music performance program, music performance degree, music performance major, Nazareth College of Rochester, NY
- Nazareth Strengths
- Orchestral musician
- Private music teacher
- Community orchestra
- Band musician
- Church music director
- College faculty member
- Professional accompanist
- Annual recitals in the Rochester community
- Performances at George Eastman House
- Attendance at annual NYS Music Teachers National Association State Conference
- Berlin-Brandenburgisches Symphony Orchestra
- Student conductors for the Hochstein Youth Orchestra
- Santa Fe Opera
- Northwestern University
- Ithaca College
- Eastman School of Music
Jessica Best, '06
Jessica participated in Sherrill Milnes' program, Voice Experience, where she was coached and performed with various opera singers. She was contracted to Santa Fe Opera and participated in the young artist apprentice program where she was cast as Marchelina, from the Marriage of Figaro. See More
Bachelor of Music in Music Performance
The Music Performance degree provides professional-level performance training for students who aspire to be professional musicians. Performance experience lies at the heart of the program. Students perform constantly—in concerts, recitals, and collaboratively with fellow students, while sophomore and senior solo recitals are required. In addition, a wealth of extracurricular performance experiences include master class and recital performances, faculty/student outings to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and other concerts.
Unique to the performance degree is the study of pedagogy—the art of teaching—wherein students complete a studio teaching sequence. Under the supervision of a faculty member, they practice giving other students music instruction. In addition to learning more about their art, this opportunity prepares performance students for graduate school assistantship opportunities or music teaching.
A degree in Music from Nazareth College not only prepares students to be accomplished musicians, it immerses them in the study of music from more than one perspective. Our goal is to develop musical ambassadors—performers, teachers, and clinicians—who extend the art through musical performance, masterful teaching, and creative leadership.
- Emphasis on applied music study so students can assume leadership roles as independent professional musicians and for entrance into graduate degree programs.
- Weekly hour-long private lessons, studio class.
- Guest concert performances, master classes, and faculty recitals expose students to a wide variety of music and an opportunity to meet performing professionals.
- Numerous opportunities to perform.
- Graduates have been awarded scholarships and teaching assistantships for graduate study and are employed as teachers and performers in public school, collegiate, community, and church settings.
- An annual concert/area competition.
Beverly Smoker, D.M.A.
Dr. Smoker's numerous appearances as soloist and collaborative musician include performances on the Knitting Factory Composer Series, NYC, and recordings for ABC Radio in Brisbane, Australia, and Centaur Records. For ten years, she was a recipient of solo touring grants from the Iowa Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. She presents a wide range of repertoire including recitals and workshops devoted to twentieth-century music, and has premiered several works written for her.
Courses of Study
- MUS 019 - Concert Attendance(4 semesters)
- MUS 099 - Music Department Orientation
- MUP - 20 credit hours of applied music
- ENS - 8 semesters of major ensembles
- Minimum 6 credits in upper division Music Theory or History and Literature courses
- MUS.Q 104 - PI Introduction to World Music
- MUS 123 - Music Theory I
- MUS 124 - Music Theory II
- MUS 125 - Aural Skills I
- MUS 126 - Aural Skills II
- MUS 211 - The History of Western Music I: Antiquity to 1600
- MUS 212 - The History of Western Music II: 1600 To the Late Nineteenth Century C
- MUS 223 - Music Theory III
- MUS 224 - Music Theory IV
- MUS 225 - Aural Skills III
- MUS 226 - Aural Skills IV
- MUS 317 - The History of Western Music III: Ideas, Genres, and Styles Since 1900
Note: For Voice, add one course upper division music elective: 3 credits
Note: For Piano, add two courses upper division music elective: 6 credits
Instrumental (Guitar, Band, String)
In addition to the Core listed above, Instrumental Performance students are required to take the following courses:
- MUP - 2 Performance Secondary Lessons
- ENS - Minor Ensemble 6 semesters
- MUP 315 - Instrumental Music History and Literature
- MUS 372 - Instrumental Conducting
- MUS 372L - Lab Ensemble
- MUP 451 - Instrumental Pedagogy I
- MUX 297 - Sophomore Recital Voice Band Orchestra
In addition to the Core listed above, Piano Performance students are required to take the following courses:
- MUP 1B Primary Piano Lessons (20 credits total)
- MUP 2V or 2L Performance Secondary Lessons, harpsichord or organ (2 credits total)
- ENS 091 - Chamber Players: Piano (8 semesters)
- MUG 098 - Piano Studio (8 semesters)
- MUG 331 - Functional Piano I, or MUG 330 - Functional Piano for Music Educators, or MUG 333 - Score Reading
- MUP 332 - Group Piano Techniques
- MUS 313 - Piano Literature I or MUS 314 - Piano Literature II
- MUS 371 - Choral Conducting and MUS 371L - Choral Conducting Lab Ensemble
- or MUS 372 - Instrumental Conducting and MUS 372L - Lab Ensemble
- MUS 431 - Piano Pedagogy I
- MUS 433 - Accompanying
- MUS 461 - Studio Teaching I
- MUX 296 - Sophomore Recital Keyboard Guitar
In addition to the Core listed above, Voice students are required to take the following courses:
- MUG 141 - Voice Class I
- MUG 142 - Voice Class II
- MUS 272 - Introduction to Conducting
- MUX 226 - Sight-Singing Proficiency Exam