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Post-Baccalaureate Diploma


The Curtis Post-Baccalaureate Diploma offers highly gifted musicians the opportunity to pursue focused studies in their major field while offering the opportunity to continue building the skills necessary for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. An undergraduate degree or equivalent is required for admission.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma students receive complete and diversified musical training with a performance curriculum mirroring that of the undergraduate programs. Students study with distinguished artist-teachers in private lessons, repertoire classes, and chamber music coachings. These experiences are augmented by elective offerings in Career Studies and Musical Studies as well as uncommonly frequent performance opportunities.

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma requires a minimum of 32 semester hours (s.h.). The program normally takes two years to complete, but a student may stay an optional third year at the discretion of the Dean of Faculty and Students and the Curtis president.

 

 

Requirements

 

Piano

Performance

32 s.h.
Major lesson 24 s.h.
Piano Repertoire Seminar 4 s.h.
Chamber Music 4 s.h.
Graduation Recital  
   

Musical Studies

2 s.h.
Graduate Musical Studies 2 s.h.
   

Electives

Students are encouraged to take advantage of elective offerings in Career Studies and Musical Studies.

 

 

 

Composition

Performance

42 s.h.
Major lesson 24 s.h.
Composition Seminar 4 s.h.
Composition Techniques 8 s.h.
Graduation Recital  
Score Reading 2 s.h.

Orchestration

4 s.h.
Post-Baccalaureate Diploma candidates in the composition program are expected to study a minimum of one semester with another instructor of their choice, based on availability, and should consult with their intake teacher to determine the best semester to do so.  

 

Musical Studies

2 s.h.
Graduate Musical Studies 2 s.h.
   

Electives

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma candidates are required to take one course per semester and two per school year—one music and one non-music—at Curtis or at the University of Pennsylvania under the reciprocal agreement. Students are encouraged to take advantage of elective offerings in Career Studies and Musical Studies.

 

 

 

ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS (Not offered for flute)

Performance

36 s.h.
Major lesson 16 s.h.
Orchestra 12 s.h.
Chamber Music 4 s.h.
Orchestral Repertoire Class 4 s.h.
Graduation Recital Required for Violin, Viola, Cello, Timpani and Percussion 2 s.h.
   

Musical Studies

2 s.h.
Graduate Musical Studies 2 s.h.
   

Electives

Students are encouraged to take advantage of elective offerings in Career Studies and Musical Studies.

 

 

 

GUITAR

Performance

32 s.h.
Major lesson 24 s.h.
Guitar Seminar 4 s.h.
Chamber Music 4 s.h.
Graduation Recital 4 s.h.
   

Musical Studies

2 s.h.
Graduate Musical Studies 2 s.h.
   

Electives

Students are encouraged to take advantage of elective offerings in Career Studies and Musical Studies.

 

 

 

CONDUCTING FELLOWSHIP

Performance

40 s.h.
Conducting Fellowship 24 s.h.
Orchestra 4 s.h.
Lab Orchestra 4 s.h.
   

Musical Studies

8 s.h.
Supplementary Piano 4 s.h.
Advanced Musical Studies Seminar 4 s.h.
   

Electives

Students are encouraged to take advantage of elective offerings in Career Studies and Musical Studies.

 

 

 

STRING QUARTET IN RESIDENCE

Performance

24 s.h.
String Quartet in Residence 24 s.h.
   

Career Development

12 s.h.
Chamber Music Pedagogy 4 s.h.
Community Artists Program 8 s.h.
   

 

 

ORGAN

Performance

34 s.h.
Major Lesson 24 s.h.
Organ Class 4 s.h.
Chamber Music 4 s.h.
Church Music Seminar 2 s.h.
   

Musical Studies

6 s.h.
Graduate Musical Studies 2 s.h.
Supplementary Piano 4 s.h.
   

Electives

Students are encouraged to take advantage of elective offerings in Career Studies and Musical Studies.

 

 

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