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Bachelor of Music

The Bachelor of Music degree is given upon completion of a minimum of 133 semester hours (s.h.), as outlined below. Students must fulfill a minimum three-year residency, pass all required courses, and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in Musical Studies and Liberal Arts courses.

General requirements

Additional departmental requirements

General Requirements


51 s.h.

Major lesson 32 s.h.
Elements of Conducting 3 s.h.
Additional departmental requirements (listed below) 16 s.h.

Musical Studies

51 s.h.

Fundamentals 2 s.h.
Harmony I, II 7 s.h.
Harmony III 4 s.h.
Counterpoint I, II 6 s.h.
Form 2 s.h.
Analysis 4 s.h.
Solfège I, II 8 s.h.
Solfège III 4 s.h.
Music History I, II 10 s.h.
Music History Seminars 4 s.h.
(Some majors require additional performance and musical studies courses:
See Additional Departmental Requirements below.)

Career Studies

1 s.h.

 The 21st-Century Musician 1 s.h.

Liberal Arts

30 s.h.

History of Western Civilization 6 s.h.
Language and Literature 6 s.h.
Literature 6 s.h.
Electives 12 s.h.
(Some majors require additional liberal arts courses: See Additional Departmental Requirements below.)

Additional Departmental Requirements

Composition Majors


16 s.h.

Composition Seminar 8 s.h.
Supplementary Piano 8 s.h.

Musical Studies

8 s.h.

Applied Orchestration 4 s.h.
Counterpoint III 2 s.h.
Score-Reading 2 s.h.

Private Instruction

All composition students study with a different composition faculty member in a rotation each year of enrollment at Curtis. Undergraduate composition majors will study with all composition faculty, including two years with one teacher, over the course of their study at Curtis.


Keyboard Majors

(Major Requirements: P=Piano, O=Organ)


16–24 s.h.

Chamber Music 8 s.h. (P, O) 
Piano Repertoire Seminar 8 s.h. (P)
Supplementary Piano 8 s.h. (O)
Graduation Recital - Required (P)
Organ Class 8 s.h. (O)

Musical Studies

8 s.h.

Keyboard Studies I, II 4 s.h.
Keyboard Studies III 2 s.h.
Counterpoint III 2 s.h.

Career Studies

4 s.h.

Sacred Music Seminar 4 s.h. (O)



18 s.h.

Chamber Music 8 s.h.
Guitar Seminar 8 s.h.
Supplementary Piano 2 s.h.
Graduation Recital - Required  

Orchestral Instrument Majors

(Major Requirements: T=Timpani/Percussion, Va.=Viola, Clo.=Cello, Vn.=Violin)


42 s.h.

Chamber Music 8 s.h.
Orchestra 24 s.h. (age sixteen and older)
Orchestral Repertoire Class/Sectionals 8 s.h. (string, woodwind, brass, or percussion)
Supplementary Piano 2 s.h.
Performance - Required (T)
Graduation Recital - Required (Vn., Va., Clo., T)

Voice Majors


58 s.h.

Opera Stagings 24 s.h.
Diction Coachings 8 s.h.
Supplementary Piano 2 s.h.
Vocal Performance Seminar 8 s.h.
Vocal Repertoire Coaching 16 s.h.

Musical Studies

8 s.h.

History of Singing 8 s.h.