Bachelor of Music in Piano or Organ

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence

Core curriculum is shaded. Courses in bold type must be taken in the designated sequence. Undergraduate International students may be required to follow an alternative sequence of courses. A form with this sequence may be found in the Registrar's Office and online.

Credits for Bachelor of Music in Piano or Organ

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Introduction to Western Civilization GED 202/203

8

 

 

 

Musicianship MMT 102/103/104/105

6

6

 

 

Music Theory MMT 112/113/114/115

4

4

 

 

Private Instruction PVL 100

8

8

8

8

Introduction to Accompanying
for Pianists ENS 310

4

 

 

 

Piano Forum PRF 3521

.5

.5

.5

.5

General Education2

 

3

12

9

Music History MHL 202/203/204

 

4

2

 

Ensemble

 

2

 

2

Keyboard Harmony MMT 232/233

 

4

 

 

Practical Aspects of a
Career in Music APP 404

 

 

2

 

Conservatory Chorus ENS 300 or Conservatory Chamber Choir ENS 301

 

 

2

 

Music History and Literature
MHL 400–599 or MMT 252/253

 

 

3

 

MHL 400-599 or MMT 116-253

 

 

3

 

Keyboard Literature MHL 312–315

 

 

4

 

Baroque Studies ENS 212, MHL 400, PRF 354 or PRF 358

 

 

2

 

Electives3

 

 

2

3

Pedagogy APP 2524

 

 

 

2

Totals

30.5

31.5

40.5

24.5

Four-Year Total: 127

 

 

 

 

1 Four semesters are required for graduation, taken at any time.
2 Undergraduates must complete at least one course in Literature, Poetry or Drama and one course in History or Philosophy by the end of the junior year.
3 Courses numbered MHL 302–599, MMT 116–599, GED 401–499 and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, PRF and PVL series not used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for elective credits listed for individual majors.
4 Piano majors meet this requirement by taking APP 252 (Piano Pedagogy); organ majors meet this requirement by taking IND 100 (Independent Study) under the sponsorship of their studio teacher.

Piano Jury and Recital Requirements

Freshman Jury

  1. A prelude and fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier or another work of Bach containing a fugue
  2. An entire sonata by Beethoven, Mozart or Haydn
  3. A romantic work by a nineteenth-century composer or a work by a representative French composer (Debussy, Ravel or others)
  4. A work by a twentieth-century composer genuinely representative of musical and technical concepts developed in the last 80 Years

Sophomore Jury

  1. Any complete partita, French suite or English suite, or any major work such as the Italian Concerto, or five sinfonias or two preludes and fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach
  2. A work from the classical period
  3. A major romantic work (corresponding in importance and difficulty to a Chopin ballade or scherzo or Brahms Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76)
  4. An etude or prelude by Debussy
  5. A twentieth or twenty-first century work

Junior Jury

  • A program of completely new material of not less than 60 minutes in length, to be approved by the major professor and the piano department, including etudes by two different composers (Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, etc.)

Senior Jury and Senior Recital

  • Piano majors must perform a senior jury to determine fulfillment of performance requirements. A public recital also must be performed, with repertoire approved by the major professor and the piano department.

Concerto Requirement

  • At any time during an undergraduate's residency, a one-time concerto performance requirement must be satisfied at an additional concerto jury. This requirement may be waived by permission if the residency is one year or less. Finalists in the Conservatory's annual concerto competition are also excluded from this requirement.

Organ Jury and Recital Requirements

Freshman Jury

  1. A working knowledge of the organ, its design, construction and registration
  2. Trios, fughettas and chorale preludes from the baroque period; selected works from Bach, e.g., Little Organ Book and Eight Short Preludes and Fugues
  3. Short compositions of Mendelssohn, Brahms, Vierne, etc
  4. Elements of hymn playing

Sophomore Jury

  1. Selected Bach preludes and fugues
  2. Works from older masters
  3. At least one work each from the romantic and modern repertoire
  4. Two hymns prepared on one day's notice before the examination
  5. Sight-reading
  6. Registration to be outlined for two works new to the performer

Junior Jury

  • A 45- to 60-minute recital demonstrating the student's command of a variety of styles, including at least one work from memory. This recital may be played publicly at the professor's discretion.

Senior Jury and Senior Recital

  • Organ majors must perform a senior jury to determine fulfillment of performance requirements. A public recital also must be performed, to include Bach works from the "mature master" period; a major French work; works by American composers; and one work in advanced style written after 1960. Ensemble music may be included. Half of this recital must be memorized.

General Repertoire Requirements
Students should play the following works by the end of the undergraduate career:

  1.  Bach: one trio sonata, two chorale preludes from the "Great Eighteen" or Clavierübung III (with pedal), three large preludes (toccatas, fantasies) and fugues
  2. Buxtehude or other North German masters: one prelude and fugue, one chorale fantasy, three chorale preludes
  3. Franck: two major works
  4. Mendelssohn: a sonata or prelude and fugue
  5. Brahms: four chorale preludes
  6. Early Spanish or Italian: one significant work
  7. French Classic Period: major portions of masses by Francois Couperin or Nicolas deGrigny
  8. Modern French: two works
  9. Modern German: two works
  10. Modern American: two works
  11. Post 1970:  one work