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Diploma: Music Performance (Bass)

The Bass Performance diploma program develops the necessary instrumental technique and musical foundation to begin your career as a professional bass player in as little as 12 months. This short-term program features an intensive music performance curriculum designed for aspiring music professionals who:

  • Want to devote their music study solely on performance to advance their career
  • Have some previous work experience, OR
  • Previously completed a degree in a field other than music

By completing a diploma in music performance, you’ll also be prepared to continue your studies in pursuit of an A.A.S. or bachelor’s degree.


45 Credits (40 major, 5 elective)

1st Semester 

  • APP 150B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 113B Applied Theory I (2)
  • MUS 114B Technique I (1)
  • MUS 115B Contemporary Music Literature I (2)
  • MUS 104B Sight Reading and Repertoire I (1)
  • MUS 107 Music Theory I (2)
  • MUS 100K Keyboard Lab I (1)
  • MUS 140 Ear Training I (1)
  • MUS 110 Artist and Industry Seminar l (1)
  • ENS 150 Large Ensemble (1)
  • *** *** Elective from any area (1)

Total Credits: 15


2nd Semester 

  • APP 150B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 123B Applied Theory II (2)
  • MUS 124B Technique II (1)
  • MUS 125B Contemporary Music Literature II (2)
  • MUS 105B Sight Reading and Repertoire II (1)
  • MUS 121 Music Theory II (2)
  • MUS 102K Keyboard Lab II (1)
  • MUS 141 Ear Training II (1)
  • REC 111 Introduction to Music Technology (1)
  • MUS 130 Artist and Industry Seminar II (1)
  • *** *** Electives from any area (2)

Total Credits: 16


3rd Semester 

  • APP 150B Applied Music (2)
  • MUS 238B Music Interpretation I (2)
  • MUS 106B Sight Reading and Repertoire III (1)
  • ENS 100 Ensemble (1)
  • BUS 118 Music Industry Economics (3)
  • MUS 118 History of American Popular Music (3)
  • *** *** Electives from any area (2)
  • MUS 200 Sophomore Jury (0)

Total Credits: 14


Overall Credits: 45 – 40 major, 5 elective

Please be aware that there may be adjustments to the semester-by-semester course sequence based upon: start date, transfer credits, specific department requirements and advisor recommendations. Diploma in Music Performance students are required to complete their “Concert Attendance” forms.

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