Piano

Plan of Study: Piano

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Find your program overview, plans of study, and course descriptions below.

The programs of study for Piano majors are designed to develop skilled performers familiar with piano repertoire, performance practices, and interpretive traditions.

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

Sample Schedule for Bachelor of Music / Piano Major

Total Curriculum Credits: 124

  • Major Instrument
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0001-0002)
    8 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0111-0112)
    4 cr
  • Piano Sight Reading (PN0141-0142)
    2 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0001-0002)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0001-0002)
    6 cr
  • Choir (VX0050)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1:
31 cr
  • Major Instrument
    6 cr
  • Music Theory Core (TH0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Aural Skills (AS0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Keyboard Skills (PN0151-0152)
    4 cr
  • Music History Core (MH0003-0004)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Core (HU0003-0004)
    6 cr
  • Choir (VX0050)
    1 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2:
31 cr
  • Major Instrument
    8 cr
  • Keyboard Skills (PN0251-0252)
    2 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH0500-2999)
    6 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0500-1999)
    6 cr
  • Electives
    4 cr
  • Practical Foundations (ME1500)
    2 cr
  • Piano Pedagogy (PN0421-0422)
    4 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 3:
34 cr
  • Major Instrument
    8 cr
  • Theory Electives (TH0500-2999)
    4 cr
  • Humanities Electives (HU0500-1999)
    6 cr
  • Conducting (Choral or Orchestral) (CD0111-0112; CD0211-0212)
    4 cr
  • Piano Literature (PN0411-0412)
    4 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    2 cr
  • 5 Setting the Stage Workshops (ME1000)
    0 cr
  • Concerto Requirement (PN0500)
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 4:
28 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

*As assigned by the Ensembles Office

Sample Schedule for Master of Music / Piano Major

Total Curriculum Credits: 52

  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Piano Literature (PN2021)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Fall:
12 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Music History Electives (MH1000-2999)
    3 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    2 cr
  • Piano Literature (PN2022)
    2 cr
  • Concert Attendance (CA1000)
    0 cr
  • Jury
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 1, Spring:
12 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Graduate Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    4 cr
  • Piano Literature (PN2031)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    1 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Fall:
14 cr
  • Major Lessons
    5 cr
  • Graduate Theory Electives (TH2000-2999)
    2 cr
  • Graduate Electives
    4 cr
  • Piano Literature (PN2032)
    2 cr
  • Chamber Music* (SP1500)
    1 cr
  • Concerto Requirement (PN2200)
    0 cr
  • Graduation Recital
    0 cr
Total Credits for Year 2, Spring:
14 cr

NOTE: Curriculum is subject to change. In case of a discrepancy, the MSM Course Catalog is the authoritative source of requirements. View the Course Catalog here.

*As assigned by the Ensembles Office