Jun 21, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2023-2024 
Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Music, Piano Performance Emphasis, BA

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Musical performance is at the center of preparation for a career in music.  This is nowhere more evident than in the study of piano.  Pianists are in constant demand not only as solo performers, but also in chamber music and as collaborative pianists in a wide variety of settings.  Students of piano performance refine their skills through live performance, the exploration of piano literature and also the opportunity to teach piano. Students are  encouraged in their work not only as solo performers, but also in collaboration with others in small and large ensemble settings-both in rehearsal and performance- to better prepare them for the many professional possibities that arise professionally for pianists. 

Music Core Courses: Required for all Bachelor of Arts in Music majors

Music History: 8 Credits

Ensembles: 8 semesters

Large ensemble appropriate to the student’s instrument or voice each semester in residence; may be taken for 0 or 1 credit. Students with junior standing or above may register at the 300-level for upper-division credit.

Piano: 2 Credits

(and pass the Piano Proficiency Test)

Recital Attendance: 0 Credits

Total: 34-42 Credits

* Waived for students who pass the Piano Proficiency Test without enrolling in these courses

Major Requirements

Music History: 4 Credits

(one of the following):

Required Courses:

Total: 55 Credits

Program Details

Program Length

Four years for a complete BA degree.  Two years for students transferring in with an AAOT degree.  Program length may vary depending upon the student’s course load and academic progress.

Program Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing a major in Music, Piano Performance, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of literature and repertoire appropriate to performing on the piano.
  • Demonstrate a high level of technical skill and mastery of piano performance.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of pedagogical practices specific to performing on the piano.
  • Research and prepares a junior recital under faculty supervision.
  • Research and prepares a senior recital under faculty supervision.
  • Create and produce a printed recital program for public performance with appropriate format and annotations.
  • Create and produce and distribute publicity materials such as print and electronic media.
  • Perform publicly a junior recital according to the guidelines outlined in the student recital handbook.
  • Perform publicly a senior recital according to the guidelines outlined in the student recital handbook.

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