Requirements in Music Studies
Students who wish to major or minor in music are required to audition on their major instrument before being admitted. (Those interested in only pursuing the concentration in Music Business are instead interviewed.) The audition should include a minimum of two contrasting works and may include scales, arpeggios, and sight-reading. Application for admission to all teacher licensure programs is made directly to the Department of Teacher Education.
Theory Entrance Exam.
All prospective music majors, minors, and any other students who wish to enroll in Music Theory, will be required to take a placement exam to assess the students' readiness for MUSIC 1511. MUSIC 1105 will be required as a prerequisite for Music Theory for those whose exam results indicate this need. This exam is administered at the time of the performance auditions as well as during the week prior to registration for the fall semester.
Piano Proficiency Exam.
Music students will demonstrate piano proficiency as a requirement of the major or minor. A proficiency exam is offered at the time of the performance auditions and during the week prior to registration for the fall semester, to determine the level at which the student should begin study. Students may forfeit the exam and begin at the Keyboard Skills I level of study.
Before graduation, students with Music Performance, Sacred Music, and Music Education concentrations must achieve proficiency at the Class Piano IV level, while those in Popular Music, Music Business and Worship Arts must achieve proficiency at the Keyboard Skills II level. Specific proficiency requirements are available in the Music Department Office.
Recital and Concert Attendance.
Students concentrating in any area of music attend all student Performance Hours. Additionally, students attend a total of ten recitals and concerts each semester, plus at least two non music events. A list of performances from which the student may choose is posted each semester and attendance forms are available. The student is responsible for completing and returning these forms promptly.
All students enrolled in Major Applied Instruction will demonstrate progress towards achieving semester goals for a faculty jury at the end of each semester.
Sophomore Performance Review.
To attain Junior Status in the Music program, students in the Music Performance, Music Education, and Sacred Music concentrations must be evaluated in performance during the second semester of the sophomore year. The student must pass MUSIC 1512 and present a successful Sophomore Performance Review before continuing the chosen program or presenting required degree recitals. Guidelines are available in the Music Department Office.
Students concentrating in any area of music and who are enrolled in Major Private Instruction will perform on at least one Performance Hour each semester. Students pursuing Music Performance and Sacred Music concentrations are required to give a 30 minute recital during their junior year and a 60 minute recital during their senior year. Those in Music Education will give a 30 minute recital during their senior year. Applications for faculty approval for these recitals are available in the Music Department Office.