Music B.M. – Piano Emphasis

College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact: Vergie Amendola, M.M., Head, Keyboard Area

Location: Frasier Hall 108

Telephone: 970.351.2993

Fax: 970.351.1923


Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of two parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Music degree is the initial professional degree in music. Its primary emphasis is on development of the skills, concepts and sensitivity essential to the professional life of a musician. It also prepares students for advanced study in graduate school.

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Students planning to major in music are required to submit an application to the School of Music. The music application and appropriate instructions are provided by the Admissions Office upon request, or upon receipt of an Application for Admission that specifically indicates a music major. Auditions are required of all applicants to the School of Music. Information concerning auditions may be requested from the School of Music, University of Northern Colorado, Frasier Hall, Greeley, Colorado 80639, phone 970.351.2993 or at our website
  • Students meeting the general admission requirements of the University may be accepted as undeclared majors. Students will be designated as music majors and accepted by the School of Music after a successful audition.
  • Minimum Proficiencies. Minimum proficiency in music fundamentals and ear training as assessed by the Music Theory Placement Exam to enter MUS 113/114.

Program Requirements:

  • MUS 100 Recitals, Concerts and Productions must be taken each semester in residence.
  • Students must take Individual Performance each semester in residence.
  • Students must enroll in a Major Musical Organization for four semesters and enroll in four semesters of ensemble by advisement.
  • A half Junior Recital and full Senior Recital are required for all emphasis.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 6 credits

LAC area 3.a. — Arts

MUS 243History of Music I


LAC — Electives

MUS 244History of Music II


Remaining LAC — 34 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 74 credits

Take all of the following courses:

MUS 100Recitals, Concerts and Productions


MUS 113Music Theory I


MUS 114Aural Skills and Sight Singing I


MUS 115Music Theory II


MUS 116Aural Skills and Sight Singing II


MUS 143Musical Styles and Context


MUS 213Music Theory III


MUS 214Aural Skills and Sight Singing III


MUS 215Music Theory IV


MUS 216Aural Skills and Sight Singing IV


MUS 302Form and Analysis


MUS 323Choral Techniques and Conducting


MUS 348Accompanying and Coaching I


MUS 349Accompanying and Coaching II


MUS 352Piano Pedagogy I


MUS 353Piano Pedagogy II


MUS 403Acoustics of Music


MUS 415Keyboard Literature I


MUS 416Keyboard Literature II


Major Musical Organization




Individual Performance in Piano


NOTES: Four semesters, with a minimum of 16 credits, of 400-level instruction (Individual Performance) are required.

The student must pass an upper-level qualifying examination, determined by the performance area, before he/she may enroll in 400-level instruction. This examination is to be taken by the end of the fourth semester of 200-level instruction. If the student does not pass the examination on the first try, he/she may retake it once in the subsequent semester.

Choose one of the following music technology or music business courses:

MUS 209Introduction to Music Technology


MUS 309Music for Video


MUS 313Digital Composition


MUS 460Survey of the Music Business


Remaining Major

Take 6 credits from MUS-prefix coursework.