DEGREE PROGRAMS

Bachelor of Music (BM)

The Bachelor of Music is a four-year professional degree program (differing from a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, which is more general). The Bachelor of Music program is oriented toward development of a high level of musical achievement in a specialized area. Around 75% (90 hours) of the degree study involves music coursework: lessons, ensembles, musicianship and music history, along with specialized courses in each major area. In these courses, students acquire the knowledge and skills that will form the foundation for work in the professional music world. Because it is important for musicians to make connections between music and other fields of study, students also take about 30 hours in areas such as English composition, foreign language, visual arts, history, or psychology.

 

The Bachelor of Music (BM) is offered in the following areas:

  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Voice
  • Classical Guitar
  • Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies
  • Music Education
  • Music Composition

Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA)

The Bachelor of Musical Arts degree is an individualized, interdisciplinary program for students who want to combine overall competency in music with a specialty in an outside field. About 50% of this degree involves lessons, ensembles, and other music studies, and the remainder encompasses a broad array of disciplines in the humanities, social science, and science, along with an emphasis in a separate area such as literature, international studies, or theatre.

 

Students who wish to enter CCPA as undergraduates are expected to demonstrate significant talent and ability in their performing area, along with basic musicianship skills (being able to read, write and identify key signatures, scales, chords, and rhythms); to have had several years of ensemble experience; and to exhibit a strong sense of commitment to their chosen profession.

Master of Music (MM)

The Master of Music is a full time, two-year program of concentrated, advanced study in a specialized area of creative pursuit. Students in CCPA’s Master of Music program are fully immersed in their chosen area of study through private lessons and coachings, performing ensembles, and seminars, developing professional competence and the capacity to make effective artistic and intellectual judgments.

 

The Master of Music (MM) is offered in the following areas:

  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Voice
  • Classical Guitar
  • Music Composition
  • Orchestral Studies

Performance Diploma

The Performance Diploma is designed for the accomplished instrumental performer who wishes to continue performance studies at an advanced level. In their lessons, students may concentrate on solo and orchestral or chamber music repertory. Two full recitals will be given, one at the end of each year in residence.

 

The Performance Diploma is offered in the following areas:

  • Piano
  • Strings
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Classical Guitar

Professional Diploma

The Professional Diploma is designed for the accomplished musician who wishes to pursue a specific career path as a performer. The program includes specialized performance studies in conjunction with professional mentoring.

 

The Professional Diploma is offered in the following areas:

  • Chamber Music (string quartets only)
  • Orchestral Studies (woodwinds, brass, percussion, and harp)
  • Opera (voice and piano, in conjunction with the Chicago Opera Theatre)
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    Piano

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    Strings

    Bass, Cello, Harp, Viola, Violin

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    Brass

    Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba

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    Woodwinds

    Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Classical Saxophone

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    Percussion

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    Voice

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    Classical Guitar

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    Jazz & Contemporary Music Studies

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    Music Education

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    Music Composition