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Cumberland University now offers two music degrees with piano as the primary instrument.
- The Music Education Degree, with emphasis in instrumental music prepares the graduate for a career as a music educator and/or to continue their education in graduate school.
- The Music Degree with emphasis in instrumental music provides the student with more performance-based courses in all areas of fine arts.
In addition to private piano classes, the university offers class piano, which is a required course for all music majors and minors. All successful music majors must pass an extensive piano proficiency exam after their fourth semester of class piano. For students entering Cumberland who have some piano skills it is possible to test out of some, or all, of this piano requirement.