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Bachelor of Fine Arts in

Music Performance

Under-
graduate
Degree

Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Music Performance program empowers you to express and develop your creative abilities. With passion and hard work, you’ll have the opportunity to excel as a musical performer as you are challenged to continuously grow in aptitude.

The major offers three concentration areas for you to choose from. The Instrumental Emphasis provides weekly lessons in a lecture-discussion-demonstration format for you to flourish as a professional musician. You’ll amplify the unique expression and understanding of your role as a Spirit-filled artist in today’s world. 

The Keyboard Emphasis engages you in keyboard presentation for a future profession in individual or group performance. You will establish a firm foundation to exceed in a musical career, pursue graduate study or teach others about the gift of music.   

With the Vocal Emphasis, you’ll gain experience with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA source) and its application to language. Specific management issues relating to the use of phonetics in vocal ensemble are brought to light. You will be presented with the main elements of human sound production and basic vocal faults along with teaching and diagnostic techniques used in practical application.

ORU’s Music Department features recitals that are regularly presented for opportunities to appear as a soloist so get ready to shine your musical light! 

More than this, our unique mission to develop Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through Whole Person Education can set you apart as an inspirational music professional to impact the world. Now, more than ever, your God-given talents are needed as an artist and inspiring musician!

Our commitment to equip Spirit-empowered leaders is why you can graduate from this program fully prepared to immerse yourself in the inspirational world of music. You will be prepared to touch the lives of your audience and make a difference for the higher good.

What can I do with a B.F.A. degree in Music Performance from ORU?

You can enjoy a successful and creative career in:  

  • Private Music Studios
  • Performing in Professional Music Organizations
  • Teaching
  • Church Music Ministry
  • Entertainment Industry
  • Musical Theatre
  • Recording Industry
  • And More!

What are some of the core experiences of this program? 

  • Music Theory/Seminar
  • Sight Singing and Ear Training
  • Performance Ensembles
  • Composition/Form and Analysis
  • Orchestration
  • Composition
  • Intro to Music Production
  • Conducting and much more!

What makes ORU’s B.F.A. in Music Performance program stand out?

The structure of the degree stimulates an appreciation and love for music through the study of various disciplines. Music is a socializing force and you will develop a compassionate understanding of yourself and your environment through self-expression.

You will also have the opportunity to engage socially in the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC). A great networking tool with all the music activities sponsored off and on campus.

There is also ORU’s Music Therapy Club to investigate for using your gifts as service to your community.

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the highest accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Are there scholarships available?

Nearly 100% of our full-time, undergraduate residential students receive ORU grants and scholarships through academic achievement and through ORU’s premier scholarship opportunity of our Quest Whole Leader Scholarship. Admission to the music program requires a separate application with the music department and an audition. Download a copy of the music major application here. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

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