Undergraduate Diploma

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

  • Fundamentals of Musicianship (12 credits, taken over 6 semesters)
  • Harmony (10 credits, taken over 5 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)
  • 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 (1 credits, 1 semester), during their third or fourth year 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
Brass
Organ
Piano
Strings
Vocal Studies
Woodwinds
Composition

Level: Undergraduate

Normal Program Length and Credits: 4 years, 95-98 credits required for graduation.

Admissions Requirements
  • U.S. high school diploma or equivalent
  • Academic and performance record demonstrating the capacity to excel in full-time studies
  • 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