University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • To present a solo recital that is correct technically and artistically convincing.
  • To demonstrate an understanding of (and be able to communicate about) the historical and analytical components of music.
  • To develop the diverse skills required for successful careers or continued education as performing and teaching musicians.

Program Requirements

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 103 Recommended)3
Anchor II 13
Anchor III 13
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus B 13
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution Course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits21
1

See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3
1

 Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

Major Requirements

Musicianship
CONSVTY 141Musicianship I4
CONSVTY 142Musicianship II4
CONSVTY 241Musicianship III4
CONSVTY 242Musicianship IV4
Keyboard Skills for Piano Majors
CONSVTY 114Keyboard Skills I for Piano Majors1
CONSVTY 115Keyboard Skills II for Piano Majors1
Applied Lessons
PIANO 101Freshman Piano I4
PIANO 102Freshman Piano II4
PIANO 201Sophomore Piano I4
PIANO 202Sophomore Piano II4
PIANO 301Junior Piano I4
PIANO 302Junior Piano II4
PIANO 401Senior Piano I4
PIANO 402Senior Piano II4
Studio Class
PIANO 300 (enroll with applied lesson each semester)
Music History
CONSVTY 351History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A)3
CONSVTY 352History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus A)3
Analysis and Counterpoint
CONSVTY 390Analysis3
CONSVTY 42718th Century Counterpoint I2
Piano Pedagogy and Literature
MUAG 325Piano Pedagogy I2
MUAG 325APiano Pedagogy - Supervised Teaching I1
MUAG 326Piano Pedagogy II2
MUAG 326APiano Pedagogy - Supervised Teaching II1
CONSVTY 361Piano Literature I3
CONSVTY 362Piano Literature II3
Collaborative Piano
CONSVTY 376Collaborative Piano I2
CONSVTY 377Collaborative Piano II2
Ensemble 14
Ensemble/Chamber Ensemble 22
Major Electives
Non-Music Electives 10
Total Credits93
1

Take four semesters of any combination of  CONSVTY 301C, CONSVTY 302, CONSVTY 306A, CONSVTY 306C, CONSVTY 307B, CONSVTY 307C, CONSVTY 308A 

2

 Take two semesters of any combination of CONSVTY 301C, CONSVTY 302, CONSVTY 306A, CONSVTY 307B, CONSVTY 307C, CONSVTY 308A or Chamber Ensemble - two semesters of CONSVTY 305G.

General Electives3

GPA Minimum: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 120

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.