Performance Bachelor's Degree

Valid for catalog year fall 2021–summer 2022 only. For students who entered Berklee prior to fall 2021, search major grids for past catalog years.

There are 30 required credits specific to this major in addition to the B.M. required core music courses (41 credits), liberal arts courses (39 credits), and general electives (10 credits) for a degree total of 120 credits.

Semester 1

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-111 Private Instruction 1 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
PW-111 Music Application and Theory 4
ET-111 Ear Training 1 2
MTEC-111 Introduction to Music Technology 2
LENS-10x LENS Seminar 2
LENG-111 Introduction to College Writing 3
Total Credits 16

Semester 2

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-112 Private Instruction 2 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
AR-1xx Arranging 1 - choose 1
AR-111 Arranging 1 Entering
AR-123 Arranging 1 Continuing
2
ET-1xx Ear Training 2 - choose 1
ET-112 Ear Training 2
ET-123 Ear Training 2 Entering
2
HR-11x Harmony 2 - choose 1
HR-112 Harmony 2
HR-114 Harmony 2 Entering
2
LENG-223 Literature 3
LMSC-xxx Mathematics/Natural Sciences (200 level or above) 3
Total Credits 15

Semester 3 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-211 Private Instruction 3 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
ET-2xx Ear Training 3 or Solfege 1 - choose 1
ET-211 Ear Training 3
ET-223 Ear Training 3 Entering
ET-231 Solfege 1
2
HR-21x Harmony 3 - choose 1
HR-211 Harmony 3
HR-213 Harmony 3 Entering
HR-215 Harmony 3 Intensive
2
LHIS-xxx History (any LHIS course) 3
RPxx-211 Recital Preparation 3 1
ILXX-xxx/XXXX-xxx Labs/Major Electives (select from list below)
DANV-113, MHIS-325, PFET-361 - 377 (Performance Ear Training courses; specific courses depend on principal instrument), PS-495, PSEM-200, PSEM-300, PSIJ courses, PSIM courses
1
PSH-xxx Health and Wellness Courses for Musicians 1
XXXX-xxx General Electives 2
Total Credits 15

Semester 4 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-212 Private Instruction 4 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx Instrumental Lab 1
ET-2xx Ear Training 4 or Solfege 2 - choose 1
ET-212 Ear Training 4
ET-224 Ear Training 4 Entering
ET-232 Solfege 2
2
HR-21x Harmony 4 - choose 1
HR-212 Harmony 4
HR-214 Harmony 4 Entering
HR-216 Harmony 4 Intensive
2
CM-211 Tonal Harmony and Composition 1 2
LSOC-xxx Social Sciences (any LSOC course) 3
RPxx-212 Recital Preparation 4 1
ILXX-xxx/XXXX-xxx Labs/Major Electives (select from list below)
DANV-113, MHIS-325, PFET-361 - 377 (Performance Ear Training courses; specific courses depend on principal instrument), PS–495, PSEM-200, PSEM-300, PSIJ courses, PSIM courses
2
Total Credits 15

Semester 5 (suggested semester to study abroad)

Course # Title Credits
CP-210 The Art of Counterpoint 3
XXXX-xxx Conducting 1 - choose 1
COND-211 Conducting 1
COND-216 Conducting 1 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
MHIS-22X Music of the African Diaspora in the United States (choose 1) 2
LVIS-xxx Visual Studies (any LVIS course) 3
PIXX-311 Private Instruction 5 1
RPxx-311 Recital Preparation 5 1
PSHR-321 Harmonic Considerations in Improvisation (Not required of drum set, hand perc and voice performance majors. Drum set and hand perc performance majors must take PSPC-341. Voice performance majors must take PSVC-425 or PSVC-426) 2
ILRE-375 Recital Workshop for Performance Majors 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx/XXXX-xxx Labs/Major Electives (select from list below)
DANV-113, MHIS-325, PFET-361 - 377 (Performance Ear Training courses; specific courses depend on principal instrument), PS–495, PSEM-200, PSEM-300, PSIJ courses, PSIM courses
1
Total Credits 16

Semester 6 (suggested semester to study abroad

Course # Title Credits
CM-212 Tonal Harmony and Composition 2 2
COND-21x Conducting 2 - choose 1
COND-212 Conducting 2
COND-217 Conducting 2 with Live Keyboard Ensemble
1
LHUM-400 Professional Development Seminar 2
MHIS-20X History of Music in the European Tradition (choose 1) 2
XXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective
These courses are chosen from any three-credit Liberal Arts category (LENG, LMSC, LHIS, LSOC, LVIS, or LMAS). Additional options for electives include LFRN (French), LJPN (Japanese), LHUM (humanities), LPHL (philosophy), and LSPN (Spanish). Liberal Arts elective courses must be three (3) credits and the course code must have a prefix from the above list. Please note that courses with prefix LHAN are not liberal arts courses and cannot be used as liberal arts electives.
3
PIXX-312 Private Instruction 6 1
RPxx-312 Recital Preparation 6 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx/XXXX-xxx Labs/Major Electives (select from list below)
DANV-113, MHIS-325, PFET-361 - 377 (Performance Ear Training courses; specific courses depend on principal instrument), PS–495, PSEM-200, PSEM-300, PSIJ courses, PSIM courses
2
Total Credits 15

Semester 7

Course # Title Credits
MHIS-3XX Music History Elective (any MHIS course level 300 or higher) 2
LMAS-xxx Music and Society (any LMAS course) 3
XXXX-xxx Liberal Arts Elective
These courses are chosen from any three-credit Liberal Arts category (LENG, LMSC, LHIS, LSOC, LVIS, or LMAS). Additional options for electives include LFRN (French), LJPN (Japanese), LHUM (humanities), LPHL (philosophy), and LSPN (Spanish). Liberal Arts elective courses must be three (3) credits and the course code must have a prefix from the above list. Please note that courses with prefix LHAN are not liberal arts courses and cannot be used as liberal arts electives.
3
PIXX-411 Private Instruction 7 1
RPxx-411 Recital Preparation 7 1
PFSS-xxx Approved Styles Survey 2
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx/XXXX-xxx Labs/Major Electives (select from list below)
DANV-113, MHIS-325, PFET-361 - 377 (Performance Ear Training courses; specific courses depend on principal instrument), PS–495, PSEM-200, PSEM-300, PSIJ courses, PSIM courses
2
Total Credits 15

Semester 8

Course # Title Credits
PIXX-412 Private Instruction 8 1
RPxx-412 Recital Preparation 8 1
ENXX-xxx Ensemble 1
ILXX-xxx/XXXX-xxx Labs/Major Electives (select from list below)
DANV-113, MHIS-325, PFET-361 - 377 (Performance Ear Training courses; specific courses depend on principal instrument), PS–495, PSEM-200, PSEM-300, PSIJ courses, PSIM courses
2
XXXX-xxx General Electives 8
Total Credits 13

Study abroad at our Valencia, Spain, campus. It is recommended that performance majors study in Valencia during their third, fourth, fifth, or sixth semester. For specific program information, please see the chair of your major or contact the study abroad office.