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Curriculum: Keyboard Graduate Students

Life isn't an audition.

Any music school can make you a better player. Our interconnected courses are built to transform you intellectually, artistically, professionally, and individually. You'll understand the roots of your music, freeing you to take it somewhere new. You'll see how your training broadens your options, rather than narrowing them. You'll find your voice. And you'll enter the world with the same confidence you bring to the stage.

Piano or Organ

Required Courses

Curriculum: Master of Music in Keyboard Instruments
Credit total: 46

Rec. Course #/Title Cr.
Private Instruction
1st/2nd yr. PVL 600 Major Instruction 16
Performance Class
  PRF 352 Piano Forum 1
Musicianship and Music Theory
Credits earned for MMT 602/604 will not count toward the overall credit requirements for graduation, but will affect the student’s GPA.
1st yr. MMT 602 Musicianship Review 3
2nd yr. MMT 604 Music Theory Review 3
Music History and Literature (12 credits total)
Students may pass part or all of the music history placement exam. Students who fail the first part must take MHL 602, and students who fail the second part must take MHL 603. MHL 602 and 603 will count towards the 12 credits required. Students will not receive credit by exam for placing out of MHL 602 or 603. MHL 300-500 are undergraduate courses and do not count for this requirement.
1st yr. MHL 602 Topics in Music History 3
1st yr. MHL 603 Topics in Music History 3
1st yr. Proseminar MHL 650-699 3
  MMT 702 or MHL 600-799 9
Career and Professional Development (2 credits)
Classes that fulfill the Career and Professional Development requirements include: APP 252, APP 272, APP 402, APP 404, APP 408, APP 410, APP 412, and APP 414. Students are encouraged to develop a focused Independent Study Project.
Ensembles (6 credits total)
  ENS 200-599 6
Electives (9 credits total)
Courses numbered HMS 202-590, MMT 202-799, and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, MHL series that aren't used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.

Juries and Recitals
Organ: Two public recitals are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements. At least two compositions of recent origin should be played. Performance of works with other instruments is encouraged.

Piano: Two graduate juries are required to determine fulfillment of performance requirements; two graduate recitals are required. Recital programs are to be approved by the major professor and the piano department; one program may include a chamber work. The first graduate piano recital should be representative of all musical periods. For the second recital, the student is encouraged to specialize in a particular repertoire, period or genre. At any time during a graduate student's residency, a one-time concerto performance requirement must be satisfied at an additional concerto jury.

1st yr. JRMM1 First Graduate Jury (Piano only)  
1st yr RCTMM1 First Graduate Recital  
2nd yr. JRMM2 Second Graduate Jury (Piano only)  
2nd yr. RCTCON Concerto Jury (Piano only)  
2nd yr. RCTMM2 Second Graduate Recital  

Harpsichord

Required Courses

Credit total: 53.5

Rec. Course #/Title Cr.
Private Instruction
1st/2nd yr. PVL 600 Major Instruction 16
Performance Class
1st/2nd yr. PRF 354 Harpsichord Class 4
  PRF 352 Piano Forum .5
Musicianship and Music Theory
Credits earned for MMT 602/604 will not count toward the overall credit requirements for graduation, but will affect the student’s GPA.
1st yr. MMT 602 Musicianship Review 3
2nd yr. MMT 604 Music Theory Review 3
Music History and Literature (12 credits total)
Students may pass part or all of the music history placement exam. Students who fail the first part must take MHL 602, and students who fail the second part must take MHL 603. MHL 602 and 603 will count towards the 12 credits required. Students will not receive credit by exam for placing out of MHL 602 or 603. MHL 300-500 are undergraduate courses and do not count for this requirement.
1st yr. MHL 602 Topics in Music History 3
1st yr. MHL 603 Topics in Music History 3
1st yr. Proseminar MHL 650-699 3
  MMT 702 or MHL 600-799 9
Career and Professional Development (2 credits)
Classes that fulfill the Career and Professional Development requirements include: APP 252, APP 272, APP 402, APP 404, APP 408, APP 410, APP 412, and APP 414. Students are encouraged to develop a focused Independent Study Project.
Ensembles (6 credits of ENS 210; 8 credits of ENS 212)
  ENS 210 Baroque Ensemble 6
  ENS 212 Continuo Playing 8
Electives (5 credits total)
Courses numbered HMS 202-590, MMT 202-799, and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, MHL series that aren't used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.
Juries and Recitals
1st yr. JRMM1 First Graduate Jury  
1st yr. RCTMM1 First Graduate Recital  
2nd yr. JRMM2 Second Graduate Jury  
2nd yr. RCTMM2 Second Graduate Recital  

Historical Performance Emphasis for Keyboard (Graduate) (total credits: 9-11)

  • ENS 210 (Conservatory Baroque Ensemble) (2 semesters, 4 credits)
  • ENS 212 (Continuo Playing) (1 semester, 2 credits). Not required if student can demonstrate prior experience.
  • MHL 733 (Performance Practice: Baroque Era) (1 semester, 3 credits). In years where MHL 733 is not offered, students should register for MHL 400 (Introduction to Performance Practice).
  • PRF 354 (Harpsichord Class) (2 semesters, 2 credits)
  • HPE Jury: Jury requirements as determined by HPE faculty (HPE jury is in addition to major instrument jury)

These credits also count towards the Master of Music degree.