Music Performance: Keyboard (BM)

Degree: Bachelor of Music
Major: Music Performance – Keyboard Performance
Program Code: 3286

About This Major . . .

The Bachelor of Music Performance is designed for those students who desire a performance-focused career. A strong core curriculum of musicianship courses includes music theory, history, literature, pedagogy, ensemble performance, and applied study. These courses develop the student's abilities and prepare them to perform in a plethora of venues. As a musician in the 21st Century, this degree also seeks to create excellent performers who create their own future. This program will train musicians with professional skills to make their own opportunities, shape their careers like entrepreneurs, produce their own performances, collaborate with artists from other genres and art forms and perform at a high artistic level.  Training in the following areas will assist performers to create a meaningful career in music: identifying entrepreneurial opportunities in music and the creative sector, interdisciplinary collaborations, e-marketing your music, creating an artist’s digital portfolio, video marketing, and independent business website.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Develop and express music judgments through solo performances (Critical Thinking)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of music history and music theory in oral and written presentations. (Communication Fluency)
  3. Synthesize knowledge of repertory and pedagogy specific to the student’s instrument. (Specialized Knowledge)
  4. Create digital portfolio, and create their own marketing and/or business brand that reflects current trends in the music profession. (Communication Fluency)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below. If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 110Mathematical Investigations-GTMA13
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 2
Select one Natural Sciences course3
Select one Natural Sciences course with a lab4
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of “C” or better and must be completed by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


One course must include a lab.

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours.

Foundation Courses

(24 semester hours, must pass each course with a “C” or better.)

MUSA 111Music Technology1
MUSA 114Theory I-Introduction3
MUSA 115Theory II-Diatonic Concepts3
MUSA 116Ear Training and Sightsinging I2
MUSA 117Ear Training and Sightsinging II2
MUSA 214Theory III - Chromatic Concepts3
MUSA 215Theory IV - Twentieth Century Form and Analysis3
MUSL 1__ Music Lesson2
MUSL 2__ Music Lesson2
MUSP 1__ Music Performance1
MUSP 1__ Music Performance1
MUSP 2__ Music Performance1
Total Semester Credit Hours24

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(56 semester hours, must pass each course with a “C” or better and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher in coursework in this area.)

  • MUSP and MUSL credits may only be used once on a program sheet.  Student should consult their advisor when determining the section to use these courses.
  • Students deficient in piano skills will be required to complete MUSA 130, MUSA 131, MUSA 230, and MUSA 231 in the first two years.  Some Essential Learning credits will have to be completed in the junior year.
Music Core
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 101Concert Attendance0
MUSA 250Beginning Conducting2
MUSA 258Introduction to Improvisation1
MUSA 268Beginning Jazz Improvisation1
MUSA 311Advanced Music Technology2
MUSA 317Applied Orchestration and Arranging2
MUSA 326Music History and Literature I3
MUSA 327Music History and Literature II3
Select two of the following Music Business Electives:4
Electronic Music
Music Industry and Marketing
Entrepreneurship for Creatives
Arts Management
MUSA 426The Music of World Cultures2
MUSP 320Junior Recital1
MUSL 1__Music Lesson2
MUSL 2__Music Lesson2
MUSL 3__Music Lesson2
MUSL 3__Music Lesson2
MUSL 4__Music Lesson2
MUSL 4__Music Lesson2
MUSP 2__Music Performance1
MUSP 3__Music Performance1
MUSP 3__Music Performance1
MUSP 4__Music Performance1
MUSP 4__Music Performance1
MUSP 420Senior Recital/Presentation1
Foreign Language
One courses in the foreign language 13
Keyboard Performance
MUSA 302Keyboard Literature I3
MUSA 304Keyboard Literature II3
MUSA 310Accompanying Techniques2
MUSA 411Piano Pedagogy3
Select 3 semester hours from Fine and Performing Arts, must be outside of the concentration3
Total Semester Credit Hours56

Must receive a grade of “C” or better.

General Electives

All college level courses appearing on your final transcript, not listed above that will bring your total semester hours to 120 hours. 3 semester hours.

Select electives3
Total Semester Credit Hours3
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 114 Theory I-Introduction 3
MUSA 116 Ear Training and Sightsinging I 2
MUSA 111 Music Technology 1
MUSL 1__Music Lesson 2
MUSP 1__Music Performance 1
MATH 110 Mathematical Investigations-GTMA1 3
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 115 Theory II-Diatonic Concepts 3
MUSA 117 Ear Training and Sightsinging II 2
MUSL 1__Music Lesson 2
MUSP 1__Music Performance 1
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 214 Theory III - Chromatic Concepts 3
MUSA 258 Introduction to Improvisation 1
MUSL 2__Music Lesson 2
MUSP 2__Music Performance 1
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
Essential Learning - Natural Science with Lab 4
Essential Learning - History 3
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 215 Theory IV - Twentieth Century Form and Analysis 3
MUSL 2__Music Lesson 2
MUSP 2__Music Performance 1
MUSA 250 Beginning Conducting 2
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 268 Beginning Jazz Improvisation 1
MUSA 326 Music History and Literature I 3
MUSA 411 Piano Pedagogy 3
MUSL 3__Music Lesson 2
MUSP 3__Music Performance 1
Music Business Elective 2
Foundation Course - Foreign Language 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 310 Accompanying Techniques 2
MUSP 320 Junior Recital 1
MUSA 327 Music History and Literature II 3
MUSL 3__Music Lesson 2
MUSP 3__Music Performance 1
Music Business Elective 2
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 317 Applied Orchestration and Arranging 2
MUSA 302 Keyboard Literature I 3
MUSA 311 Advanced Music Technology 2
MUSL 4__Music Lesson 2
MUSP 4__Music Performance 1
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Fine Arts Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
MUSA 101 Concert Attendance 0
MUSA 304 Keyboard Literature II 3
MUSP 420 Senior Recital/Presentation 1
MUSL 4__Music Lesson 2
MUSP 4__Music Performance 1
MUSA 426 The Music of World Cultures 2
Essential Learning - Natural Science 3
KINA Activity 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.