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Music (BM) in Performance with an Emphasis in Collaborative Piano


Effective 1 June 2020 through 31 May 2021

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This program is offered by the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Music and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

Program Description

The bachelor of music in performance is a pre-professional degree designed to prepare students who wish to pursue a future in the professional music world as a performing artist or studio teacher. This degree requires an emphasis in collaborative piano, orchestral instruments, jazz, piano or voice.

The collaborative piano emphasis is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a professional music career as a chamber musician and/or accompanist and vocal coach. Extensive applied instruction and classes in technique, collaborative piano literature (both instrument and vocal), vocal diction and coaching, and ensemble experience constitute the core of the curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this degree program, in addition the departmental outcomes, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the language proficiency sufficient to permit an accurate ensemble and continue to grow toward fluency or near-fluency in the major art song language.
  • Exhibit sustained growth, strength and assurance in the art and skill of vocal coaching. 
  • Display fluency in accompanying a vocalist or instrumentalist in recitals, masterclasses and advanced study situations; playing a piano rehearsal for a soloist and conductor of a symphony orchestra; coaching insures or instrumentalists in performance repertoire; and the like.

Admission and Audition Requirements

To be admitted as an undergraduate music major or music minor, applicants must complete an in-person audition/interview with the music faculty and complete various diagnostic examinations. Auditions are arranged through the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Specific information on the audition requirements for each music degree program is available from the department's website. Priority consideration for performance scholarships is given to students who complete all admission requirements before February 28 of the application year.

Performance Requirements

Much of the music that we make is collaborative in nature, with a mix of keyboard, wind, brass, string and percussion instruments and voices. So that performance majors develop an ability to work with others beyond an accompanist, all performance majors presenting junior and senior recitals will include on each recital or in a Thursday student recital at least one 3-minute work that includes collaboration with a performer other than or in addition to piano. Works longer than 3 minutes are encouraged. 

Degree Requirements

For information on the general requirements for a degree, see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements under the Academic Policies and Information section of this catalog.

  • 108-109 required credit hours
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours, with accommodations for the bachelor of music
  • Electives

Global Citizenship Program for the Bachelor of Music

  • GLBC 1200 Global Cornerstone Seminar
  • 6 credit hours from courses designated ‘Roots of Cultures’ (One course with the MUSC prefix can fulfill GCP and major requirements simultaneously.)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Social Systems & Human Behavior’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Global Understanding’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Physical & Natural World’ or ‘Quantitative Literacy’
  • KEYS 4XXX Global Keystone Seminar

NOTE: Except where specified otherwise, the above courses must not also satisfy major requirements. GCP skills requirements may be fulfilled with the courses above, courses in the major, or electives. 'Arts Appreciation' is satisfied in meeting the requirements for the major.

Required Courses

Music Theory and History Core

  • MUSC 1010, MUSC 1020, MUSC 2010, MUSC 2020 Music Theory I-IV (12 hours)
  • MUSC 1810, MUSC 1820, MUSC 2810, MUSC 2820 Musicianship I-IV (8 hours)
  • MUSC 2030, MUSC 2040 Survey of Music History I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 4700 Advanced Topics in Music (taken in junior or senior year only) (2-3 hours)

Performance Courses

  • MUSC 2601, MUSC 3001, MUSC 4001 Applied Piano (4 hours)
  • MUSC 4120 Piano Accompanying (including sight-reading) (six semesters required) (12 hours)
  • MUSC 0890 Recital Attendance (six semesters required) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 0990 Master Class (taken every semester) (0 hours)
  • Junior Recital (0 hours)
  • Senior Recital (0 hours)

Major Ensemble
8 hours over 8 semesters, as approved by advisor, to be selected from:

  • MUSC 4900 Webster University Concert Choir (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4910 Webster University Chamber Singers (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4920 Webster University Aurelia (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4940 Webster University Orchestra (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4955 Webster University Jazz Singers (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4960 Webster University Jazz Ensembles (1-2 hours per semester)
  • MUSC 4970 Webster University Jazz Collective (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4980 Webster University Wind Ensemble (1 hour per semester)

Supportive Courses

  • MUSC 2127 Vocal Diction Practicum (four semesters required) (4 hours)
  • MUSC 4140 Lyric Diction (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4250, MUSC 4255 Vocal Pedagogy I, II (4 hours)
  • MUSC 2002 Applied Voice (six one-credit semesters required) (6 hours)
  • MUSC 3070 Orchestration I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3410 Conducting I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4040 Music of the Twentieth Century (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4150 The Art Song (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4170, MUSC 4175, MUSC 4180 Piano Literature I, II, III (6 hours)
  • MUSC 4260, MUSC 4270 Piano Pedagogy I, II (4 hours) 
  • MUSC 4185 Piano in Chamber Music Literature (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4360 The Working Musician (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4370 Marketing for Musicians (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4450 World Music and Ethnomusicology (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4930 World Music Performance Ensemble (1 hour)
  • MUSC 4950 Webster University Chamber Music Ensembles (accompanying with instruments) (six semesters required) (6 hours)

All candidates for this degree must complete one year of college study for French, German, or Italian, or show equivalent proficiency through examination. 

Collaborative piano students will be assigned as collaborative pianists for other music majors, and will accompany chorus ensembles. Additionally, they will work with professional musicians from the St. Louis area, including members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (Chamber Music/Accompanying Class), and/or advanced students int he Community Music School Prep Program. In addition, solo playing will be required.