Music: Piano Major

Why study piano at CMU?

The music program offers a high quality education and background for a variety of music careers. Consider these key features of this program at CMU:

  • Undergraduate areas of study including: Music Education; Music Performance in Keyboard, Voice, or Orchestral Instruments; Theory/Composition; and Music in Liberal Studies
  • Performance opportunities in any of our student music ensembles
  • Top-quality Master Series bringing internationally known guest artists in all music genres to campus
  • Music Building including a 500-seat concert hall, a 110-seat chamber music performance hall, and three large rehearsal halls
  • The School of Music Residential College offering an environment conducive to learning and support

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Overall employment of musicians, singers, and related workers is expected to grow 9 to 17 percent.
  • Competition for jobs is keen; those who can play several instruments and perform a wide range of musical styles should enjoy the best job prospects.
  • Growth in demand for musicians will generate a number of job opportunities, and many openings also will arise from the need to replace those who leave the field each year.

Career options

Graduates of the music program at CMU will find careers in many areas. Some of these may require additional education.

  • Arts Administrator
  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Music Dealer
  • Music Librarian
  • Music Therapist
  • Newspaper Critic
  • Performer
  • Publisher
  • Teacher

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Music: Piano Major

Total: 89 semester hours
Core Courses
(32 hours)
7 semesters of MUS 097.
MUS 097
Recital Attendance
0
MUS 101
Theory I
3
MUS 102
Theory II
3
MUS 103
Sight Singing and Ear Training I
1
MUS 104
Sight Singing and Ear Training II
1
MUS 109
Introduction to Music Technology
1
MUS 201
Theory III
3
MUS 202
Theory IV
3
MUS 203
Sight Singing and Ear Training III
1
MUS 204
Sight Singing and Ear Training IV
1
MUS 211
Historical Survey of Music I
3
MUS 212
Historical Survey of Music II
3
MUS 302
Contrapuntal Techniques
3
MUS 304
Instrumentation and Scoring
3
MUS 311
Historical Survey of Music III
3
Required Courses I
(33 hours)
Major Area Performance Courses - 4 semesters of MUS 152 (8 hours) - 2 semesters of MUS 150 Voice, MUS 151 Organ OR MUS 360 Harpsichord (2 hours) - 4 semesters of MUS 352 (16 hours) - Junior Recital (0 hours), Senior Recital (0 hours) - 7 semesters of MUS 180, MUS 181, MUS 182, MUS 183, MUS 185, MUS 186, MUS 281 OR MUS 282 (7 hours)
MUS 150
Voice
1-12
MUS 151
Organ
1-12
MUS 152
Piano
1-12
MUS 180
Festival Chorus
1-8
MUS 181
Men's Chorus
1-8
MUS 182
Women's Chorus
1-8
MUS 183
Concert Choir
1-8
MUS 185
Orchestra
1-8
MUS 186
Band
1-8
MUS 281
Chamber Ensemble
1-8
MUS 282
Chamber Singers
1-8
MUS 352
Piano
1-16
MUS 360
Harpsichord
1-8
Required Courses II
(12 hours)
Supportive Courses in Music
MUS 189
Introduction to Accompanying
1
MUS 236
Piano Pedagogy I
2
MUS 237
Piano Pedagogy II
2
MUS 249
Functional Piano
1
MUS 280
Introduction to Conducting
2
MUS 514
Survey of Piano Literature
3
MUS 516
Seminar in Piano Music
3-9
Required Courses III
(1-2 hours)
Supportive Courses in Music Select one of the following:
MUS 241
Diction for Singers
2
MUS 339
Piano Pedagogy Practicum
1
Other Requirements
(8 hours)
Supportive Courses outside Music Select one of the following options:
OR1-MUS:P
Option I
(8 hours)
OR2-MUS:P
Option II
(8 hours)
Music Electives
(2-3 hours)
Selected in consultation with an advisor.

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