Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass and Harp, BM

Offered in: Chicago

The purpose of the Orchestral Instrument Performance Programs at CCPA is to prepare students for careers as solo, chamber, and ensemble performers, and to routinize in students the habits consistent with success in the professional environment. The undergraduate program's objectives are to:

  • develop students' capabilities as performers, addressing technical proficiency, knowledge of history and practice specific to their instrument family, and broad awareness of musical styles and repertory;
  • develop students' musicianship through a comprehensive curriculum of written and aural skills, conducting, analysis, history, and literature;
  • train students to be effective musical collaborators through comprehensive experiences in large and small ensembles, performing music of all periods and genres (including new music and opera);
  • balance the focused music curriculum and support the student's intellectual interests with a wide choice of academic electives;
  • expose students to the entrepreneurial challenges and opportunities of a music career.

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 violin, viola, cello, double bass, and harp.  

C- is the minimum passing grade in the first three semesters of applied study (courses 211 through 213). At the completion of the second year of applied study, a student must receive a minimum grade of B- in Applied Music 214 to be admitted to the upper division. The grade of B- is the minimum passing grade in upper division applied study (courses 311 through 314).

The program requires a total of 122 semester hours for violin, viola, and violoncello majors, and 120 semester hours for bass and harp majors.

Requirements

Major Area and Supportive Courses in Music
Major Instrument 211-214, 311-31432
ENS 202SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA8
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 337ORCHESTRAL LITERATURE3
MUHL 339CHAMBER MUSIC LITERATURE3
MUSC 121A
MUSC 121B
MUSC 121C
MUSICIANSHIP I:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP I:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 122A
MUSC 122B
MUSC 122C
MUSICIANSHIP II:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP II:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 221A
MUSC 221B
MUSC 221C
MUSICIANSHIP III:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSCIANSHIP III:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP III:PIANO SKILLS
5
MUSC 222A
MUSC 222B
MUSC 222C
MUSICIANSHIP IV:WRITTEN SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:AURAL SKILLS
and MUSICIANSHIP IV:PIANO SKILLS
5
PERF 215ADVANCED STUDY OF RHYTHM/INTONATION2
PERF 240ELEMENTS OF CONDUCTING2
PERF 380STRING PERFORMANCE CLASS (eight semesters required)0
MPE 330SENIOR SEMINAR IN MUSIC PEDAGOGY1
Major specific requirements (see below)4-6
General Studies (see below)30
Total Credit Hours120-122

Major Specific Requirements 

STB Majors Only
PERF 335ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS - BASS4
VCEL Majors Only
PERF 344ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS - VIOLONCELLO2
VLA Majors Only
PERF 343ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS - VIOLA2
VLN Majors Only
PERF 342ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS - VIOLIN2
VLN, VLA, VCEL, and HARP Majors Only
ENS 307CHAMBER MUSIC (STRINGS) 14-8
1

Students are assigned to chamber music ensembles at the discretion of the director and the program heads for up to eight semesters.  A minimum of four semesters of ENS 307 CHAMBER MUSIC (STRINGS) is required for graduation.

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 Hours30