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Performance breathes life into the music we cherish, and solo performers at Calvin who are highly proficient on their instrument are encouraged to become performance concentrates. In addition to private lessons each semester, performance concentrates follow a course of music study designed to qualify students for graduate school.

About the music performance program

Solo performers who are highly proficient on their instrument are encouraged to become applied music concentrates. In addition to private lessons each semester, concentrates follow a course of music study designed to qualify students for graduate school. Concentrates take a one-hour lesson per week, practice at least two hours per day, receive two or three semester hours of credit for their applied music study each semester, and play two recitals during their years at Calvin. The first recital, about thirty minutes in length, is shared with another performer and takes place during the sophomore or junior year. The second, a full recital, is played during the senior year. Pianists, organists, and singers perform from memory. Instrumentalists tend to play from a score.

It is possible to combine an applied music concentration with a major in another discipline. With careful planning, some students accomplish this in four years. Others use summer school attendance or even an extra semester or two to complete the requirements. For more information about combining a music performance degree with one in music education, contact Professor Phillip Hash, Music Education advisor.

The jury exam at the end of each semester is the time to apply for concentrate status. If you are interested in becoming an applied music concentrate, be sure to ask your teacher about it early in the semester. The Calvin Catalog contains more details about procedures and requirements for music majors.