Bachelor of Music in Piano or Organ

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Required Courses and Recommended Sequence

Credit Total: 127

Rec.

Course #/Title

Cr.

Private Instruction

1st/2nd/3rd/4th Yr.

PVL 100 Major Instruction

32

Musicianship and Music Theory

1st Yr.

MMT 102/112 Musicianship

4

1st Yr.

MMT 103/113 Musicianship

4

2nd Yr.

MMT 104/114 Musicianship

4

2nd Yr.

MMT 105/115 Musicianship

4

3rd Yr.

MMT 106 Musicianship

2

3rd Yr.

MMT 107 Musicianship

2

3rd Yr.

MMT 232/233 Keyboard Harmony

4

3rd Yr.

MMT 230/231 Score-Reading at the Piano (taken with MMT 232/233)

2

Performance Class

1st/2nd/3rd/4th Yr.

PRF 352 Piano Forum

2

Humanities and Sciences

1st Yr.

HMS 110/111 Approaches to College Writing

6

2nd Yr.

HMS 202/203 Intro to Western Civilization

8

3rd Yr.

HMS 302-399 (Literature)

3

4th Yr.

HMS 402-479 (Hist/Phil)

3

 

HMS 210-599

12

Music History and Literature

2nd Yr.

MHL 202/203

4

3rd Yr.

MHL 204

2

3rd Yr.

MHL 312-315 Keyboard Lit

4

4th Yr.

MHL 400-599 or MMT 252 or 253

3

4th Yr.

Other MHL/MMT Courses (except MHL 202-399 and MMT 100-115)

3

Applied Practical Training

3rd Yr.

APP 252 Piano Pedagogy (Organ majors must fulfill this requirement by registering for IND 500 Independent Study, sponsored by their major teacher)

2

4th Yr.

APP 404 Practical Aspects of a Career in Music

2

Baroque Studies

3rd Yr.

2 credits' worth of the following: PRF 354 Harpsichord Class; PRF 358 Forte Piano Class; ENS 212 Continuo Playing; MHL 400 Intro to Perf. Practice (3 credits)

2

Ensembles

1st Yr.

ENS 310 Intro to Accompanying

4

3rd Yr.

ENS 300 Chorus or ENS 301 Chamber Choir

2

2nd/4th Yr.

ENS 200-599

4

Electives (5 credits total)
Courses numbered HMS 202-590, MMT 202-799, and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, MHL series not used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.

Juries and Recitals

1st Yr.

JRFR Freshman Jury

 

2nd Yr.

JRSO Sophomore Jury

 

3rd Yr.

JRJU Junior Jury

 

4th Yr.

JRSN Senior Jury

 

4th Yr.

JRCON Concerto Jury (piano only)

 

4th Yr.

RCTSN Senior Recital

 

Historical Performance Emphasis for Keyboard (undergraduate) (total credits: 9-11)

  • ENS 210 (Conservatory Baroque Ensemble) (2 semesters, 4 credits)
  • ENS 212 (Continuo Playing) (1 semester, 2 credits) (not required if students can demonstrate prior experience)
  • MHL 400 (Introduction to Performance Practice) (1 semester, 3 credits)
  • PRF 354 (Harpsichord Class) (2 semesters, 2 credits)
  • Jury requirements as determined by Historical Performance faculty

These credits also count towards the Bachelor of Music degree.

Piano Jury and Recital Requirements

Freshman Jury

  • a prelude and fugue from The Well-Tempered Clavier or another work of Bach containing a fugue
  • an entire sonata by Beethoven, Mozart, or Haydn
  • a romantic work by a nineteenth-century composer or a work by a representative French composer (Debussy, Ravel, or others)
  • a work by a twentieth-century composer genuinely representative of musical and technical concepts developed in the last 80 years

Sophomore Jury

  • 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
  • a work from the classical period
  • a major romantic work (corresponding in importance and difficulty to a Chopin ballade or scherzo or Brahms' Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76)
  • an etude or prelude by Debussy
  • 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

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

Sophomore Jury

  • Selected Bach preludes and fugues
  • Works from older masters
  • At least one work each from the romantic and modern repertoire
  • Two hymns prepared on one day's notice before the examination
  • Sight-reading
  • 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:

  • Bach: one trio sonata, two chorale preludes from the "Great Eighteen" or Clavierübung III (with pedal), three large preludes (toccatas, fantasies) and fugues
  • Buxtehude or other North German masters: one prelude and fugue, one chorale fantasy, three chorale preludes
  • Franck: two major works
  • Mendelssohn: a sonata or prelude and fugue
  • Brahms: four chorale preludes
  • Early Spanish or Italian: one significant work
  • French Classic Period: major portions of masses by Francois Couperin or Nicolas de Grigny
  • Modern French: two works
  • Modern German: two works
  • Modern American: two works
  • Post-1970: one work