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Students with strong performance skills are prepared for graduate studies in music. They become professional musicians, college and university teachers, or private studio teachers.

Why should I study instrumental applied performance?

As an instrumental student, you'll choose one instrument of focus, but you'll also receive instruction in multiple groups of instruments to be a well-rounded performing musician.

What can I do with this degree?

Our alumni are performers and instructors in a variety of capacities, with professional music groups, at colleges and universities, and as in-house musicians and musical directors for churches and other organizations.

What skills will I develop?

  • Advanced musical theory
  • Rich knowledge of music history and literature
  • Conducting
  • Pedagogy in several instrumental types
  • Collaboration in performance, teaching, and interpersonally
  • Creative problem-solving

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Collaboration with Faculty: Work one-on-one with your professors to hone technical skills and collaborate on research and performances.

Musical Tours: You'll perform with one of our highly-regarded musical groups, which travel around the Twin Cities, the country, and even around the world.

Performance Opportunities: Several home events like Festival of Christmas, Classics in the Great Hall, and Jazz in the Great Hall also mean you'll perform regularly in our Benson Great Hall, a premier venue in the Twin Cities metro.

Academic Plans and Courses

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Alumni perform in local musical theatre productions at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, the Ordway, the Guthrie, and the Minnesota Children’s Theatre Company.

Recent grads have performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Opera, The Banff Festival Orchestra, The Aspen Festival, The Oregon Bach Festival, and the nation’s service bands.

Recent News

Culverts, Crosswalks, and Creeks

December 18, 2017 | Noon

"You Can't Out-give God"

September 07, 2017 | Noon

Upcoming Events

FEB 13 2018

Pamela Sohriakoff and Herbert Johnson, duo-piano

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

A faculty recital featuring works for two pianos

MAR 24 2018

Wind Symphony Home Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Wind Symphony under conductor Steven Thompson will conclude their 2018 spring tour with a concert in Benson Great Hall.

APR 19 2018

Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola (SVF) Choir and Bethel Choir Joint Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The SVF Choir from Jönköping, Sweden, and the Bethel Choir will collaborate to present a concert of choral classics and Swedish folk music during the SVF Choir's 2018 American tour.

APR 24 2018

Great Hall Choral Arts Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Featuring the Bethel Choir, Women's Choir, Men's Choir, and Twin City area high school choirs

Music Features

Concerts & Performing Arts Events

View the schedule of upcoming performing and visual arts events at Bethel.

Bethel Music Recordings

Visit the online store to purchase recordings of Bethel University Festival of Christmas, Bethel Choir, Wind Symphony, and Jazz Orchestra.

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