A total of 120 credit hours is required and is designed to further the student's knowledge, practice, and experience of piano. To graduate, a student must earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all major courses and a minimum average of 2.0 in all course work.

Students will be studying with faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognized.  Courses in music theory and musicology are part of the exploration of music as are private instruction, ensemble and chamber music opportunities.  All students pursuing the B.M. degree will perform a senior recital on their primary instrument/voice.  In addition, performance majors will also complete a junior recital and music composition majors will also give a music composition recital.

With this degree, students can go on to pursue graduate studies in music, establish private studios, audition for music ensembles, or create their own paths in music or music-related endeavors. 

Undergraduate Admission to the School of Music

First-year students should enter the school directly. Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and are eligible to return to the college or university last attended in addition to completing a successful audition. Other students can be admitted only with the permission of the dean. Send applications to the Office of Admissions. Visit the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions for information about international admissions.

Students who wish to major in music must audition. All music students academically approved for admission to the School of Music are admitted contingent upon demonstration by audition of satisfactory level proficiency in their areas of applied music. Music audition information and application forms are available online.  There is a limit of two times a prospective student may request an audition for entrance into one of the School's undergraduate degree programs.  The second request must be within 12 months of the first and may be as early as 1 month following the first audition.  The limitation also applies to students within the School auditioning from one program into another.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to the school from other institutions or from other KU schools if they have at least a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), are eligible to return to the college or university last attended, and complete a successful audition. Only grades of C or higher are accepted in transfer credit toward degrees offered by the School of Music. Students who wish to transfer performance credit from another institution toward any music degree at KU must validate this credit by audition. Music audition information and application forms are available online.  There is a limit of two times a prospective student may request an audition for entrance into one of the School's undergraduate degree programs.  The second request must be within 12 months of the first and may be as early as 1 month following the first audition.  The limitation also applies to students within the School auditioning from one program into another.

Music Theory Placement

The music theory placement examination is required of all undergraduate transfer students who have not completed a 4-semester theory sequence with an accredited NASM school. It is administered as announced on the School of Music website each semester.

B.M. Degree Requirements for the Piano Major

A total of 120 hours is required, distributed as follows:

Music Theory (22)
MTHC 105Theory I4
MTHC 115Theory II4
MTHC 205Theory III4
MTHC 315Theory IV4
MTHC 410Tonal Forms3
MTHC 541Eighteenth-Century Counterpoint3
Musicology (12)
MUSC 320Music History I3
MUSC 340Music History II3
MUSC 440Music History III3
MUSC 480Music History IV3
Music Courses (55)
Applied music lessons: 8 semesters each for credit, plus junior and senior recitals25
PIAN 310Advanced Keyboard Skills2
PIAN 229/429: 6 semesters each for credit6
PIAN 540Piano Pedagogy I3
PIAN 546Piano Pedagogy II3
PIAN 643Piano Repertoire I3
PIAN 644Piano Repertoire 23
PIAN 216/336 Chamber music: 2 semesters each for credit2
REC 100Laboratory in Music Performance (4 semesters)0
COND 245Conducting I2
Ensembles: 4 semesters each for credit4
Music electives2
Basic Courses (31)
ENGL 101Composition (or any course that fulfills GE21)3
ENGL 102Critical Reading and Writing (or any course that fulfills GE21)3
COMS 130Speaker-Audience Communication (or any course that fulfills GE22)3
MATH 101College Algebra (or any course that fulfills GE12)3
Foreign language: 2 semesters of same language10
Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3
Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523
Total Hours120
Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1013ENGL 1023
MTHC 1054MTHC 1154
REC 1000REC 1000
PIAN 1213PIAN 1213
PIAN 2291PIAN 2291
Ensemble1Foreign Language (continue the same langauge)5
Foreign Language (2 semesters of same language)5 
 17 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
MTHC 2054MTHC 3154
MUSC 3203MUSC 3403
REC 1000REC 1000
PIAN 2213PIAN 2213
PIAN 3102PIAN 4291
PIAN 4291MATH 1013
Ensemble1Music elective1
Music elective1 
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
MTHC 4103MUSC 4803
MUSC 4403PIAN 6223
PIAN 6223PIAN 4291
PIAN 4291PIAN 5463
PIAN 5403COMS 1303
Natural Science: any course that fulfills GE3N3Social/Ethics: any course that fulfills AE51 or AE523
 16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
MTHC 5413PIAN 6223
PIAN 6223PIAN 6231
PIAN 6433PIAN 6443
PIAN 3361PIAN 3361
COND 2452Ensemble1
Ensemble1Social Science: any course that fulfills GE3S3
Music elective1 
 14 12
Total Hours: 121