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Keyboard Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Music – Piano


The BA in music is a four-year, 128-unit program.

Sample Summary of Program of Study

Lessons (6 units)

MP__ 301 Individual Instruction in primary instrument (lessons) (three 2-unit courses)

Music Ensembles (4 units)

MUEN 3__ 300 or 400 level ensemble electives (four 1-unit courses)

Core Thornton Academic Courses (38 units)

MUHL 231-332 Music History and Literature (four 3-unit courses)
MUCO 132ab-232ab Aural Skills (four 2-unit courses)
MUCO 133ab-233ab Music Theory (four 3-unit courses)
MUCO 338 Elementary Orchestration (2 units)
MPKS 250ab Keyboard Instruction I (two 2-unit courses)

General Education (32 units)

GE Cat. I-VI One course from each of six categories (six 4-unit courses)
WRIT 130/340 Writing (two 4-unit courses)

Foreign Language (12 units)

Three courses in the same language (three 4-unit courses)

Electives (36 units)

Music courses at the 300 or 400 level (16 units)
Music or non-music courses (20 units)

All curricular requirements are evaluated on an annual basis and are subject to change. Students follow the curricular requirements as published in the USC Catalogue for their year of matriculation. A typical undergraduate credit load is 16-18 units per semester.