Pursuing Music Performance

The music performance degree at Regis provides students with the opportunity to develop their onstage performance skills while preparing, presenting and performing public recitals. At Regis all music majors will find dedicated and nurturing faculty who are among the finest in their fields.
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B.A. in Music Performance

Degree Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance is for the music major who, in addition to having the desire to study music as an academic discipline, also demonstrates exceptional performance skills and the required dedication and commitment that comes with a demanding practice schedule for the entirety of their academic career. Music majors with an emphasis in performance are expected to participate in applied lessons and ensembles every semester, once they have declared the major. Performance majors have added studies in Techniques and Performance and advanced ensembles. Performance majors prepare and present public recitals in both their junior and senior years. The Department currently offers the Performance Emphasis in the applied areas of voice, piano, guitar, oboe, clarinet, flute, bassoon, recorder, violin, viola, and cello.

Auditions are required for the B.A. in Music Performance. For Music Performance application forms, including audition schedule and deadlines, please click here, then print out the application and mail or fax it back to the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Program Requirements

Regis College students must complete the Core Studies requirements in addition to their major requirements. Core Studies consists of:

  • Core Foundation: 6 credits, or two courses taken over the fall and spring of freshmen year
  • Distributive Core: 40-46 credits that represent a variety of offerings in disciplines that provide the underpinning of a solid liberal education
  • Integrative Core: 12 credits, or four upper division courses taken in the junior and senior year

More information about Regis College Core Studies can be found here.

Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the B.A. in Music History and Literature. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

All music majors must pass a music theory placement and keyboard proficiency exam, or take applicable pre-requisites. Students must also register for a Music Recital Hour (FAMR) course each semester, a non-credit hour course that tracks attendance at performance classes and student, faculty and guest artist events.

Lower Division Requirements  (21 credit hours)
Vernacular Traditions/American Music (choose one)
FAC 251 United States Folk, Pop and Jazz (3ch)
FAC 253E-W Topics in Music and Art (3ch)
FAC 256/FAC256C Music in American Culture (3ch)
FAC 254/FAC254C American Musical Theatre (3ch)
Music in World Cultures (3 credit hours) 
FAMT 250E-W World Music (3 ch)
Music Theory  (13 credit hours)
FAMT 200* Music Theory I (3 ch)
FAMT 201* Aural Skills I (2 ch)
FAMT 300 Music Theory  II (3 ch)
FAMT 301 Aural Skills II (2 ch)
FAMT 350 Music Theory III (3 ch)
Applied Music (FAM 200-level) (2 credit hours)
Applied Lesson (1 ch)
Applied Lesson (1 ch)
Upper Division Requirements (24 credit hours)
Advanced Music History (6 credit hours)
FAMH 452 European Music Literature (3 ch)
FAMH 455E-W Topics in Music History (3 ch)

Advanced Music Theory (3 credit hours)

FAMH 400 Orchestration, Arranging and Conducting (3 ch)
Techniques and Performance in Applied Area (8 credit hours)
Techniques and Performance I (2 ch)
Techniques and Performance II (2 ch)
Techniques and Performance III (2 ch)
Techniques and Performance IV (2 ch)
Advanced Music Ensemble, FAM 400-level (4 credit hours**)
Advanced Ensemble (0-2 ch)
Advanced Ensemble (0-2 ch)
Advanced Ensemble (0-2 ch)
Advanced Ensemble (0-2 ch)
Senior Thesis: Music in the Arts (3 credit hours)
FAM 499 Senior Thesis: Music in the Arts (3 ch)
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 45 credit hours

*Prerequisites may be required depending upon music theory placement.

**Four semester hours required-sustained over four semesters.

FAQ

Information for Incoming Freshmen

All students interested in the Music Major or Music Minor should contact the Music Program Director Dr. Mark Davenport and meet for a separate advising session during the first week of classes.

General Information for all Students

Applied Lessons and Classes

Applied music lessons are private one-on-one lessons that any fulltime Regis College student may register for. A prerequisite is required for voice, piano and guitar lessons. Students with little or no experience in an area who want to begin taking applied music lessons in voice, piano or guitar should first register for one of the following:

  • FAM 203 - Beginning Class Voice (2 semester hours)
  • FAM 205 - Beginning Class Guitar (2 semeter hours)
  • FAM 240 - Beginning Class Piano (2 semester hours)

Music Ensembles

Music ensembles are 2 semester hours and require some previous experience. Only a student who is at or above the 18-semester hour limit may exercise the 0-credit option for music ensembles (or 1-semeter hour option if they have 17 credits). Auditions are required for Concert Choir and Guitar Ensemble.

Music Majors

All music majors should register for the folloiwng courses in their first semester:

  • FAC 236 - Basic Musicianship (2 credit hours)*
  • FAM 240 - Beginning Class Piano (2 credit hours)*
  • FAMR 200A - Recital Hour (Required every semester)
  • FAM 200 level - Applied Lesson (2 credit hours)
  • FAM 200 level - Music Ensemble (0-2 credit hours)***

One of the following electives must also be completed during the first year of enrollment. These courses also fulfill Fine Arts Core Requirements.

  • FAC 250E - World Music (3 credit hours)
  • FAC 251 - U.S. Folk, Pop and Jazz Music (3 credit hours)
  • FAC 256 - Music in American Culture (3 credit hours) 

    * Students may test out of Basic Musicianship by passing the “Music Theory Placement Exam” (offered on Thursday of Orientation Week. Please contact Jan Blue for time and place: jblue@regis.edu or 303.458-3576).

    ** Students with a background in piano may test out of Beginning Class Piano (offered at the beginning of the semester).

    *** Students with music scholarships have special applied and ensemble requirements. Please check your advising files for the award letters. Scholarship requirements are spelled out in 2nd paragraph.

How To Apply

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