School of Music

Piano Performance (BM) Sample Course Plan

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This is an example course plan based on the 2019-2020 University Catalog; your actual schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to select appropriate courses.

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Course Course Units

Applied Major - Piano


Applied Minor




Survey of Music History


Keyboard Harmony


Fundamentals of Conducting


Piano Pedagogy


Keyboard Literature


Upper Division Theory

choose one from:


Upper Division Music History

choose two from:

Ensembles (8 semesters)
Accompanying, ( MUS 31 ), or appropriate ensembles (at least 1 unit (4 semesters) must be Accompanying)
Music Electives 3
MUS 15X: Experiencing the Live Performance of Concert Repertoire (7 semesters) NC

Performance Requirements:

Junior Recital

Senior Recital



Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

May Term

  • Optional

* Private lessons: register for the CRN with the student's instrument/instructor. For pianists, Ilia Radoslavov.

** Keyboard Harmony (207/208) is offered in alternate years. In the year in which it is not offered, students should be encouraged to take an additional Gen Ed or PE course.

Year 2

Fall Semester

* Keyboard Harmony (207/208) is offered in alternate years. In the year in which it is not offered, students should be encouraged to take an additional Gen Ed.

Ensemble Information

Ensemble auditions are held during the first week of class. Depending on audition placement, students may need to
implement an alternate class schedule. If the student is a BM: Piano (s)he must keep the following schedule
times open until after ensemble assignments have been posted:

String Instrumentalists: Orchestra
Winds and Percussion: Orchestra, Symphonic Winds and Wind Ensemble
Vocalists: Collegiate Choir and University Choir

Pianists who also play an orchestral instrument may audition for placement in one of the instrumental ensembles. 
Pianists may also audition for Collegiate Choir or University Choir. After the first year, pianists are
required to enroll in MUS 031 – Piano Accompanying, for at least 4 semesters. This course fulfills the ensemble
requirement for those semesters.

Orchestra MUS 021

M 4:00 - 6:00 PM

W 4:00 - 6:00 PM and 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Wind Ensemble MUS 022

MWF  12:30 - 1:50 PM

Symphonic Winds MUS 024

T 4:05 - 5:35 PM

R 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Collegiate Choir MUS 023

MWF 4:00 - 5:15 PM

R 5:30 - 6:30 PM

University Choir MUS 026

MWF 3:00 - 3:50 PM



Students may participate in a second large ensemble listed above, as an elective or for X-credit.

Students may also audition for these small ensembles listed below, as electives or X-credit, in addition to the major

Jazz Ensemble MUS 034

T R 2:35 - 3:50 PM

Jazz Lab Band and Combos* MUS 034-2

7:00 - 8:15 PM

Chamber Singers MUS 031-6

T R 2:35 - 3:50 PM

Unlicensed Syncopation MUS 175

T R   2 : 3 5 - 3 : 50 PM

*The Jazz Lab Band is open to all students with NO audition.

Study Abroad

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