Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance

Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music

Degree: Bachelor of Music
Major: Music
Concentration: Performance
Hours: 128-131

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Degree Description

The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music at Lamar University offers a Bachelor of Music Degree which you may tailor to suit your talents and professional goals by choosing a concentration in performance, composition or music education through applied studies of your chosen instrument, ensemble performance, and of music theory, history, literature and current trends.

If you love to show your talent in front of adoring crowds, a performance concentration is the choice for you. Your courses will be designed to hone your chosen talent(s). The four performance tracks include piano and band, piano and choral, voice and winds or percussion. If you choose the piano and choral track, for example, you'll take a lot of piano and voice lessons in addition to the music core.

Why Study Music Performance at Lamar?

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, your Bachelor of Music Degree with a concentration in Performance in the Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music fully immerses you in the cultural study of music, composition, performance techniques, education, history and more. Here, you can sing in a chorus, go to a live performance, compose an original piece, enjoy music of various genres and play your instruments, all while refining your natural gifts and talents. Surrounded by artistic institutions throughout our area, we strongly encourage you to participate in Southeast Texas’ cultural life.

Some of our regional ensembles include the Symphony of Southeast Texas, Beaumont Interfaith Choral Society, Beaumont Community Players, Beaumont Ballet Theatre and the Beaumont Civic Ballet. Other opportunities lie in our rich variety of religious institutions, live music venues and community theatre companies, to name a few, that are always willing to have LU music students as performers – and some of those pay scholarships or stipends. Southeast Texas is an ideal place to study music in all its forms.

Watch the faculty interview with Department Chair Brian Shook to learn more about this program and the Department of Music.

Courses You May Take

Piano: This course is classic piano instruction to train your skills.

Marching Band: This is a professional marching band course limited to and designed specifically for music majors.

Symphonic BandYou'll perform in a symphonic wind ensemble and band repertoire. You must audition to be admitted to this class.

Sight Singing and Ear TrainingA practical course in elementary musicianship in which your ears, eyes and mind are trained to recognize the fundamentals tonal music.

Music TheoryA practical/theoretical study of tonal music fundamentals, particularly those of common practice.

Career Paths

As a performance major, you have many options open to you upon graduation, depending on the areas in which you network and perform during your studies. We highly recommend further graduate and even postgraduate study to take you to the heights of your career as a professional performer.

Primary Careers

Musician, singer

Career Areas

  • Performance
  • Live entertainment
  • Theatre
  • Opera
  • Music management

Median Salary

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Types of Employers

  • Schools and universities
  • Private music schools/lessons
  • Religious institutions
  • Performing arts companies
  • Symphonies and choruses
Dr. Andrew McMahanDr. Andrew McMahan
Interim Department Chair
Director of Bands
Dr. James HanDr. James Han
Associate Professor
Director of Choral Activities
Dr. Bryan ProkshDr. Bryan Proksch
Professor of Music Literature & Musicology