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Program Requirements Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance

In the first year, freshman level, the focus is primarily on building a solid piano technique, establishing a methodical practicing routine of scales and arpeggios, and developing the use of arm weight and finger independence. A printed (Finale or Sibelius) or hand written compendium (on staff paper, min. 8 pages) of scales, arpeggios, and exercises has to be created by the student during the first year. In the second year, sophomore level, technical training continues with more advanced pianistic issues and effective approaches to learning of repertoire will be examined.Each semester a number of pieces will be learned and performed in student recitals. The repertoire should be completely memorized one week before the performance. Students can not get an "A" if the entire repertoire selected for the respective semester is not performed.

At the end of the second year the student will play a ca. 45 minute recital - a proficiency examination (sophomore barrier) to include pieces from four styles to be at least of the level of the audition requirement repertoire - which will determine whether progress has been satisfactory and, if successful, permit continuation in the 310V course level (see BM PP course curriculum). If expectation of the sophomore barrier is not met, a re-evaluation of the degree plan and scholarship will be necessary.

At the end of the third year a recital of ca. 60 minutes is required (junior recital). At the end of the fourth year a full length evening recital with intermission is required (ca. 75 minutes, senior recital). Program notes or a spoken introduction to the music selection is encouraged. The recital programs should be completely memorized about two weeks before each performance; a play trough of the whole program will be scheduled one week before the resp.  performance.

Piano Performance Program Syllabus

Program Requirements Master of Music in Piano Performance

In the first year a recital of ca. 60 minutes length is encouraged. A full length chamber music recital is required, as well as a full length graduate recital (75 min.). Program notes or a spoken introduction to the music selection is encouraged. A juried comprehensive exam at the end of the second year is required and additionally a 20 to 50 page essay on a subject of individual choice (with consultation) will be written (see MM PP course curriculum).