Bachelors in Music – Piano Performance and Pedagogy


The Bachelor of Science in Music with concentration in Piano Performance and Pedagogy is designed to equip students for advanced studies in piano performance and/or collaborative piano. This program is a practical approach for pianists to achieve successful careers in varied job opportunities such as performing Artist, piano studio instructor, collaborative accompanist, professional musician, and church instrumentalist.

Why Piano Performance and Pedagogy at ACU?

With highly qualified Christian Faculty teaching biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Music program offers several unique advantages:

  • ACU’s music program emphasizes a strong foundation in theory, sight-singing, private instrumental instruction, and music history
  • Highly accomplished and esteemed faculty
  • 8:1 Student to Music Faculty Ratio
  • Music students become a close-knit community of creative and supportive musicians
  • ACU provides practical experience playing and performing in small and large ensembles each semester
  • Students will complete coursework necessary to qualify for graduate degree programs
  • Practical course content combined with trending industry practices
  • Preparing graduates for real jobs in continually changing culture

    What will I study?

    The Piano Performance and Pedagogy program includes an innovative CORE General Studies program with integrated Biblical Studies minor. This unique program embraces a Biblical worldview of the Liberal Arts and prepares students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas and courses will include:

    • Music Theory (co-requisites: Sight Singing/Dictation, Class Piano)
    • Music History
    • Essentials for Pianists
    • Modern Styles of Piano
    • Collaborative Piano
    • Piano Literature Survey I/II
    • Modern Keyboard and Synthesizer
    • Piano Pedagogy
    • Private Lessons
    • Music elective classes including Music based Technology, Composition and Orchestration, Conducting, and Worship focused courses
    • Performance Ensembles: Chorale, Praise Bands, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Pep Band, Musical Theatre, Drumline


      Career Paths

      With a degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, graduates can pursue diverse careers including:

      • Private Lesson Instructor
      • Music Performance
      • Collaborative Pianist
      • Music Education
      • Professional Accompanist
      • Professional Musician
      • Music Ministry
      • Music Director
      • Music Arranger
      • Composer
      • Music Therapy
      • Church Musician


        Piano Performance and Pedagogy


        Career Paths



        Department of Music

        Arizona Christian University
        Building 2500
        1 W. Firestorm Way
        Glendale, AZ 85306

        (602) 489-5300

        [email protected]

        Academic Major Courses

        Core requirements: 30 credits
        General Biblical and Theological Studies: 15 credits
        Upper Division Bible and Theological Studies electives: 3 credits
        Science w/lab: 8 credits
        Music Core w/Applied Lessons: 45 credits
        Music Concentration – Piano Performance: 19 credits
        Free Electives: 6 credits

        Total: 126 credits
        CourseCourse NameCredits
        MUP 101Class Piano I1
        MUS 193Music Theory I3
        MUS 194Sight Singing/Dictation I1
        MUP 201Class Piano II1
        MTE 220Computer Based Music Production3
        MUS 293Music Theory II3
        MUS 294Sight Singing/Dictation II1
        MUP 301Class Piano III1
        MUS 342Music History & Literature II3
        MUP 360Junior Recital1
        MUS 393Music Theory III3
        MUS 394Sight Singing/Dictation III1
        MUP 401Class Piano IV1
        MUS 493Music Theory IV3
        MUS 494Sight Singing/Dictation IV1
        MUS 490Music Capstone3
        ML_ 111Applied Lessons: _________________8
        MEC 100Chorale4
        Choose OneMED 315 Instrumental Conducting *
        MED 316 Choral Conducting *
        MTC 331 Choral Arranging & Conducting ◊
        MPP 201Essentials for Pianists2
        MPP 210Modern Styles of Piano1
        MPP 301Collaborative Piano1
        MPP 310Piano Literature Survey I2
        MPP 320Modern Keyboard and Synthesizer1
        MPP 401Piano Pedagogy3
        MPP 410Piano Literature Survey II2
        ME_ 100/ MUP 371Music Ensemble: MEA, MEC, MEF, MEJ, MEL, MEP, MER, MES, MEV, or MUP 3713
        MLP 111Applied Lessons: Piano2
        ___ ___Advisor Approved Music Elective2


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