The University of Central Missouri’s Music degree, with Piano Performance option, prepares you for a professional career in music with a focus on practical skills for the modern era. In UCM’s well-rounded Piano degree, you’ll get world-class musical training in small classroom settings with renowned faculty. You’ll strengthen your performance capabilities while developing skills in social media marketing, music business and music technology.
Whether you’re interested in pursuing a graduate degree or a career as a private instructor, entrepreneur, concert pianist or music school faculty member, UCM has prepared Piano majors for success for more than 50 years.
A piano degree that combines experiential learning and personalized instruction
UCM prides itself on its immersive learning. Through a wide range of performance opportunities, classes and applied lessons, you’ll be able to further develop your unique musical voice. If you’re looking for a bachelor’s degree with valuable participatory learning opportunities and a tight-knit musical community, UCM’s Piano degree is for you.
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Visual and Performing Arts
Multiple performance opportunities
Immersive performance environment
24-hour practice rooms for Piano majors
Personalized study with expert faculty
Guest artists and performance clinics
As a Piano major at UCM, you’ll build on your practical skills and focus on performance, creative innovation and technology. In addition to music theory and history, you’ll study essential performance topics in private applied lessons, while teaching methods are covered in small-class Piano Pedagogy courses.
UCM’s Music program faculty will guide you in expanding your repertoire throughout the duration of the undergraduate program by closely examining piano literature from various eras. The bachelor’s degree in Piano is a classically based program offering a diverse range of courses, including:
At the University of Central Missouri, we provide our Piano majors with a variety of hands-on learning opportunities and real-life performance experiences to improve your playing and professional networking skills. Students in UCM’s bachelor’s degree in Piano program receive guidance and encouragement to pursue both in-class and extracurricular learning activities that better prepare them for competitive careers in music education and performance:
Graduates of top piano schools like UCM’s possess the skills to make a living as a musician. No matter your performance or career aspirations, UCM is here to help you prepare for a successful future.
Many UCM Piano majors earn advanced degrees in performance or music education in order to pursue college-level teaching positions in piano programs. Our bachelor’s degree in Piano program also prepares you with the performance skills, practical know-how and technical savvy you need for a career as a freelance pianist, private instructor or touring musician.
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The University of Central Missouri offers you a variety of opportunities to make your Piano degree more affordable. You may qualify for one of our multiple sources of financial aid, including scholarships, grants and work-study positions that can help offset the cost of your education.
UCM’s general need- and merit-based scholarships are open to future freshmen, current undergraduates, transfer students and out-of-state students. When you enroll in one of our Piano programs, you can also apply for UCM scholarships reserved for Piano majors, such as:
Learn more about scholarships for students enrolled in Piano programs by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Take your degree further.
UCM’s graduate degrees in Music can help you further hone your craft and expand your marketability for jobs in education and performance. Piano majors at UCM go on to pursue a variety of graduate concentrations in our Master of Arts in Music program, including:
Make yourself more marketable.
If you’re planning to teach privately or want to enhance your technical knowledge of music, you may benefit from adding a minor to your Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from UCM:
Explore programs related to piano.
UCM offers a wide range of Music degrees. If you’re looking into degrees outside of Piano programs or classical performance, consider these:
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