Program Details

Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Piano Performance

Offered By: College of Fine Arts and Production
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
ProgramLength:
Total Program Credits: 120
Campus: 15 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Program Tuition Rate:
Campus: $8250 per semester. [More Info]

Overview

Learn the Keys to a Future in Music

Balance a liberal arts foundation with opportunities to perform in the Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Piano Performance program. In this program, offered by the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University (GCU), you explore a breadth of coursework that aims to improve your playing and prepare you for performance. Gain a well-rounded education in the arts that explores piano, instrument and voice training.

At GCU, our piano performance program enhances your skills through a combination of theory; learning labs; and private, applied practice. Establish techniques to play collaboratively or as part of a choral group, and take advanced coursework in pedagogy to explore piano teaching. Solo recitals frequent your curriculum and lead to your culminating program experience: The senior recital, hosted by the music department, provides the perfect stage for you to demonstrate your advanced talents in piano performance.

You will be required to audition for acceptance into the piano performance degree program.

Degree Outcomes

Advanced Piano Techniques and Performing

In the Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Piano Performance degree program, you advance your knowledge of piano playing, composition and education through advanced coursework and private instruction. This program provides opportunities to perform as part of an ensemble and on your own to increase your comfort performing in solo and collaborative recitals as well as your familiarity with the stage.

What You Will Learn

Collaborative Piano Performance Curriculum

In this piano performance degree program, you study a breadth of topics, including:

  • Class piano and voice
  • Private piano study and performance training
  • Music theory including aural skills and musicianship
  • Form and analysis, conducting and piano literature
  • Collaborative piano techniques and repertoire

Career Outcomes

Career Options in Piano Performance

As a graduate with this degree in piano performance, you may choose to pursue a career as a pianist, private piano instructor, musician or composer. Typical workplaces include private music schools, musical groups and ensembles, performance centers and entertainment agencies.

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. In order to view the specific course content and credit length available for your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
66 credits
Open Elective Credits:
14-20 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
120 credits

General Education Requirements

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Requirements

Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.

Course Options

  • UNV-103, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

Course Options

  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits
  • COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4 credits
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.

Course Options

  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

Course Options

  • INT-244, World Religions: 4 credits
  • PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

Study is devoted to the structure of music, which includes harmony, melody, form, and rhythm. Skill development in analysis and composition is emphasized. The music of the "common practice period" will be studied. Co-requisite: MUS-130L.

Course Description

This course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Study is devoted to the structure of music, which includes: harmony, melody, form, and rhythm. Skill development in analysis and composition is emphasized. The music of the “common practice period” will be studied. Co-requisite: MUS-130.

Course Description

This course is class instruction for students with limited or no previous voice training. Instruction includes the study of vocal technique and is designed to pass Part I of the Vocal Proficiency Examination. The voice proficiency requirements are identified in the music handbook.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-130, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. Prerequisites: MUS-130 and MUS-130L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-160L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-130L, this course emphasizes aural skill development through practical study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training is utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-130 and MUS-130L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-160.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MVC-109. It includes passing Part II of the Voice Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MVC-109.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey of music from primitive times to the mid-18th century. It presents the growth of music in the Middle Ages and Renaissance through the contrapuntal schools, culminating in the work of J. S. Bach and the development of opera and oratorio during the baroque period.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-160, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. Music examples are selected from Bach through Wagner. It also includes an advanced study in analysis and part writing utilizing modulation and chromatic harmony. Prerequisites: MUS-160 and MUS-160L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-262L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-160L, this course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training will be utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-160 and MUS-160L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-262.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MVC-259. It includes passing Part III of the Voice Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MVC-259.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey of music from the mid-18th century to modern times. Study is devoted to the rise of homophonic music, the art song, the nationalistic schools, and the principal composers of the classical, romantic, and contemporary periods. Prerequisite: MUS-360 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-262, this course emphasizes skill development through analysis and composition. This course includes analysis and composition methods of music of the late 19th through the 20th century. Prerequisites: MUS-262 and MUS-262L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-351L.

Course Description

A continuation of MUS-262L, this course is a study in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation; basic keyboard performance; and sight singing. Computer-assisted ear training will be utilized. Prerequisites: MUS-262 and MUS-262L or Music Department approval. Co-requisite: MUS-351.

Course Description

This course is a continuation of MVC-359. It includes passing Part IV of the Voice Proficiency Examination. Prerequisite: MVC-359.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is a study of the various organizational structures in music, from motive, phrase, and period, through binary and ternary forms to the most complex, such as the variation, rondo, and sonata. Works of the masters are analyzed from the standpoint of form. Prerequisites: MUS-351 and MUS-351L, or MUS-275 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey of baroque and classical periods. Emphasis is on learning the standard piano repertoire through reading and listening assignments. Prerequisite: MUS-369 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is a study of the fundamentals and techniques of conducting. Emphasis is placed on basic conducting skills, fundamentals of baton technique, left hand technique, non-verbal communication, leadership, conducting terminology, transpositions, and score reading.

Course Description

This writing intensive course is a survey of romantic and contemporary periods. Emphasis is on learning the standard piano repertoire through reading and listening assignments. Prerequisite: MUS-369 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

A formal, public recital, sponsored by the music department, in which the student presents a solo recital of a length appropriate to the major. The recital is to be given in the student's junior year. The student must concurrently be enrolled in the appropriate level of private instruction.

Course Description

This course is a study and application in techniques of scoring and arranging music for various combinations of musical mediums. Includes scoring for strings, woodwinds, brasses, percussion, and voices.

Course Description

This course is a study of advanced techniques of choral conducting. Rehearsal techniques, score reading, artistic interpretation, baton technique, and rehearsal techniques will be explored. Prerequisite: MUS-223.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to collaborative and accompanying techniques and repertoire. Emphasis is placed on effective personal practice and preparation methods and ensemble rehearsal techniques. Collaborative skills of shared musical leadership, ensemble balance, and other performance issues are addressed through master class and private coaching of repertoire prepared as part of required assignments in vocal and/or instrumental studios. Score study, sight-reading, as well as techniques for dealing with orchestral piano reductions are also covered. Prerequisite: Advanced Standing or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is a study of beginner fundamentals of piano teaching. It includes survey, analysis, classification, and evaluation of beginning piano methods. Principles of studio management and planning are introduced. This course includes observation and supervised teaching in the Piano Laboratory Program, and both individual and group lesson settings. Prerequisite: MUS-377 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

This course is a study of intermediate/early advanced fundamentals of piano teaching. It includes survey of, analysis, classification, and evaluation of beginning piano methods. Emphasis is also placed on studio management and planning. This course includes observation and supervised teaching in the Piano Laboratory Program, and both individual and group lesson settings. Prerequisite: MUS-427 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is a survey of contrapuntal practice from the 18th century. Background reference is made to early polyphonic music. Emphasis is given to 16th century species counterpoint and to analyzing and writing inventions and fugues in the 18th century style of J. S. Bach. An introduction is provided for the use of counterpoint in 20th century composition. Prerequisites: MUS-351 and MUS-351L, or MUS-275.

Course Description

This course is a continuation to Collaborative Piano I. Collaborative and accompanying techniques and repertoire continue to be developed; collaborative skills of shared musical leadership, ensemble balance, and other performance issues are addressed through master class and private coaching of repertoire prepared as part of required assignments in vocal and/or instrumental studios. Score study, sight-reading, as well as techniques for dealing with orchestral piano reductions are also covered. Prerequisite: MUS-417 or Music Department approval.

Course Description

This course is the private applied study required for music majors in their major instrument or area. Prerequisites: Music Department approval and placement audition.

Course Description

A formal, public recital, sponsored by the music department, in which the student presents a solo recital of a length appropriate to the major. The recital is to be given in the student's senior year. Student must concurrently be enrolled in the appropriate level of private instruction.

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