Music (Piano Performance) - Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music (BM) curriculum is designed to prepare students for performance careers and private studio teaching and serves as a foundation for advanced study toward master’s and doctoral degrees: M.M., D.M.A., or Ph.D in Music. In addition, the BM degree may lead to positions as professional entertainers or teachers at the college and university levels, or lead to music related work in the business world.

Requirements - Basic Music and Performance

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 127 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications 10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics 1, 23-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Physics of Music4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
Music Theory and Ear Training
MUSC 1450Ear Training I1
MUSC 1460Music Theory I3
MUSC 2451Ear Training III1
MUSC 2460Music Theory III3
MUSC 1451Ear Training II1
MUSC 1461Music Theory II3
MUSC 2452Ear Training IV1
MUSC 2461Music Theory IV3
MUSC 413Form and Analysis3
History and Literature
MUSC 2151An Introduction to World Music, Jazz and Music Research3
MUSC 2240Music History and Literature: Antiquity through Baroque3
MUSC 302Music History and Literature: Classic through Romantic3
MUSC 303Music History and Literature: 20th Century Through the Present3
Choose one 400-level music history course from the following:3
Music of the Baroque Era3
Music of the Classic Era3
Music of the Twentieth Century3
Opera: History and Literature3
Techniques
MUSC 2310Sound and Music Technology1
MUSC 325Beginning Conducting1
MUSC 386Applied Music Pedagogy and Literature I2
MUSC 486Applied Music Pedagogy and Literature II2
MUSC 441Supervised Studio Teaching2
Performance
MUSC 1310Recital Attendance (take eight semesters for a total of 4 credits)4
MUSC 2110Chamber Ensemble (take two semesters for a total of 2 credits)2
Applied Music20
Applied Music I (Piano)1-4
Applied Music II (Piano)1-4
Applied Music III (Piano) 41-4
MUSC 340Junior Recital1
MUSC 350Chamber Music (take two semesters for a total of 2 credits)2
MUSC 417Studio Accompanying (take two semesters for a total of 4 credits)4
MUSC 440Senior Recital 52
Ensemble4
Secondary Applied4
Upper Level Music Electives4
Second Language Requirement: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 1270
Total Credits127-130

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Music in Music with a Concentration in Piano Performance, there is no second language requirement for the degree.

Secondary Proficiency

  • Students must pass Secondary Proficiency before presenting a Senior Recital.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C- or better) 1 4
MATH 1130G Survey of Mathematics (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance (S/U Grading) 0.5
MUSC 1450 Ear Training I (Fall Only) (C- or better) 1 1
MUSC 1460 Music Theory I (Fall Only) (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 2510 Applied Music I (C- or better) 2
Secondary Applied Music Course (C- or better) 2
2000-Level Ensemble Course (C- or better) 1
 Credits16.5
Semester 2
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance (S/U Grading) 0.5
MUSC 1451 Ear Training II (Spring Only) (C- or better) 1 1
MUSC 1461 Music Theory II (Spring Only) (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 1992 Applied Music (C- or better) 2
Area III: Laboratory Science Course OR Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course (C- or better) 2 3-4
Secondary Applied Music Course (C- or better) 1 2
2000-Level Ensemble Course (C- or better) 1
 Credits15.5-16.5
Second Year
Semester 1
COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication (C- or better) 3
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance (S/U Grading) 0.5
MUSC 2151 An Introduction to World Music, Jazz and Music Research (Fall Only) (C- or better) 3
MUSC 2451 Ear Training III (Fall Only) (C- or better) 1 1
MUSC 2460 Music Theory III (Fall Only) (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 2310 Sound and Music Technology (Fall Only) (C- or better) 1 1
MUSC 1992 Applied Music (C- or better) 2
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course (C- or better) 2 3
300-Level Music Ensemble Course (C- or better) 1
 Credits17.5
Semester 2
PHYS 1125G Physics of Music (C- or better) 4
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance (S/U Grading) 0.5
MUSC 2452 Ear Training IV (Spring Only) (C- or better) 1 1
MUSC 2461 Music Theory IV (Spring Only) (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 2240 Music History and Literature: Antiquity through Baroque (Spring Only) (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 1992 Applied Music (C- or better) 2
300-Level Music Ensemble Course (C- or better) 1
Area V: Humanities Course (C- or better) 2 3
 Credits17.5
Third Year
Semester 1
MUSC 302 Music History and Literature: Classic through Romantic (Fall Only) (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 325 Beginning Conducting (C- or better) 1 1
MUSC 330 Applied Music II (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 386 Applied Music Pedagogy and Literature I (C- or better) 2
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance (S/U Grading) 0.5
MUSC 2110 Chamber Ensemble (C- or better) 1
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course (C- or better) 2 3
General Education Elective Course (C- or better) 2 3-4
 Credits16.5-17.5
Semester 2
MUSC 303 Music History and Literature: 20th Century Through the Present (Spring Only) (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 330 Applied Music II (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 340 Junior Recital (C- or better) 1 1
MUSC 441 Supervised Studio Teaching (C- or better) 2
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance (S/U Grading) 0.5
MUSC 2110 Chamber Ensemble (C- or better) 1
Upper-Level Music Elective Course (C- or better) 2
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course (C- or better) 3 3
 Credits15.5
Fourth Year
Semester 1
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance (S/U Grading) 0.5
MUSC 413 Form and Analysis (Fall Only) (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 430 Applied Music III (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 486 Applied Music Pedagogy and Literature II (C- or better) 2
MUSC 350 Chamber Music (C- or better) 1
MUSC 417 Studio Accompanying (C- or better) 2
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course (C- or better) 3 3
 Credits14.5
Semester 2
MUSC 350 Chamber Music (By Audition Only) (C- or better) 1
MUSC 417 Studio Accompanying (C- or better) 2
MUSC 430 Applied Music III (C- or better) 1 3
MUSC 440 Senior Recital (C- or better) 1 2
MUSC 1310 Recital Attendance (S/U Grading) 0.5
400-Level Music History Elective Course (C- or better) 1 3
Upper-Level Music Elective Course (C- or better) 2
 Credits13.5
 Total Credits127-129