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Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy

Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy

A student pursuing the Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy is interested in becoming a uniquely skilled instructor within the music industry, while pursuing a high level of performance. Graduates with this degree will broaden their career choice by studying repertoire specific to their instrument, entrepreneurship skills, and appropriate teaching techniques to build a successful private lesson studio.

  • BMped graduates complete 120 credit hours toward their degree completing in 4 years.
  • Longer applied lessons and recitals are part of the degree.
  • Internship focuses on some aspect of the music industry.

Prospective music education majors are required to submit an online application to be considered. Candidates must also meet admission requirements and follow all academic dates and deadlines as listed.

Learn more about how to apply for the BMped degree program.

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Performance and Pedagogy, students must complete the following program requirements:

  • A minimum of 120 credit hours distributed between general education (33 hours), fundamentals and theory (16 hours), professional education (19 hours), applied music (41), and other studies in music (11).
  • An internship tied to methods coursework.

Students opting for the BMped will have the tools and ability to maintain lifetime learning and pursue a wide range of career paths when needed, whether it being performers, studio teachers, or music entrepreneurs. They will continue to thrive artistically and professionally, given the tools and resources provided in the program, and make a positive contribution to the society through quality music making and teaching.

BMped degree candidates will take four pedagogy courses at 2 credits each, as well as advanced chamber music and music entrepreneurship coursework.

Click here for a sample course study plan for the BMped degree.

VanderCook College of Music looks forward to teaching the next generation of music educators! Interested in earning a Bachelor of music in Performance and Pedagogy but have questions? Contact us today to receive additional information.

How do I pay for college and when should I apply?

VanderCook College of Music works tirelessly to keep tuition costs lower than other schools, however, it can still be difficult to fund your education. 100% of our undergraduate students receive institution aid. Over 90% are awarded financial assistance. Contact our financial aid office to develop a plan that works for you. Are you ready to begin your journey at VanderCook? Apply now and follow all admissions requirements and timelines. Stay connected to VanderCook through our social media links and events calendar.

Student Resources

2023-2024 College Catalog

Performance Opportunities

You will perform over 20 times a year!

As a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, String Orchestra, Collegiate Chorale, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band, you will perform over 20 times a year on campus and throughout the city of Chicago.

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The Midwest Clinic

VanderCook co-founded The Midwest Clinic: an international band and orchestra conference held in Chicago with more than 18,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 40 countries.  Throughout the history of The Midwest Clinic, VanderCook is the only college Symphonic Band invited to perform every year.

Chicago at Your Fingertips

Attending VanderCook gives you instant access to many of the city’s most famous and important cultural landmarks, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier and the Lyric Opera – all just minutes away from campus by bus, train or bike. All undergraduates receive a Ventra card for unlimited access to CTA trains and buses during the fall and spring semesters.

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The mission of VanderCook College of Music is to enrich the lives of present and future generations by developing uniquely skilled music teachers who exhibit strong character, professionalism, and a commitment to excellence.

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