Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance - Nyack College

The Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance offers students the opportunity to pursue a degree which is focused upon historical and contemporary classical instrumental music and which may include studies of the music of Jazz. As in the case of every major, Instrumental Performance has a strong biblical, academic, and theoretical foundation. Performance degrees represent the highest standards of professional studies, including the history, theory, pedagogy and practice of many genres of music.

Why Study Instrumental Performance at Nyack College?

  • Students who study Instrumental Performance will have access to some of the finest venues and artists in the world, including current faculty.
  • Students will enjoy a valuable academic program which will give them versatility and opportunity in their future graduate program or career choices.
  • Students will be nurtured in a Christian atmosphere in which they will find encouragement on their way to fulfillment.
  • Students will have an opportunity to explore and perform many types of music and to study with top scholars within the context of a State-accredited private institution.
  • Students will make lifelong friends and important interconnections in the world of music in general and music of their chosen instrument in particular.

At a Glance

Credits: 120 Standard
Completion Time: 4 years
Accreditation: New York State Board of Regents, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, National Association of Schools of Music

Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance - Nyack College

What Will I Study as an Instrumental Performance Major?

As an Instrumental Performance Major, you will study the communication skills and the instrumental skills which will enable you to have a long and fruitful career in your chosen field. Together with your Nyack Core Curriculum, you will also study the history, methods, and practice of instrumental performance, including:

  • Literature and Materials of Music (an integrated Music History, Theory Mathematics, Science, and cultural sequence)
  • Jazz/Gospel Harmony
  • Conducting
  • Composition
  • Private lessons in your chosen instrument
  • Instrumental Pedagogy (how to teach your instrument)
  • Music Technology
  • Accompanying or Chamber Music

Additionally, you will perform with elite music ensembles and you will be required to do a Junior Recital of approximately one-half hour in length and a Senior Recital of approximately one hour in length.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating with a BM Degree in Instrumental Performance may be employed as solo or studio recording artists, church musicians, graduate students in Performance, or private teachers. The Degree enables them to go on to graduate school.

Our Graduates

A number of our graduates have gone on to higher education in reputed graduate institutions and conservatories. Several of our graduates have a worldwide touring career. Some are music ministers at respected local churches; some teach in State and private colleges. Our graduates have shown the value of a versatile and creative Music program and continue to make us proud.

  • Soloist
  • Private Studio Owner/Teacher
  • Studio Musicians
  • Orchestral Musician
  • Freelance Performer
  • Professor of Music