Undergraduate Diploma

Undergraduate Diploma

If you’re a performer or composer who is self-motivated, on a mission, and wants to fast-track your career, dive into this three-year, music-intensive program. You’ll benefit from working alongside graduate students and professional musicians in ensembles, performance, and repertory courses—and if you decide to pursue your Master of Music degree, you’ll graduate in five years rather than six.

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 and Woodwinds
Organ
Piano
Strings
Vocal Studies
Composition

Level: Undergraduate

Normal Program Length and Credits: 3 years, 74-86 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