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