Performance (Keyboard), BMUS

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Expand your repertoire of solo and chamber works through individualized instruction with renowned faculty and visiting guest artists in the BMus in the School of Music at ASU.

The BMus in performance with a concentration in keyboard is a program that focuses on the study of literature and techniques of the piano or organ. Goals include enabling students to express themselves musically while emphasizing the skills necessary to pursue a career as a professional musician. The course of study includes extensive performance experience.

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Performance (Keyboard), BMUS

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Admission requirements

Important: Applicants must submit an ASU application for undergraduate admission in addition to a separate School of Music, Dance and Threatre application. Students should isit https://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-steps-to-apply for details. Admission to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre is based on an audition. Live auditions take place on campus in November (spring admission) and in January and February (fall admission) of each year. Applicants may review audition information at http://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-auditions.

Admission to the music program is highly selective and based on an audition process. Students are admitted as music audition students and must successfully complete the audition before enrolling in music major courses. Upon admission to both ASU and the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, the applicant's major will be changed to music. In the event a student is admitted to ASU but not to the School of Music, Dance and Theatre or misses the audition deadline, the student will remain as a music audition major and will need to successfully pass the music audition milestone in the first semester in order to gain admission into the program.

Application Deadlines: Students should visit https://music.asu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-deadlines-fees for complete music deadlines.

Spring 2020: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is Oct. 15, 2019.

Fall 2020: The deadline to apply for admission to this program is Jan. 5, 2020.

Career outlook

Graduates are prepared to work in various professional or entrepreneurial capacities, including:

  • performing as a concert soloist or in chamber music ensembles
  • performing as a freelance musician in venues such as art galleries, churches, clubs, cruise ships, resorts, restaurants and theme parks
  • presenting school programs or serving on state or community arts councils as artist-in-residence
  • recording and studio work
  • teaching privately or in a professional music school, a college or a university program
  • working in music-related fields such as media production, music business, publishing and marketing

Many graduates pursue a master's degree or a doctorate in music or in another professional field.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Music Composers and Arrangers5.7%$50,590
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Musicians, Instrumental6%*

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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