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  Feb 24, 2018
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Piano Performance, B.M.

Requirements for the major in piano performance, Bachelor of Music program

Admission to Music degree programs

Admission to the music degree programs at Oakland University (OU) is a two-tiered process, except for the B.A. in Music. The first step in the process for all students is the entrance audition. These auditions are held several times a year and determine whether or not a student will be admitted to OU in any of these degree programs. For all B.M. programs, the second step is the major standing audition, which determines whether students may continue in the program, and if they can be admitted into a professional program in the school.


Entrance auditions

Entrance audition days are held several times each year. The audition schedule and downloadable application are available on the school website at Please submit application to the department office. Students should be prepared to demonstrate proficiency in their proposed area of specialization.

  • Students seeking admission to Oakland University as music majors or auditioned music minors must audition for the music faculty.
  • Students who audition and do not enroll within two semesters must re-audition.
  • Students who enroll and leave school for at least two semesters must re-audition. Music students who enroll and leave school must re-audition and also retake the theory placement exam.


The Bachelor of Music degree is intended for students who wish pre-professional and professional preparation in music education and/or performance. Students should consult the Undergraduate Music Handbook available on the department website, and should also consult with the departmental adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office to plan their degree program.

Only major courses in which a grade of at least 2.0 has been earned will count toward the major. For this program, MUS 131 satisfies the general education arts requirement., MUS 331 and 332 count as writing intensive in the major, and MUA 499 counts as the general education capstone in the major.

Degree requirements are as follows:

This degree program requires a minimum of 124 credits.

Applied music - 32 credits (or placement)

Ensembles - 8 credits

 Must enroll in an ensemble every semester of major.

Language - 4-8 credits

Language course numbered 115 or higher (German, French or Italian recommended)

Non-credit requirements

  • Major standing
  • Events attendance requirement
  • Fifteen minute sophomore recital
  • Twenty-five minute junior recital