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The Newberry College Department of Music is perfect for aspiring music performers, music teachers, and church musicians. Nationally accredited though the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the department prepares students for future careers in all areas of music. With a low student-to-faculty ratio and an outstanding faculty of active performers who are also experienced teachers, we ensure that every student receives the personalized, attentive instruction essential to developing one's musical talent to the fullest. 


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Music Performance Honors Program

The Music Performance Honors program will serve the following purposes:

  • Recognize the outstanding student musicicans following a music degree other than the Bachelor of Music in Performance, but who perform at the level of the BM in performance and wish to complete additional performance requirements.
  • Prepare music majors who are not pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Performance to audition for graduate degree programs in Music Performance, if they wish to do so.
  • Will include additional performance requirements, but no additional academic coursework. When combined with a Bachelor of Art's degree or a Bachelor of Music Education degree, the increase amount of credit hours is minimal.
  • Posting of "Music Performance Honors" on student's transcript.


  • 24 hours of private lessons

  • MUA 380 (half-hour recital - 1 hour)
  • MUA 480 (hour recital - 2 hours)
  • 4 semesters of chamber music on the student's major  instrument (0-1 hour each)

Admission Criteria

  • Students are admitted to this program following the Sophomore Barrier Exam.

  • Students must earn an average of 80 points on the Sophomore Barrier Performance Evaluation Rubric in order to begin the program.
  • Students must meet the same performance standards as Bachelor of Music in Performance student.
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