Bachelor of Music Performance – Emphasis in Piano

Southeastern’s piano performance major is designed for pianists called to perform at the highest levels of musicianship. Within the program itself, you’ll first take foundational courses including theory, music history, ear training and piano lessons. Study alongside professors with extensive experience in the field — including training at top conservatories, performing abroad and playing in a myriad of settings.You’ll also participate in ensembles as well as labs and piano lessons taken with members of our highly trained music faculty — sessions during which you’ll perform for and critique fellow piano students. In addition to taking lessons, practicing and performing, you’ll learn the business side of music by participating in university-sponsored productions and playing gigs off campus. Studying piano literature and pedagogy will round off your training to help you learn the history of your craft and methods to teach it to the next generation of musicians.

In addition to multiple performance opportunities, study piano literature and pedagogy to help you learn the history of craft and methods to teach it to the next generation of musicians.

Program Details

65 hours of major core
55 hours of general education
10 hours of electives

Total credit hours — 130

Music Majors, Ensembles and Scholarship Auditions

In addition to acceptance to Southeastern University, each student pursuing a music degree at SEU must also apply and be accepted to the Department of Music. Music minors do not require an audition. The online music application must be completed via Acceptd in order to schedule an audition. After completing the music application, an audition time will be sent to you for the date requested. Please note that music scholarships are listed as part of an applicant’s financial aid award package. Therefore, applicants must complete the university application process before a music award can be confirmed.

Sample Core Courses

  • Aural Theory (MUSC 1041) — This course provides training in the recognition of fundamental melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns. In addition, training is provided in sight-reading melodic and rhythmic excerpts with a moderate level of difficulty.
  • Music Theory (MUSC 1233) — This course is a study of the fundamental principles of harmonic progression and harmonic rhythm, seventh chords, modulation, secondary dominants, leading-tone chords and four-part composition. Included in this course is the study of small musical forms.
  • Music History and Literature III (MUSC 3732) — This course is a study of basic styles of music history from the late Romantic period to the present day, with emphasis on listening and analysis.
  • Orchestration (MUSC 4712) — This course is a study of the fundamental principles of writing for musical instruments. The transpositions, ranges, abilities and limitations of all the standard orchestral instruments are explored along with an overview of some of the scoring techniques used by composers.