II. APPLIED MUSIC
B. Upper Divisional
Examination (AM 299)
E. Applied Music Fee
G. Concerto Competition
H. Studio Classes
I. Guest Master Classes
End-of Semester Juries
At the end of each semester, all music majors play a "jury" for
a committee of faculty from their area. The jury represents the
final exam for the semester of applied study. A student is exempted
from playing a jury if he/she has presented a graded recital during
the second half of the semester. Each area handles juries
differently; click here to see requirements by
area. At the end of the sophomore year, the jury requirements
can be more stringent, depending on the student's degree plan, and
that jury is called an "Upper Divisional Examination" (see "B"
below for more information).
Upper Divisional Examination (AM 299)
The Upper Divisional Examination is required of all music majors
whose degrees require applied major study beyond the sophomore
level. Failure to pass the exam will require repetition of
200-level study on the major instrument or voice until the exam is
passed. The examination is graded pass/fail by a faculty committee.
The student should register for AM 299, "Upper Divisional
Examination" (P/F)(U)(0), in the semester that he/she is playing
the Upper Divisional. Requirements differ by area (see below). The
following are general guidelines for the Upper Divisional:
• The student must achieve a cumulative
grade point average of 2.5 in all applied music study prior to the
semester in which the exam is taken.
• The examination will be
repertoire-based. Students should consult their applied music
instructor or the School of Music website for a repertoire list.
See below for area- specific information and requirements.
• The examination will be given as the
regular jury during the last semester of 200-level study, usually
at the end of the sophomore year. Makeup examinations or re-tests
may be taken when juries are normally given during the school
• Students will be notified of
approval, denial, or a required re-hearing, to be scheduled at a
time of mutual agreement between the student, teacher, and area
• Students may not play a junior
recital unless they have passed the Upper Divisional Examination
and are studying at the 400 level.
• Successful completion of the Applied
Music Upper Divisional is a requirement for the Upper Divisional in
Upper Divisional Requirements by Area:
Upper Divisional Examinations in the brass area are 20 minutes in
length and are repertoire based; each studio has specific
repertoire requirements and technical requirements (see below). The
faculty panel discusses the progress of each student and each
member votes on whether the student passes the UD, must re-take the
UD at a later date, or receives a "partial" pass and must re-take
certain portions of the UD. Students may replace the repertoire
portion of the UD with a graded recital, providing they perform
repertoire from the required repertoire list. In this case, the
student must still perform the "technical requirements" portion of
the UD for the faculty panel.
The string area's Upper Divisional Examinations last 30 minutes.
There are specific requirements for scales, etudes, and solo
repertoire; the requirements for each instrument are listed
Upper Divisional Examination Grading Form
C. Secondary Lessons
"Secondary" lessons are defined as lessons for students who are
not music majors, or as lessons for a music major on an instrument
or voice that is not their major. Students interested in secondary
lessons must submit a Request for Applied Secondary Lessons form,
here or in the School of Music office (Lilly Hall, room
Please note that the music faculty passed the following applied
music policy effective Fall, 2005:
Non-music majors wishing to study Applied Music must also be
enrolled in a School of Music ensemble.
D. Changing Applied Teachers
If a student would like to change applied teachers, the student
should first speak to his/her teacher directly to express concerns
and seek resolution. In the event that a student feels
uncomfortable with such a discussion, he/she should solicit the
School of Music chair or assistant chair to act as a "third
If no resolution is possible, the student, with the permission
of his/her teacher and the School of Music chair or assistant
chair, can approach another teacher to explore the possibility of
changing studios, based on load availability and interest.
E. Applied Music
Each semester, any student enrolled for private lessons
("Applied Music") at the major (2 credits), principal (1 credit,
for arts administration majors only) or secondary (1 credit) level
pays a fee per credit hour of AM enrollment. This fee is intended
to help offset the expense of one-on-one instruction, and is
considered a "miscellaneous fee," not a tuition expense. Check the
Butler University website for the current fee amount.
Accompanists are provided for a limited amount of lessons and/or
rehearsals for each student enrolled in applied music at the major
level. At the beginning of each semester, the applied faculty
submits an "Information-Request Form for Accompanists" to the
Coordinator of Accompanying, who then assigns a staff pianist to
each student. Students pay for extra rehearsals and performances
beyond the allotted load time.
The school does not provide pianists for secondaries, but a list
of available pianists for hire will be provided to faculty each
Current fees* for accompanists are as follows:
$100.00 half recital - $150.00 full
$25.00/hour (for rehearsals outside of pianists' load
*Fees are subject to change. Performances not mentioned above
need to be discussed in advance with your accompanist.
G. Concerto Competition
Concerto Competition Rules
Application for Concerto Competition
Many applied faculty members hold a studio class on a regular
basis. A studio class can be defined as a gathering of all students
who study with a particular teacher or who study a specific
instrument. The studio class is an important component of private
applied study wherein common issues such as repertoire, public
performance, and career development are explored.
Some faculty members require registration in AM 222/422 (Voice
Studio Class), AM 226/426 (Piano Studio Class), or AM 298/498
(Instrumental Studio Class). These are zero-credit registrations;
freshmen and sophomores register for the 200-level, and juniors and
seniors register for the 400-level.
I. Guest Master
Butler University's School of Music is fortunate to host
frequent visits by guest artists and composers, who often provide
instruction in a master class setting.