About this Program

The ODU Bachelor of Music in Performance degree prepares students for the high level of musicianship and professionalism expected in multiple genres of music. Its emphasis focuses on developing individual musicianship through applied music lessons, solo performance and participation in a variety of ensembles along with a foundation in music theory and history. Vocal and Instrumental Areas Include: Brass, Guitar, Keyboard, Percussion, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds.

Program Highlights

  • All applied music courses are taught by experienced, professional, performing faculty, 18 full time, 35 adjunct.

  • Capstone performance projects include performance juries each semester and two solo recitals.

  • Many performance opportunities in a vibrant arts community on and off campus including several competitions.

  • The Diehn School enjoys a special relationship with military music programs in all branches of the service .

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Music
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Musicians, Instrumental

$35.86 Median Salary

Play one or more musical instruments in recital, in accompaniment, or as members of an orchestra, band, or other musical group.

Music Directors

$61,490 Median Salary

Direct and conduct instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras or choirs.

Sound Engineering Technicians

$68,180 Median Salary

Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

Music Composers and Arrangers

$61,490 Median Salary

Write and transcribe musical scores.

Alumni Careers

Los Angeles Opera
Virginia Symphony Orchestra


What are the requirements to apply for Music Performance at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Music program in Music Performance should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

For Admission to the Music Performance Program



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At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful...


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to ODU.
Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Possible Scholarships

  • F. Ludwig Diehn Scholarships
  • Kern Scholar
  • Dr. Charles Vogan Scholarship
  • John C. Stamos Scholarships
  • Elliott Breneiser Award
  • Claire Cucchiari-Loring Memorial Scholarship
  • Monarch Marching Band Scholarship
  • Ensemble Scholarships
  • Russell Stanger String Quartet Competition

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