Applied Music: Private Lessons

Private music lesson courses are categorized as Major, Principal, Secondary, or Minor. Students enrolling in Applied Music are assigned an instructor by the Head of the Department of Music, and assignments are posted in the Department on the day following registration. Students must arrange for a lesson time with the assigned instructor by the end of the second day of classes. Students not scheduled by the end of the second day of classes will be dropped from the course.

Major Applied

Students register for 4 hours credit per semester for two 50-minute private lessons per week. Requirements include attendance at master classes arranged by the instructor, a student recital performance each semester, a final examination performance for a faculty jury at the end of each semester, and attendance at student recitals and other designated events. During the junior year of study, the student presents a Junior Recital consisting of a 20-minute to 30-minute performance. During the senior year of study, the student presents a Senior Recital consisting of a performance of 40 to 60 minutes. Junior and Senior Recitals must be approved by a faculty committee appointed by the Head of the Department of Music. This faculty committee will hear the entire proposed recital no more than 3 weeks before the performance date in a formal recital hearing and will approve or disapprove the public performance. If memorization is required for the recital, the hearing must also be memorized. Normally, only students who are pursuing a Bachelor of Music Degree with a major in music performance may enroll in Major Applied level courses. Exceptions must be approved by the Head of the Department.

Principal Applied

Students register for two credits per semester for one 50-minute private lesson per week. Requirements include attendance at master classes arranged by the instructor, a student recital performance each semester, a final examination performance for a faculty jury at the end of each semester, and attendance at student recitals and other designated events. During the senior year of study, the student presents a Senior Recital consisting of a 20-minute to 30-minute performance. The Senior Recital must be approved by a faculty committee appointed by the Head of the Department. This faculty committee will hear the entire proposed recital no more than 3 weeks before performance date in a formal recital hearing and will approve or disapprove the public performance. If memorization is required for the recital, the hearing performance must also be memorized. Normally, only students pursuing the Bachelor of Music with a major in music education or the Bachelor of Arts with a major in music degrees may enroll in Principal Applied level courses. Exceptions must be approved by the Head of the Department.

Secondary Applied

Students register for one credit hour per semester for one 25-minute lesson per week. Requirements will be determined by the instructor. Secondary applied lessons are available to any student regardless of major, depending on the availability of faculty, but Secondary Applied level credits may not be used to satisfy the Major Applied or Principal Applied requirements.

Minor Applied

Students pursuing the Minor in Music register for one credit hour per semester for one 25-minute lesson per week. Requirements are determined by the instructor. Minor applied lessons are available to any student regardless of major, depending on the availability of the faculty, but Minor Applied level credits may not be used to satisfy the Major Applied or Principal Applied requirements.

Minor
One Credit

Secondary
One Credit

Principal
Two Credits

Major
Four Credits

Piano 

upper div. 

lower div. 

 

3610

3610

 

1210

None

 

1220

3220

 

1240

3240

Organ 

upper div. 

lower div. 

 

3610 

3610

 

1310 

none

 

1320 

3320

 

1340

3340

Voice 

upper div. 

lower div. 

 

3610 

3610

 

1410 

none

 

1420 

3420

 

1440

3440

Brass 

upper div.

lower div. 

 

3610 

3610

 

1610 

none

 

1620 

3620

 

1640

3640

Woodwinds 

upper div. 

lower div. 

 

3610 

3610

 

1910 

none

 

1920 

3920

 

1940

3940

Percussion 

upper div. 

lower div. 

 

3610 

3610

 

2310 

none

 

2320 

2320

 

2340

4340

Strings 

upper div.

lower div. 

 

3610 

3610

 

2410 

none

 

2420 

4420

 

2440

4440

Principals and majors register for lower division numbers unless they qualify for upper division work. This qualification will normally occur after 4 semesters of study, based on approval by a faculty committee. Course numbers may be repeated indefinitely until the required number of semesters has been completed. This number varies according to degree program requirements.