School of Music, Theatre, & Dance

Instrumental Performance (80 hours)

The instrumental performance major prepares students with basic knowledge and performance skills needed to pursue graduate-level study and a career in performance. In addition to basic music, music education, and performance classes, instrumental performance majors must also complete 24 hours of private study in their primary performance area, seven hours of major ensembles, and two hours of ensembles.

What classes will I take?

Among the classes in the 80 hour major are:

  • music theory
  • music history
  • introduction to conducting
  • piano pedagogy
  • aural comprehension

View the complete curriculum for the instrumental performance major

What experiences will I have?

Instrumental performance majors can join music ensembles such as the wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, symphony orchestra, and more. Students in these three ensembles will perform in Anderson University's Candles and Carols in the fall semester. Instrumental performance majors will also have private lessons and recitals.

What kind of jobs can I anticipate after graduation?

Instrumental performance majors can play professionally in orchestras, musical theatre companies, cruise ships, and more. Students can also open a studio for private instrument lessons. Pianists and organists can be an accompanist for dance studios and private lessons as well as playing professionally in churches and synagogues. Students can also continue their education through graduate school.

How can I learn more?

The academic catalog contains additional information such as course descriptions. To set up a meeting with a faculty member in this area, please contact the Admissions Office.