Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Piano Major (Bachelor of Music)

Major Requirements

The requirements for a major in piano leading to a Bachelor of Music degree are 52 credits in music plus 28 credits in private instruction and ensemble participation plus 24 credits in non-music electives:

Music Courses
MUS 111Materials of Music I2
MUS 112Materials of Music II2
MUS 128Aural Skills I2
MUS 211Materials of Music III2
MUS 212Materials of Music IV2
MUS 225Aural Skills II2
MUS 226Aural Skills III2
MUS 232History of Western Music: Medieval to the Mid-19th Century4
MUS 312Counterpoint2
MUS 343Orchestration2
MUS 361World Musics4
MUS 423Critical Analysis I2
MUS 424Critical Analysis II2
MUS 425Choral Conducting I2
or MUS 427 Instrumental Conducting I
MUS 473Methods and Materials for Teaching Piano2
MUS 474Piano Repertoire2
MUS 482Senior Recital/Project2
Contextual Studies Courses
Select two of the following:4
Contextual Studies I - Genre
Contextual Studies I - Period
Contextual Studies I - Topic
Select at least one of the following:4
Contextual Studies II - Genre
Contextual Studies II - Period
Contextual Studies II - Topic
Creative Application Courses2
Composition I
Music Technology I
Music Technology II
Music Electives
4 credits from music elective courses4
Non-Music Electives
24 credits from non-music elective courses24
Private Instruction
28 credits of private instruction:
8 credits in the student's major instrument at the 200-level (four 2-credit courses)8
16 credits of private instruction in the major instrument at the 400-level (four 4-credit courses)16
4 credits in the student's minor instrument or class piano (four 1-credit courses)4
Eight semesters in ensemble 10
Chamber Music
0 credits in chamber music (two semesters). Participation in chamber music is required for two semesters by enrolling in:0
Percussion Ensemble & Marimba Choir
Marimba Choir
Brass Chamber Music
Woodwind Chamber Music
String Chamber Music
Seven student recitals:
One appearance each semester in a general student recital in the major instrument in the first and sophomore years
A half-recital in the major instrument in the junior year
A full senior recital on the major instrument
One appearance in a general student recital or studio recital in the minor instrument
Total Hours104

Participation in an appropriate ensemble as designated by the music faculty and as related to the major area of study is required each semester of enrollment.

Degree and Graduation Requirements
In addition to the program-specific requirements listed above, all students must complete the graduation requirements specified for their degree.  See the Degree and Graduation Requirements section for more information.