Department of Music Handbook


Applied students must participate in a primary ensemble in order to study privately each semester of study.  The ensemble should be reflective of the student's major area of study.  Applied keyboard students may opt for either a primary vocal ensemble or the primary instrumental ensemble.

It is the responsibility of the student to contact the applied professor as soon as possible during the first week of classes in order to arrange a lesson meeting time.  Failure to do so will result in forfeiting the lesson during the first week.  The applied grade will also be impacted if the lesson is not scheduled promptly.

Applied Music Practice Requirements

A minimum of one hour practice per day per applied credit is required.  For example, a student receiving two semester hours of credit must practice two hours per day (minimum of 12 hours per week).  Students not meeting this requirement may expect to have their applied grade adjusted accordingly.  The applied professor may require that first-year students maintain a log of personal practice time, which may be inspected at any time.


Students are expected to be present at each scheduled private lesson.  In the event of illness or other emergency, please contact your professor prior to the lesson time so that your professor may be notified.  Likewise, professors will contact students in advance, or a notice will be posted, should circumstances prevent the regularly-scheduled session.  Lessons will be made up if the absence is excused due to illness or a bona fide emergency.  Two unexcused absences will result in the lowering of your earned applied course grade by one letter.

No music major may register for more than two hours of applied study (in the same area) per semester.  No music minor may register for more than one hour of applied study (in the same area) per semester.  Exceptions must be approved through the Music Department Chair's office.

Applied music courses may NOT be audited.

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