Woodwind, brass and percussion students who choose to major in instrumental performance
at USU enter a rigorous program that prepares them to be excellent performers and
studio teachers. Graduates have gone on to prestigious graduate schools such as University
of Michigan, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, The University
of Miami, and numerous others, or to perform in ensembles such as the Air Force Band
of the Golden West, or as successful studio musicians.
You will have the opportunity to perform the finest literature for your instrument in ensembles such as the Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra, and the Caine Ensembles--a chamber music experience with scholarship support that is open to the finest performers in the department based on audition.
In addition to our resident faculty, we have a thriving visiting artist program. Recent guests have included the Imani Winds, American Brass Quintet, New York Woodwind Quintet, Dave Douglas, Joseph Alessi, Pete Christlieb, and John Riley.
Majoring in Wind and Percussion Performance at Utah State University gives you the tools you need to succeed in the professional world and beyond.
Low Brass, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Professor, Senior Associate Dean
Director of Bands
Low Brass, Aggie Marching Band
Professional Practice Assistant Professor
Students in who major in Music Performance as a woodwind, brass, or percussion player
earn the Bachelor of Music in Music Performance, which is classified as a “Professional Degree” and accredited by
the National Association of Schools of Music. NASM accreditation is a distinction that is only achieved by about
15% of colleges and universities in the United States.
Each semester, students take private instruction on their major instrument and perform in large and small ensembles such as the Caine Ensembles, Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. Many students also participate in athletic bands which often comes with additional scholarship support, and most students complete their degrees in 4 years.
For complete program requirements, please follow the degree map link to the right.
4-YEAR DEGREE MAP:
View the degree map online in the University Catalog
In addition to applying for admission to the University, all applicants interested in pursuing a music degree must perform an audition on their major instrument to gain admission into the Department of Music. Specific audition information can be found here.