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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Piano Performance, B.M.

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Requirements for the major in piano performance, B.M.

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. 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 Student Resources link and should also meet with the departmental adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office to plan their degree program. See: Student Resources

Only major courses in which a grade of at least C has been earned will count toward the major. For this program,

  satisfies the general education arts requirement.  MUS 3331  and   count as writing intensive in the major, and MUA 4998  counts as the general education capstone in the major.

Degree requirements are as follows:


Applied music - 31 credits (or placement)

Ensembles - 11 credits

  • Must enroll in a large ensemble every semester of major until graduation (for a total of 8 credits).    

Large ensembles:  MUE 3001 - University Chorus, MUE 3004 - Oakland Chorale, MUE 3019 - Chamber Orchestra, MUE 3029 - Symphonic Band, or  MUE 3031 - Wind Symphony

  • Must enroll in chamber music 3 times for a total of 3 credits.

MUE 3080 - Chamber Music 

Language - 4 credits

Must choose a foreign language to fulfill general education foreign language requirement (not ALS or ML).

Non-credit requirements

  • Major standing
  • Events attendance requirement: Students must complete four attendance cards (ten events each year for four years).  May include up to 4 pre-approved music service learning events in underserved communities per year.
  • One events attendance card must be submitted by the time of major standing.
  • Fifteen minute sophomore recital
  • Twenty-five minute junior recital

Additional Information

In addition to these major requirements, students must complete the Oakland University General Education Requirements  and an appropriate number of free elective classes to meet the overall credit requirement for the degree (in most cases 124; some degrees may require a greater number).

As a general rule, no more than eight credits of course work used to satisfy one major, minor or concentration may be applied toward another, but exceptions to this rule may be allowed with the written approval of the program coordinators.

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