Undergraduate Program (BM)

Music Performance

If music is your passion, we can make it your vocation. And being a virtuoso is not a pre-requisite—your acceptance into the music program is based on musicality rather than performance accomplishments. It’s from that starting point that you’ll discover your passions and interests.

Sample Four-Year Music Performance Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 200: Music Theory I 3
MUSC 201: Aural Skills I 1
MUSC 208: Keyboard Skills I 1
Private Lesson 2
Large Ensemble 1
Small Ensemble 0
CORE 100 First-Year Seminar 3
PHIL 100: Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3
CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
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 2
Large Ensemble 1
Small Ensemble 1
ENGL 101 or ENGL 115 3
THEO 111: Theological Foundations 3
CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II 0

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 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 210: Music History I 3
MUSC 300: Music Theory III 3
MUSC 301: Aural Skills III 1
MUSC 308: Keyboard Skills III 3
MUSC 312: Conducting I 3
Private Lesson 2
Large Ensemble 1
Small Ensemble 1
Second Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 211: Music History II 3
MUSC 302: Music Theory IV 3
MUSC 303: Aural Skills IV 1
MUSC 309: Keyboard Skills IV 3
Private Lesson 2
Large Ensemble 1
Small Ensemble 1
Small Ensemble 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 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 304: Electronic Music: GarageBand, Logic & More 3
MUSC 401: Orchestration & Arranging 3
Private Lesson 2
Large Ensemble 1
Music Elective 2
Foreign Language Elective I 3
ENGL/CLAS/SPAN 205: Literature & Moral Imagination 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 212: World & Popular Music 3
MUSC 400: Form & Analysis 3
Private Lesson 2
Large Ensemble 1
Foreign Language Elective II 3
Historical Perspectives 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
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 405: Internship 3
Private Lesson 2
Large Ensemble 1
Theological Perspectives 3
Philosophical Perspectives 3
Scientific Perspectives 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
MUSC 199: Recital Attendance 0
MUSC 405: Internship 3
MUSC 450: Senior Recital 2
Private Lesson 2
Large Ensemble 1
Social Science Elective 3
Natural Science 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:

Electronic Music: GarageBand, Logic & More (MUSC 304) - Introduction to hardware and software related to electronic music production, with a focus on music sequencing, digital recording and printing.

Conducting I (MUSC 301) - Developing the skills required to conduct in a variety of different settings, including large and small ensembles.

Internship (MUSC 405) - Partake in an internship that offers real life experience in a personal area of interest, and create lifelong professional connections.

Senior Recital (MUSC 450) - The culmination of four years of hard work results in the senior recital, in which seniors showcase the skills and progressions that they have made during their time at Xavier.

98% of Xavier Music Education Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

98%

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

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GET INVOLVED

Play an instrument with other students in our Jazz Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, or Chamber Orchestra. If singing's more your thing, connect with the Concert Choir, the Women, and Men's Choruses or Opera Workshop.

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

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XAVIER GRADUATES ACROSS THE GLOBE

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STUDIOS FOR PRIVATE PRACTICE AND LESSONS

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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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