Applied Music Policy and Jury Procedures

Applied Music Policy

Approved 4-18-2016

Applied Music Competencies

Each Degree has levels of study (100, 200, 300, 400). After a minimum of two semesters of study at each level, students must pass an exit competency in order to progress to the next level. If the student does not successfully meet the exit competency, he or she will be held at the current level.

For exit competencies specific to each degree, instrument and voice, refer to the "Applied Music Exit Competencies" for each applied music area (available in the Department of Music office or from the applied instructor).

Applied Jury Procedures

All music majors and students wishing to advance in course level will be required to take a ten-(10) minute applied exam (jury) 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 or equivalent), and instrumental students will play a prepared solo(s) or etude(s). Wind and percussion students may also perform selections from the student's repertoire sheet chosen by a jury member other than the student's teacher. Each semester, the instrumental students will play 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, teachers or students will list on the student's Music Performance Studies Repertoire Report material covered in the semester.

All students who present required solo recitals will be exempt from applied exams for the term in which the recital is given. 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 BM and BME degree recitals the recital committee will grade the recital performance. BA degree recitals will be graded by the applied instructor and/or a committee. For Bachelor of Music candidates, the composite recital grade will become the final course grade for Junior or Senior Recital (MU-300 and MU-400, respectively). For all recitals, 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.

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 (instrumental only).
  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 (instrumental only).

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


River Campus Seminary 254
Department of Music
One University Plaza, MS 7800
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701