The SJSU 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 instrumentalist or vocalist and teacher. In addition to the core courses, specific courses include hour-long weekly private lessons with outstanding artist/teachers, participation in instrumental ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and small ensemble and solo performance opportunities. Students are required to prepare both a junior and senior recital.
Students in the Bachelor of Music in Music Education program receive 60-minute 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. All instrumental studios hold weekly master classes in which students perform for each other and discuss literature and pedagogical topics.
For those wishing to continue their studies, SJSU also offers a Master of Music degree in a variety of specializations. The MM degree is for advanced students who wish to focus on performance. Two extensive recitals are required.
For specific information, below are links to the areas for instrumental performance: