Why earn a bachelor's degree in music performance?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

Music is the universal language of emotion. With a major in Music Performance from UND, you'll be ready to join the musical conversation.

The B.M. in Performance program combines intense focus on your primary instrument with a strong foundation in music theory and history. You also will broaden your horizons with liberal arts courses such as history, English, geography and foreign languages.

Your musical course of study includes:

  • Weekly hour-long lessons on your major instrument or voice
  • Weekly studio classes
  • Ensemble participation
  • Two full years of music theory and aural skills
  • Piano proficiency
  • Music history

You'll have access to practice rooms and rehearsal halls in our Hughes Fine Arts Center. And you'll prepare to make a living doing what you love.

Music Performance at UND

Music Performance Careers


Median annual salary for musicians and singers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Musicians and Singers


Median annual salary for music directors and composers**

U.S. Bureau of Statistics: Music Directors and Composers

As a music performance graduate, you'll be ready for graduate study and for many career opportunities. Our Music Performance graduates who start careers without a graduate degree teach private lessons, play in semi-professional community orchestras, build careers as church musicians, work in music sales and instrument repair, and more.

Those who complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in music performance go on to careers in:

  • Private studio instruction
  • Churches
  • Studio session bands
  • Pit orchestras
  • Jazz bands
  • Concert bands
  • Orchestras
  • Opera companies

Music Performance Courses You Could Take

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Christiena Taralson instantly felt at home in the music program at UND.

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