Undergraduate Division

Bachelor of Music Degrees  

Bachelor of Music in Performance, Piano 

Major Ensemble

Required every fall semester, spring semester, and second summer session in which a student is registered for any course, music or non-music. Students admitted to the upper division of the Jacobs School of Music must register for X002 Piano Accompanying (2 cr.). All others must register for X040 University Instrumental Ensembles (2 cr.), X060 Early Music Ensembles (2 cr.), or X070 University Choral Ensembles (2 cr.).

Performance Study

P400 Piano Undergraduate Major. Minimum of 6 credit hours each semester until senior recital is passed (students who have completed 48 credit hours and the senior recital may reduce credit hours to 3). Entrance audition, freshman jury, upper-division examination, junior recital, senior recital.

Keyboard Proficiency

Must be completed prior to upper-division examination.

Core Music Courses

27 credit hours

  • Placement examination or T109 Rudiments of Music I (3 cr.)
  • T132 Musical Skills I (1 cr.)
  • T151 Music Theory and Literature I (3 cr.)
  • T152 Music Theory and Literature II (3 cr.)
  • T231 Musical Skills II (1 cr.)
  • T232 Musical Skills III (1 cr.)
  • T251 Music Theory and Literature III (3 cr.)
  • T252 Music Theory and Literature IV (3 cr.)
  • T331 Musical Skills IV (1 cr.)
  • T351 Music Theory and Literature V (3 cr.)
  • M401 History and Literature of Music I (4 cr.)
  • M402 History and Literature of Music II (4 cr.)
  • or equivalent honors courses.

A grade of C or higher is required in T109 Rudiments of Music I, T132 Musical Skills I, T231 Musical Skills II, T232 Musical Skills III, and T331 Musical Skills IV.

Advanced Music Literature and Music Theory

3 credit hours selected from M410 Composer or Genre (3 cr.), T410 Topics in Music Theory (3 cr.), T412 Advanced Aural and Keyboard Techniques (3 cr.), T416 Counterpoint: Variable Topics (3 cr.), T417 Analysis of Tonal Music (3 cr.), or T418 Music and Ideas (3 cr.).

Other Music Courses

12 credit hours


  • E493 Piano Pedagogy (2 cr.)
  • F300 Piano Accompanying (1-1-1-1 cr.), taken in the first four semesters of enrollment.
  • Elective: 6 credit hours selected from courses for music majors in sacred music, music education, techniques, conducting, composition, music history, music theory, opera, and unclassified courses. A maximum of 4 credit hours in early instruments or ballet may be counted in this area.
General Education

24 credit hours

  • Written and Oral Expression English composition, 2 credit hours or competency.
  • Foreign Language 4-8 credit hours in a single language or proficiency, equivalent to two semesters of first-year language study.
  • Humanities 3 credit hours.
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Mathematics 3 credit hours.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours.
  • Electives 6-10 credit hours selected from “General Education Requirements.”
To Complete Degree

Free music or non-music electives as needed to bring the total credit hours to 120, excluding major ensemble and I400.

Academic Bulletins

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Previous Bulletins

Students are ordinarily subject to the curricular requirements outlined in the Bulletin in effect at the start of their current degree. See below for links to previous Bulletins.