The School of Music and Dance offers several degrees for the instrumental performer. The Bachelor of Music in Performance is designed for the student with a career goal as a professional singer or instrumentalist and teacher. In addition to the core courses, specific courses include hour-long weekly private lessons with outstanding professors, participation in choral ensembles, opera theater, symphonic band, and symphony orchestra, along with small ensemble and solo performance opportunities. Students are expected to present both a junior and senior recital.
Students in the Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Music degree in music education programs receive half-hour lessons each week and present a senior recital as the capstone experience. Additionally, all students engage in performance opportunities as soloists or chamber musicians, both in closed studio classes and in public studio recitals, or in the weekly Listening Hour concert series. All instrumental studios hold weekly master classes in which students perform for each other and discuss literature and pedagogical topics. These classes are open to all students in the University.
For those wishing to continue their studies, SJSU also offers a Master of Arts degree. The MA degree is for advanced students who wish to focus on performance. One extensive recital is required, though students are encouraged to present additional recitals as well as enter competitions.
For specific information, below are links to the areas for instrumental performance: