The concentration in performance is for students who wish to specialize in a particular instrument, or in vocal performance. All music performance students receive weekly private lessons on their major instrument. Opportunities for chamber music coaching and required participation in a variety of larger ensembles give students valuable performance experience. 

The Music program offers individual private lessons in all areas of instrumental and vocal study with applied music faculty. Faculty members are drawn from the leading performers and teachers of the region, and they cover all orchestral instruments, as well as jazz, piano, and voice. Applied lessons normally incur an additional fee.

A successful audition is required for admittance to the Performance concentration.

For information about the Performance concentration, contact Prof. Joseph C. Schiavo.

B.A. degree requirements

Music Major Requirements (minimum 48 credits)

Upon admittance to the school, incoming freshman and transfer student music majors should contact the music program coordinator for information on placement exam and audition dates: Dr. Schiavo or call (856) 225-6539.

Students majoring in music must earn a grade of C or better in the following courses:


  • 50:700:161-162 Musicianship I, II (2, 2)
  • 50:700:205-206  Musicianship III, IV (2, 2)
  • 50:700:225-226  Music Theory I, II (3, 3)
  • 50:700:301 Sound Thinking (3)
  • 50:700:291,292 History of Music I, II (3, 3)

All students in the Theories and Histories and Music and Technology pathways will complete and publicly present a capstone project in their final year. This project will be under the supervision of a full-time faculty member with expertise in the student’s area of interest. Performance (10 credits) A minimum of four semesters of applied music on primary instrument or voice (1,1,1,1)

Students must pass keyboard competency examination, normally by the end of junior year. If students do not possess required keyboard skills, they must take applied piano until the proficiency requirement is satisfied.

Music majors enrolled in any applied music instruction (including remedial piano) are required to meet and demonstrate clearly regulated student outcomes through juried examination each semester. Should a student not meet the standards set by the department, the level must be repeated.

One of the following:

  • 50:701:140 Rutgers Choir (1) or
  • 50:701:347 Madrigal Ensemble (1) or
  • 50:701:348 Performance Ensemble (1) or
  • 50:701:321 Jazz Ensemble I (1)

Documented attendance at 10 college recitals or concerts each academic year.


  • Required (6 credits)
    • 50:700:XXX Applied Performance or Ensemble (3)
    • 50:700:494 Capstone project (3)
  • Suggested Electives (min. 9 credits)
    • 50:700:131 Singing for the Stage (3)
    • 50:700:271 Introduction to Music Technology (3)
    • 50:700:293 Topics in Music History III (3)
    • 50:700:325 Music Theory (3)
    • 50:700:337 History of Opera (3)
    • 50:700:373 Introduction to Composition (3)
    • 50:700:412 History of Jazz (3)

Performance Studies (Applied Music 701)

The aim of performance studies is to present music as a liberal art, for its value as literature and as a record of one aspect of human achievement. Students are strongly encouraged to acquire and improve performing techniques as a necessary means of cultivating the art.

The music program offers instruction in instrumental and vocal music with a distinguished faculty of artist associates and welcomes students at all levels, including beginners.