The College of Arts and Architecture

Common Hour, Recital, and Concert Attendance

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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 300 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.  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.