Classical Performance

Includes voice, piano, collaborative piano, strings, woodwinds, multiple woodwind instrument performance, brass, and percussion.

Classica Performance

Program Description

A performance major is a student primarily focused on the mastery of their primary instrument or voice type. This major is rooted in Western classical music, the orchestra, opera, and classical chamber music. Students can major in performance while pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree, the Master of Music degree, or the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

Over the course of the degree, students will work closely with their major teacher, who acts as a mentor and gateway to future professional opportunities. The performance major must give multiple recitals as part of their degree plan. Performance majors play flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, percussion, trumpet, French horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, piano, harpsichord, organ, violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, or voice. 

Performance majors are not required to play in marching band at the University of Memphis. 


Degrees offered

  • Bachelor of Music: Performance
  • Master of Music: Performance
  • MM-to-DMA
  • Doctoral: Performance
  • Artist Diploma Certificate: Music

To be admitted, students must complete an application for the University of Memphis at-large, a SECOND application to the School of Music, and an audition.

Audition requirements vary by degree (BM, MM, DMA) and by instrument. Consult the Audition Requirements page for more information, and if you are unsure about anything, don't hesitate to contact musicadmissions@memphis.edu.

Select the degree plan below that corresponds with your instrument and degree to find the required courses and recommended timeline for degree completion.

Undergraduate degree plans:

  • Bachelor of Music: Performance
    • Instruction in performance leading to the Bachelor of Music in Music with a concentration in Performance is provided for the following areas: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba, and Euphonium (Brass Instruments); Piano, Harpsichord, and Organ (Keyboard Instruments); Percussion; Violin, Viola, Violoncello, Bass, Guitar, and Harp (String Instruments), Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Bassoon (Woodwind Instruments); Voice.

Graduate degree plans:

The School of Music offers an accelerated track for MM-DMA students wishing to complete both degrees in the same concentration. Learn more about the MM-DMA accelerated track.

Certificate Plans: