Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

II. APPLIED MUSIC

    A. End-of-Semester Juries
    B. Upper Divisional Examination (AM 299)
    C. Secondary Lessons
    D. Changing Applied Teachers
    E. Applied Music Fee
    F. Accompanists
    G. Concerto Competition
    H. Studio Classes
    I. Guest Master Classes
 

A. 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).


B. 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 year.

     • 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 faculty.

     • 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 Music Education.


Upper Divisional Requirements by Area:

Brass:
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.

            Euphonium
            French Horn
            Trumpet
            Trombone
            Tuba

Percussion

Piano

Strings:
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 below.

            Violin
            Viola
            Violoncello
            Double Bass
            Guitar
            Harp

Voice

Woodwinds

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, available here or in the School of Music office (Lilly Hall, room 229).

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 party".

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 Fee

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.

 

F. Accompanists

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 semester.

Current fees* for accompanists are as follows:

            Degree recitals            $50.00 half recital - $75.00 full recital

            Collegiate recitals        $20.00

            Juries                         $20.00

            Extra rehearsals           $20.00/hour (for rehearsals outside of pianists' load time)

*Fees are subject to change. If in doubt, please ask your accompanist.

 

G. Concerto Competition

Concerto Competition Rules

Application for Concerto Competition

 

H. Studio Classes

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 Classes

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.

Recent Guest Artists