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Recommendations for International Study (Study Abroad)

Study Abroad for Music Students
The following opportunities for study abroad are among the best for music students. The programs listed are all either Ithaca College or affiliated programs. This means that students remain active Ithaca College students, and the credits/grades are guaranteed to transfer back. Grades are calculated into the student’s cumulative GPA. All Ithaca College financial aid (scholarships/grants) in addition to federal and state aid is eligible to transfer to the costs of the programs (with the exception of work-study or on-campus stipends). Financial aid package will be reassessed based upon the actual cost of attendance.

1. Ithaca College London Center: /london

  •  private music instruction
  • Music in London, British Pop, occasional other courses offered
  •  Internships

2. Australian Exchange programs:
Griffith University: http://www.griffith.edu.au/music/

  •  Study at the Queensland Conservatorium or the Gold Coast Campus
  •  Courses in a wide area of studies, including music performance, theory, composition, education, technology, and popular music.

University of Tasmania: http://fcms.its.utas.edu.au/arts/music/

  • Study at the Conservatorium of Music in Hobart, Tasmania
  • Courses in a wide area of studies, including music performance, theory, composition, education, history and technology.

3. IES (Institute for the Int’l Education of Students): http://www.IESabroad.org

  • Amsterdam: Amsterdam School of Music
  • Auckland: University of Auckland, National Institute of Creative Arts & Industries
  • Buenos Aires: (previous Spanish required) Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte
  • Cape Town: University of Cape Town
  • Christchurch: University of Canterbury
  • Freiburg: (previous German required) Jazz and Rock Schule Freiburg
  • Madrid: (previous Spanish required) Universidad Francisco de Vitoria
  • Milan: (special music programs) Accademia Internazionale della Musica, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi (previous Italian required for some programs)
  • Nantes: (previous French required) Conservatoire National de Région
  • Paris: (previous French required) Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris/Alfred Cortot
  • Santiago: (previous Spanish required) Universidad de Chile
  • Sydney: University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music
  • Macquarie University
  • University of New South Wales
  • Vienna: (special music programs) University of Music and Performing Arts (previous German required for some programs)

4. SIT (School for International Training): http://www.sit.edu
All programs have themes. Examples of possible programs of interest for music students (esp. interested in ethnomusicology) include:

  • Ghana: Social Transformation and Cultural Expression
  • India: National Identity and the Arts

 

Students interested in possibilities for international study should know that all degree programs offered by the School of Music can accommodate such studies, assuming a critical amount of planning occurs early in a student’s tenure at IC.  The following are guidelines for students’ and advisors’ planning prior to application for international programs, including IC’s London Centre and all affiliated and non-affiliated programs.

General guidelines concerning coursework and application for international study:

  1. Most coursework taken during a study abroad experience will apply toward fulfilling Liberal Arts (LA) requirements, most commonly Humanities, foreign language, and/or LA electives.  In most cases, students should not plan to fulfill specific music requirements, other than private lessons and music electives, during international studies.
  2. Students should contact the Office of International Programs (4-3306, CHS 214-2) regarding opportunities for international study and information about specific programs. 
  3. Students should speak with their private lessons instructors regarding their interest in continuing private study as part of an international program.  In some cases, IC faculty members have direct experience with colleagues at international sites and may be able to assist students in obtaining lessons.  Students attending the London Center will be provided with private instruction through the LC administrative offices.
  4. Students should contact their advisors concerning applicability of international programs’ coursework to their degree program requirements. 
  5. Students should file Application for Transfer Credit forms (available at the Registrar’s Office) prior to enrolling in any unaffiliated or affiliated programs.  The form is not required for Ithaca College-administered programs.
  6. In cases where private lessons are not available for the number of credits required for a student’s degree program, remaining credits will be waived with a substitution of music (or open) electives.
  7. In some cases, when considered appropriate by the associate dean, music elective requirements may be fulfilled by additional LA courses (such as cultural studies specific to the locale).
  8. Students interested in studying abroad prior to finishing core sequences in Keyboard Musicianship, Music History, Music Theory, Sight-Singing, and Music Education, including Conducting, need to plan for successful completion of those courses upon return from the international program. Interruption or delay of core musicianship sequences may require students to study for additional semesters.   Interruption of the Music Education sequence (Music Education for Children, Conducting, Junior Student Teaching, etc.) will result in students needing to add an additional fall or spring semester to complete degree requirements. 

Degree-specific guidelines for study abroad (in IC programs, affiliated programs, and unaffiliated programs):

Degree program: Music Education

Suggested year/semester(s) for study abroad: senior year (after Music Education course sequence through Junior Student Teaching and Conducting II)

Likely course waivers during semester abroad: Ensemble (1), PerformancE Repertoire and Pedagogy (0.5)

Likely substitutions for waived courses: Music electives (or, in some cases, opeN electives)

Special concerns: communication with Music Education chair regarding placement for Senior Student Teaching

 

Degree program: Performance and Music Education

Suggested year/semester(s) for study abroad: senior year or ninth semester (after Music Education course sequence through Junior Student Teaching and Conducting II)

Likely course waivers during semester abroad: Ensemble (1), Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy (0.5)

Other possible course waivers: Chamber Music (0.5)

Likely substitutions for waived courses: Music electives (or, in some cases, open electives)

Special concerns: communication with Music Education chair regarding placement for Senior Student Teaching and with Performance Studies faculty member regarding timing of Junior and Senior Recitals

 

Degree program: Performance (including Collaborative Emphasis)

Suggested year/semester(s) for study abroad: sophomore, junior, or senior years

Likely course waivers during semester abroad: Ensemble (1), Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy (0.5)

Other possible course waivers: Chamber Music (0.5)

Likely substitutions for waived courses: Music electives (or, in some cases, open electives)

Special concerns: communication with Performance Studies faculty member regarding timing of Junior and Senior Recitals

 

Degree program: Sound Recording Technology

Suggested year/semester(s) for study abroad: senior year

Likely course waivers during semester abroad: Ensemble (1), Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy (0.5)

Likely substitutions for waived courses: Music electives (or, in some cases, open electives)

Special concerns: communication with Sound Recording Technology faculty regarding Recording Internship and Senior Project

 

Degree program: Bachelor of Music with an Outside Field

Suggested year/semester(s) for study abroad: sophomore, junior, or senior years

Likely course waivers during semester abroad: Ensemble (1), Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy (0.5)

Likely substitutions for waived courses: Music electives (or, in some cases, open electives)

Special concerns: communication with associate dean and outside field advisor regarding outside field requirements, sequential offerings, and possible substitutions by courses taken abroad

 

Degree program: Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Suggested year/semester(s) for study abroad: sophomore, junior, or senior years

Likely course waivers during semester abroad: Ensemble (1), Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy (0.5)

Likely substitutions for waived courses: Music electives (or, in some cases, open electives)

Special concerns: communication with jazz studies professor and private instructor regarding timing of recital

 

Degree program: Bachelor of Music in Music Theory

Suggested year/semester(s) for study abroad: sophomore, junior, or senior years

Likely course waivers during semester abroad: Ensemble (1), Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy (0.5)

Likely substitutions for waived courses: Music electives (or, in some cases, open electives)

Special concerns: communication with chair of Music Theory, History, and Composition regarding sequential offerings of upper-division music theory requirements

 

Degree program: Bachelor of Music in Composition

Suggested year/semester(s) for study abroad: sophomore, junior, or senior years

Likely course waivers during semester abroad: Ensemble (1), Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy (0.5)

Likely substitutions for waived courses: Music electives (or, in some cases, open electives)

Special concerns: communication with composition instructor regarding timing of recital; communication with chair of Music Theory, History, and Composition regarding sequential offerings of upper-division music theory requirements

 

Degree program: Bachelor of Arts in Music

Suggested year/semester(s) for study abroad: sophomore, junior, or senior years

Likely course waivers during semester abroad: Ensemble (1), Performance Repertoire and Pedagogy (0.5)

Likely substitutions for waived courses: Music electives (or, in some cases, open electives)

Special concerns: B.A. students, since they have only four semesters of ensemble and six semesters of lessons/rep class required, may be able to choose exclusively non-music courses during international study, avoiding the need to schedule lessons or waive/substitute for ensembles and rep class.

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