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Music Performance degrees abroad

Music performance programs are designed to equip students with the tools, confidence, and experience they’ll need to become successful professional musicians.

You’ll study the art of performance and work towards mastering your instrument. Alongside developing a detailed understanding of topics including composition, musicology, songwriting, and audio production, you’ll get to grips with industry-standard recording equipment and top-notch music software.

Studying abroad is a great opportunity to explore a range of musical styles, genres, and cultures in their original environments. You’ll see first-hand how the music industry operates across the globe, sharpen your performance skills, and make lasting friendships and memories.

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Music Performance program structure

At the undergraduate level, you can study music performance as either a BA or a BMus. A BA lasts for a minimum of three years and includes a wide variety of music-related topics. A BMus is a more specialized four-year program that is highly structured around performance-focused modules.

If you’ve always wanted to study in the US, you’ll probably select music performance as your undergraduate major. In the US educational system, you must spend the first two years of your degree taking general education classes, before focusing on music-specific courses for the remaining half of the program.

Those wanting to pursue a postgraduate qualification can enroll in a master’s program. An MA is normally studied on a full-time basis over one year. By contrast, an MMus requires two years of full-time study because students are expected to complete an additional year-long research project.

If you’re aiming to get the highest qualification possible, you can follow a doctorate program. A research-based PhD typically takes between four and seven years to complete.

Teaching methods on music performance degrees include lectures, seminars, tutorials, ensemble rehearsals, performance classes, and hands-on studio sessions. You’ll likely be assessed through a combination of exams, essays, reports, independent research projects, practical assessments, and live performances.

Music performance is a highly flexible program and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to tailor your degree to reflect your strengths and interests. While program content will differ between students and universities, most institutions will cover these core areas:

  • Understanding music
  • Performance skills and techniques
  • Composition
  • Sound, technology, and music
  • Music in context
  • Improvisation in performance
  • Ensemble performance
  • Music research skills

Music Performance study abroad programs

Music performance undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in music performance

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    Music Performance - BS University of Colorado Denver, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,092 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 31,092 USD

    Start date
    June, August, January
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    Music: Classical Performance - BMus University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,381 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 9,720 EUR

    Start date
    June, September, February
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    Music Performance - BM Florida Atlantic University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,192 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,192 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Music Performance - BM University of Dayton, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    47,600 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 47,600 USD

    Start date
    August, January, May
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    Music Performance - BA (Hons) Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,084 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,905 GBP

    Start date
    September
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Associate in music performance

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    Music Performance - AA Cuesta College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    12,288 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,288 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Diploma in music performance

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    Music Performance - Dip Holland College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,399 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,307 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    Music Performance - Dip Camosun College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,849 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 20,430 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Music performance graduate programs

Master's in music performance

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    Music Performance - MA Bath Spa University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,284 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,065 GBP

    Start date
    September, January, February
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    Music Performance - MM DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    22,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 22,800 USD

    Start date
    September
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Future music performance careers

As a music performance graduate, you’ll be poised to start a successful career within the music industry and beyond. Your communication, collaboration, and technical skills will be transferable across a wide range of sectors and roles, including:

  • Professional musician
  • Music producer
  • Music therapist
  • Music teacher
  • Studio manager
  • Composer
  • Sound engineer
  • Conductor

Securing some work experience during the university holidays is helpful for those looking to take their employability to the next level. Getting involved in your university’s music societies, radio show, or bands will also demonstrate your passion and talent to potential employers.