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Points of Excellence

Entering Freshmen

Audition and Interview

Students will perform two contrasting pieces and engage in a discussion of expectations and possibilities with the faculty. Faculty will rate the students as one of the following:

  • Full acceptance - These students are eligible for consideration for scholarship
  • Provisional acceptance - These students will be encouraged to work very hard and to audition again at the end of the first semester.
  • Acceptance as a music minor
  • Acceptance denied

Required of all music students: This audition and interview must be completed before a student can officially declare music as a major and enroll in primary applied study.

Administered by the Recruitment and Retention Committee

 

Freshmen

Praxis I Exam (general)

This is a standardized exam required for admission to teacher education.

  • required of BM (education) students
  • administered as part of the "Introduction to Music Education" class.

Performance Audition (end of Freshman year)

This is a special audition for performance majors to continue at the applied study level of 3 credits. Audition repertoire must include the following:

Voice

At least six songs and arias including the following:

  • Songs in English and at least two other languages
  • At least one post-nineteenth century art song
  • An aria from an opera or oratorio, sung in the original language

Piano

All major and harmonic minor scales, hands together, 4 octaves and the following:

  • Bach Prelude and fugue
  • Classical period sonata (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven)
  • Romantic period composition at least 5 minutes in length by 
  • Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Liszt or Brahms
  • An Impressionistic or twentieth-century work by Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev.

Instruments

All major and minor scales (and arpeggios on woodwinds and mallet percussion), over the standard range of the instrument, slurred or tongued, in eighth notes at quarter = 144, and 3 repertory pieces, to be chosen in consultation with instructor, of a level of difficulty corresponding to or exceeding that of the following:

  • a sonata by G.F. Handel (for flute or oboe)
  • Andante and Allegro by André Chailleux (for saxophone)
  • Fantasy-Piece, op. 73/1 by Robert Schumann (for clarinet)
  • Sonata for Bassoon by G.P. Telemann.
  • Concerto for Trumpet by F.J. Haydn
  • a concerto for horn by W.A. Mozart
  • Morceau Symphonique by Alexandre Guilmant (for trombone/euphonium)
  • Introduction and Dance by J.E. Barat (for tuba)

Percussionists must perform on snare drum (Three Dances for Solo Snare Drum by Warren Benson), timpani (Introduction and Allegro by Saul Goodman), and mallets (Rain Dance)

Required of BM (Performance) - This audition must be completed before students are allowed to move to the 3 credit level of applied study.

Administered by the Applied Music Committee

Music Education Essay and Interview (held in April, end of Freshman year)

  • addresses philosophical issues and aspirations
  • required of all BM (Education)
  • administered by the Music Education Faculty

 

Sophomores

Promotional Performance and Presentation 

This is a special Jury held at the end of Sophomore year for all students enrolled in MUSC282. (Mid year Promotional Juries will be held as necessary.)

  • Each student must prepare a minimum of *15 minutes of music representing at least two contrasting styles which has been approved by his/her applied teacher. Singers must prepare repertoire representing at least four languages. A student may not pass the sophomore promotional if he/she does not have at least 15 minutes of music performance ready. Students will be required to specify the timings of each piece on their jury sheet. These timings must be signed off by that student's applied teacher. 
  • At least two-thirds of the repertoire must have been learned in the semester of the promotional exam.
  • Students must provide the jury with at least three sets of photocopies of the scores of their repertoire. It is understood that these copies shall be discarded after the promotional exam.
  • **Students must be prepared to speak about each work/composer and field questions from the jury. While factual information is important, this must not simply be a book report. Students are expected to show historical, theoretical, and practical insight into the works they are performing and be able to make informed judgments about the composers and their works. Students are allowed to have ONE 3" x 5" NOTE CARD as reference for the all the works/composers on their sophomore promotional.
  • If a student does not pass the sophomore promotional, he/she may retake it the following semester. Students may not take the sophomore promotional more than two times.

**Students will perform music from their list of repertoire as chosen by the jury for approximately ten minutes. Students will speak about the works/composers for approximately ten minutes.

Required of all music students enrolled in MUSC282: BA, BM (performance, education and piano pedagogy)

Administered by the full music faculty

Piano Proficiency Exam (May be taken earlier than the end of the sophomore year)

Required of all music students, BA, BM (performance, education, pedagogy)

Administered by the piano faculty

 

Juniors

Recital Hearing (during the appropriate semester)

 

Seniors

Recital Hearing (during appropriate Semester)

  • Junior/Senior Recital Planning Guidelines
  • required of all students (BA recital may be completed during the junior year or BM students may opt for a project instead of the recital. See catalog.)
  • administered by the applied committee and adjudicated by a designated committee

 

Praxis II Exam (Music, taken during Senior Year)

  • standardized exam required for teacher license
  • required of BM-Education

 

 

Points of Excellence requirements listed by Degree

BA

  • Audition and Interview
  • Promotional Performance and Presentation
  • Piano Proficiency
  • Recital hearing

BM (performance)

  • Audition and Interview
  • Performance Audition
  • Promotional Performance and Presentation
  • Piano Proficiency
  • Recital hearing - Junior
  • Recital Hearing - Senior

BM (education)

  • Audition and Interview
  • Praxis I Exam
  • Music Education Essay and Interview
  • Promotional Performance and Presentation
  • Piano Proficiency
  • Praxis II Exam
  • Recital hearing

BM (piano pedagogy)

  • Audition and Interview
  • Promotional Performance and Presentation
  • Piano Proficiency
  • Recital hearing - Junior
  • Recital Hearing - Senior

See bulletin board or website for schedule of exams.