Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Instrumental Performance

Overview: Forge Your Path in Musical Composition and Arranging

Music is an art form that transcends barriers and unites individuals. Refine your skills in musical arrangements with the Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Instrumental Performance, offered by the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University (GCU). In this instrumental performance program, you combine a liberal arts focus with opportunities to perform and practice musical scores, arrangements and instrumentals.

At GCU, our instrumental performance program aims to deepen your understanding of composition and prepare you for your future through multiple recitals, music literature reviews and classroom group training. Through an integration of theory; learning labs; and private, applied practice, you enhance your abilities in your preferred instrument. Review a wide range of instruments and intensely research their potential, including voice and piano. At the finish of this program, demonstrate your talents with a formal public recital hosted by GCUs music department.

Degree Outcomes: Advanced Coursework with Performance Opportunities

In the instrumental performance degree program, you advance your knowledge of music composition through advanced class and private instruction. In addition, you review voice, piano and instrument techniques, and hone your skills in arranging and conducting music. Ample opportunities to perform as part of an ensemble and on your own increase your comfort and familiarity with the stage.

What You Will Learn: Study a Variety of Musical Instrumental Performance Topics

In this program, you review a wide range of topics, including:

  • Orchestration and arranging
  • Instrumental conducting
  • Chamber music and symphonic literature
  • Contrapuntal practice from the 18th century
  • Classic piano and voice
  • Form and analysis of structures in music

Career Outcomes: Future Careers for Instrumental Performance Majors

Common careers with a Bachelor of Arts in music include musician, composer, producer and arranger. Potential workplaces include television and film production agencies, music agencies, radio stations, private clubs or organizations and small bands or performance groups.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.

On-campus program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.