Sep 27, 2023
The purpose of the Bachelor of Music with a major in performance and a specialization in piano pedagogy is: to provide students with the tools necessary to develop their technique and musicianship through the study and performance of music from various periods and genres; to familiarize students with various aspects of being a musician/performer; to increase students’ preparedness to apply upon graduation for continued study in graduate performance degrees at the highest quality institutions and to help especially gifted students prepare for immediate entry upon graduation into the professional arena; to encourage students to investigate an expanded array of professional opportunities in the field of music; and to prepare students for professional careers in music through participation in performances, lectures/master classes, national and international competitions, and cultural exchanges.
Bachelor of Music
Click here to view the general “Bachelor of Music ” requirements within the “College of Music ” section.
Major in Performance
The following choices are available under performance.
- Piano (performance)
- Piano (pedagogy)
- Organ (performance)
- Organ (church music)
- Orchestral Instruments
- Strings: violin, viola, cello and double bass
- Winds: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, woodwinds (a combination of all five instruments), trumpet, trombone euphonium, horn and tuba
- Classical Guitar
General requirements for majors in Performance
Students who have not fulfilled the following requirements at the beginning of the fifth term/semester are not allowed to major in applied music.
- Completion of at least 60 semester hours with an average of C or better.
- Completion of
- Completion of sophomore applied major study, or equivalent for transfer students, with at least a grade of B.
- Successful completion of Upper Division Examination.
Graduation requirements for majors in Performance
- Completion of 20–32 hours in the major instrument/voice. (Number of hours varies according to the instrument.)
- Completion of 6–16 hours supplementing the major instrument (literature, pedagogy, diction, chamber music, advanced conducting).
- Demonstration of proficiency in solo playing in public recitals, and in ensemble and chamber music, as appropriate.
- Presentation of all senior recital capstone requirements, content approved in advance and public performance graded by faculty. All proficiencies (including theory, piano and Upper Division Examination) must be met the semester before applying for the senior recital capstone.
- Completion of 6–12 hours in upper-level MUTH, MUCP and MUED. Credit hours and courses vary by performance area.
- Other music and general electives 3–10 hours (see program outlines below for specific recommendations).
- A total of 121–134 hours are required.
Hours required and general/college requirements
A minimum of 129 hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Music degree as specified in the “University Core Curriculum ” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Music requirements.
37 hours, including:
26 hours in music theory, including:
Plus 3 hours selected from
- Attendance at all area departmental recitals is required. Unexcused absences will result in the final applied major course grade being lowered. For additional information, consult the divisional and area handbooks.
- Successful completion of the Open Score/Transposition exam.