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Undergraduate Handbook 2009-10

Bachelor of Musical Arts

This interdisciplinary program is intended to help students prepare for performance careers while developing a secondary area of emphasis outside of music. Students must meet the same performance standards as those enrolled in the Bachelor of Music degree programs. This is the preferred degree program for students pursuing concurrent majors.

Students may apply for entrance to the Bachelor of Musical Arts program at the end of their fourth semester. During the first two years of study, students' progress in theory, basic musicianship, music literature, and performance track applied courses will be monitored. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to be admitted to the BMA degree program.

 


Suggested Course Sequence
BACHELOR OF MUSICAL ARTS
120 credits

Semester I
Music 129S
Music 121
Music 131
Ensemble
*Gen Ed
*INART 258
*Gen Ed

 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
  3.0
16.0
Semester II
Applied: Performance (18-J)
Music 122
Music 132
Music 162 (IL)
Ensemble
*Eng 15 or 30H
*Gen Ed
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
15.0
Semester III
Applied: Performance (23-J)
Music 221
Music 231
Music 261 (IL)
Ensemble
*Exercise and Sports Sci
*Secondary Area/Gen Ed
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  2.0
  3.0
  1.0
  1.5
  3.0
14.5
Semester IV
Applied: Performance (28-J)
Music 222
Music 262 (IL)
Music 331
Ensemble
*Secondary Area/Gen Ed
*Gen Ed

Submit mid-program review materials

 

 
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  2.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
16.0

Semester V
Applied: Peformance (33-J)
Music 332
++Secondary Area/Gen Ed
++Secondary Area/Gen Ed
Ensemble
*CAS 100
 
 
  3.0
  2.0
  3.0
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
15.0
Semester VI
Applied: Performance (38-J)
Music 266
++Secondary Area (400 level)
++Secondary Area (400 level)
Ensemble
*Eng 202A-D
*Gen Ed
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  3.0
17.0
Semester VII
Applied: Performance (43-J)
++Secondary Area (400 level)
Ensemble
Additional music courses
+ Music History selection
 
 
  3.0
  3.0
  1.0
  4.0
  3.0
14.0
Semester VIII
Applied: Performance (48-J)
Music 101
++Secondary Area
Ensemble
*Exercise and Sports Sci
*Gen Ed
*Gen Ed
 
 
  3.0
  1.0
  3.0
  1.0
  1.5
  3.0
  3.0
15.5
 

* General Education Courses

** Piano proficiency: All students must enroll in appropriate piano courses (class piano or private instruction), beginning with the first semester and continuing until the piano proficiency is passed.

++ Of the 24 credits in the secondary area, 12 must be at the 400 level and 12 may be double counted with general education courses.

+ 461W-464W series or Special Topics course taught by music history or theory faculty.

 

 

Ensemble Requirements:
Bachelor of Musical Arts (8 cr. minimum)

Students in the Bachelor of Musical Arts program are responsible for choosing ensembles that will nurture their professional growth as performers. Therefore, a variety of ensembles, small and large, should be selected. Advisers and applied instructors should be consulted regarding ensemble choices.

  1. The student must be enrolled in an ensemble every semester he/she is in the program. This is true even if the 8-credit minimum has been met.

  2. The 8-credit minimum must be earned from participation in at least two different ensembles.

  3. All of the 8 required credits must be earned by participation with the major instrument/voice with the exception of keyboard majors. (See item 6.)

  4. Two credits from among these ensembles must be applied toward the B.M.A. degree requirements:

    Accompanying: Sonata Duos; Studio/Recital Accompanying
        (For piano majors only. Two credits are required. See Item 5 below.)
    Brass Chamber Music
        (Includes University Brass, Trumpet Ensemble, Horn Ensemble,
         Trombone Choir, Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, Small Ensembles)
    Chamber Orchestra
    Jazz Ensemble I: Centre Dimensions
    Mallet Ensemble
    Opera Theatre
    Percussion Ensemble
    String Chamber Music
    Woodwind Chamber Music

  5. The remaining 6 credits (2-6 credits for keyboard majors) must be distributed among these ensembles.

    Chamber Singers
    Concert Choir
    Jazz Ensemble I: Centre Dimensions
    Oriana Singers
    Philharmonic Orchestra
    Symphonic Band
    Symphonic Wind Ensemble
    University Choir

  6. Keyboard majors must earn 2 credits in Sonata Duos and/or Studio/Recital Accompanying. A maximum of 4 credits earned by accompanying any of the following ensembles may be applied toward the 8-credit degree requirement:

    Chamber Singers
    Concert Choir
    Essence of Joy
    Glee Club
          Opera Theatre
    Oriana Singers
    University Choir
    Women's Chorale

    (Organ majors should consult the applied instructor regarding ensemble credits.)

  7. In addition to these required credits, other ensembles may be elected throughout the program upon the advice and consent of the applied instructor and the adviser.

  8. A student in academic difficulty must obtain the adviser's consent to register in more than two ensembles per semester. Academic difficulty is defined as a GPA below 2.5 and/or any music course not passed (grade of D or F).


APPLIED MUSIC REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Musical Arts students must complete eight semesters of applied study on an instrument at the PERFORMANCE (3-credit) level. The student's performance area is determined through the student's audition. The audition 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.

 

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 admission 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 auditions 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
The following requirements apply to students in the performance areas (Strings/Winds/Brass/Percussion, Keyboard, Voice).

All B.M.A. performance majors 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.

 


PIANO PROFICIENCY EXAMINATIONS

All B.M.A. students must pass a piano proficiency examination at some point in their undergraduate careers. (Students who have piano as the primary instrument are assumed to have met this requirement.) The student must meet the following proficiencies:

  1. Be prepared to play all major and harmonic minor scales, three octaves, hands together with a consistent tempo.

  2. Given 48 hours, prepare an accompaniment for an assigned melody using I, IV, V7, V7/V, and V7/IV chords in original key and transposed to the following keys: C, D, E, F, G, A, B-flat, and E-flat. Accompaniment style in the original key must be representative of implied melodic style. Accompaniment style for transposed keys may use blocked chords in basic hand positions, but must use good voice leading.

  3. Musically prepare two contrasting pieces of the same difficulty as the Bach Little Preludes and/or Book III of Bartok's Mikrokosmos.

  4. Be prepared to play all major and minor white-key arpeggios, three octaves, hands together with a consistent tempo.

  5. Sight-read hymns and two-part contrapuntal musical examples comparable in difficulty to the second half of volume II of the Diller-Quaile piano method or Volume II of Mikrokosmos.

Piano proficiency exams will be offered at the end of each academic semester. It is the student's responsibility to register for the examination. Students are to enroll in piano courses until such proficiency is met.

 


COMMON HOUR, RECITAL, AND CONCERT ATTENDANCE

Developing familiarity with a broad repertory of music and acquiring skills of critical listening are important aspects in the training of a musician. Therefore, students are expected to take advantage of every opportunity to attend performances of music, both on and off campus. More than 100 performances are scheduled each year on the University Park campus. These include Center for the Performing Arts programs, faculty and student recitals, concerts by School of Music ensembles, and special School of Music-sponsored programs. In addition, there is a Common Hour each Friday (2:30-3:20 p.m.) in the Esber Recital Hall. These programs include student and faculty performances, as well as demonstrations and lectures by faculty and guests of the School of Music. Students are expected to attend Common Hour each week and a reasonable number of the many events sponsored by the School of Music each year. (See Attendance Requirement below.)

Attendance Requirement (Music 101: Common Hour)

Music 101: Common Hour is required of all students pursuing undergraduate degrees in music. This course is designed as a vehicle for monitoring student attendance at concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures, and Common Hours in the School of Music. Attendance at 150 events will constitute satisfactory completion of the course. At least 40 of these events must be Common Hours. Attendance at Common Hours will be monitored by Sigma Alpha Iota. Records of attendance are maintained by the School of Music office.

It is the student's responsibility to provide signed programs as verification of attendance at concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures, and Common Hours. Verification of attendance at all Common Hours and all School of Music-sponsored Esber Recital Hall events will be collected immediately at the conclusion of those events at the ticket counter outside the recital hall. All other program attendance verifications are to be deposited in the designated folder located in the mail room (235) on the second floor of Music Building I.

Students register for this course the semester in which their total attendance will reach 150 events.