Admission to Upper Division Studies
During the fourth semester of study all students in music programs are formally evaluated for their suitability for their chosen degree program. All applied students must go through an upper division "audition" during the jury of the fourth semester for placement into upper division applied lessons. All grades in the major must be C or better. A GPA of 3.0 is required in all major coursework for the B.A. (Composition and General Music), and the B.M.E.; a GPA of 2.8 is required for those pursuing the B.A. Performance track. A grade of B or better is required in MUED 3800, Introduction to Music Education as part of music education major's admission into the upper division teacher education program. Four grades of "satisfactory" should be achieved in Recital Attendance.
In addition to the above requirements, the following checklist, continuously updated during the first four semesters by the student's advisor, continuously updated during the first four semesters by the student's advisor, is used to determine whether the student has met the standards considered necessary for success at the upper level of the course work.
Completion of the following:
1. Regents Exam – This is required by the state and must be passed before you have completed 30 hours of course work. It is recommended that students take the regents Exam during their first semester of enrollment. Sign up takes place at registration and is normally taken in the second semester.
2. Functional Keyboard Proficiency – The pass/fail exam is administered each semester by appointment or during the final exam of Music 1220. Requirements are as follows:
a. Major and harmonic minor scales for all keys - to be played one octave, with each hand, at quarter note = 120
b. I, IV, I, V, I chord progression and all possible permutations in all major and minor keys.
c. Chord inversions, including 7ths – to be played in root position, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd inversions, with each hand, playing at quarter note = 30.
d. Performance of a simple melody harmonized in block chords. (Examples are available the day before the exam date.)
e. Performance of melody from #d above, transposed up or down a whole step. (Examples are available the day before the exam date.)
The adjudicator of the exam or the professor of the appointed Piano Class will fill out the Piano Proficiency Form, sign and place it in the student's file as well as initialing the facing page form.
Piano Class I: Covering major and minor keys up to 3#s and 3bs for letters a, b, and c and letter e in any key.
Piano Class II: Finishes all major and minor keys for letters a, b, c and add letter d, learn standard accompaniment patterns, play score reading out of elementary textbooks.
Piano Class III: Adds ability to play accompaniments and open score reading up to four parts of standard difficulty choral octavos.
Instrumental Music Education majors must pass Piano Class I
Elementary Music Education majors must pass Piano Class II and be reassessed before Student Teaching placement.
Choral Music Education majors must pass Class Piano III and be reassessed before Student Teaching placement.
All BA Music majors must pass Piano Class II
BME or BA Piano majors must pass Piano Class II Final Exam
3. Basic Theory Sequence-MUSC 1500 (class), 1501 (lab), 1510 (class), 1511 (lab), 2500 (class), 2501 (lab), 2510 (class), 2511 (lab)
4. Ear training / sight-singing Proficiency – (the student must earn the grade of C or better on the MUSC 2511 (lab) final exam)
a. Sing at sight a melody of the difficulty of the MUSC 1511 final exam. (modulation to the dominant or relative major/minor)
b. Take a melodic dictation similar to (a).
c. Sing from a prepared group of melodies with functional chromaticism and modulations.
d. Take an Interval recognition test. (up to Major 10th)
e. Take a rhythmic dictation of up to four bars in simple and compound meter to sixteenth note subdivision up to super triplets (simple meter) and quadruples (compound).
f. Take a harmonic dictation. (diatonic, including Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords and modulation to relative major/minor or secondary dominant). Identify chords (by Roman Numeral), inversion, bass and soprano lines.
5. Students in the B.M.E. program have additional requirements for admission to upper division study in Music Education. These requirements are discussed during Introduction to Music Education (MUED 3800), and contains the following requirements:
- A written paragraph describing the student's philosophy of music education
- Completion of Introduction to Music Education (Grade B or better)
- Passing of GACE I and Music Education Committee approval
- Completion of Ethics workshop and background check
- Proof of CMENC membership (copy of membership card)
Each candidate for upper division study will be interviewed by the music education faculty and asked questions based on their application and their completed music courses. The faculty teaching in the Music Education curriculum will review each application and interview and recommend or refuse admission based on the merits of the application and the student's work to date.
6. For the B.M.T. program, please contact the Music Therapy Office in