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Undergraduate Handbook 2007-08

Primary responsibility for the successful completion of a degree program lies with the student. The key to meeting this responsibility is personal involvement in academic program planning.

All students entering the School of Music are assigned an adviser by the director. Although the adviser is to be available for advice and consultation, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting degree requirements. It is strongly recommended that the student initiate discussion with an adviser at least once each semester.

The student's role in the academic advising process is to:

  1. Acquire the information needed to assume final responsibility for course scheduling, program planning, and the successful completion of all graduation requirements.

  2. Seek the academic and career information needed to meet educational goals.

  3. Become knowledgeable about the relevant policies, procedures, and rules of the University, college, and academic program.

  4. Be prepared with accurate information and relevant materials when contacting the adviser.

  5. Consult with the adviser at least once a semester to decide on courses, review the accuracy of the audit, check progress toward graduation, and discuss the suitability of other educational opportunities provided by the University.

The academic adviser's role is to:
  1. Help the advisee to understand the academic and administrative processes of the University and the nature of its academic programs. The adviser also seeks to understand each advisee's particular concerns affecting academic progress. The advisor neither grants nor denies administrative approval for particular academic actions.

  2. Help the advisee to understand the expected standards of achievement and likelihood of success in certain areas of study.

  3. Discuss the educational and career objectives suited to the advisee's demonstrated abilities and expressed interests. The adviser helps the advisee to understand the relationships among the courses, programs, undergraduate research opportunities, internships, study abroad programs, and other academic experiences provided by the University.

  4. Help the advisee to plan a course of study and give advice about courses and the adjustment of course loads. The adviser will inform the advisee about the prerequisites for subsequent courses in the advisee's program.
  5. Refer advisees to other resources when appropriate.

  6. Participate in the adviser training sessions provided by each college or department to keep informed and current.


Bachelor of Arts
Eric McKee
Charles Youmans

Bachelor of Musical Arts
Daryl Durran

Bachelor of Music
Strings   Robert Nairn
Woodwinds/Percussion   Eleanor Armstrong
Brass   Velvet Brown
Keyboard   Steven Smith
Voice   Richard Kennedy
Composition   Paul Barsom

Music Education
Strings   Timothy Deighton
Woodwinds/Percussion   David Stambler/James Lyon
Brass   Lisa Bontrager*/Richard Bundy
Keyboard   Timothy Shafer
Voice   Jennifer Trost

Maureen Carr

Music Minor
Timothy Hurtz

Schreyer Honors
Mark Ballora
Joanne Rutkowski (Music Ed only)

Transfer Students
Daryl Durran

* On sabbatical Fall 2009; Timothy Hurtz, substitute