In addition to the courses listed, students must earn eighteen credits of performance study on the principal keyboard instrument, twelve of which must be at the 300 level or above; four credits of performance study in a secondary instrument or voice; and nine credits of ensemble or accompaying, with no more than five credits in either area. Two credits of MUS 450 are required. A piano proficiency exam must be passed.
Students must earn three credits in music electives with non-performance focus, but related to the principal instrument and its repertoire, history, and/or pedagogy. Students must earn five credits of music electives with focus on theory, history, literature, or conducting (Indedpendent Study with this focus is acceptable). The remaining three credits cannot be performance study or ensemble with the principal instrument.
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