All instrumental track candidates must declare a major instrument. A major instrument may be selected from the following: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, percussion, piano, or classical guitar. Choral track and voice majors are automatically enrolled in Applied Voice. Applied music gives the candidate the opportunity to reach a sophisticated level of performance ability and an understanding of the music literature in a single area.
Minimum standards of proficiency and performance for the applied major and the Junior Recital (AM 312) have been established and are published in the Student Handbook.
Jury Exam Protocol
Jury times are scheduled in pre-assigned time blocks; candidates must adhere to the established times.
Candidates are to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to their assigned time and should be warmed up and ready to perform. This time should be used to mentally prepare for the performance.
Candidates are to dress in a professional style. Concert dress is not necessary.
Candidates are to number every measure of their selection.
Candidates are to bring three copies of their solo. These may be photocopied and will be destroyed at the conclusion of the Jury Exam.
Candidates are to bring the original and two copies of the completed Jury Repertoire Form. The original is to be given to the room monitor, and the two copies to the jury evaluators.
When asked to enter the room, candidates are to walk to the music stand (or piano), set down their instrument if necessary, and pass the copies to the faculty member in charge. Candidates will be asked to perform their prepared music and to sight-read. At the discretion of the Jury Panel, they may be asked to perform scales and arpeggios. If needed, candidates may bring a water bottle or a cup with a slotted lid (no glasses or open cups, and no liquid other than water).
The purpose of the jury is to allow candidates an opportunity to do their best. Candidates should take time to relax and mentally prepare before they begin.
All candidates perform a Senior Recital consisting of major works written for their major area of applied study. Minimum standards for the Senior Recital are discussed in the Student Handbook. Candidates are encouraged to enroll in AM 412 concurrently with AM 411.
Candidates may elect to study a secondary instrument or voice on an elective basis for one or more semesters. A secondary instrument may be selected from the following: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, percussion, piano, or classical guitar. Permission of the private instructor is required. An additional fee applies.
Minimum standards of proficiency for applied secondary study are discussed in the Student Handbook.
Junior and Senior Recitals
Students who wish to perform on a secondary instrument on either their Junior or Senior recital must be enrolled in private lessons on that instrument during the semester in which they plan to perform their recital.