School of Music

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The Undergraduate degree with a concentration in Piano Performance

The undergraduate degree with a concentration in piano performance is a four year program with emphasis on performance skills. The following information is taken from the ECU Undergraduate Catalog (see the entire undergraduate catalog).


Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the School of Music. Prospective music majors and minors must be admitted both to the university and to the School of Music.  Admission to the School of Music is determined by an acceptable level of performance as demonstrated through a personal audition or a recent taped recording. A satisfactory audition is required of all entering freshmen, transfer students, and students being readmitted. Acceptance of the audition is based upon an affirmative vote by a majority of the auditioning committee, which comprises a minimum of three faculty members.  Admission is limited in some applied disciplines in the School of Music. For detailed information, students should contact Dr. Rachel Copeland, associate director for undergraduate studies of the School of Music.

The audition requirements for the undergraduate degree with a concentration in piano performance include the ability to perform fluently: all major and minor scales and arpeggios; compositions of an advanced level representative of piano literature from three of the four style periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary).  Audition repertoire must be performed from memory, and sight-reading must be demonstrated. (A minimum level of difficulty would include such pieces as a Bach Prelude and Fugue or a Scarlatti Sonata; a sonata movement by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven; a work by Chopin, Brahms, Schumann, or Liszt; and a significant composition by Debussy, Bartok, Prokofieff, or another 20th or 21st century composer.)

Undergraduate Curriculum

For a complete listing of courses required for the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, see the undergraduate catalog).