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Bachelor of Music in Music Performance: Piano

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Requirements for All Performance Majors

Majors in performance must give a solo public performance in the junior year and a full-length senior recital. A performance major must be within 2 semesters of graduation to present a senior recital. To graduate, majors must also attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all major field courses.

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Entrance Requirements

To enter the 4-year degree course, the student should demonstrate systematic technical training by the ability to play correctly all major and minor scales and broken chords in octave position in all keys in moderately rapid tempo.

The student should have studied some of the standard etudes, Bach: Little Preludes, a few Bach 2-part Inventions, and compositions corresponding in difficulty to Beethoven: Sonata, op. 49, no. 1; Haydn: Sonata in C Major; Schubert: Scherzo in B-flat Major; Mendelssohn: Easier Songs Without Words; Prokofieff: Children’s Pieces, op. 65; and Debussy: Arabesque.

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B.M. Degree Requirements for the Piano Major

A total of 124 hours is required, distributed as follows:

Music Theory (22 hours)

MTHC 105 Theory I 4
MTHC 115 Theory II 4
MTHC 205 Theory III 4
MTHC 315 Theory IV 4
MTHC 410 Form and Analysis 3
MTHC 541 Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint 3

Musicology (10 hours)

MUSC 320 Music History I 2
MUSC 340 Music History II 3
MUSC 440 Music History III 3
MUSC 480 Music History IV 2

Piano Major Courses

PIAN 310 Advanced Keyboard Skills 2
Applied music lessons 32
PIAN 540 Piano Pedagogy I 3
PIAN 546 Piano Pedagogy II 3
PIAN 643 Piano Repertoire I 3
PIAN 644 Piano Repertoire II 3
Chamber music 4
MEMT 116 Performance Media: Computers, Synthesizers, and Electronics 1
REC 100 Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters) 0
COND 245 Conducting I
Ensembles (4 semesters) 4
ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 203, ENGL 209, ENGL 210, or ENGL 211 9
Foreign language (first 2 semesters of 1 language) 10
Electives, including at least 12 hours in nonmusic courses 16
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