Piano Performance, BM

Offered in: Chicago

The goals of the Piano Program are to prepare the student for the many facets of a diverse performance career (soloist, collaborative pianist, and chamber musician), and to provide the student with the musical skills and pedagogical background to become a productive teacher.

The undergraduate program's objectives are to:

  • acquaint the student with the vast literature for the piano through study and performance of a cross-section of standard repertory encompassing all stylistic periods; develop technical facility in a systematic fashion;
  • develop progressively the student's collaborative and practical skills;
  • develop musicianship skills, analytic abilities, and knokwledge of musical style;
  • introduce principles and methods of piano teachcing of children and young adults, from beginning to early advanced levels;
  • support the music curriculum with an array of general studies coursework.

Development of repertory and technique is assessed every semester at juries, and at the recitals given in the junior and senior years. Jury and recital requirements are published in the Music Conservatory Student Handbook

Admission requirements

Please consult the CCPA Admission and Audition Information webpage for audition requirements for piano.  

Grade requirements

C is the minimum passing grade in PIA 211 PIANO (MAJOR),PIA 212 PIANO (MAJOR), and PIA 213 PIANO (MAJOR). At the completion of the second year the student must receive a minimum grade of B- in PIA 214 PIANO (MAJOR) to be admitted to the upper division. In the upper division (PIA 311 PIANO (MAJOR)-PIA 314 PIANO (MAJOR)), grades of B- or higher are required in all courses.

Major Area and Supportive Courses in Music
PIA 211PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 212PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 213PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 214PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 215TECHNIQUE EXAMINATION0
PIA 311PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 312PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 313PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 314PIANO (MAJOR)4
PIA 300PIANO PERFORMANCE CLASS0 (eight semesters)
PIA 200ACCOMPANYING REQUIREMENT (seven semesters required)0
ENS 220PIANO ENSEMBLE I1
ENS 221PRINCIPLES OF COLLABORATIVE PIANO I1
ENS 230PIANO ENSEMBLE II1
ENS 231PRINCIPLES COLLABORATIVE PIANO II1
ENS 246PRACTICUM:COLLABORATIVE PIANO2
ENS 305CHAMBER MUSIC (PIANO) (Piano)2
MUSC 121A
MUSC 121B
MUSICIANSHIP I:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:AURAL SKILLS
3
MUSC 122A
MUSC 122B
MUSICIANSHIP II:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:AURAL SKILLS
3
MUSC 221A
MUSC 221B
MUSICIANSHIP III:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSCIANSHIP III:AURAL SKILLS
3
MUSC 222A
MUSC 222B
MUSICIANSHIP IV:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:AURAL SKILLS
3
MTA 304COUNTERPOINT3
MTA 305FORM AND ANALYSIS3
MUHL 210VERNACULAR MUSIC OF THE UNTIED STATES3
MUHL 251HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC I3
MUHL 252HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC II3
MUHL 253HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC III3
MUHL 318KEYBOARD LITERATURE3
MUHL 319ART SONG LITERATURE3
MPE 361PIANO PEDAGOGY I3
MPE 362PIANO PEDAGOGY II3
PERF 131COMPREHENSIVE KEYBOARD LITERACY I2
PERF 132COMPREHENSIVE KEYBOARD LITERACY II2
PERF 231COMPREHENSIVE KEYBOARD LITERACY III2
PERF 233COMPREHENSIVE KEYBOARD LITERACY IV2
PERF 232KEYBOARD IMPROVISATION2
PERF 240ELEMENTS OF CONDUCTING2
GENERAL STUDIES
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR3
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Seven academic (non-music) courses21
Total Credit Hours124