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Bachelor of Music in Performance: Piano (Curriculum A)

The Bachelor of Music in Performance: Piano (Curriculum A) is appropriate for those who wish to work in performance and teaching. Those who wish to teach in elementary or secondary schools should select a curriculum in the Department of Music Education.

Pre-college Music Preparation

Eight to twelve years of piano study; repertory to include representative compositions of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, and the 20th century. Memorization is expected.


  • Core Curriculum
  • Eight terms of private performance instruction including weekly studio class and piano forum, and presentation of a recital
  • Twelve to twenty hours of ensemble courses including Sight-Reading Skills for the Piano, Piano Accompanying, and large ensemble
  • One semester of conducting
  • Additional coursework in music theory including Basic Theory at the Keyboard, Analysis of 20th-Century Tonal Music, and one term of 18th-Century Counterpoint
  • Two terms of advanced piano literature
  • Thirty hours of non-music courses including the University's two semester English writing requirement and two terms of French, German, or Italian
  • Electives to complete a total of 125-128 hours

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).

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