The Performance program is offered in eight areas: Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Piano, Collaborative Piano, Organ, and Voice. Performance majors combine performance studies with courses in theory, musicology, pedagogy, and related music studies. Each student is assigned to a teacher with whom they study individually during their degree program.

The Historical Performance program is available for those seeking instruction on period instruments or baroque style.

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Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Degrees Offered

  • BM
  • MM
  • DMA
  • Performance Diploma
  • Artist Diploma
  • Opera Institute

Unique Opportunities

The BU School of Music challenges students to uphold and build upon the proud tradition and innovative spirit the city of Boston exemplifies. The faculty is drawn from the ranks of some of the world’s most distinguished musicians and institutions and includes 30 members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Students undergo rigorous preparation for careers as composers, performers, scholars, and teachers.

BU offers a study abroad program with the Royal College of Music in London for undergraduates. This is an excellent opportunity for students to experience a study abroad program, while continuing to learn and grow in their musicianship.

A BM in Performance and an MM in Music Education are offered to undergraduates as a five-year program. This opportunity eliminates the application process between a BM and MM, and also takes a year off of the total education necessary to have both degrees.


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