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Degrees and Courses

Master of Music  Bachelor of Music    Bachelor of Arts  Bachelor of Science †† Certificate Programs  Minor in Music

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Masters of Music Degrees (M.M.)
The School of Music at the University of South Florida offers three Masters of Music Degrees (M.M.) in piano: a Masters of Music in Piano Performance, a Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy, and a Masters Degree in Chamber Music. All three programs are two years in length and require a recital to be performed during the second year of study.  

Our graduate piano students come from very diverse and international backgrounds and are vital to the School of Music.   We offer numerous Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Assistantships to our graduate students that provide tuition waivers and stipends.   In addition, these Assistantships help our graduate students learn the important skills needed for teaching undergraduate level courses, studio accompanying, and chamber music.

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Graduate Certificates in Piano
The School of Music at the University of South Florida offers two Graduate Certificate Programs in piano:   The Graduate Certificate and the Advanced Graduate Certificate.   The Graduate Certificate is a post-Bachelors of Music course that allows for one year of intensive applied piano study.   It offers a student one more year of piano study before applying for acceptance into a Masters of Music Degree program.   The Advanced Graduate Certificate is a one year post-Masters of Music course.   It offers a student one more year of intensive applied piano study after completion of the Masters of Music Degree.

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Bachelors of Music Degree (B.M.)
The School of Music at the University of South Florida offers a Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance Degree.   In this program pianists take four years of applied piano study and give a half-recital during their junior year, and then a full-recital during their senior year. All students must take and successfully pass a jury at the end of their first and second years.

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Bachelors of Arts in Music Studies Degree (B.A.)
The School of Music at the University of South Florida offers a Bachelors of Arts in Music Studies Degree (B.A.) with an emphasis on applied piano study.   Students in this program take three years of applied piano study and are required to give a half-recital during their junior year.   They also enroll in seven semesters of ensemble. A Bachelors of Arts with an emphasis on Music Studies (versus piano study) involves 2 years of applied piano study and four semesters of ensemble. A junior year half-recital is not required. All students must take and successfully pass a jury at the end of their first and second years of study.

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Bachelor of Science in Music Education Degree (B.S.)
The School of Music at the University of South Florida offers a Bachelors of Science in Music Education Degree (B.S.) with an emphasis on applied piano study.   Students in this program take three years of applied piano study and are required to give a half-recital during their junior year.  Students in this degree program must also successfully complete the FCTE (Florida Teacher Certification Exam) inorder to receive a Florida teacher certification. All students must take and successfully pass a jury at the end of their first and second years of study.

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Minor in Music
A minor program in piano is also available with a wide choice of degree programs outside the School of Music.  A piano student accepted into this program can take one year of applied piano study at the School of Music at the University of South Florida.

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Juries
All undergraduate pianists (except music minors) are required to take and successfully pass a jury at the end of both their first and second years of study. Undergraduate pianists enrolled in a degree program that requires a junior year half-recital and/or a senior year full-recital will also need to take a Recital Jury two to three weeks prior to their scheduled recital date. This Recital Jury must be passed before the student is allowed to perform his or her recital. Repertoire requirements are as follows:

First and Second Year Juries: Three pieces of contrasting style and composer, performed from memory. Repertoire played during the first year jury may not be played for the second year jury. Juries are held each semester at the beginning of Final Exam week in the Recital Hall.

Recital Juries:
The entire program is presented at the jury. From this program, the faculty will choose which pieces the student will play. Recital Juries are to be scheduled two to three weeks before the student's recital date.

 

 

Below you will find a list of undergraduate courses offered to piano students at the School of Music .   For a complete list of all School of Music courses, click here.

 

Undergraduate Courses

Applied Piano Study
(MVK 1311 "Piano Major" and subsequent levels  2 credits)
(MVK 1411 "Piano Principal" and subsequent levels  3 credits)
Lessons at the School of Music are comprised of two parts: your weekly lesson, and a weekly two-hour studio class.   The studio class is held in the Recital Hall each week, and serves various functions: master class, including master classes by guest artists, viewing of videos, listening of recordings, lectures, performances, and discussions.   Instructors: Ivanov, Summer, Panayotova, Tambiah.

Piano Literature
(MUS 4931   Thursdays 4:00-5:50pm   2 credits)
The fall semester surveys the literature for the piano and its predecessors through the works of Beethoven. The spring semester surveys the literature of the piano from Schubert to the present. Open to undergraduate piano majors who have completed MUL 2111 (Introduction to Music Literature), or by permission of the instructor. May be taken for two semesters.  Instructor:  Summer

Piano Pedagogy I
(MVK 4640   Tuesdays  2:00-3:50pm   4 credits)
Offered in the fall semester, this course covers the "practicals" of teaching and self-employment as a teacher, as well as the literature and method books that can be used for beginning piano students (children to adults). Students give presentations in class and hands-on teaching is also done by the students. Instructor: TBA.

Piano Pedagogy II
(MVK 4641  Tuesdays 2:00-3:50pm   4 credits)
Offered in the spring semester, this course covers the teaching literature and method books used for teaching intermediate and advanced piano students. Students give presentations, observe private teaching done by local teachers in the community, and also serve as teaching aides to the class piano program (for non-music majors and music majors) at the School of Music. Instructor:
TBA.

Chamber Music
(MUS 4930  1-2 credits)
Each semester selected undergraduate and graduate students at the School of Music are placed into different chamber ensembles which can range in size from duos to piano quintets.   Each chamber group has weekly coachings with members of the piano and string faculties.   Chamber groups are expected to perform their studied work at the end of each semester.   Instructors:   Ivanov, Kluksdahl, Stuart, Summer, Panayotova, Tambiah.

Piano Ensemble
(MVK 3453-001  Thursdays 10:00-11:50 am   1 credit)
This course offers an introduction to chamber music playing and accompanying.   In this course pianists will be exposed to 4-hand piano chamber music, 2 piano chamber music, accompanying singers and instrumentalists, and duos with various instrumentalists.  Generally the Fall semester concentrates on two-piano and four-hand repertoire; the spring semester concentrates on duos and accompanying other instrumentalists and singers. Instructor:  Tambiah

Ensemble:   University Singers
(MUN 3313    Mondays 7:00-10:00pm   1 credit )
This ensemble is open to all pianists, and must be taken by pianists who have not yet placed out of, or completed, Keyboard Skills II and Written Theory II. The University Singers is an auditioned, mixed choir made up of singers from the USF School of Music, other academic disciplines, and the USF community. The chorus performs a wide and interesting variety of choral selections.  Instructor:   Zielinski 

More information on Choir Ensembles at the School of Music

Keyboard Skills I-IV
(MVK 1111, 1121, 2111, 2121  2 credits)
These one semester courses meet for one hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and cover keyboard harmony and theory.   Incoming undergraduate pianists (including transfer students) are required to take the Piano Proficiency Exam to be properly placed in the appropriate Keyboard Skills class (if needed), or ensemble.   Pianists who do not pass out of Keyboard Skills II will need to take the appropriate levels of Keyboard Skills classes as remedial courses.   Those passing out of Keyboard Skills II or III (but not IV) can take Piano Ensemble I, and those passing out of Keyboard Skills IV can take either Piano Ensemble II or Chamber Music.   For a list of what is needed to pass out of each level of Keyboard Skills, click here.   Instructors:   Panayotova, Reynolds, Hackstock.

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Below you will find a list of graduate courses offered to piano students at the School of Music .   For a complete list of all School of Music courses, click here.

Graduate Courses

Applied Piano Study
(MVK 5251 and 6451and subsequent levels  2-4 credits)
Lessons at the School of Music are comprised of two parts: your weekly lessons and a weekly two-hour studio class. The studio class is held in the Recital Hall and serves various functions: master class, including master classes by guest artists, viewing of videos, listening of recordings, lectures, performances, and discussions.   Instructors: Ivanov, Summer.

Keyboard Repertoire
(MUL 6410 and 6411  Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-3:50pm   2 credits)
The fall semester surveys the literature for the piano and its predecessors through the works of Beethoven. The spring semester surveys the literature of the piano from Schubert to the present. Open to graduate piano majors or those who have completed an undergraduate degree in piano. Instructor: Summer.

Piano Pedagogy I
(MVK 6650   Tuesdays  2:00-3:50pm   2 credits)
Offered in the fall semester, this course covers the "practicals" of teaching and self-employment as a teacher, as well as the literature and method books that can be used for beginning piano students (children to adults). Students give presentations in class and hands-on teaching is also done by the students. Instructor: TBA.

Piano Pedagogy II
(MVK 6651  Tuesdays 2:00-3:50pm   2 credits)
Offered in the spring semester, this course covers the teaching literature and method books used for teaching intermediate and advanced piano students. Students give presentations, observe private teaching done by local teachers in the community, and also serve as teaching aides to the class piano program (for non-music majors and music majors) at the School of Music. Instructor:
TBA.

Chamber Music
(MUS 5950   1-2 credits )
Each semester selected graduate and undergraduate students at the School of Music are placed into different chamber ensembles which can range in size from from duos to piano quintets. Each chamber group has weekly coachings with members of the string and piano faculties. Chamber groups are expected to perform their studied work at the end of each semester. Instructors: Kluksdahl, Ivanov, Stuart, Summer, Panayotova, Tambiah.

Ensemble: Piano Ensemble
(MUN 6456-001   Thursdays 10:00-11:50am   1  credit)
This one year course offers an introduction to chamber music playing and accompanying.   In this course pianists will be exposed to 4-hand piano chamber music, 2 piano chamber music, accompanying singers and instrumentalists, and duos with various instrumentalists.  Instructor:  Tambiah

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