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Applied Study

Applied Lesson Assignments: Based upon the entrance audition/interview, students will be assigned an applied lesson instructor by the concentration coordinator (keyboard, vocal/choral, instrumental, or composition). Students are also required to take the Major Ensemble in their concentration area for each semester that they are enrolled in lessons. Students will take one or two credit hours of applied lessons at the appropriate level (1100, 1200, 3100, and 3200) each semester as listed in their specific programs. One credit hour lessons are available for music minors and as a second instrument for music majors; both require the department chair's approval. In some instances, a student who, on admission to GC, is not working at the freshman level will be allowed to study for one semester at the pre-college level (1000) and then re-audition (in addition to end of semester jury) for the music faculty for admission. The credit earned in this course will not apply toward the major requirements of the program. Music Minors must be registered for theory the same semester they are registered for applied lessons.

Applied Study Standards and Applied Lesson Contracts: All applied study follows a set of applied study standards, a listing of the types and level of difficulty of materials (etudes, solos, etc.) that students should be learning at the 1100, 1200, 3100, and 3200 levels. A copy of the listing for your area/instrument is available from the department office and from your applied teacher. Each semester, every student will receive a syllabus from the applied teacher and an applied lesson contract that list specific expectations for lesson material and grading policy for the semester. All lessons are 50 minutes, once a week. One hour of credit requires a minimum of 1 – 2 hours of practice per day. Two hours of credit will cover more material and therefore requires a minimum of 2-4 hours of practice per day. The student must be registered for a major ensemble each semester they are registered for applied lessons.

Recital Appearance/Recital Class: As part of applied instruction, each student must perform in recital class for each semester they are enrolled in lessons. The exception is that students enrolled in their first semester of 1100 level applied lessons are not required to perform that semester. It is the responsibility of the student to submit a completed Recital Appearance Request Form and program notes to the Department Office in a timely fashion (two weeks before the appearance date unless otherwise notified). The recital appearance request form is available online from the department office. Students who do not submit their recital appearance information in a timely fashion will not be allowed to perform as scheduled and their applied lesson grade will be affected.
        Recital class is considered a public performance venue and performers are expected to dress accordingly in appropriate concert attire approved by the teacher. While Recital Class is a course in your program, it is also an opportunity to share your musical talent with your friends and to take pride in the work you are doing as a music student. By becoming involved in recitals, both as listener and as performer, you will grow in your sense of community and in your confidence as a practicing member of this community.

Accompanists: Instrumental and vocal students will be assigned an accompanist. Non-vocal performance students preparing for recitals or working advanced literature will work 1/2 hour per week with their accompanist during the semester. Other students are expected to set up appointments with their accompanist 2-3 weeks before recital appearance and juries. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the accompanist with music as soon as possible and at least two weeks before the first rehearsal, and they should meet regularly with the accompanist as scheduled. Failure to do so will result in the loss of the privilege of the assigned accompanist. Students must consult with their accompanist when planning recitals, recital appearances, and other, unscheduled work.

Jury Exams: All applied students must perform for a jury each semester as a final examination. Juries are attended and graded by at least three applied faculty. The jury grade is factored into the applied grade as specified in the Applied Lesson Contract. Prior to juries, each student should fill out a Jury Grade Sheet with his/her instructor, making sure it reflects the semester's contracted work. The completed jury Grade Sheet form should be presented to the jury panel when the student performs on their jury. The jury exam is treated as a public performance and students should dress accordingly. The student must give the judges a copy of all music prepared for the jury year. In addition, whenever available, Max Noah Recital Hall may be reserved for 30 minute rehearsal sessions.
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