All music majors are required to participate satisfactorily every semester (on campus) in the performing organization deemed appropriate to the major performing medium. For woodwind, brass, and percussion majors, this will be this will be Marching Band (two semesters required), Symphonic Band, or Wind Ensemble; for vocal majors, (normally) the University Choir; for string majors, the Orchestra or Guitar Ensemble. Keyboard majors may choose any performing organization appropriate to their experience in order to fulfill this requirement.
Recital Attendance (MUS 1060)
During the academic year, all music majors are required to attend a predetermined number of recitals and programs sponsored or approved by the department. Students who are deficient in this requirement at the end of the sophomore year will not be eligible to take their Junior Level Examination; those deficient at the end of their senior year will not graduate. Additional information is available in the Academic Catalog and on the MUS 1060 syllabus.
Junior Level Exam
Music majors must pass a Junior Level Examination, ordinarily scheduled at the end of the sophomore year, before enrolling in upper division (3xxx level) individual Instruction and ensembles. All majors will have a maximum of three (3) attempts to pass the Junior Level Examination. A minimum of three (3) semesters of upper division (3xxx level) instruction are required prior to the Senior Recital. Students whose background in performance is deficient may be required to take more than the normal amount of credit at the lower division level. Upper division credit in performance is granted only after the student passes the Junior Level Examination. Each music major is required to appear at least once each year in a recital, either in solo or ensemble performance.
The piano proficiency examination is required for majors whose primary Individual Instruction is not piano. Requirements vary based on degree and concentration. Additional information is available in the Music Major Guidebook.
Those pursuing the Music Education Concentration should consult the music education page for specific information.
Students who minor in music must belong to one performing organization for two years. A music minor must also pass a proficiency examination in his/her applied area.