Music Performance (Piano)
Degree: Bachelor of Music
Limited Access: Yes
Address: 204-D Housewright Music Bldg., Tallahassee, FL 32306-1180
Phone: (850) 644-4833
Description of Major
*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*
The program in Music Performance prepares students to become professional performers and scholars. Entering students have to audition to determine placement in appropriate applied music classes. A joint recital during the junior year (MV_ 3970) and a complete recital during the senior year (MV_ 4971) are required to assess competency. Graduates of the program receive the Bachelor of Music degree (B.M.). Performance major options are guitar, harp, jazz, organ, piano, strings, voice, and woodwinds, brass, percussion.
Students should complete the following courses in preparation for placement in upper division status:
MUT X111, X112 (3, 3) Basic Theory I, II
MUT X116, X117 (3, 3) Basic Theory III, IV
MUT X241, X242 (1, 1) Sight singing I, II
MUT X246, X247 (1, 1) Sight singing III, IV
MUN XXXX (4) Courses in Ensemble
MVX XX1X (2-4) Applied Music
MVX XX2X (2-4) Applied Music
Additional courses may be required: contact department.
Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org .
Foreign language requirements vary by major:
For woodwind, brass, percussion, harp, jazz, piano, and orchestral strings: no requirement. For classical guitar: any language through the elementary (1121) level. For organ: any language through the intermediate (2XXX) level. For voice: French, German, and Italian through the first elementary (1120), with additional diction courses.
Admission Requirements to the Major
All entering students must meet appropriate minimum standards through a placement audition (heard by a faculty jury) in applied music before being granted admission to the College of Music.
Major Program of Studies at FSU (80-92 hours)
Placement auditions for all undergraduate majors are given at the end of each applied music series. Some Performance majors are required to demonstrate proficiency in playing piano accompaniments of medium difficulty (MVK 2121B - Class Piano). This requirement must be met before the end of the junior year. Specific requirements for these programs will depend on the principal instrument selected, but all include coursework in Applied Music (principal and secondary instruments), Ensemble, Music History and Literature, Music Theory and Advanced Theory. The following is representative of minimum requirements. Contact the College of Music for more information.
Applied Music (28 to 36 hours; depending on instrument)
MV_ 141 _ (3-4, 3-4) Applied Music Major
MV_ 242_ (3-4, 3-4) Applied Music Major
MV_ 343_ (3-5, 3-5) Applied Music Major
MV_ 444_ (3-5, 3-5) Applied Music Major
Music Theory (16 hours)
MUT 1111, 1112 (3, 3) Music Theory I and II
MUT 1241L, 1242L (1, 1) Sight singing I and II
MUT 2116, 2117 (3, 3) Music Theory III and IV
MUT 2246L, 2247L (1, 1) Sight singing III and IV
Advanced Theory (6 to 9 hours; depending on instrument, to be chosen from the following)
MUT 3421, 3422 (2, 2) 18th Century Counterpoint
MUT 3541 (3) Form and Style: Classic
MUT 3551, 35571 (3, 3) 19th and 20th Century Styles
MUT 4411 (3) 16th Century Counterpoint
MUC 4103r (2, 2) Composition
MUL 4572 (3) Music Since WWII
MUT 4321 (3) Wind Band Arranging
MUT 4311 (2) Orchestration
Music History/Literature (10 hours)
MUL 2110 (2) Survey of Music Literature
MUH 2512 (2) Music Cultures of the World I
MUH 3211 (3) Survey of Music History I
MUH 3212 (3) Survey of Music History II
Ensemble (4-12 hours)
A minimum of two hours must be taken at the upper division level. Piano majors take two hours of accompanying in partial fulfillment of the ensemble requirement. All woodwind and brass freshmen and freshmen transfers must register for MUN 2460 (Chamber Music) during the first Spring and second Fall Terms. (String freshmen and freshmen transfers must register during the first two Fall terms.)
Student Recital Attendance
MUS 1010 (0). Entering freshmen must register for this course for six semesters. Transfer students must consult advisor regarding completion of this requirement.
MV_ 3970 (0) Junior Recital
MV_ 4971 (0) Senior Recital
Other Music (2 to 4 hours; depending on instrument)
MUS 2360 (1) Introduction to Music Technology
MUG 3104 (1) Conducting
Additional Requirements and/or variations to these requirements will depend on the specific major instrument chosen. Contact the College of Music as soon as possible for specific requirements.
Digital Literacy (3 hours)
This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course; see advisor.
Oral Communication Competency (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.
Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Requirements vary by principal instrument
Total Hrs. Required 120-132
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 80-93
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 3
Oral Communication 0-3
Other Coursework 0-15
Electives to bring total credits to 120-132
*NOTE: Up to nine (9) hours of credit from the required Music History, Music Literature and Music Theory courses may also be used to partially General Education requirements.
Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/.
1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers (www.naceweb.org) or the Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm) provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Composer, Performer or Artist, Conductor, Instructor.
Representative Employers: Junior Colleges, Conservatories, Colleges, Entertainment Centers, Universities, Recording Studios, Publishers, Record/Music Companies, Private Clubs.
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