Bachelor of Music in
Music Performance


Program Overview

Oral Roberts University’s Bachelor of Music (B.M.) 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 regularly presents concerts and recitals, providing opportunities to appear as a soloist and perform in both small and large ensembles 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.M. degree in Music Performance from ORU?

You can enjoy a successful and creative career in:  

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

What are some of the core experiences of this program? 

  • Music Theory
  • 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.M. 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.

ORU became an All Steinway School in Spring 2011.  

What about accreditation?

As a university, we meet the accreditation standards set by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The ORU Music Department is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). ORU is also an American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) approved university.

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. To learn more about financial aid, click here.


Admission to the music program requires an audition with the music department. Students must first apply and be admitted to the university prior to auditioning. Students will receive further instruction via email on how to submit their audition following their admission to the university. Click here for a look at what you might need to prepare. Please contact the Admissions Team for more information at admissions@oru.edu or 918.495.6518.

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