Applied Music

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Philosophy of Applied Music
General Requirements in Applied Music:

Philosophy of Applied Music

Applied study in vocal and instrumental music provides music majors with the opportunity to develop musical understanding and technical proficiency in a specific performance medium, thereby allowing them to interpret representative works of past and present. This study is also intended to provide students with a model of self-discipline necessary for success in the music profession.

General Requirements in Applied Music

The following requirements apply to all students enrolled in any area of applied music study.

  1. Academic Credit. Applied music may be taken for one, two, or three hours credit.
    • Students enrolled in one credit hour will take one thirty-minute lesson per week.
    • Students enrolled in two credit hours will take one sixty-minute lesson per week.
    • Students enrolled in three credit hours will take one ninety-minute lesson per week.
  2. Practice. Minimum requirements for practice are as follows:
    • Students enrolled in one credit hour will complete five thirty-minute practice sessions each week.
    • Students enrolled in two credit hours will complete five sixty-minute practice sessions each week.
    • Students enrolled in three credit hours will complete five ninety-minute practice sessions each week.
    • Students are expected to sign up for the required practice sessions in the music department practice rooms.
    • Students will keep records of daily practice for each area of applied study.
  3. Studio Manual.
    • Students will maintain an Applied Studio Manual containing all materials for each enrollment in applied music.
    • Students will bring this manual to each lesson.
  4. Evaluation/Grading. The final grade for the course will be determined by the instructor's evaluation of (1) the student's progress during the course of the semester, (2) the student's performances in studio classes and on student recitals, (3) the student's performance in weekly lessons; (4) the student's use of the syllabus and practice schedule; and (5) the student's performance on the final jury examinations. Criteria for the final grade are as follows:

A final grade of "A" indicates superior work; details of musicianship clearly evident (dynamics, phrasing, articulation, tempo, etc); lessons well-prepared; satisfactory performance of assigned literature and technique; satisfactory performances in studio classes, student recitals, and on the final jury, as required above.

A final grade of "B" indicates above-average work; some details of musicianship evident, but not consistent; lessons generally well-prepared; satisfactory performance of assigned literature and technique; satisfactory performance in studio classes, student recitals, and on the final jury, as required above.

A final grade of "C" indicates average work; details of musicianship generally lacking, but notes and rhythms performed correctly; lessons occasionally unprepared; less than satisfactory performance of assigned literature and technique; less than satisfactory performance in studio classes, student recitals, and on the final jury, as required above.

A final grade of "D" indicates below-average work; no sense of musicianship; notes and rhythms performed incorrectly; lessons are generally unprepared; less than satisfactory performance of assigned literature and technique; less than satisfactory performance in studio classes, student recitals, and on the final jury, as required above.

A final grade of "F" indicates failure; no evidence of preparation in weekly lessons; no sense of continuity; less than satisfactory performance of assigned literature and technique; less than satisfactory performance in studio classes, student recitals, and on the final jury, as required above.

  1. Attendance. The student is responsible for notifying the instructor in advance when an absence is anticipated. Make-up lessons can be scheduled only when an absence is due to (1) the student's illness, (2) a death in the family, or (3) a similar extenuating circumstance. Student's work schedules, blood donations, doctor's appointments, over-sleeping, and the like are insufficient reasons to cancel a lesson. The student should notify the instructor of an impending absence no later than 8:00 a.m. on the day of the lesson. If the student misses a lesson for a spurious reason or without notifying the instructor, an absence will be recorded and there will be no make-up lesson. If the instructor must miss a lesson, make-up time will be made available to the student. In any event, make-up lessons are subject to the availability of the schedule--make-up lessons must be scheduled prior to the next regular lesson--otherwise an absence will be recorded.
  2. Students With Disabilities. Any student needing academic accommodations for a physical, mental, or learning disability should contact the Disabled Student Services Coordinator (room FA 117) or faculty member personally, within the first two weeks of the semester so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged.
  3. Student Recital. Concurrent enrollment in Student Recital is required of each student enrolled in applied music. One performance for each hour of credit in the major performance area is required of each student enrolled in applied music.

Each applied instructor will have additional sections of the Applied Music Studio Manual for his or her students. Read each section carefully.