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Earn Your Degree in Bass Performance
1, 2 and 4 year programs available

Bass Performance

The Bass Performance program is designed to develop your instrumental technique and stylistic vocabulary as a bass player so that you’re able to excel in a variety of musical contexts, both on stage and in the studio. Through intensive ensemble work and individualized private lessons, you’ll refine your musicianship and sharpen your sense of time, groove and feel on either electric or acoustic bass. Whether you’re into rock, pop, Latin, funk, jazz or hip-hop, you’ll have the support of experienced faculty to help you master the music you’re most passionate about.

By building a solid foundation in music theory, scales, groove skills, ear training, improvisation and chart reading, you’ll be prepared to succeed in a variety of career paths as a professional bass player.

Ready For The Real World

As a Bass Performance major, you’ll receive a hands-on education in a real world environment that directly mirrors the music industry. You’ll gain stage experience through a wealth of playing opportunities on campus and around the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area. You’ll get to record in state-of-the-art studios while collaborating with fellow performance and production students on real projects. You’ll learn tour management, how to book your own shows, and how to market and promote yourself as an artist. And through our job board, you’ll find gigging opportunities with both original bands and commercial projects.

You’ll also get a head start on your music career by building your professional network while still in school. And with access to guest artists, internships and the thriving Twin Cities music scene, you’ll be connected to the industry before you graduate.

Teaching For Tomorrow

To succeed as a professional bass player, you need a well-rounded education that prepares you for the dynamic future of music. That’s why our Bass Performance degree program focuses on fostering your creativity and musicianship while giving you the necessary technology skills to adapt and compete in the industry. You’ll also graduate equipped with the entrepreneurial mindset and business savvy you’ll need to reach your goals and establish your career.

With a comprehensive education that blends artistry, technology and entrepreneurship, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to make and sustain a life in music.

Your Career Path

Graduates of the Bass Performance program are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

  • Professional Bass Player
  • Touring Musician
  • Session Player
  • Band Leader
  • Music Director
  • Private Lesson Instructor
  • Clinician