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Music is—and always has been—a major cultural influence throughout the world. Music can speak to current trends and styles, or it can retell history. The performance/composition offers you core music principles, and training to develop a unique style based on these principles.


  • The performance/composition emphasis offers courses in lyric diction, music arrangement and scoring, conducting, voice and piano pedagogy.

Career opportunities

This emphasis will prepare you to pursue a career or hobby in music performance and/or composition.

Course listing

Note: Emphasis courses are additional courses that are to be completed alongside the general education and parent program requirements as dictated by the Fresno Pacific University catalog. Please review the course requirements for baccalaureate programs and the general education summary in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Required Courses

Select two of the following in consultation with the program director

MUS 230Lyric Diction I (two semester course, required for voice majors)2
MUS 231Lyric Diction II (two semester course, required for voice majors)2
MUS 411Scoring and Arranging3
MUS 450Conducting I3
MUS 451Conducting II3
MUS 460Vocal Pedagogy2
MUS 461Piano Pedagogy2

*Two semester course, required for voice majors

Voice performance majors are required to complete the equivalent of one year of study in a second language, particularly Italian, French or German. Participation in MUS 115 - Vocal Performance Workshop is required: four semesters for voice performance emphasis. Composition emphasis students must pass the Level 2 performance jury exam in composition, as well as the Level 1 exam on their primary instrument.

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Music (AA-T) to Music: Performance/Composition, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • MUS 110/110L - Music Theory and Aural Skills/Lab (3/1)
    • MUS 210/210L - Music Theory and Counterpoint/Lab (3/1)
    • MUS 310/310L - Music Theory and Analysis/Lab (3/1)
    • Applied Music (Private Instruction) (2 Units)
    • Ensemble (Performance Groups) (4 units)
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.


Bethany Alvey
Bethany Alvey, D.M.A.

Assistant Professor, Music

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Walter Saul, D.M.A.

Professor, Music