Undergraduate Diploma

The Undergraduate Diploma is a four-year course of musical study, providing thorough, rigorous, and comprehensive training for talented performers and composers. Undergraduates often work alongside graduate students in ensembles and performance and repertory courses.

School-wide requirements for the Undergraduate Diploma include Fundamentals of Musicianship (12 credits, taken over 6 semesters), Harmony (8 credits, taken over 4 semesters), Music History, including 20th- and 21st-century History and Analysis (8 credits, taken over 4 semesters), Form and Analysis (4 credits, taken over 2 semesters), Counterpoint (2 credits, 1 semester), Introduction to Eurhythmics (2 credits, taken over 2 semesters), and Improvisation (1 credit, 1 semester, to be selected from the list of improvisation distribution requirements). In addition, all Undergraduate Diploma candidates must participate in the Teaching Artist Program (2 credits, taken over 2 semesters), during their third or fourth years of study, and pass a proficiency examination in piano.

For students in performance departments, a promotional jury demonstrating satisfactory progress in the major instrument must be passed at the end of the first, second, and third years of study. The fourth year culminates in a Diploma recital for performance majors, and a public performance of a medium-scale work for composers.

Major Areas: Composition, Organ, Piano, Strings, Voice, Woodwinds, and Brass.

Level: Undergraduate (high school diploma or equivalent credential required).

Normal Program Length and Credits: 4 years, 95 credits required for graduation (97 in the Woodwinds and Brass Department).

Admissions Requirements

  • U.S. high school diploma or equivalent
  • Academic and performance record demonstrating the capacity to excel in full-time studies
  • Previous study of music theory
  • Applicants in performance must present an audition
  • Applicants in composition must submit a portfolio of completed compositions demonstrating advanced compositional skills in a variety of media


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