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  May 17, 2021
UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG 2019-2020 [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Music in Performance: Piano (B.M.)

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Entrance Expectations:

To enter the four-year course of study in the Bachelor of Music in Performance (Piano), preparatory training must be sufficient to permit the student to pursue the following studies:

 Major and minor scales in parallel motion (two-octave minimum); technical studies such as Czerny Opus 299; Bach Two-Part Inventions, Suites, Well-Tempered Clavier; easier sonatas of Mozart,  Beethoven, and Haydn; intermediate works of Romantic and Modern composers  (Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Scriabin, Bartók, Prokofiev, Barber, Copland, etc.)

The audition for entrance into the performance area will include at least two pieces in contrasting styles, played from memory.


Exit Expectations:

At the time of the senior recital in Bachelor of Music in Performance (Piano), the student should be able to perform an hour-long recital from memory.  The recital should be adequate to serve as an entrance audition for a graduate program audition.  The recital program will be comprised of repertoire from the four common-practice periods of music history to include such works as the following:

The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books One and Two, English Suites, French Suites, and Toccatas of J.S. Bach; advanced sonatas of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and D. Scarlatti, advanced Romantic repertoire such as the scherzos and ballades of Chopin, the character works of Brahms and the extended character pieces of Franz Liszt; advanced Impressionistic works of Debussy and Ravel; sonatas and advanced character pieces of modern composers such as Bartók, Prokofiev, Barber, Copland, etc.)




University Core - Science (7 hours)

Seven hours of science hours are required, including one 4-hour lab course.  Students are encouraged to choose from one of the following lab courses below:

University Core - Mathematics (3 hours)

Any MAT course numbered 105 or higher, determined in consultation with the advisor.

Modern Foreign Language (6 Hours)

6 hours of German language courses.

University Core - Physical Education (3 hours)

Three hours are required.  Recommended courses are listed below:

University Core - Chapel

Students at Mississippi College are required to complete chapel requirements based on the student classification at the time of enrollment as detailed below:

Freshman (0-23 semester hours) 4 semesters
Sophomore (24-53 semester hours) 3 semesters
Junior (54-83 semester hours) 2 semesters
Senior (84 or more semester hours) 1 semester

Students classified as ADP (Accelerated Degree Program) and students enrolled in online degree programs are exempt from chapel requirements.


Applied Music (42 sem. hrs.)


Sufficient elective hours must be taken to meet the minimum hour requirement for graduation in this program.  Electives should be chosen in consultation with advisor.

Total: 130 sem. hrs.


  is recommended for the 3-hour science lecture course in the University Core science requirement.

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