Piano Performance Degree Requirements
The Bachelor of Music is an intensive curriculum designed for students wishing to prepare for graduate study in music and for specific professional purposes. Degree majors include instrumental and choral music education (credential preparation), instrumental, vocal, and piano performance, composition, and jazz studies.
- Complete a minimum of 124 units, including the University General Education requirements (51 units minimum) for a bachelor’s degree.
- Complete the following prerequisites to the major (31-35 units):
MUS 1220 Theory I, 3 units
MUS 1230 Theory II, 3 units
MUS 1320 Eartraining and Sightsinging I, 1 unit
MUS 1330 Eartraining and Sightsinging II, 1 unit
- Complete 2 units from one of the following applied studies:
- MUS 1610 Freshman-Level Keyboard, 1 unit or
- MUS 1640 Freshman-Level Voice, 1 unit or
- MUS 1670 Freshman-Level Orchestral Instruments, 1 unit
MUS 2000 Music of World Cultures, 3 units
MUS 2150 Introduction to Music Technology, 1 unit
MUS 2220 Chromatic Harmony, 3 units
MUS 2230 Twentieth Century Techniques, 3 units
MUS 2320 Eartraining and Sightsinging III, 1 unit
MUS 2330 Eartraining and Sightsinging IV, 1 unit
- Complete a total of 4 semesters selected from the following ensembles:
- MUS 2400 Orchestra, 1 unit or
- MUS 2410 Concert Chorale, 2 units or
- MUS 2440 Wind Ensemble, 2 units or
- MUS 2480 Jazz Ensemble, 2 units
- Complete 2 units from one of the following applied studies:
- MUS 2610 Sophomore-Level Keyboard, 1 unit or
- MUS 2640 Sophomore-Level Voice, 1 unit or
- MUS 2670 Sophomore-Level Orchestral Instruments, 1 unit
- MUS 2900 Music History and Literature I, 3 units
- Complete the major course requirements (42-46 units). No more than 8 units of CR-graded coursework from courses graded exclusively CR/NC may apply toward the major. Completion of a minor is not required.
Junior Year Requirement
Before advancing to senior-level applied study, all Bachelor of Music majors with an emphasis in piano, instrumental, or vocal performance must present a public solo recital consisting of approximately thirty minutes of literature. A faculty hearing of the recital material must occur no later than one month before the recital is to be presented. Students must have completed all the prerequisites to the major before presenting the junior recital or be currently enrolled in all remaining prerequisites during the semester in which the recital is presented.
Senior Year Requirement
The Bachelor of Music degree is a four-year course of study culminating in the presentation of a solo recital or the completion of a faculty-approved project. Following the junior qualifying examination at the final 2000-level jury, the faculty will recommend whether the student should pursue the Recital Track or the Project Track. Students must inform the faculty no later than the final 3000-level jury which track they wish to pursue.
- The Recital Track requires two semesters of applied study at the 4000-level and a public recital. The recital will be a presentation of literature demonstrating a mastery of performance practices related to several style periods. Performance majors will present a solo recital consisting of approximately 45 minutes of music.
All other Bachelor of Music students following the Recital Track will present a recital consisting of approximately 30 minutes of music. The recital may include ensembles in which the student’s performing medium is featured. A faculty hearing of the recital material must occur no later than one month before the recital is to be presented. Students may present a senior recital only when completing the coursework for the degree. This coursework normally includes all core courses for the degree as well as all upper-division requirements for the major. In all cases, faculty approval of the recital presentation is required for graduation. Students should register for MUS 4900 during the term in which the recital is completed.
- The Project Track requires completion of a creative or scholarly project and two semesters of applied study following completion of the required 3000-level. Students may fulfill the applied study requirement by enrolling in either the 3000- or 4000-level of applied study. The nature and scope of the project must be determined by the student and a faculty member qualified to supervise the study, and must be approved by the music faculty two semesters prior to completing the project. Students should register for MUS 4900 during the term in which the project is completed.
- Students following the Composition major shall select the Project Track and complete a senior composition portfolio under the direction of a faculty member qualified to supervise the study, normally the studio composition faculty instructor. The nature and scope of the project must be determined by the student and faculty member and must be approved by the music faculty. Students should register for MUS 4900 during the term in which the portfolio is completed. Composition majors normally complete four semesters of upper-division applied studies in composition following the successful completion of the 2000-level of applied study and of the junior qualifying examination in their major performing medium (keyboard, instrumental, or vocal).
- Core: Complete the following courses (17-21 units):
MUS 3100 Music History and Literature II, 3 units
MUS 3200 Music History and Literature III, 3 units
MUS 3250 Eighteenth Century Counterpoint, 2 units
MUS 3260 Form and Analysis, 2 units
MUS 3270 Basic Conducting, 2 units
MUS 4900 Senior Recital or Project, 1 unit
Complete a total of 4 semesters selected from the following ensembles:
- MUS 4400 Orchestra, 1 unit or
- MUS 4410 Concert Chorale, 2 units or
- MUS 4440 Wind Ensemble, 2 units or
- MUS 4480 Jazz Ensemble, 2 units
- Areas of Study: Under the direction of the major adviser, complete
the following (25 units):
MUS 1611 Freshman Keyboard Major Repertoire, 2 units
MUS 1630 Basic Class Voice, 1 unit
MUS 2500 or 4500 Instrumental Chamber Ensemble, 1 unit or
MUS 2501 or 4501 Jazz Chamber Ensemble, 1 unit
MUS 2611 Sophomore Keyboard Major Repertoire, 2 units
MUS 3460 Harpsichord Literature, 2 units
MUS 3610 Junior-Level Keyboard, 2 units
MUS 3611 Junior Keyboard Major Repertoire, 2 units
MUS 3620 Accompanying, 2 units
MUS 4448 Keyboard Harmony, 1 unit
MUS 4450 Piano Pedagogy, 2 units
MUS 4451 Piano Literature, 2 units
MUS 4610 Advanced Keyboard, 2 units
MUS 4611 Senior Keyboard Major Repertoire, 2 units
Electives as approved by adviser, 2 units