Ithaca College academic standards require that students in the School of Music pass 24 credits in any consecutive 12-month period and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00.
In order to assure that students satisfactorily progress toward degree completion over a four-year or four-and-a-half-year period, detailed schematic outlines have been prepared for each degree. Students should follow these outlines closely as they register for classes. All degree programs in music include a number of courses that are sequential in nature and that develop skills in particular areas over several semesters of study. These courses include private performance study, music theory, sight-singing, and keyboard musicianship. For these core areas, which provide the foundation for a music major’s study, the following specific registration requirements must be adhered to each semester:
- Students must enroll in the appropriate performance study until the requirements are completed.
- Students must enroll in the appropriate music theory, sight-singing, and keyboard musicianship courses until the sequence is completed.
- Unless on part-time status, students must enroll in the appropriate major ensemble until the sequence is completed.
Exceptions to these registration requirements may occur under unusual circumstances. Permission for exceptions must be requested on the School of Music petition to request exceptions to School of Music policies form and reviewed by the instructor of record (when appropriate), the academic adviser, the appropriate department chair, and the associate dean. Students who withdraw from any course listed above must enroll in that course during the following semester. Failure to enroll in and successfully complete the course during the next semester in which it is offered will place the student on academic warning. Deficiencies in any area of preparation may necessitate remedial courses and may delay graduation.
Students who fail to meet College or school standards are subject to immediate suspension or to suspension after a warning period. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis by the dean and associate dean of the School of Music. If the review indicates that a warning before suspension is appropriate, the procedure below is followed. Students should be aware that the offer of a warning period is a privilege, based on individual review, not a right.