Academic Programs of Study

Music Performance

Bachelor of Music - BM

Music at Marywood

  • Music performance majors are prepared for solo and/or ensemble performance, studio teaching, and graduate studies. Students in this major present full recitals in both their junior and senior years.
  • Our acclaimed faculty are available frequently (even outside of lessons) and provide individualized attention.
  • Students benefit from regular interactions with guest artists in master classes, off-campus performance opportunities, and an unparalleled level of support and development as they pursue their educational and performance goals.

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Music Performance at Marywood

Why Music at Marywood?

We offer all the benefits of larger music programs with greater flexibility. Students support one another and work together, rather than competing against one another for performance opportunities. We welcome students to perform with multiple ensembles.

Smaller is Better

  • A small university with big opportunities
  • Experience the depth and rigor expected of conservatory programs in a welcoming atmosphere that encourages collegiality and growth
  • Get more individualized attention and instruction
  • More opportunities to practice and perform in our acclaimed music ensembles
    • Wind Ensemble
    • Wind Symphony
    • Concert Choir
    • Chamber Singers
    • Orchestra
    • String Ensemble
    • Jazz Ambassadors

Our Faculty

  • Highly credentialed
  • Nationally and internationally acclaimed
  • Passionate about their craft and connected to their students


Great Opportunities

  • Only educational institution in Northeast Pennsylvania that offers Bachelor of Music degrees
  • Perform locally, regionally, nationally, and globally
  • Attend state and national music conventions and forums
  • Our graduates are prepared for solo/ensemble performance, studio teaching, and graduate studies.

The Marywood Advantage

  • Affordable - 99% of first time students get financial aid
  • 99.7% of the Class of 2019 are employed or pursuing graduate studies
  • Located in Scranton - great combination of urban and outdoor lifestyles, as well as proximity (2.5-hour drive) to cultural hubs such as New York City and Philadelphia.
  • HyBridge Learning Model - provides learning choices
  • Safe, spacious, residential area

More About This Degree

Evan Harger, A.B.D.
Assistant Professor & Director of Orchestral Activities

Joan McCusker, IHM, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music Education

F. David Romines, D.M.A.
MTD Department Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Music Education, Director of Bands
This is just a sample of our Music, Theatre, and Dance faculty - see them all!

music performance ensemble in 1100 seat theatreThe University Library at the Learning Commons supports the music programs with holdings in books, scores, and audio and video recordings. The Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts is the home of the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department and offers the following:

  • 1,100 seat theatre
  • Performing arts facility seating 125
  • Digital piano lab
  • 2 harpsichords, 2 harps
  • Practice facilities - including a complement of band and orchestra instruments
  • Multiple copies of orchestral scores
  • Choral library; vocal solo library
  • Small library of reference books
  • Curriculum lab and learning center
  • 2 computer labs
  • Biofeedback lab
  • MIDI Creator equipment and Casio keyboard (Music Therapy Lab)
  • Multiple organs

Students are prepared to enter careers in the following areas: Professional singer/instrumentalist, Studio Musician, Private Studio Teacher, freelance performing, freelance clinician/teacher for school programs (non-certified)


Marywood’s music education program was very comprehensive and the curriculum required me to learn so much beyond voice performance.

As far back as I can remember, I have been surrounded by music.  I always wanted to perform and thought I would pursue a career on stage.  Teaching was a back-up plan, but after spending time in the classroom freshman year, I soon learned that I loved it.  Marywood’s music education program was very comprehensive and the curriculum required me to learn so much beyond voice performance, including history, theory, and different instruments. 

I currently serve as a music educator in the North Pocono School District.  My favorite part of the job is passing on my love of music to the students.  I enjoy watching their love of the art grow over time.  It’s something I’m so passionate about, and it’s the most amazing feeling to see them feel that way, too.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.M. in Music Performance

Graduates are prepared for solo/ensemble performance, studio teaching and graduate study. Music performance majors must present 60-minute solo recitals in their junior and senior years.

I. Major Area - 36-42 credits

MUSC varies Applied Major
MUSC varies Pedagogy/Literature (required for instrumental performance majors only)
MUSC varies Ensemble
MUSC 382 Junior Recital 0
MUSC 482 Senior Recital 0

II. Supportive Music Courses – 40-47 credits

MUSC 111A, B Written Theory I
MUSC 112A, B Aural Skills I
MUSC 115A, B Conducting I
MUSC 120A, B Vocal Methods (required for instrumental performance majors only)
MUSC 127A, B Class Piano where applicable
MUSC 211A, B Written Theory II
MUSC 212A, B Aural Skills II 2
MUSC 213A, B Keyboard Harmony
MUSC 309 Form and Analysis  3
MUSC 322 History of Music I
MUSC 323 History of Music II
MUSC 411 Counterpoint
MUSC 412 Orchestration (required for instrumental performance majors only) 
MUSC 415 Composition
MUSC 419 Conducting II
MUSC 421 Introduction to World Music
MUSC varies Electives
(required for instrumental performance majors only)