Music (BM) in Collaborative Piano


Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

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This program is offered by the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts/Department of Music.

Program Description

The BM in collaborative piano is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a professional music career as a chamber musician and/or accompanist and vocal coach. Extensive applied instruction and classes in technique, collaborative piano literature (both instrument and vocal), vocal diction and coaching, and ensemble experience constitute the core of the curriculum.

Degree Requirements

128 required credit hours to include:

  • 108-109 required credit hours in major
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours, with accommodations for the bachelor of music
  • Electives

Global Citizenship Program for the Bachelor of Music

  • FRSH 1200 First Year Seminar
  • 6 credit hours from courses designated ‘Roots of Cultures’ (One course with the MUSC prefix can fulfill GCP and major requirements simultaneously.)
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Social Systems & Human Behavior’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Global Understanding’
  • 3 credit hours from courses designated ‘Physical & Natural World’ or ‘Quantitative Literacy’
  • KEYS 4XXX Global Keystone Seminar

NOTE: Except where specified otherwise, the above courses must not also satisfy major requirements. GCP skills requirements may be fulfilled with the courses above, courses in the major, or electives. 'Arts Appreciation' is satisfied in meeting the requirements for the major.

Required Courses

Core Music Courses

  • MUSC 1010, MUSC 1020, MUSC 2010, MUSC 2020 Music Theory I-IV (12 hours)
  • MUSC 1810, MUSC 1820, MUSC 2810, MUSC 2820 Musicianship I-IV (8 hours)
  • MUSC 2030, MUSC 2040 Survey of Music History I, II (6 hours)
  • MUSC 4700 Advanced Topics in Music (taken in junior or senior year only) (2-3 hours)

Performance Courses

  • MUSC 0890 Recital Attendance (six semesters required) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 0990 Master Class (taken every semester) (0 hours)
  • MUSC 2601, MUSC 3001, MUSC 4001 Applied Piano (4 hours)
  • MUSC 4120 Piano Accompanying (including sight-reading) (six semesters required) (12 hours)
  • MUSC 2127 Vocal Diction Practicum (four semesters required) (4 hours)
  • MUSC 4140 Lyric Diction (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4250, MUSC 4255 Vocal Pedagogy I, II (4 hours)
  • MUSC 4950 Webster University Chamber Music Ensembles (accompanying with instruments) (six semesters required) (6 hours)
  • Junior Recital (0 hours)
  • Senior Recital (0 hours)

Major Ensemble
8 hours over 8 semesters to be selected from:

  • MUSC 4900 Webster University Concert Choir (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4910 Webster University Chamber Singers (1 hour per semester)
  • MUSC 4920 Webster University Aurelia (1 hour per semester)

Supportive Courses

  • MUSC 2002 Applied Voice (six one-credit semesters required) (6 hours)
  • MUSC 3070 Orchestration I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 3410 Conducting I (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4040 Music of the Twentieth Century (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4150 The Art Song (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4170, MUSC 4175, MUSC 4180 Piano Literature I, II, III (6 hours)
  • MUSC 4260, MUSC 4270 Piano Pedagogy I, II (4 hours) 
  • MUSC 4185 Piano in Chamber Music Literature (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4360 The Working Musician (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4370 Marketing for Musicians (3 hours)
  • MUSC 4450 World Music and Ethnomusicology (2 hours)
  • MUSC 4930 World Music Performance Ensemble (1 hour)

All candidates for this degree must complete one year of college study for French, German, or Italian, or show equivalent proficiency through examination. 

Collaborative piano students will be assigned to voice majors, vocal BA students and instrumental majors, and will play with the choruses. Additionally, they will work with professional musicians from the St. Louis area, including members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (Chamber Music/Accompanying Class) and/or advanced students in the Community Music School Prep Program. In addition, solo playing will be required. Suggested electives for this degree include Sixteenth and Eighteenth Century Counterpoint, Music Software Applications, and Advanced Conducting.