Degrees:Bachelor of Music (B.M.)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Specializations:Music Performance (B.M.)
Music and an Outside Field (B.A.)
Department:Building 82, Room 211
(850) 474-2147
College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
CIP Code:50.0903
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

Semester Hours required for degree: 120

The B.M. in Music is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of music. Permission to major or minor in music is granted by the department and an audition is required.

The University of West Florida is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and has been accredited by NASM since 1971.

Program Requirements

In addition to the University’s general requirements, students seeking the B.M. in Music Performance must meet the requirements listed below.

To be admitted into the program, students must audition for the faculty at least one semester prior to enrollment into the program. Entering freshmen are advised to contact the Department of Music in the fall semester of their senior year in high school in order to secure information regarding scholarship auditions and general information about the degree plan of their choice. Scholarship auditions are generally scheduled in February and April of each academic year.

Transfer students are advised to contact the Department of Music one semester prior to their anticipated date of enrollment in order to ensure a smooth transition into the music curriculum at UWF. Transcripts will be evaluated by the Chair prior to enrollment into the program.  Transfer students must take diagnostic exams in Theory, Aural Skills and Piano, the results of which will help for placement in the respective areas.

In addition to the course requirements, the Department of Music requires the following of its majors:

  • All students must be enrolled in applied lessons in every semester (excluding Summer) until graduation.
  • Every student enrolled in applied lessons must participate each semester in a major ensemble sponsored by the department (Symphonic Band, Chorus, Jazz Band or Orchestra). Exceptions will be made only if students are completing a teaching internship.
  • All majors must attend the weekly Student Recital Hour and perform as recommended by their applied professor. Majors are required to perform at least once during the semester. Student Recital Hour is a component of applied lessons (not a separate class). 
  • All majors must attend a minimum number of concerts or recitals each semester in residence; the minimum number is determined by the number of concerts or recitals presented during the semester. The concerts or recitals may include faculty recitals, student recitals, symphony concerts, music hall artists series concerts, and any other program of “classical” nature approved by the faculty.
  • All students using the practice facilities must be on an access list generated by the Music Department Office each semester.
  • All students must earn a minimum grade of “C-” in all major courses or the course in question will need to be retaken.
  • All students must pass the UWF Piano Proficiency Examination in the same semester that they complete Sophomore Theory II. If piano is the principal instrument, the UWF Piano Proficiency is not required.
  • All students must pass MUT 2117 (Sophomore Theory II) or the UWF Music Theory Placement Examination, and the UWF Piano Proficiency prior to enrolling in upper division music theory courses--Structure and Style, Instrumentation, or Counterpoint.