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Keyboard Policy

All students for whom piano is the major area of applied study shall play a jury for the piano faculty at the end of each semester of study. Non-majors who have the endorsement of their instructor have the option of playing a jury at the end of each semester of study. Under extenuating circumstances, such as serious illness or death in the immediate family, a student may be excused from playing a jury with the understanding that a special jury will be held for the student early in the immediately succeeding semester in which the student is enrolled for lessons. Students unable to complete a jury at the end of a semester shall be given the grade of “incomplete” until such time as the jury is successfully completed. Students who have already reached their level requirement for completion of their degree may elect to play a jury at the end of each semester of enrollment.

The jury for each student majoring in applied music shall last approximately 15 minutes. The student and his teacher shall prepare selected repertoire from the student’s studies of the semester for 15 minutes of playing. All other juries shall be of about 10 minutes in duration, again with similar selections being made by the student and teacher from representative studies of the semester.

  • Requirements for each basic degree offered by the University are as follows:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music—level 7 . In addition to the requirements listed above, each student should display maturity in musical interpretation, and the ability to interpret works and perform them with the appropriate stylistic characteristics. The student should be able to be “professional” in their approach and concept of their instrument.
  • BM in Music Education—level 7 . In addition to the requirements listed above, each student should display maturity in musical interpretation, and the ability to interpret works and perform them with the appropriate stylistic characteristics. The student should be able to be “professional” in their approach and concept of their instrument.
  • BM in Composition—level 8 . The student is expected to continue to improve in musical maturity, and expand beyond the “essential” repertoire for the instrument.
  • BM in Performance—level 10 . A level 10 indicates a proficiency by which a performer could gain entry to a nationally recognized Masters Degree program in the United States .
  • MM in Performance—The student must establish a level 10 by audition, and must continue to exhibit performance skills in their jury presentations that are indicative of a professional level of competency. Performers must exhibit mastery of literature from all periods of Music, as appropriate to their instrument’s repertoire, and competency on other related instruments, such different pitched trumpets, etc.
  • DMA in Performance—The student must demonstrate a level of performance necessary to gain an entry-level professional position (performance and teaching) in the United States.