The College of Arts and Architecture

Applied Music Requirements

Bachelor of Musical Arts students must complete eight semesters of applied study on an instrument or voice at the PERFORMANCE (3-credit) level. The student's performance area is determined through the student’s audition.  The audition also typically determines the level at which the student will study in his or her respective program. Successful completion of each level is prerequisite for enrollment in the next higher level. Juries are held every semester to ensure that students qualify for study at the next level.

Please note that students who have received a scholarship must earn grades of “B” or higher in their applied study each semester.


Applied Music Lesson Policy
Students are to contact applied professors before or at the beginning of each semester to schedule regular lesson times. Lessons cancelled by faculty will be rescheduled. Lessons missed by students may be made up (see applied syllabus for specifics). Please be aware that unexcused absences may be a contributing factor in determining the final grade.

Private music lesson fees are required for individual instruction according to the following scale:
$175 for 1-credit courses; $250 for 2-credit, 3-credit, or 4-credit courses.  Music fees should be
paid at the Bursar’s Office, 103 Shields Building, upon receipt of your bill.  See “Enrolling for
Private Lessons” on the School’s web site for more information about the music lesson fee.

Re-audition Procedures
Students must study in the appropriate course in the applied sequence with continuous (every semester) enrollment until the required applied credits are completed.  Students who do not enroll for required applied instruction for any reason other than an official leave of absence must re-audition.  Students who earn grades of D or F in two of the first three semesters of enrollment in applied study must re-audition for admission to the applied studio.  Beginning with the fourth semester of study, students earning a grade of D or F in any semester must re-audition for admissions to the applied studio.  At any stage in the degree program, students who fail to advance to the next course in two consecutive juries cannot continue their applied studies in the major studio without re-audition.  Re-auditions will be adjudicated by the established faculty jury including the major applied instructor and other members of the applied area faculty.

An acceptance to the BMA program following a successful audition is valid for one academic year. If a student delays entrance into the School of Music for more than this period, he/she must re-audition.  Contact the audition secretary, Irene Kohute, in 234 Music Building I concerning the re-audition.

Jury Examinations
Because performance ability is an essential part of all School of Music degree programs, all students are required to demonstrate performance ability in their major applied area before a faculty jury at the end of each semester of applied instruction.  The purposes of these examinations are (1) to assess the student’s progress in his or her major performance area, and
(2) to serve as the prerequisite for advancing to the next level of applied instruction.

Juries typically comprise three faculty members (at least two from the applied division).  The jurors will submit to the music office their written evaluations and a composite grade (which is advisory to the student’s instructor).  These items will be included with the student’s records.   Copies of the evaluations and the grade will be available to the student from the music office.  Repertory sheets previously filled out by the student will also be included in the student’s file.

Recital Performance Requirements

All B.M.A students should have performed at least one major work on a recital by the end of the fourth semester, a major work being defined as a work or works of ten to fifteen minutes in length.

By the end of the sixth semester the B.M.A. major should have performed in recital a work or works of thirty minutes duration, equivalent to a half-recital.

A full-length recital is required of all B.M.A. majors, normally presented during the student’s fourth year.

A written evaluation of the full-length recital shall be submitted by each member of a committee of at least three which shall include the performer’s instructor and one faculty member from outside the performance area who is selected by the Undergraduate Committee.  These evaluations will be placed in the student’s file and will be available to the student.  It is the responsibility of the student and instructor to notify the judges of a change in date.  If the judge(s) have a conflict, a recording shall be submitted for adjudication.