Music Major

Piano Performance Concentration

School of Arts and Sciences



Concordia is, without a doubt, a rich atmosphere in which to ascend as a performing musician. A dedication to the Piano Performance Concentration will place the most challenging repertoire in front of students through rigorous one-on-one training with a highly accomplished professional performer as well as numerous ensemble performances that include expectations of musical leadership. Concordia graduates who have moved on to graduate school regularly comment that Concordia's performance atmosphere is richer than large schools for musician development because the strongest young undergraduates have opportunities to rise to principal chairs sooner while being challenged with a heavy, diverse performing schedule that is rare for undergraduates at many of the large music schools with many graduate students. When entering graduate school, they feel like more seasoned performers than their peers who attended brand name music schools.

For those with a heightened degree of dedication and concentration, Concordia can be an ideal training ground for a musical performer. However, it is rare for musicians to make the majority of their income as performers. Concordia will prepare students to perform with professional-level standards in an exceptional academic environment, which could propel students to graduate study, and which likely will propel them to become professors, teachers, and music directors who are best attuned to the highest standards in music. Their achievements in collegiate music performance will provide a level of self-discipline, work ethic, and ability to complete difficult problem-solving tasks that is desperately sought after in any professional environment.

If you would like to have a conversation with a professor about the Piano Performance Concentration, please contact Dr. Tom Mueller.

  • Piano Performance Concentration
  • 18 Units
  • Applied and ensemble units in this concentration are in addition to the Musicianship Core of the Music Major.
  • MUKP 301-401: Private Lessons: Piano
  • 6

MUKP 301-401: Private Lessons: Piano

  • These units are in addition to the Musicianship core of the Music Major.
  • MU__ 398: Junior Recital
  • 1

MU__ 398: Junior Recital

  • MUS 240: Introduction to Accompanying
  • 2

Keyboard accompanying is a course designed to give keyboard players an introduction to accompanying and topics related to collaborative playing. It is an interactive course that will include class meetings to discuss topics related to the field of accompanying, individual coaching sessions, and a final project or performance. The keyboardist will have readings and assignments to complete outside of class and will be assigned musical partners (singers and instrumentalists) to work with throughout the semester. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in MUKP 201 or MUKP 301 or MUKP 401.

  • MUS 442: Piano Pedagogy
  • 2

This course explores aspects of piano pedagogy, teaching techniques, and instructional materials appropriate for beginning and intermediate students through research, discussion, observation of private teaching studio, and reading. The course will also provide opportunities to apply these principles in practical piano teaching. Prerequisite: MUKP 201 or MUKP 301 or MUKP 401 or permission of instructor.

  • MUS 443: Piano Literature
  • 2

This course will inform students about the range and scope of piano repertoire. The course will study the pianist's standard repertoire from the Baroque to the present day, including elements of style, form, historical context, and stylistic characteristics of major composers. Prerequisite: MUKP 201 or MUKP 301 or MUKP 401.

  • Choose 5 units from the following 4 categories:
  • 1. Choose up to 2 units from the following:
  • MUKI 201-401: Private Lessons: Keyboard Improvisation
  • 1

MUKI 201-401: Private Lessons: Keyboard Improvisation

  • 2. Choose up to 2 units from the following:
  • MUE 255: Jazz Combo
  • 0.5

This course will provide improvisation, performance, skills, and repertoire. Students will have the opportunity to arrange and compose new works for the ensemble. Membership is by approval of instructor.

  • MUE 257: Jazz Ensemble
  • 0.5

This ensemble will perform significant jazz literature for saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm instruments in concerts and events on and off campus emphasizing the development of advanced playing techniques, musical perception, and improvisation. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership is by audition.

  • MUE 260: Piano Ensemble
  • 0.5

This is a performance laboratory that explores and develops repertoire for 4 or more hands on both one piano and two pianos, with a focus on providing ensemble opportunity to students through a variety of musical styles and their interpretation. The course is open to all students with the permission of the instructor. Students will improve rehearsal skills, develop stronger musicianship, and improve interpretive skills.

  • MUE 282: Worship Band
  • 0.5

In this course band members will rehearse basic contemporary worship repertoire for use in campus chapel and worship services. Worship ensembles meet on a weekly basis and personnel can vary depending on schedule availability. Worship ensembles meet on a weekly basis and personnel can vary depending on schedule availability. There may be an additional charge for required field trips or tours. Membership Placement into a worship ensemble is by audition and/or invitation only.

  • MUS 281: Introduction to Worship Band
  • 1

This course is a focused classroom and rehearsal experience teaching standard concepts and worship band ensemble methods that are applied in the preparation and performance of much of today's modern worship repertoire. It is open to all students but specifically required for all incoming freshmen or transfer students that are new to our worship band program. All ensembles may be repeated for credit, but only two (2) units will apply toward graduation except in the case of students in a music major/minor where additional units are required.

  • 3. Choose up to 2 units from the following:
  • MUE 262: Chamber Music Ensemble
  • 0.5

Chamber Music Ensemble is designed to give singers and instrumentalists an introduction to working in chamber music settings which can include duos, trios, and quartets. It is a hands-on laboratory that will include meetings as a group with the instructor to discuss topics related to the field of chamber music as well as individual and group coaching sessions, and performances. Participants will be assigned musical partners to work with throughout the semester and will be expected to practice assigned music on their own and with their partners outside of class.

  • 4. Choose up to 3 units from the following:
  • MUKO 101: Private Lessons: Organ I
  • 1


Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.

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