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Music Performance Degree with Instrumental Concentration

SNU’s music performance degree is versatile. A combination of theory and practice provides an emphasis that prepares you for a wide range of work. These programs will allow you to develop a diverse skill set through a number of unique learning opportunities. Long hours in our state-of-the-art recording studio under a professional studio owner. Perform a variety of musical genres from classical to sacred to secular.  Whatever your desire in instrumental performance, SNU has the opportunities for you to thrive. With individualized attention from exemplary faculty with extensive connections, you will be prepared to perform at any level.

Music Performance Careers

When you graduate with your degree in music performance from SNU, you’ll have the preparation you need for a successful career in many professions such as:

  • Musician
  • Music Teacher
  • Composer

Download the Performance Emphasis, Instrumental Concentration Brochure
Download the Performance Emphasis, Instrumental Concentration 4 Year Degree Plan



The Program

  • Combines theory and practice providing a degree that prepares students for a wide range of work
  • Develops a unique skill set through a variety of learning opportunities
  • Integrates musical genres from classical to sacred to secular
  • Guitarists have a special opportunity to spend 10 days each year with the Romeros, more than doctoral students at USC get
  • Opportunity to join the Best Semester Program where students study music for a semester in Nashville learning the ins and outs of professional performance

The Professors

  • Hold a wide range of musical expertise
  • One owns a recording studio business
  • Desire to see you succeed in the pursuit of your music career
  • Have extensive national and international connections in the music industry

The Preparation

  • SNU graduates hold the knowledge to get great jobs or continue their education
  • Our professors open up their circle of influence and network to help students land their dream jobs
  • Each year more and more of our graduates are accepted into some of the finest graduate and professional schools in the country including Boston Conservatory, Texas Women’s University, University of Oklahoma and more

Southern Nazarene University is accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Music 
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248

703-437-0700 Phone
703-437-6312 Fax
info@arts-accredit.org

Alumni Spotlight

Tommy Goddard
Tommy Goddard, Music Performance - Instrumental alumni from Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma
Currently: Landed a full-time job as a Disney Percussionist

Achievements: At Disney, playing in one ensemble is an honor, Goddard plays in three! He has also recorded at Warner Brothers Studio in Hollywood, CA. He has also completed his Master of Music degree at University of Central Oklahoma.

In His Words: “The School of Music preparation was perfect for what I do. As a percussionist, I had a lot of different opportunities to be involved and I would play for many other activities. It was really hard physically, but I am glad I went through it—it made me much more well-rounded.”


Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for service to God and their fellow man. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage