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Music

KEYBOARD STUDIES

The Department of Music at La Sierra University is committed to helping the serious music student develop a life-long engagement with music as performer, composer, and listener. By providing the essential tools for making and responding to music, it is the aim of the following student learning outcomes to create a “whole” musician with the requisite skills, experiences, and artistic sensibilities that have the potential to continually inform and transform the musical life during and after formal study.

 

ENTRANCE AUDITION

Applicants for bachelor degrees in music must pass an entrance audition. Auditions should demonstrate the applicant’s musical and technical ability. Students who do not pass the entrance audition at the time of enrollment will not be eligible for Music Major in Good Standing status and will be placed on probationary status. Students will have two quarters in residence to pass the entrance audition. Any applied lessons taken before successfully completing the entrance exam must be taken at the 100 level. These 100 level lessons are not eligible for tuition waiver and cannot be applied towards the music major requirement. Students from the local area are expected to audition in person; others may submit a good quality video recording.

AUDITION FOR KEYBOARD STUDIES


Piano:   

 1. Perform three pieces of contrasting style,  including a major work by J.S. Bach, and at  least the first movement from a Classical  sonata. Students should be prepared to talk about their pieces. 

 2. Major/minor scales and arpeggios. 

 3. Sight-reading may be required. 

Organ: A major work by Bach and a major work from the Romantic or the Contemporary period. 

Units for Majors & Minors

BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.)

MUSIC

Required: 73 units in music

BACHELOR OF MUSIC (B.Mus.)

MUSIC EDUCATION

Required: 120  units in music

MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Required: 117 units in music, including

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.)

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

Required:  145 units

MUSIC MINORS

MUSIC

Required:  30 units

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

Required:  38 units

 

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