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Voice Standards

Guidelines and Policies for Vocal Study

Guidelines for voice students:

I.                     Vocal study

1.        Students enrolled in applied voice will complete a contract within one month of the beginning of the term.  This document outlines the requirements of the class as well as the literature that should be learned during the term.

II.                   Studio Class

1.        Studio class meets Tuesdays 12:30-1:45.

2.        All students enrolled in MUAP 1000, 1119, 1219, 3119, 3219 and 5100 must attend studio class where they will have the opportunity to discuss vocal issues and perform for one another.  Studio class will be conducted by the full-time voice faculty and any adjunct faculty who are able to attend. 

3.        Attendance policy: Students are allowed to miss 2 studio classes. Roll will be taken at each studio class.

4.        All students must sing in studio class as assigned. 

5.        Accompanist: An accompanist will be provided for studio class.

III.                 Recital attendance: Vocal students must follow the departmental guidelines for this course (MUSC 1990).

1.        Recital class

a. Recital class meets Thursdays 12:30-1:45.

b. Students must attend the announced required amount of classes per semester to receive credit for the class.  They will have an assigned number of outside recitals to attend that will be indicated at the beginning of the term.  Students will be given a Recital Card, which will be punched with each performance and class attended.

c. Music therapy students are required to complete four semesters of recital class. (Note: MT students must perform in Recital Class once a semester, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled).

d. Music minors must enroll in three semesters of recital class, but they are not required to attend or perform in the 12:30 class.  However, they are required to attend a designated amount of outside recitals, indicated by a punch on their recital card that will be given to the office at the end of term.

2.        Outside recital attendance

a. Students must attend the semester's designated number of recitals outside of recital class.

b. Students must turn in punched card to office at the end of the semester.

IV.                 Recital appearance – This is part of the performance requirements for the applied studio as stated in departmental guidelines – Each performance must be scheduled with the approval of the teacher.

1.        Students should complete the recital class form, which lists the works to be performed and requires the applied teacher's signature.  Forms are available in the music office.  Students must perform the selections as approved by the applied teacher and as indicated on the form. No substitutions will be allowed.

2.        First semester freshmen are exempt from performing in recital class.

3.        Second semester freshmen, all sophomores, juniors and seniors must perform in recital class.
4.        An authorized junior or senior recital fulfills one recital appearance.

5.        Recital appearance performance – Failure to turn in paperwork will result in losing your place on the program, which will affect your applied grade. Failure to adequately prepare for your performance will also affect your applied grade.

V.                   Recital critique

1.        Students must write a one-page critique of one professional vocal performance per semester. Papers must be given to the applied teacher no later than two weeks following the performance, or the student will not receive credit for that assignment.

VI.                 Juries

1.        All students enrolled in MUSC 1119, 1219, 3119, 3219, and 5100 must perform a jury at the end of the semester. 

2.        Students enrolled in MUSC 1000 will perform a jury upon teacher recommendation.

3.        The jury panel will consist of all members of the voice faculty. 

4.        The student will perform one selection of his/her own choosing. The remainder of the selections will be heard at the discretion of the jury panel.

5.        All students must memorize the minimum requirement of songs for juries. 

6.        In a given semester, if all of the literature presented in a recital includes the minimum requirement of new songs for that semester, the jury will be waived.

7.        In order to gain acceptance into upper division vocal study (MUAP 3119 or 3219), the student must pass a hearing consisting of vocal repertoire in a minimum of three languages.  This hearing usually will occur during the jury for the fourth semester of MUAP 1119 or MUAP 1219.

Even though a student may pass the upper division jury in voice, they must pass the other music requirements to be allowed into upper division study.

VII.               Accompanists

1.        An accompanist will be provided for half (25 minutes) of the lesson.

2.        Rehearsals outside of the lesson may be scheduled with the accompanist as the accompanist schedule allows. Extra sessions are not guaranteed, and students must make an appointment for each session requested. The accompanist is not provided to teach notes and diction to the student, but to rehearse ensemble and musicality of the literature.

VIII.             Junior Recital and Senior Recital: When planning a recital, students must follow the departmental policy concerning applied studios.

1.        Before scheduling a recital, a student must have the approval of the applied teacher and confirmation from your
accompanist.  A Recital Application Form must be obtained from the music office and correctly completed. While there may be changes in the program along the way, the program should be complete on the application form.  The form must be turned in no later than the beginning of the semester in which the recital is to take place.

2.        When several possible dates have been chosen, the student checks with the Department Secretary for availability in Max Noah Hall. When a date has been chosen, the student files a space reservation request. The student should also schedule a hearing date at this time (be sure that all full-time applied voice faculty, the applied teacher, and the accompanist is available for the hearing).

3.        Students must pass a recital hearing two or more weeks before the proposed date of the performance.  The hearing committee may choose to hear any portion of the recital program.  The student must pass the hearing in order to present the recital. 

4.        If a student does not pass the hearing, a second hearing may be scheduled upon the applied teacher's recommendation.

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