Bachelor of Arts Programs in Music Performance

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Music Performance

The Bachelor of Arts, or BA, is one of the two most common bachelor’s degree designations recognized worldwide. Many high school graduates choose to work toward a Bachelor of Arts as a means of enhancing their job opportunities as well as their earning potential.

Just what is a BA in Music Performance? This comprehensive degree program is frequently completed within about four years and involves close study and review of a variety of topics related to music performance, composition and history. Students in these programs generally review a variety of instruments including those in the brass, woodwind and percussion families, while some programs emphasize piano playing and related skills. Additional attention is often given to music history, music theory and music education, among other areas.

Many graduates of music performance degree programs find that they are more employable than they were before earning the academic achievement. They are also prepared to begin a master’s degree program in music performance or a similar field, should they choose. 

Strong variation exists among tuition costs from one music performance program to the next. Because of this disparity, prospective students should check with the admissions office of each potential school for pertinent, timely course information.

Many graduates of Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance programs go on to work as vocalists, instrumentalists, composers or band members. Others work in sound or audio production or electronic production or design. Others yet choose to teach music in a school setting or privately, while others return to a college or university to begin working toward a Master of Arts in Music Performance or a similar field. A master’s degree is typically required for teaching music-related topics at the collegiate level.

Prospective music performance students will find a broad array of related programs available around the globe, many of which are described in detail in our database. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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BA (Hons) in Professional Music Performance

The Academy of Contemporary Music
Campus Full time 2 - 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom City of London Birmingham + 1 more

The Professional Music Performance programme provides its students with the skills and experience necessary to become a world-class musician of both stage and studio. [+]

The Professional Music Performance programme provides its students with the skills and experience necessary to become a world-class musician of both stage and studio. Choose a primary study instrument (Bass, Drums, GuitarorVocals) and master it. Become sensai of that discipline, a virtuoso soloist, an ensemble expert, a professional session musician, gather some skills in songwriting and audio production and learn about how the music and creative industries work.

ACM London / Birmingham Degrees are validated and awarded by Falmouth University, the UK’s ‘highest ranked arts university’ (Guardian University Guide 2017).

Course Overview

BA(Hons) Professional Music Performance is a full-time course; typically, students should expect to spend 35 – 40 hours per week on a combination of taught and self-directed study. Each module is delivered over a 15-week Study Block, typically comprising of 12 weeks of learning and teaching and 3 weeks of assessment and feedback.... [-]


BA (Hons) in Music Industry Practice: Creative Artist

The Academy of Contemporary Music
Campus Full time 2 - 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom Guildford

The Creative Artist study-route provides its students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to discover and channel their inner-artist, covering a combination of songwriting, performance, production and business modules. [+]

The Creative Pathway with Real-World Practical Industry Connections.

TheCreative Artist study-route provides its students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to discover and channel their inner-artist, covering a combination of songwriting, performance, production and business modules.

Students of this route don’t just ride music waves, they make them, learning all about the music and creative industries they are about to walk into, as they do so.

This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

ACM Creative Artist Route UCAS Codes

BA(Hons) Music Industry Practice (MIP) – The Creative Artist Route (Guildford Campus)UCAS Institution Code: A48... [-]


BA (Hons) in Music Industry Practice: Musician

The Academy of Contemporary Music
Campus Full time 2 - 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom Guildford

The Musician study-route provides its students with the skills and experience necessary to become a world-class musician of both stage and studio. [+]

Channel your inner performer. Become a world-class musician.

The Musician study route provides its students with the skills and experience necessary to become a world-class musician of both stage and studio.

Choose a primary study instrument (Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keys or Vocals) and master it.

Become sensai of that discipline, a virtuoso soloist, an ensemble expert, a professional session musician, gather some skills in songwriting and audio production and learn about how the music and creative industries work.

This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.

Musician Route UCAS Codes ... [-]

BA (Hons) Music Performance

Sunway University
Campus Full time 3 years January 2019 Malaysia Selangor

The BA (Hons) Music Performance is focused on Western art music, with training in practical musicianship, music theory, and academic knowledge. It is a practice-based, creative degree programme in which you would be expected to practice individually, rehearse in ensembles, and perform in both contexts. During your studies, you will also gain knowledge in music theory, music history, composition, arrangement, music technology and music education. [+]

The BA (Hons) Music Performance is focused on Western art music, with training in practical musicianship, music theory, and academic knowledge. It is a practice-based, creative degree programme in which you would be expected to practice individually, rehearse in ensembles, and perform in both contexts. During your studies, you will also gain knowledge in music theory, music history, composition, arrangement, music technology and music education.

This programme is ideal for you if you have a background in performance with an interest in solo performance and/or ensemble playing. Upon graduation, you will be equipped for a professional career in the music industry as performers, educators, and session musicians, utilizing a broad exposure to other related areas, including composition and arrangement. Furthermore, due to the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and its strong emphasis on collaborative work, you would gain a wide range of transferable skills necessary for employment in today’s creative industries.... [-]


Academy for Circus and Performance Art (ACaPA)

Fontys University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time 48 months September 2018 Netherlands Tilburg

Fontys Academy for Circus and Performance Art (ACaPA) of Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts offers a four-year full-time study program with a pioneering, distinctive artistic shape. [+]

Academy for Circus and Performance Art (ACaPA)

Fontys Academy for Circus and Performance Art (ACaPA) of Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts offers a four-year full-time study program with a pioneering, distinctive artistic shape. The international orientated study leads to an internationally recognized academic bachelor diploma of professional education as Circus performer and has a highly qualified team and a clear misson. We also offer exceptional training facilities.

Contemporary circus

Since more than two decades, circus revitalizes as an authentic art, which takes inspiration from other Performing and Fine Arts. At the same time, circus enriches these art forms and stimulates ground-breaking contemporary creation in performing arts. The term ‘contemporary circus’ includes not only the so-called ‘New Circus’ (which is often assimilated to circus theatre), but all present-day types of circus art.... [-]


BMus (Hons) Popular Music Performance - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocal

The Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance
Campus Full time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London

The ICMP BMus (Hons) degree is for students who aspire to reach a high standard of musicianship and build a career in today’s music industry. A dynamic and challenging programme, this course will provide you with professional playing, performing and musicianship skills as well as the tools and knowledge required to develop and sustain a career in today’s modern and diverse music industry. [+]

The ICMP BMus (Hons) degree is for students who aspire to reach a high standard of musicianship and build a career in today’s music industry.

Course Overview

A dynamic and challenging programme, this course will provide you with professional playing, performing and musicianship skills as well as the tools and knowledge required to develop and sustain a career in today’s modern and diverse music industry.

During the course, you will develop relevant music industry skills and effectively prepare for the real world of the career musician through playing, practicing and performing. You will be challenged to achieve high levels of musicianship and instrumental skill.... [-]


Electronic Music Production & Performance BA(Hons) Degree

dBs Music Berlin
Campus Full time 2 - 3 years September 2018 Germany Berlin

For those with a passion for sound and music creation, our Electronic Music Production & Performance Degree will deepen your understanding of electronic music and establish your roots as a producer, performer and practising artist. Working on your own and as a part of a collaboration, you will learn production, mixing and mastering as well as develop advanced use of software and hardware tools. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of synthesis, sampling and audio recording to experiment, explore and develop your own unique sound as an electronic music producer. [+]

Establish your roots as a producer, performer and practising electronic artist.

For those with a passion for sound and music creation, our Electronic Music Production & Performance Degree will deepen your understanding of electronic music and establish your roots as a producer, performer and practising artist. Working on your own and as a part of a collaboration, you will learn production, mixing and mastering as well as develop advanced use of software and hardware tools. You will also gain in-depth knowledge of synthesis, sampling and audio recording to experiment, explore and develop your own unique sound as an electronic music producer.

COURSE LENGTH: 2 or 3 Years (30 weeks or 40 weeks) COURSE START DATE: Sept 2017 TERM TIME: Sept 2017 – July 2019/20 COURSE FEES: from €825 per month ... [-]

BA Music

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London

This programme is a unique opportunity to study the musical traditions of Asia, Africa and the Middle East, and their global diasporas. Students are taught the basic principles of ethnomusicology and survey a variety of Asian and African musics. In years 2 and 3 they are encouraged to focus on the music of specific regions and to consider cross-regional themes. Performance is a central component of the degree. Students have the opportunity to develop expertise in a great variety of musical performance traditions. [+]

BA Music

Programme Code: W300 BA/MS

Duration: 3 years

Entry Requirements

BTEC: DMM Access to HE: Minimum of 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction Scottish Highers: BBBBB Scottish Advanced Highers: BBB Irish LC: 300 points from 5 Higher level subjects at grade C1 or above Advanced Placement: 3 4 4 (Two semesters - UCAS Group A) plus US HSGD with GPA 3.0 Euro Bacc: 75% French Bacc: 13/20 German Abitur: 2.5 Italy DES: 75/100 Austria Mat: 2.5 Polish Mat: Overall 70% including 3 extended level subjects

Subjects Preferred: A level Music or equivalent is required for the single-subject degree. A level Music is not required for the combined Music programme, but evidence of both academic ability and active involvement in musical performance or composition is essential.... [-]


Bachelor of Arts in Church Music

Piedmont International University
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Winston-Salem

Music programs at Piedmont International University are designed to prepare students biblically and musically for future music ministries in churches and schools. [+]

Bachelor of Arts in Church Music Overview

Music programs at Piedmont International University are designed to prepare students biblically and musically for future music ministries in churches and schools. Each program offers a unique balance of biblical foundation, academic content, performance study, and practical experience. Majors are offered in Church Music and Music Education (see School of Education) and two minors (see Minors section).

Admission to any music program follows satisfactory completion of an audition.

Performing Opportunities

Music students are provided with various performance opportunities including chorale, small choral and instrumental ensembles, solos, recitals, Chapel services, and weekly performance classes.... [-]


BA (Hons) in Music and Music Performance

The American College of Greece
Campus Full time September 2018 Greece Athens

Established in 1989, the Music program is focused on the academic study of music integrated with a creative approach to contemporary performance practices. Music students benefit from outstanding academic resources, music facilities and performance spaces as well as small class sizes and personalized attention from a highly qualified faculty who are dedicated to the educational mission of the program. [+]

BA (Hons) in Music and Music Performance

Established in 1989, the Music program is focused on the academic study of music integrated with a creative approach to contemporary performance practices. Music students benefit from outstanding academic resources, music facilities and performance spaces as well as small class sizes and personalized attention from a highly qualified faculty who are dedicated to the educational mission of the program.

Both program pathways, Music, and Music Performance focus on the development of students’ knowledge and critical understanding of music. Emphasis is given to European music and the study of its repertoires, performance practices, scholarly literature and historical contexts. Students also engage with the creative possibilities offered by new music technologies and develop essential musicianship skills.... [-]