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Music, Applied Performance

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) with Specialization in Applied Performance

Upon graduation, you can expect to start careers in a variety of settings, including music performance, private instruction, church music, the music business and arts management.

The ASU music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Program Faculty

Our faculty are also professionals who perform at the local, regional, national and international levels. You will work side by side with them in our studios, and our small class sizes mean you always get the individual attention you deserve.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates enjoy successful careers as performing musicians, band, orchestra and choir directors, church music directors and college music faculty, as well as in other fields. Others have gone on to graduate school.

The immediate job placement rate for our music program graduates has stayed above 90% over the last decade.

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  • <div class="wide-block quote-block "><div class="quote-block__image"><picture> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,360,2731,3088/45361_COM_4236.rev.1604509155.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,360,2731,3088/45361_COM_4236.rev.1604509155.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/315/width/580/height/430/crop/1/src_region/0,360,2731,3088/45361_COM_4236.rev.1604509155.jpg" alt="Symbol player performing" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="quote-block__content"><div class="quote-block__quote"><blockquote><p> “Dr. Jonathan Alvis is one of the most caring and influential teachers to walk this earth. ASU is so fortunate to have a person like him. Not only does he want to help his students become better musicians and teachers, but better people, as well.”</p></blockquote></div><div class="quote-block__caption"><p><strong>Thalia Hernandez</strong>, Class of 2020, B.A. in Music Education</p></div></div></div>
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Our Courses

Take advantage of our engaging mix of private instruction, solo and ensemble performances, and music classes.

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