xavier music accreditation

The Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

All of Xavier's programs in music education have been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).