Instrumental Studies Concentration

Two students playing the piano together in Murphy Recital Hall.


The instrumental studies concentration is designed to engage students in advanced studies in performance in guitar, percussion, piano, and strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass). Students will develop expertise in performance asa soloist and an ensemble member. Students in the concentration will prepare for a professional career beyond their university experience and benefit from our centralized location in Los Angeles, one of the world’s major artistic centers.

Post-graduate career options

  • Professional Musician
  • Graduate study in performance, pedagogy, conducting, or history-Music director/producer
  • Music therapist
  • Private music teacher
  • Arts administrator
  • Community arts manager

Academic Requirements

In addition to the 38 semester hours of general music major requirements and the foreign language requirement, students in the concentration will take MUSC 310 Instrumental Pedagogy; MUSC 344 Alexander Technique; and MUSC 450 Senior Project/Recital*.

*Vocal and Instrumental Studies students perform a Senior Recital as part of their concentration. Senior capstone projects vary in the other concentrations.


Contact Program Director T. J. Harper, Department Chair: