The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Performance (Piano), Bachelor of Music

This degree is designed to train students for careers in the professional world of music performance or who wish to pursue a graduate degree in music.

Core Curriculum Requirements – 42 Hours

The Core Curriculum serves as a broad foundation for the undergraduate degree. All candidates for a bachelor’s degree must achieve core student learning outcomes, including communication, critical thinking, empirical and quantitative skills, teamwork, personal responsibility and social responsibility, by completing courses within each category or component area of the Core Curriculum as outlined below.

The University has approved specific courses that satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements. Approved courses can be found on the Core Curriculum Page. Students seeking the most efficient way to complete the core curriculum and major or minor requirements are advised to take approved courses that can fulfill both requirements. Although core curriculum courses can also be used to fulfill major or minor requirements, earned credits hours are only applied once. The courses listed below fulfill core curriculum and major requirements. Students who have completed a core curriculum category with courses other than those listed below will still be required to take the listed course(s) to meet major requirements.

040 Language, Philosophy, and Culture – 3 hours

MUSI 1309World Music Cultures

3

050 Creative Arts – 3 hours

MUSI 1308Music History and Literature I

3

Major Requirements – 78 Hours

Required Courses - 24 hours

Music Core
MUSI 1211Music Theory I

2

MUSI 1116Sight Singing and Ear Training I

1

MUSI 1212Music Theory II

2

MUSI 1117Sight Singing and Ear Training II

1

MUSI 2211Music Theory III

2

MUSI 2116Sight Singing and Ear Training III

1

MUSI 2212Music Theory IV

2

MUSI 2117Sight Singing and Ear Training IV

1

MUSI 3211Musical Form and Analysis

2

MUSI 3301Music History and Literature II

3

MUSI 3302Music History and Literature III

3

MUSI 3299Junior Recital

2

MUSI 4299Senior Recital/Capstone

2

Piano Concentration – 54 hours

Piano Core – 23 hours

Required
MUSI 1183Vocal Methods

1

MUSI 2118Keyboard Skills I

1

MUSI 2119Keyboard Skills II

1

MUSI 2310Technology in Music

3

MUSI 3101Choral Conducting I

1

MUSI 3111Piano Pedagogy I

1

MUSI 3112Piano Pedagogy II

1

MUSI 3120Supervised Applied Teaching I

1

MUSI 3206Piano Literature I

2

MUSI 3207Piano Literature II

2

MUSI 3210The Art of Teaching and Pedagogy

2

MUSI 4101Choral Conducting II

1

MUSI 4301Chamber and Symphonic Music Literature

3

MUSI 4310Music Advocacy, Outreach, and Business

3

Applied Piano – 16 hours

MUAP 1211Applied Piano I

2

MUAP 1261Applied Piano II

2

MUAP 2211Applied Piano III

2

MUAP 2261Applied Piano IV

2

MUAP 3211Applied Piano V

2

MUAP 3261Applied Piano VI

2

MUAP 4211Applied Piano VII

2

MUAP 4261Applied Piano VIII

2

Major Ensembles - 8 hours

MUEN 1145Piano Accompanying I

1

MUEN 1175Piano Accompanying II

1

MUEN 2145Piano Accompanying III

1

MUEN 2175Piano Accompanying IV

1

MUEN 3145Piano Accompanying V

1

MUEN 3175Piano Accompanying VI

1

MUEN 4145Piano Accompanying VII

1

MUEN 4175Piano Accompanying VIII

1

Secondary Ensembles - 7 hours

Choose 7 hours of which 3 must be advanced from:  
 
MUEN 1135Chamber Music for Piano

1

MUEN 3135Chamber Music for Piano

1

MUEN 1140Chamber Music

1

MUEN 3140Chamber Music

1

MUEN 1143Opera Workshop

1

MUEN 3143Opera Workshop

1

MUEN 1162Master Chorale I

1

MUEN 1192Master Chorale II

1

MUEN 2162Master Chorale III

1

MUEN 2192Master Chorale IV

1

MUEN 3162Master Chorale V

1

MUEN 3192Master Chorale VI

1

MUEN 4162Master Chorale VII

1

MUEN 4192Master Chorale VIII

1

Total Credit Hours: 42

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements required for this program beyond university admission requirements. 

Students must successfully pass an audition. 

Major Progression Requirements

Progression requirements required for this program.

All music courses must be passed with a minimum grade of “C.”

Prior to enrolling in the Junior Year, the following courses must be passed

  • Music History I & World Music [MUSI 1308 and MUSI 1309]  
  • Applied Instrument I-IV 
  •  4 semesters of Major Ensembles; 4 semesters of Secondary Ensembles

In addition, the student must pass the Sophomore Barrier. The Sophomore Barrier is the final exam taken at the end of MUAP IV. This exam must be passed in order to be considered for upper level lesson enrollment. If they do not pass the sophomore barrier, they will be required to retake lower level applied lessons. Sophomore barrier requirements will be determined by each applied area.

Major Graduation Requirements

Specific graduation requirements required for this program beyond university bachelor’s degree requirements. 

Music Requirements:


A grade of “C” or better is required in all music courses. This includes MUSI, MUAP, and MUEN coursework.