Jul 21, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Piano Pedagogy Major (B.Mus.)


Major code BM5104

College of Fine Arts  
Music, School of  
Glidden Hall 440
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4244
music@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music

Christopher Fisher, contact person
fisherc@ohio.edu

Program Overview

The Ohio University Piano Performance & Pedagogy program is one of the country’s most active and highly regarded programs. Students gain valuable teaching experience through their work with pre-college children, university students, and adults in both group and private learning environments.

Recognized for a nurturing yet rigorous learning environment, the Piano Performance and Pedagogy curriculum promotes high performance and academic standards and offers a wide array of performance opportunities, stimulating coursework, supervised teaching, and research initiatives. 

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

All undergraduates, whether prospective freshmen or transfer students, are required to audition for admission to the degree programs offered by the School of Music. In general, students may not pursue coursework in the major until they have successfully auditioned and been admitted to a music degree program.

Students auditioning for the BM in Piano Pedagogy will perform one composition from each of the following categories:  

  • Baroque: A prelude and fugue or other major work by J.S. Bach  
  • Classical: The first movement of a sonata by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, or composer of similar difficulty (excluding Mozart Sonata, K. 545, Beethoven Sonatas, Op. 49, Nos. 1 and 2, and Op. 79)  
  • One contrasting selection from the 19th, 20th, or 21st century 

Students will also be assigned a quick-study piece roughly one week prior to the audition. All repertoire must be performed from memory, with the exception of this quick-study piece and any contemporary works of particular complexity. 

Change of Program Policy

Students currently attending Ohio University who wish to declare a major in music are required to audition for admission to the School of Music before they may declare the major.

External Transfer Admission

All undergraduates, whether prospective freshmen or transfer students, are required to audition for admission to the degree programs offered by the School of Music. In general, students may not pursue coursework in the major until they have successfully auditioned and been admitted to a music degree program.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The program is a preprofessional course of study that prepares students to pursue advanced graduate degree programs in performance, to engage in professional performance activities, or to establish private teaching studios. The discipline and critical insights gained from pursuing a professional degree in music can also have implications for other career options.

Requirements

University-wide Graduation Requirements


Ohio University requires completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours for conferral of a bachelor’s degree. However, the Bachelor of Music major in piano with an emphasis in pedagogy requires a minimum of 124 hours. For more information on the minimum hours requirement and other university-wide requirements, please review the Graduation Requirements – University-wide  page.

Aural Skills, Music Theory, and Music History and Literature


Complete the following courses during freshman and sophomore years:

Music Theory


Complete the following courses:

Music History and Literature


Complete the following course:

Music History and Literature


Complete the following courses:

Ensemble


Complete 8 semesters of large ensemble for 1 hour each semester. Music majors must perform in a large ensemble every semester in residence. See School of Music Undergraduate Handbook for ensembles appropriate to the principal instrument and major.

Performance Lab


Complete 6 semesters of the following course:

Applied Piano


Complete 8 semesters of the following course for 4 hours each semester:

Keyboard Proficiency


Students are required to pass the Keyboard Skills Proficiency (KSP) exam.

Music Theory or Music History and Literature Electives


Complete two courses from the following:

Conducting and Chamber Music Literature


Complete the following courses:

Keyboard Repertoire and Pedagogy


Complete the following courses (MUS 3921 for 3 semesters and MUS 4500 for 2 semesters):

Recital


Both of the following courses are required for the completion of the program.