Bachelor of Music: Music Performance - Piano Emphasis
UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum. Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here: https://catalog.umkc.edu/undergraduate-academic-regulations-information/general-education-requirements/
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.
Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.
Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination
In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'. To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating from this program will:
- 1. Technique—Students will execute foundational physical requirements and show knowledge of kinesthetic issues (speed, coordination), keyboard geography, standard patterns of motion in piano music (scales, arpeggios, octaves, thirds, sixths, etc.), and show knowledge of health and wellness issues for the performer.
- 2. Tone production—Students will produce all the sounds required by the music at hand including developing control of articulation (legato, staccato, etc.) and pedaling.
- 3. Expression—Students will show convincing phrasing with a developing range of dynamics, colors, timing, and goal points.
- 4. Intellectual skills—Students will demonstrate foundational control and knowledge of increasingly complex rhythms, phrasing, musical syntax, historical issues and aesthetics, demonstrate emerging score-reading skills, and display emerging interpretation.
- 5. Problem solving—Students will show foundational control of the instrument, emerging independent designation of fingering, voicing and velocity, emerging adaptation to acoustics, and effective practice techniques and memorization skills.
- 6. Performing for the public—Students will possess polished stage presence, deal effectively with nerves, and effectively project music in different spaces.
|First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)||3|
|ENGLISH 110||Introduction to Academic Prose||3|
|ENGLISH 225||English II: Intermediate Academic Prose||3|
|Oral Communication (choose one of the following):||3|
|Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening|
|Introduction to Communication|
|Argumentation And Debate|
|Math Pathway (choose one of the following):||3|
|Mathematics For Liberal Arts|
Any 200-level MATH or STAT course
ACT Math Sub-score of 28 or higher; or SAT Math Sub-score of 660 or higher
|Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH; Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC)||3|
|Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)||3|
|Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)||3|
|Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE)||3|
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|
|U.S. History Since 1877|
|Honors American Government|
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.
|CONSVTY 151 (MUSE; satisfies GECRT-AH course requirement)||3|
|CONSVTY 141||Musicianship I||4|
|CONSVTY 142||Musicianship II||4|
|CONSVTY 241||Musicianship III||4|
|CONSVTY 242||Musicianship IV||4|
|Keyboard Skills for Piano Majors|
|CONSVTY 114||Keyboard Skills I for Piano Majors||1|
|CONSVTY 115||Keyboard Skills II for Piano Majors||1|
|PIANO 101||Freshman Piano I||4|
|PIANO 102||Freshman Piano II||4|
|PIANO 201||Sophomore Piano I||4|
|PIANO 202||Sophomore Piano II||4|
|PIANO 301||Junior Piano I||4|
|PIANO 302||Junior Piano II||4|
|PIANO 401||Senior Piano I||4|
|PIANO 402||Senior Piano II||4|
|PIANO 300 (enroll with applied lesson each semester)|
|CONSVTY 351||History of Music in Western Civilization I||3|
|CONSVTY 352||History of Music in Western Civilization II||3|
|Analysis and Counterpoint|
|CONSVTY 427||18th-Century Counterpoint||2|
|Piano Pedagogy and Literature|
|CONSVTY 325||Piano Pedagogy I||2|
|CONSVTY 325A||Piano Pedagogy - Supervised Teaching I||1|
|CONSVTY 326||Piano Pedagogy II||2|
|CONSVTY 326A||Piano Pedagogy - Supervised Teaching II||1|
|CONSVTY 361||Piano Literature I||3|
|CONSVTY 362||Piano Literature II||3|
|Large Ensemble 1||2|
|Chamber Music 3||2|
|CONSVTY 111||Introduction to Collaboration for Pianists I||1|
|CONSVTY 112||Introduction to Collaboration for Pianists II||1|
|CONSVTY 303K||Piano Accompanying 2||4|
Take two semesters of any combination of CONSVTY 302, CONSVTY 306A, CONSVTY 306C, CONSVTY 307B, CONSVTY 307C, CONSVTY 308A
Take 4 semesters of CONSVTY 303K Piano Accompanying, after completing CONSVTY 111 and 112.
Take two semesters of CONSVTY 305 Chamber Music.
Minimum Grade: C or better in all CONSVTY or Instrument specific coursework
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. Please see the tab above to view the major map for this program.
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UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Audit’ degree audit system provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for students' officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.
UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Plans’ degree planning tool enables students to develop a personalized semester by semester plan of study towards completion of degree requirements for student’s officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. Update and edit your full plan to degree completion each term and confirm accuracy each semester with your Academic Advisor(s).