Dr. Patrick O'Shea
Students who major in instrumental performance have a wide variety of career options open to them upon graduation, including solo or ensemble performance careers, free-lance performing, graduate school, and music education through SMU's innovative fifth year licensure degree program, the Master's of Arts in Instruction.*
It is expected that incoming students will already have significant performance experience. Musicianship skills will be further developed during weekly private lessons taught by our artist-teacher instructors. The music department offers a wide variety of performance opportunities, both large and small ensembles. These include the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and a number of Jazz Combos, the Batucada ethnic Percussion Ensemble, and a variety of Chamber Ensembles.
Performance majors also perform on the regularly scheduled departmental recitals, and will present Junior and Senior recitals in the beautiful Figliulo Recital Hall.
All music performance majors will take a variety of courses to deepen their understanding of music theory, history and literature. The music performance degree, within the context of the liberal arts undergraduate university, provides students with the broadest possible educational foundation for life-long musical success.
* The five-year music education plan allows students to combine a B.A. in Music or Music Performance with undergraduate music education methods coursework. The fifth year Master's of Instruction program includes education courses and student teaching. This innovative program leads to Minnesota teaching licensure, either K-12 Classroom and Instrumental, or K-12 Classroom and Vocal certification.