Bachelor of Music - With Concentration in Performance

As a music performance major at Rhode Island College, you will belong to one or more highly polished performing ensembles where rigorous musical standards are combined with musical understanding of the literature performed. You will learn about the historical and cultural contexts of musical masterworks. You will apply your growing knowledge of music theory to the literature you perform. And you will study with some of the finest performer/teachers in New England.

Our faculty members appear regularly as soloists and chamber musicians throughout the region, and many are members of the elite professional ensembles in the area, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Boston Pops, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.

Many of our ensembles have achieved national recognition through touring and appearances at conventions of the MENC and ACDA, as well as in the major cities on the east coast, Canada, Italy, and Ireland. Ensembles have appeared in collaborative performances with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, and in Carnegie Hall, NYC.


  • The Music Performance curriculum is highly respected for its hands-on, practical approach to the art of making music.
  • Private applied lessons are taught by members of our performing faculty, who impart technique and wisdom based on their own professional experiences.
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio in all music classes allows for one-on-one learning and the development of close, professional mentoring relationships between students and faculty.
  • Performance opportunities abound for undergraduate music performance students at RIC in a variety of settings: solo, chamber, and large ensembles.

Professional Job Placement

Our Performance majors fare exceedingly well in the professional job market. Many have gone on to play professionally in leading symphony orchestras, sing in major opera houses, and serve as conductors and administrators with leading musical organizations in the country. Others have gone on to serve as faculty members in colleges and universities. Many have gained admission to some of the best graduate schools and succeeded in their pursuit of advanced degrees.

Course No. Course Title Credits

Music Theory

MUS 230Music Theory I3
MUS 232Music Theory II3
MUS 234Music Theory III3
MUS 236Music Theory IV3
MUS 305Form and Analysis3
One Course from
MUS 307Composition3
MUS 321Orchestration3
MUS 323Counterpoint3
MUS 458Twentieth-Century Theory3

Sight Singing and Ear Training

MUS 113Basic Rhythm1
MUS 231Sight Singing and Ear Training I1
MUS 233Sight Singing and Ear Training II1
MUS 235Sight Singing and Ear Training III1
MUS 237Sight Singing and Ear Training IV1

Music History and Literature

MUS 205Music History and Literature I3
MUS 206Music History and Literature II3
MUS 360Seminar in Music Literature2
Two courses from
MUS 310Medieval and Renaissance Music3
MUS 311Music of the Baroque3
MUS 312Music of the Classical Era3
MUS 313Music of the Romantic Period3
MUS 314Twentieth-Century Music3

Class Instruments

MUS 104Class Piano I2
MUS 105Class Piano II2
MUS 308Fundamentals of Conducting2
Note:(1) All students are required to take Music 169.
(2) MUS 210 and MUS 211 are required for voice majors.

Applied Music

MUS 391Junior Recital0
MUS 493Senior Recital-Music Performance Majors0
Eight Semesters of each of the following groups
MUS 091Student Recital Series0
MUS 161–163Large Ensembles4
MUS 370–388Applied Music24
Note: Students must pass Freshman Applied Music Proficiency upon completion of the first semester of Applied Music.


Four credit hours from
MUS 164-166Chamber Ensembles1
MUS 210Language Orientation I2
MUS 211Language Orientation II2
MUS 268Opera Workshop2
MUS 366Accompanying1

Total Credit Hours


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