The freshman-year curricula are practically identical for all degrees within the school, giving students one academic year in which to make a final decision regarding their programs. From the time a specific program is approved for a student, that student must adhere to his/her selected program and to the total number of credits listed for that program. Changes in program and courses, or in major and secondary instrument or voice, require the approval of the adviser, department chair, and associate dean.
All private lesson study required in the student's program is included in the basic tuition charge, subject to the conditions in Student Information ("Explanation of Charges"). Elective private lessons, whether for music majors or nonmajors, are subject to a private lesson fee in accordance with the schedule shown under Student Information ("Expenses"). Normally, elective private lessons are taught by graduate students. All private lesson registration and preregistration is through the music office only.
Performance courses are of two general classifications: private instruction for voice and instrument and class instruction for minor (secondary) instrument study. A class section usually consists of eight students. Those majoring in the performance or performance/music education (four-year) program take a one-hour private lesson each week (for 4 credits); all others take a half-hour private lesson each week (for 2 credits). All music students attend one repertory class each week conducted by the major performance teacher.
Attendance at Performances
All full-time students in the School of Music are required to attend 10 ensemble, faculty, or guest artist recitals or master classes each semester. In addition, they are required to attend five student recitals. The associate dean will determine how this policy applies to transfer students. All other students must meet the requirement for six semesters. Additional attendance requirements are at the option of the major teacher.
All students enrolled in the B.M. in performance and B.M. in performance and music education (four-year) programs must successfully perform two solo recitals as part of their degree requirements. Other students may elect to perform in a graded recital with the permission of their major teacher. The required recitals are graded by three faculty members from the School of Music. Normally, the major teacher and two faculty members from the student's division comprise the grading committee. Elective recitals are normally graded only by the major teacher.
The final grade for these recitals is determined by averaging the grades assigned by the members of the grading committee, according to the following system:
All undergraduate music majors must perform a jury at the end of each semester. Students who perform a graded recital and students who are off campus because of student teaching may be exempted at the discretion of their major teacher. Nonmajor students enrolled for 3 credits of private study must also perform a jury at the end of the semester. Juries are graded on a pass/fail basis. If a student receives a grade of F from the majority of the faculty hearing a jury, the major teacher must issue a grade for the semester no higher than D. The grade of I, "incomplete," must not be used in these cases. The "incomplete" grade is to be used only if a student is unable to perform a jury because of illness or providential intervention. The chair of performance studies must also be informed of the jury failure. The chair will then request that a letter of warning be sent by the associate dean to the student (see "Academic Status" and "Academic Affairs Information"). To be removed from warning, the student must pass the jury in the following semester and receive a semester grade of C- or higher.
Every music student is required to meet specified minimum requirements in piano, relative to his or her curriculum. Students having voice or piano as the major instrument, regardless of their curricula, take keyboard musicianship, which includes accompanying, transposition, and literature.
A student may participate in additional ensembles, up to a total of 10 ensemble participation hours per week. Exceptions beyond 10 hours can be made in very unusual circumstances by the associate dean in consultation with the performance teacher and conductor.
If additional ensembles are taken, they can be taken for 0, 0.5, or 1 credit. Students should normally enroll in ensembles for credit, unless the total credit enrollment exceeds 18 credits. Ensemble and chamber music credits over and above the required ensembles may be applied toward music elective requirements ac-cording to the following formula: for every 3 credits of music electives required in each degree program, 1 credit of ensemble or chamber music may be counted toward elective requirements, with a minimum of 1 credit and a maximum of 4.
Ensemble transfer credits may not be used to exempt a student from ensemble participation.
All music education students must participate in a major ensemble during the on-campus portion of the student teaching ("block") semester.
The organizations designated below as major ensembles carry 1 credit for all students except where required as a second ensemble. The organizations designated as minor ensembles carry 1 credit when required as a major ensemble in the student's degree program.
The following fulfill the major ensemble requirements for the performance majors listed:
Voice Major -- Choir, Chorus, or Women's Chorale
Keyboard Major -- Choir, Chorus, Women's Chorale, Pianist as Collaborator, Accompanying Master Class, Guitar Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Piano/Instrumental Duo, or Piano/Vocal Duo (as specified in the curriculum outlines, below).
Guitar Major -- Music Education, Performance, and Music Education/Performance: Choral Ensemble (Choir, Chorus, or Women's Chorale) and/or Guitar Ensemble (as specified in the curriculum outlines, above).
All other guitar major degrees: Choral Ensemble (Choir, Chorus, or Women's Chorale) or other major ensemble by audition, including Guitar Ensemble.
String Major -- Orchestra
Wind and Percussion Major -- Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or Orchestra
Jazz Studies Major -- Jazz Laboratory or Vocal Jazz Ensemble (as specified in Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies).
The following organizations are designated minor ensembles and carry 0.5 credit for music majors and 1 credit for all other students:
The ensembles listed below carry 0.5 credit for music majors when used as an elective ensemble. As with other minor ensembles, they carry 1 credit for non-music majors:
Music majors should see the statement above (under "Major Ensembles") covering total weekly ensemble participation hours allowed.
Opera/musical orchestras are ensembles that perform in the major productions of one opera and one musical per year. Students participating in these ensembles may earn music elective credit. See the course description under 554-14000 Music Theater Rehearsal and Performance.
Students may be exempted from courses in the School of Music through examination by the departments concerned. Resultant credit deficiencies may be made up in any area in music upon consent of the student's adviser and the associate dean.
Ensemble and chamber music credits over and above the required ensembles may be applied toward music elective requirements according to the following formula: for every 3 credits of music electives required in each degree program, 1 credit of ensemble or chamber music may be counted toward elective requirements, with a minimum of 1 and a maxi-mum of 4 credits. Performance studies in an instrument/voice other than the major and elective recital credits may apply toward music electives. Performance study in the major performance area taken in addition to the degree requirements may also apply toward music electives.
Pass/Fail or S/D/F
With the exception of 554-10100 Recital Attendance and 556-19900 Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy, music courses may not be taken on a pass/fail or S/D/F basis by music majors or minors.
Fundamentals of Music Theory, Sight-Singing, Keyboard Musicianship, and Recital Grades
Students must repeat Fundamentals of Music Theory until they receive a grade of B or higher (based on achieving a score of 84 percent or higher on the course's final exam).
Students must repeat keyboard musicianship or sight-singing courses in which they receive a grade lower than C-.
A grade of C- is the lowest acceptable grade for successful completion of a required under-graduate recital. In the event that a student receives a grade of D (+ or -), the grade will stand and be computed into the GPA, but the student must take the course again. A completely different program must be performed when repeating the course.
Physical Activity, Leisure, and Safety (PALS)
Physical activity, leisure, and safety (PALS) courses may be taken as free, general, non-liberal arts electives. A maximum of 6 credits is permitted. "Graduation and Program Regulations" and "Physical Activity, Leisure, and Safety" for more information.
All students in music must, by mandate of the New York State Education Department, take a certain number of liberal arts courses in completion of their degree program (see "Graduation and Program Regulations"). These courses must be taken outside the School of Music.
The school stipulates that these liberal arts credits must fill certain distribution requirements as indicated in the requirements of each degree program. To satisfy these distribution requirements, students should select their courses from the following categories. Please note that not all courses within each listed discipline are liberal arts courses. Those that are not liberal arts courses are marked "NLA" in the course descriptions in this catalog and in the Undergraduate Course Offerings published each semester. Courses marked "NLA" do not fulfill the liberal arts requirement for the School of Music.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SS)
Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NS)*
*Music education and performance/music education majors must take one course in biology, chemistry, physics, or health sciences, and one course in mathematics.
Fine Arts (FA)
A. Ozolins, Office of Creative Services, 15. July, 2005