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Music Piano

Major Requirements

Major: Music - Piano Performance

Degree Type: B.Mus.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 128

General Education Requirements for Baccalaureate Degree

  • A list of approved general education courses is available here .
  • General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable. Students should carefully review the major, minor, and program emphases requirements for minimum grade restrictions, should they apply.
Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 May be satisfied with courses required in the major. Review major requirements to determine if a specific upper division writing course is required.

Major Requirements

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all MUSC prefix courses.

Music Core Requirements
MUSC 103Introduction to Music History (May satisfy general education category A)3
MUSC 130Theory and Analysis I3
MUSC 131Theory and Analysis II3
MUSC 132Ear Training & Sight Singing I1
MUSC 133Ear Training & Sight Singing II1
MUSC 189Skills for Academic Success 11
MUSC 230Theory and Analysis III3
MUSC 231Theory and Analysis IV3
MUSC 232Ear Training & Sight Singing III1
MUSC 233Ear Training & Sight Singing IV1
MUSC 250Basic Conducting2
MUSC 340Music History I3
MUSC 341Music History II3
MUSC 385Music Entrepreneurship3
MUSC 411Form and Analysis3
MUSC 430Counterpoint3
MUSC 431Contemporary Harmonic Techniques3
MUSC 380Recital1
MUSC 480Recital1
Applied Music: Select 22 credits from the following:22
Applied Piano
Supplementary Applied Study
Applied Piano
Supplementary Applied Study
Applied Piano
Supplementary Applied Study
Applied Piano
Supplementary Applied Study
Piano Track
MUSC 443Keyboard Literature3
Additional Literature: Select one of the following:2
Wind Band Literature
Survey/Vocal Literature
Symphonic Literature
Opera Literature
MUSC 423Piano Pedagogy I2
MUSC 424Piano Pedagogy II2
Jazz Studies: Select 2 credits from the following:2
Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Combo
Jazz Methods
Jazz Improvisation
Major Ensembles: Select 6 credits from the following:6
Marching Band
University Band
Statesmen of NDSU
Wind Symphony
University Symphony Orchestra
Concert Choir
Minor Ensembles: Select 6 credits from the following:6
Jazz Ensemble
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
Piano Chamber Music
Jazz Combo
Select 2 credits from the following:2
Opera Workshop
Piano Chamber Music
Composition I
Composition II
Individual Study
Performance Attendance: Must enroll in 5 different semesters
MUSC 180Performance Attendance0
Total Credits89

 MUSC 189 is only required for first-time, first-year students--A first-time, first-year student is defined as a student who has not yet completed a college course as a college student.  Students that are not first-time, first-year students that either transfer into the university or change their major are not required to take MUSC 189.

Degree Notes                                         

  • Music majors may not declare a music minor.