Applied Music Policy and Jury Procedures

Applied Music Policy

Approved 11-14-89

Applied Music Competencies

Applied Music Competencies are independent of applied music course level and are defined in ten (10) discrete levels. Minimum entry-level competencies are defined for admission to each degree program in the Department of Music. Minimum exit level competencies are likewise defined for completion of the applied music requirement for each degree program. The entry and exit levels are defined as follows:

Degree Entry Level Exit Level
BA 1 6
BME 1 7
BM 3 10

For competencies specific to each instrument and voice, refer to the Applied Music Competencies for each applied music area (available in the Department of Music office).

Applied Jury Procedures

Approved 2-19-92

All music majors and students wishing to advance in course and competency level will be required to take a ten-(10) minute applied exam for each hour of credit earned up to a twenty-(20) minute limit. Applied exams will be scheduled at the end of the term. Each member of the area faculty, including part-time faculty, will write a criticism of the student's performance and will give a grade (see scale). The final grade for applied music will be determined in the following manner:

  1. Prior to the jury exam, the applied teacher will assign a letter grade for the semester's work.
  2. Immediately prior to the jury exam, the applied teacher may offer clarification of the assigned lesson grade.
  3. At the end of a student's performance, the jury will assign a letter grade based upon an average of the jury members' grades and record it in the student's permanent record.
  4. The final applied music grade will be determined by the applied teacher and recorded on the student's permanent record. This grade may be the same as the teacher's grade or one letter grade higher or lower, in the direction of the jury grade.

Voice students will sing two songs/arias selected (one by student and one by jury) from four (4) songs/arias (four (4) for each hour of credit), and instrumental students will play a prepared solo(s) or etude(s). Wind and percussion students will also perform selections from the student's repertoire sheet chosen by a jury member other than the student's teacher. Each semester, the student will play or sing scales or scale routines (percussionists may substitute appropriate material chosen by his/her instructor) and sight read a short selection. Keyboard students will prepare two selections, and scales and/or other exercises at the end of each course level. Prior to jury exams, all teachers will list on the student's Music Performance Studies Repertoire Report material covered in the semester.

All students, except Bachelor of Music candidates, who present required solo recitals will be exempt from applied exams for the term in which the recital is given. Bachelor of Music candidates will be required to take an applied exam each term. A minimum of three faculty members, including the student's instructor, must hear and approve recitals at least two weeks prior to scheduled performance. For all degree recitals the recital committee will grade the recital performance. For Bachelor of Music candidates, the same faculty members will grade the recital performance and the composite recital grade will become the final course grade for Junior or Senior Recital (MU-300 and MU-400, respectively). For BME and BA recitals, the recital will be graded by the recital committee, and the composite recital grade will become part of the applied lesson grade in the same manner as the final exam grade outlined above for regular jury exams.

An evaluation of each student's progress will be made at the end of the first year (second semester) of study. If there are problems hindering normal progress toward the degree, the student's applied instructor will counsel the student. A letter will also be sent to the student from the Department Chair. A student may, at any time, be denied advancement to the next course level by a decision of the jury. A Sophomore Review Exam is required of all music majors wishing to advance to junior-level standing in applied music and will normally be given at the completion of four semesters of lessons. The applied music portion of this exam given during the regular jury time may be fifteen minutes in duration and will include:

  1. Prepared repertoire, which includes various musical styles.
  2. Sight-reading chosen by the student's applied instructor.
  3. Oral questions concerned with the performed repertoire and a general knowledge of the performing medium.
  4. Scales and arpeggios as required by competency level.

Faculty will select specific scales to be performed. The following grading scale will be utilized in applied music:

90 -100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
59 & below = F

(.5 or above will be rounded up)
Approved 5-23-90