Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

Department of Piano

Designed for students who wish to work in performance and/or teaching. Those who wish to teach in elementary or secondary schools should pursue a curriculum within the Department of Music Education. Applicants should have eight to twelve years of piano study.


The Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance requires a minimum of 125 credits: coursework is 75% within SMTD and  25% within the liberal arts. SMTD coursework to include:

  • Private piano lessons
  • Music Theory
  • Musicology
  • Ensemble participation
  • Piano Literature
  • Conducting

Degree requirements and term-by-term layout for current students.

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Minimum Repertory Requirements for Graduation

Minimum repertoire for graduation includes such works as suites, partitas, preludes and fugues of J. S. Bach; sonatas of Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven; small and large form compositions of Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Liszt; music of Debussy and Ravel; music of Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Prokofiev, Bartók, Copland, and so forth. This should total at least three full recital programs and two concerti (one preferably by Mozart or Beethoven).

How To Apply

Applicants must:

  • Apply to U-M via the Common Application or Coalition Application (current U-M students should use the Cross-Campus Transfer Application) by December 1
  • Submit an SMTD Artistic Profile by December 1 for a live audition
  • Have all supplemental materials sent to the U-M Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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