Music Performance

Bachelor of Music Degree

Program Overview

The Music Department at ORU places a strong emphasis on imparting music's past, present and future prospects to its students within a Christian, charismatic environment. As part of the ongoing process to provide a comprehensive undergraduate foundation in music, the music department purposes to:

  • Provide opportunities for students to develop their music capabilities and interests through the use of music as a socializing force, as an aid to compassionate understanding of themselves and their environment and as an avenue of self-expression
  • Stimulate an appreciation and love for music through the study of its various disciplines
  • Develop techniques for mature evaluation of musical standard

Students with the desire and ability to achieve a high standard in voice or instrumental performance have the opportunity to excel in the music performance major. This major offers three concentration areas for the musical performer: instrumental, keyboard and vocal.

Concentration Areas
Timothy Bunn

"I chose this major because I wanted solid, classical training for vocal performance. I knew I  would learn the best possible techniques and foundation for my instrument and my future career in musical theatre.

"What I appreciate about the Music Department is the smaller class sizes and the one-on-one attention from professors. There is a real 'family atmosphere' here that I have come to value."

Student: Timothy
Major: Music Performance, Vocal
Hometown: Chelsea, OK

In addition to participation in weekly keyboard, orchestral instrument or audio workstation lessons, students selecting the instrumental concentration participate in a lecture-discussion-demonstration course for those anticipating a career as a professional musician in a performance group, a soloist, an instrumental teacher in public or private schools or as a private studio teacher.

The keyboard concentration is for students interested in keyboard performance and/or anticipate studying at a graduate level. Students choosing the keyboard concentration will participate in a lecture-discussion-demonstration course focused on a future profession in individual or group studio teaching.

In the vocal concentration, students gain experience with the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA source) and its application to English, Latin, Italian, German, French and Spanish vocal literature and examine specific management issues relating to the use of phonetics in the vocal ensemble. Students also participate in a lecture-discussion-demonstration course that familiarizes students with the main elements of human sound production and basic vocal faults. Teaching and diagnostic techniques, including those of classroom management for practical application, are presented.

Music majors must demonstrate continuous growth in ability. Recitals are regularly presented, affording students opportunities to appear as soloists. As with all ORU seniors, music majors are required to prepare a culminating activity: a recital, a project or a paper. This activity will be selected with the direction of their advisor according to the specific music program enrolled.

Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities

Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC)
CMENC is an organization that focuses on music education but is open to all music majors. It sponsors many of the music activities that occur on and off campus and is a great networking tool for any person who desires a career in music.
Music Therapy Club


With a degree from the ORU Music Department you will be equipped for teaching in public and private schools, teaching in private studios, performing in professional music organizations, working in related music fields and church ministries. Additionally you will acquire an adequate background for further study in graduate schools.

Course Offerings
  • Performance Ensembles
  • Music Seminar
  • Music Theory
  • Sight Singing and Ear Training
  • Intro to Music Production
  • Form and Analysis
  • Orchestration
  • Conducting
  • Composition
  • Principles of Counterpoint
  • Piano Proficiency
  • Keyboard Concentration Course offerings
  • Keyboard Pedagogy and Repertoire
  • Music Vocabulary Proficiency
  • Instrumental Concentration Course Offerings
  • Instrumental Pedagogy/Repertoire
  • Brass and Percussion Instrument Methods
  • Woodwind Instrument Methods
  • String Instrument Methods
  • Vocal Concentration Course Offerings
  • Phonetics
  • Diction for Singers
  • Vocal Pedagogy and Repertoire

Degree Plan with Instrumental concentration

Degree Plan with Keyboard concentration

Degree Plan with Vocal concentration

Admission to the music program requires a separate application with the Music Department and an audition. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the university by the Admissions Office; they will be notified of acceptance as a music major by the Music Department. Download a copy of the music major application here.