The College of Arts and Architecture

Applied Music Requirements

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BME students must complete seven semesters of applied study on an instrument or voice at the PRIMARY (2-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.

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 BME 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 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 his/her file.

Recital Performance Requirements
Two solo performances on the student’s major instrument or voice are required of all music education majors as a prerequisite to graduation.  Typically, this requirement is met through two solo performances during Common Hour, Bach’s Lunch, and/or area/studio recitals.  However, the requirement may also be met by presenting one solo recital (half or full recital) on the University Park campus.  All appearances must have faculty sponsorship.  Other performance options must be presented as a petition to the music education faculty, via the coordinator, with written support from the applied teacher at least one month prior to the event.  Each student must furnish the School of Music office with a copy of the program from each solo performance for his/her permanent file.