Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

Applied Music, Literature, Pedagogy, and Recitals (including Capstone), 40 credits 

  • Degree recitals must receive approval by a Recital Hearing Committee no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled performance date. Students must be enrolled in Music 4455 during the semester in which the recital is presented. 
  • Recital Specifications: 
  • Junior recital (3970): 45 to 60 minutes in length 
  • Senior recital/Capstone (4970): 50 to no more than 65 minutes. 
  • Repertory for each recital should consist of selections from the following three groups of historical periods:  
  • Renaissance, Baroque, and/or Classic 
  • Romantic 
  • 20th and/or 21st Century 

Capstone Project = Senior Recital (4970):  includes program notes, and an oral presentation in performance/studio class regarding works to be performed. Completed program notes must be presented at the Recital Hearing.

Music Theory, 25 credits

Music History, 9 credits

Ensembles, 8 credits

Other Music (Conducting, Recital Attendance), 2 credits 

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It may be possible to test out of certain non-music requirements or be excused on the basis of Advance Placement or Dual Enrollment credit (see “Advance Standing Options” in the Undergraduate Catalog). All non-music transfer credit is approved and evaluated by the Office of Admissions. 

MU General Education Requirements ( 

Generally academic music or non-music courses, although up to two may taken in Chamber Music (1846) or a large ensemble on a secondary instrument or voice.

A Graduation Plan must be submitted to College of Arts & Science during the semester in which the student passes the 60-credit-hour threshold (normally during the sophomore year) in order to register for subsequent semesters. The Plan must be signed by the student’s advisor and the Associate Director, and then presented, along with two photocopies, to the Arts & Science Advising Office (107 Lowry Hall). Completion of this form is intended to insure that the student has a clear plan of study, including all college and school requirements, before the beginning of the junior year. 

Grades of D may not be used to fulfill music requirements without the approval of the advisor, Associate Director or Director, and the Dean; and the student must achieve an overall average of 2.0 in all courses taken.