Music Handbooks

 

Instrumental Music Handbook

Entrance Auditions

New Students. To be admitted to the Music Major or Minor as an incoming freshman, each applicant must audition for a committee of instrumental music faculty. The successful candidate must demonstrate sufficient preparation and musical potential to meet department standards of admission. Applicants may be accepted to the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree with a specific primary area emphasis of performance or education. Students may be fully admitted to the BM program, or admitted with provisional conditions which must be met before the end of the first semester and/or first year of study. In order to be officially accepted into the recommended program within the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, a student must be officially admitted to the university. 

Transfer Students. To be admitted to the Music Major or Minor as a transfer student, each applicant must audition for a committee of instrumental music faculty. The successful candidate must demonstrate sufficient preparation and musical potential to meet or exceed department standards of admission into the Upper Division. Failing this, the applicant may be admitted into the Lower Division for remedial work before applying to take the Upper-Division Entrance Examination. Applicants may be accepted to the Major for the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree with a specific primary area emphasis in performance or education. Students may be fully admitted to the BM program, or admitted with provisional conditions which must be met before the end of the first semester and/or first year of study. In order to be officially accepted into the recommended program within the Department of Music and Performing Arts, a student must be officially admitted to the university. 

Double Concentrations. In special cases a student may qualify to pursue a music double major with two primary areas of concentration. Students wishing to concentrate in more than one area must receive approval by both area coordinators, the Head of the Department of Music and Performing Arts, the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the applied instructors of record in both studios. Students must meet all requirements of both performance areas and must officially audition in both areas for consideration. 

Students who drop out of school or choose to leave the music major for one or more semesters must re-audition for a committee of instrumental music faculty to re-enter the department/major. 

Theory Placement Exam

A music theory placement examination will be administered to all incoming freshman during the first week of classes. It is the responsibility of the theory area coordinator to administer and score the examination which will determine which music theory courses the student should take. Graduate students will be tested in the week prior to the start of classes and should contact the graduate coordinator for exact dates and times.

Requirements

Lessons

Within the first two class days of each semester, students must schedule a lesson time with their assigned applied lesson teacher. Weekly lessons last for twenty-five minutes [music minors] or fifty minutes [music majors]. Each level of proficiency and designated major carries a different course number: 

                Freshmen and Sophomore                  100 Level Courses 
                Junior and Seniors                               400 Level Courses 
                Graduate Students                               500 and 600 Level Courses 

The second digit of the applied lesson is for the appropriate area of study: 

2 = brass                   3 = woodwinds        4 = percussion         5 = strings 

The final digit of the applied lesson represents the number of credit hours taken: 

1 = 1 credit hour                2 = 2 credit hours                 3 = 3 credit hours 

Repertoire requirements are established by each applied faculty member and follow guidelines as outlined in each studio’s Applied Course of Study. Literature is recommended after considering each student’s level of ability and departmental expectations. At a minimum, all students will study appropriate solo literature as assigned, scale studies (to include major and minor) and etudes and technical studies from an accepted method book or books. Additional material may be assigned as deemed necessary for the musical advancement of the student. As per the Southeastern general catalogue, students in the Bachelor of Music or the Bachelor of Music Education curriculum will be “required to register each semester of full-time residence for specific ensembles most closely  related to their primary instrument.”

 Board (Jury) Exams

Semester board examinations are administered within the last ten days of each fall and spring semester and are required of all Bachelor of Music (BM in Performance and Education) and Master of Music (MM) students enrolled in lessons on their applied lesson instrument. Sign-up sheets will be available seven days in advance of the exam. Board Examination Forms are available in the main music office and must be completed by each student prior to entering the examination room. Students taking the board examination should prepare the following:

1.  Solo(s) and etude(s) appropriate to the level of study as assigned and recommended by the applied faculty member. Literature should be from material studied in the immediate semester and must clearly demonstrate the student’s advancement and growth.

2.  Exams should encompass four (4) to six (6) minutes of representative literature; students should realize that sections may not be taken from the beginning of any selection, and that all presented material is appropriate for the board exam.

3.  It is highly recommended that each musician present a minimum of one selection with piano accompaniment.

4.  Coordination of literature and specific exam time must be arranged through the applied faculty member.

5.  It is expected that students dress in an appropriate professional manner reflecting the dignity of musical performance.

Board Examination Forms must be completed in full prior to appearing before the board panel and should include a repertory record of all materials studied in the previous semester. Each form will become a part of the student’s file in the main music department office and should be a clear record of etude, solo and scale study to date. Forms must be submitted with clear and accurate information in order to be accepted by the panel. Lack of information may constitute disqualification from the board exam as determined by the committee.

A student failing to pass the board examination once will be placed on probation for the following term, a status alerting them to a serious deficiency requiring significant work and attention. A student failing to pass the examination a second time will be  evaluated by a committee of instrumental faculty and either be placed on final probation or removed from  the degree program. A student failing to pass the board examination three times will be removed from the degree program.

The board examination requirement is waived in the semester of a student’s degree recital performance but must not replace the upper division barrier exam.

Recital Hour

Students enrolled as music performance or music education students are required to perform for one (1) performance seminar/recital hour each semester. A completed Student Recital Appearance Request Form must be submitted no later than three days prior to the day of performance. Forms are available on the Music Department website. A solo performance in another venue or with an ensemble (Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, student or faculty recital) may be substituted for a recital hour performance at the discretion of the applied faculty member. Recital hour performance in the first semester of study is optional at the discretion of the applied faculty member

Upper-Division Performance Exam

Each student must take an upper-division entrance exam (“barrier”) in place of the board exam at the end of the fourth semester. The student may take it a second time if s/he does not pass it the first time. Failure to pass the exam the second time will result in removal from the degree program.

1.  The examination will consist of a repertoire review and a practical performance component.

2.  The board panel should consist of as many members of the instrumental music faculty as are available (woodwind, brass and percussion faculty are encouraged to hear and evaluate musicians in other studios for input).

3.  A complete listing of the student’s repertoire will be provided to all members of the board panel. Students are entirely responsible for compiling and verifying this listing.

4.  All literature and materials selected for the examination, as outlined below, must be submitted for approval to the applied instructor of record a minimum of seven (7) days in advance of the exam. Materials must meet the following criteria:

a.  A solo representative of literature for the instrument at or beyond the sophomore level.

b.  An etude study representative of a sophomore level of proficiency.

c.  All major and minor scales for the practical range of the instrument (tempo and note groupings will be determined by the student’s applied teacher and should reflect a minimum sophomore level of proficiency).

d.  A “self-prepared” work must be performed for the upper division examination. The solo or etude will be chosen by the applied faculty member and presented to the candidate one (1) week prior to the examination date. The student must prepare the chosen work without outside input or assistance.

5.  Students taking the Upper-Division Entrance Examination must sign-up for two consecutive time slots.

Recitals

Bachelor of Music / Performance. Students in the BM program are required to present a Junior and a Senior recital. Recitals and dress rehearsals must be scheduled with the Pottle Music Building Technical Director. Draft program and program notes will be typed and submitted by the student to the applied faculty member a minimum of two weeks (fourteen days) prior to the performance. Following approval by the applied instructor, and successful completion of the recital hearing, a revised and approved draft program and notes must be submitted to the Document Source for duplication. A minimum of 100 programs must be provided. Students are responsible for all copying charges, as well as all publicity including recital posters. Four copies of the recital program must be submitted to the main office for archival purposes.

Bachelor of Music / Education. The purpose of the education recital requirement is threefold: 1) to provide education majors the experience of recital preparation; 2) to encourage a higher standard of performance; and 3) to emphasize that teaching and performance are inseparable. One recital will be required, and music should consist of a minimum of twenty-five (25) minutes of  material (which may include chamber music). Exact repertory requirements are to be established by the applied faculty member.  Recitals and dress rehearsals must be scheduled with the Pottle Music Building Technical Director.  Draft program and program notes will be typed and submitted by the student to the applied faculty member a minimum of two weeks (fourteen days) prior to the performance. Following approval by the applied instructor, and successful completion of the recital hearing, a revised and approved draft program and notes must be submitted to the Document Source for duplication. A minimum of 100 programs must be provided. Students are responsible for all copying charges, as well as all publicity including recital posters. Four copies of the recital program must be submitted to the main office for archival purposes.

Recital Hearings, Accompanist and Grading

Hearing. A minimum of one week (seven days) prior to the scheduled performance, the student will perform a random selection of pieces from the proposed recital for a committee of instrumental faculty. The performer will choose the first piece for the hearing; the committee will choose the remaining works to be heard. All selections should be performance ready. Failure to meet the expectations of the applied instructor and the instrumental music committee will result in rescheduling the hearing and the recital.

 Accompanists. Staff pianists: Staff pianists must be paid a recital fee according to the fee schedule below.

Student pianists: When a student pianist is given either course credit or a performance grant for accompanying, no fee will be charged for their accompanying services. When this is not the case, the performer is expected to pay the student pianist for their services prior to the recital hearing according to the following fee schedule: 

Up to 30 minutes of music               $125.00
30-45 minutes of music                   $175.00
More than 45 minutes of music       $200.00 

Faculty and student pianists must also be paid for events including but not limited to: recordings for graduate school auditions, summer opera program auditions, additional recitals, and other competitions. This fee is to be decided and agreed upon between the pianist and soloist.

Students failing to pay their accompanist will receive an incomplete grade on their recital. Students are also expected to pay for the printing of their programs.

If the student wishes to have additional rehearsal time with the staff accompanist, they should make arrangements directly with the accompanist at a rate of $25.00 per hour.

Grading. Students are graded on all aspects of their recital performance. All instrumental faculty in attendance will submit a grade for the recital. An average of the grades will determine the base grade for the recital performance; the instructor of record has the option to raise or lower the average final result by one letter grade.

Missed Lessons

Students are entitled to one lesson for each instructional week of the academic year. If the applied faculty member is unable to meet during the normally scheduled lesson time for any reason, the faculty member must schedule a make up lesson. The make-up lesson must be of adequate length as dictated by the credit hours for which the student is enrolled. 

Lessons are to be made up within two (2) weeks of the originally scheduled lesson date and time. In cases of extenuating circumstance, other arrangements may be made as agreed upon by the student and teacher.

Grades

Grades are awarded in applied lessons based on musicianship, improvement in instrumental technique, attainment of goals outlined in the studio Applied Course of Study/Syllabus, attendance and presentation as demonstrated in all lessons, master classes, recitals and instrumental board examinations. Percentage weight in each category, and specific expectations for achievement, are outlined in the Syllabus for each studio and must be clearly defined at the start of each semester and well-presented to students without question.

Policy on Studio Transfers

The department discourages the practice of studio transfers, encouraging instead the honest attempt on the part of the student and the applied faculty member to work out differences that may be affecting the student’s progress. However, if a student believes that problems are of sufficient magnitude that they have no hope of remedy, a reassignment may be requested using the guidelines below:

  1. The student must initiate the process by discussing any perceived problems with the current applied instructor. The instructor then has the option of inviting a colleague, if available, to accept the student into his or her applied studio.
  2. If differences are irreconcilable and are an impediment to student progress, the student should then seek redress from the department head.
  3. Transfers during a semester are not allowed except under extreme circumstances, and can only be authorized by the department head.

Change of Major within the Department

Students wishing to change their concentration from Music Education to Music Performance or Music Performance to Music Education must schedule, and successfully pass an audition and interview. The audition and interview will take place during Board Exams at the end of each semester. The student is to notify their major teaching of their intention to switch before the board exam occurs.

Scholarships

A limited number of performance Scholarships are awarded to deserving and talented musicians based on musical aptitude, academic standing, and ensemble/departmental need. All performance grant recipients are expected to maintain high performance and academic standards throughout their course of study at Southeastern. Students wishing to apply for any scholarship should obtain a Scholarship Application from the main music office. In order to qualify for a Department of Music and Performing Arts scholarship, students must have been admitted by the department admissions committee and be officially admitted to the university.

  • Renewal of Scholarships

All departmental scholarships are renewed contingent upon board recommendations at the end of each semester. The Department of Music and Performing Arts reserves the right to approve or reject all renewal applications. Performance grant renewal is based on the individual’s performance during each semester. In addition to minimum grade point requirements, meritorious achievement through performance may be rewarded with a scholarship increase in the award as recommended by the applied instructor  of record, and concurred by the Director of Bands (for all woodwind, brass and percussion students) or orchestra director (for string  players). Unsatisfactory performance may result in a reduction or removal of the performance Scholarship. Specific requirements, guidelines and criteria may be found in the student’s award contract. A copy should be retained by the student; one copy is also maintained on file in the main music office.

  • Ensemble Requirements

Students receiving a scholarship of $500.00 or more per semester are required to perform in two ensembles (one of which is a large ensemble), as determined  by the Instrumental Faculty. Students receiving an award grant of $499.00 or less per semester are required to perform in one ensemble, as determined by the above listed members of the music faculty.

  • Marching Band

Students enrolled as music education majors are required to perform in the marching band for three (3) seasons. Students enrolled as music performance majors are required to perform in the marching band for two (2) seasons. ANY exceptions to this requirement MUST be approved IN WRITING by the Department Chair. Failure to complete requirements will result in cancellation of scholarships and possible removal from the BM/BME program, or repayment  of scholarship funds.

Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble. MUS 123/423/523. The Jazz Ensemble meets every semester. Membership is determined by audition only. Auditions occur the week before classes start each semester. Jazz Ensemble is considered a large ensemble.

Southeastern Wind Symphony. MUS 125/425/525. All wind and percussion majors & minors must audition for the Wind Symphony, the premiere performing ensemble within the band division, as the major performing organization. Final membership is determined by audition. Auditions occur the week before classes start. The Wind Symphony is considered a large ensemble.

Spirit of the Southland Marching Band. MUS 127/427/527. The “Spirit of the Southland” Marching Band is designed to support the football program at Southeastern, and to provide music students with valuable “hands-on” experience in a major athletic band program. Auditions occur the semester before by all new students. The marching band is considered a large ensemble.

Symphonic Band. MUS 143/443/543. Wind and percussion students may participate in the Symphonic Band during the spring semester. Membership is by audition only. Auditions occur the week before classes start and take place as a part of auditions for Wind Symphony. The Symphonic Band is considered a large ensemble.

Symphony Orchestra. MUS 121/421/521. String students must enroll in Symphony Orchestra. Select wind and percussion majors will be advised to enroll in the Symphony Orchestra as determined by auditions. Auditions will occur with the Wind Symphony auditions the week before classes each semester. Symphony Orchestra is considered a large ensemble.

Basketball Band. MUS 127/427/527. The Basketball Band is designed to support Men and Women's basketball at Southeastern. Membership is determined by audition. Auditions occur the month before basketball season starts in the fall semester. Basketball Band is not considered a large ensemble.

Chamber Ensembles. MUS 145/445/545. Brass quintet, clarinet choir, flute ensemble, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, saxophone quartet, string quartet, trombone ensemble, trumpet ensemble, tuba/euphonium ensemble; woodwind quintet. Chamber ensembles are not considered a large ensemble.

Opera/Music Theatre Workshop Pit Orchestra. MUS 105/405/505. Performs once a semester based on the needs of the Opera/Music Theatre Workshop production. The fall is traditionally a musical and the spring is an opera. This ensemble is not considered a large ensemble.

Southeastern Contemporary Music Ensemble. MUS 154/454/552. This ensemble is designed to perform new contemporary music. Audition is required and takes place every semester the week before classes. This ensemble is not considered a large ensemble.

Studio Class

Students are expected to attend a weekly studio master class. Applied music instructors will determine the meeting time and instructional content of each scheduled studio master class. A grade for attendance and participation may be included in the overall applied music lesson grade at the discretion of the applied faculty member as stated in the applied lesson course syllabus but should be proportional to the number of hours studied.

Equipment

Instruments. Instruments are issued to students without a use-fee. Students must sign an instrument check-out form which states:  

“I understand that instruments remain the property of Southeastern Louisiana University. I understand that any damage which occurs to this property remains my responsibility and that I agree to repair or replace any property which is damaged while in my issue. I understand that Southeastern property not returned upon my leaving the university, or items requested by university personnel and not returned immediately, will be considered stolen university property and referred to local police officials for collection and/or prosecution. Once issued, an instrument is the responsibility of the above-named student until officially returned and cleared by the properly designated university official.”  This form holds the student financially responsible for any loss or damage which may occur while in their care. All instruments will be assessed for damage upon cleaning by the issuing member of the faculty and billed upon completion of repairs. Students must not have state equipment repaired or adjusted by any off-campus repair shop without prior approval of the department. Students may not use state-owned property for freelance or any off-campus performances.

 

Lockers. Lockers are available to students without a use-fee. Students must sign a locker check-out form which states: “I understand that lockers are the property of Southeastern Louisiana University. I further understand that any damage which occurs to this property remains my responsibility and that I agree to repair or replace any property which is damaged while in my issue.  Lost university keys will be replaced at a charge of $50.00. Unregistered or illegal locks will be removed at the expense of the locker registrant.”  Southeastern assumes no responsibility nor liability for privately owned instruments or equipment stored or housed in the Department of Music and Performing Arts.

 Revised April 26, 2018

 

 

Piano Handbook

General Information

This handbook is designed to provide information about the activities and policies of the piano division at Southeastern. It does not attempt to be comprehensive. Questions pertaining to degree requirements and curriculum should be addressed to the student’s advisor.

Objectives for the Piano Major

The piano major program aims to develop the student’s abilities as a pianist and musician, and to prepare and qualify the student either for a career as an independent piano instructor, or for graduate study in music. Specific objectives are:

  • Developing technique

Ability to consistently play correct notes and rhythms, and observe all other markings on the page (dynamics, staccato/legato, etc.), at a reasonable, steady tempo, in almost any piano piece, given enough practice time. This includes passage-work, octave passages, trills, and other pianistic “special effects.”
Ability to play with a good tone at any dynamic level
Good pedaling
Ability to play simultaneous notes or lines at different dynamic levels or with different touches

  • Increasing repertoire, in both quantity and scope

Pieces by many different composers, from different periods, and in different genres (sonatas, variations, fugues, etc.)
Concertos, chamber music, and accompanying.

  • Developing interpretive abilities, in a wide variety of styles.
  • Increasing familiarity with the literature of the piano.
  • Providing opportunities to perform.
  • Developing sight-reading and memorizing abilities, as well as “functional” piano skills, such as reading from instrumental or choral scores, harmonizing melodies, and transposing.

Requirements

Lessons

Within the first two days of classes students will schedule a lesson time with their assigned teacher. Weekly lessons are either one-half hour or one hour, depending on the course number. 100-level courses are for freshmen and sophomores, 400-level courses are for juniors and seniors, 500- and 600-level courses are for graduate students.

Board (Jury) Exams

Each semester, except when registered in Junior Recital (MUS 350) or Senior Recital (MUS 450), each piano student enrolled in two-or-three-credit applied piano courses must take a board exam, scheduled during finals week. A sign-up list will be posted one week before the jury date. The student will provide the jury with a list of repertoire and technical studies worked on during the semester, indicating which materials are memorized and ready to play for the jury. These jury-ready materials must include a minimum of two pieces (technical studies may also be examined). The jury members will choose selections from these materials, but the first choice of presentation is the student’s. The teacher may raise or lower the jury grade one letter grade from the average of the grades given by jury members. Students enrolled in one-credit lessons may have a board exam, at the discretion of the instructor.

Recital Hour

Each semester after the first one, each student must perform at least once on Recital Hour. A completed Student Recital Appearance Request Form must be submitted to the Music Office no later than noon of the Tuesday prior to the performance. These forms are available in the Music Office. The instructor’s signature must be obtained, in part as a check on program information and format.

Upper-Division Performance Exam

Each student must take an upper-division entrance exam (“barrier”) in place of the jury exam at the end of the fourth semester. Literature for the exam must be approved by the teacher in advance. There will also be a self-study piece given to the student one week before the exam. The student is to prepare this piece without outside help. The student may postpone the upper-division entrance exam for one semester, and may take it a second time if s/he does not pass it the first time. Failure to pass the exam the second time will result in removal from the degree program.

Recitals

Each student must play a junior recital (after having passed the upper-division entrance exam), consisting of 30-45 minutes of music, and a senior recital, consisting of 45-60 minutes of music. (A music education major is only required to play a junior recital.)  The material must be approved in advance by the teacher, show several representative historical styles, and be memorized. Recitals and dress rehearsals must be scheduled with the technical director and the teacher. Recording is provided free of charge.

Recital Hearings

Approximately two weeks before the performance the student will perform a selection of pieces from the recital for the piano faculty. All selections must be performance-ready. Failure to meet the expectations of the faculty will result in rescheduling the hearing and recital.

Missed Lessons

If the teacher is unable to meet during the normally scheduled lesson time for any reason, the teacher is responsible for rescheduling with the student. If the student is unable to meet, s/he must notify the instructor in advance or the lesson will not be made up, and will be counted as an absence.

Grades

Grades are based on attendance and progress, as demonstrated in lessons, performances, and jury exams. At the beginning of each semester, the teacher will give the student a syllabus, describing grading procedures and other policies.

Policy on Studio Transfers

The department discourages the practice of studio transfers, encouraging instead the honest attempt on the part of the student and the applied faculty member to work out differences that may be affecting the student’s progress. However, if a student believes that problems are of sufficient magnitude that they have no hope of remedy, a reassignment may be requested using the guidelines below:

  1. The student must initiate the process by discussing any perceived problems with the current applied instructor. The instructor then has the option of inviting a colleague, if available, to accept the student into his or her applied studio.
  2. If differences are irreconcilable and are an impediment to student progress, the student should then seek redress from the department head.
  3. Transfers during a semester are not allowed except under extreme circumstances, and can only be authorized by the department head.

Miscellaneous Policies

  1. Attendance is required of two- and three-credit hour students at the studio masterclasses (this requirement is optional for one-credit hour students).
  2. All students enrolled in a two- or three-hour class must accompany in a studio or class for a minimum of one hour per week. Recipients of a piano performance scholarship must accompany for two hours per week. Whereas accompanying is considered to be a vital part of a pianist’s education, all piano students are expected to participate to the level of their ability.
  3. All students are expected to: a) study the playing of the great pianists in recordings, and public live or broadcast concerts; b) study multiple recordings of their assigned repertoire (if available); c) attend without fail the recitals of colleagues and faculty (NOTE: your final grade may also be lowered for failure in this regard); d) most important of all, practice a minimum of three hours a day for a three-hour course, two hours a day for a two-hour course, and one hour a day for a one-hour course.
  4. Other: Students who wish to drop the course are responsible for filing the necessary paperwork. Students with disabilities must self-identify with the campus ADA officer.

 Revised April 26, 2018

 

Vocal Music Handbook

General Information

This handbook provides information about the activities and policies of the vocal division at Southeastern. It does not attempt to be comprehensive. Questions pertaining to degree requirements and curriculum should be addressed to the student's advisor.

Voice Lessons

Within the first days of class students, will schedule a lesson time with their assigned teacher. Lessons are either one-half hour or one hour in duration depending upon the course number. 100 level courses are for freshman and sophomores, 400 level courses are for juniors and seniors who have completed their vocal upper-division exam successfully, 500 and 600 level courses are for graduate students. Course descriptions  appear below. The repertoire requirements may vary due to the difficulty of the literature and/or the abilities of the student. 

Applied Vocal Music Requirements

Music Minor
Freshman/Sophomore: MUSA 171
One half hour private lesson per week.
1. Performance in recital hour is optional.
2. Studio class and vocal juries are optional.
3. A minimum of 2 songs from memory.

Junior/Senior: MUSA 471
One half hour private lesson per week.
1. Performance in recital hour is optional.
2. Studio class and vocal juries are optional.
3. A minimum of 3 songs from memory.

 

BM Education
Freshman/Sophomore: MUSA 171
One hour private lesson per week.
1. In all semesters except the first, students are required to have at least one recital hour performance.
2. Studio class and vocal juries are required.
3. A minimum of 4 songs from memory.

Junior/Senior: MUSA 472
One hour private lesson per week.
1. Performance in recital hour is required.
2. Studio class and vocal juries are required.
3. A minimum of 5 songs from memory.

 

BM Performance
Freshman/Sophomore: MUSA 172
One hour private lesson per week.
1. In all semesters except the first, students are required to have at least one recital hour performance.
2. Studio class and vocal juries are required.
3. A minimum of 5 songs and/or arias from memory.

Junior/Senior: MUSA 473
One hour private lesson per week.
1. Performance in recital hour is required.
2. Studio class and vocal juries are required.
3. A minimum of 6 songs and/or arias from memory.

 

MM Performance
MUSA 673
One hour private lesson per week.
1. Performance in recital hour is required.
2. Studio class and vocal juries are required.
3. A minimum of 6 songs and/or arias from memory.

 

MM Other
MUSA 671
One half hour private lesson per week.
1. Studio class and vocal juries are optional.
2. A minimum of 4 songs from memory.

Expectations of Vocal Study

Freshman Year Semester One: Voice students are expected to be musically accurate (i.e. correct words, rhythms and pitches). Semester Two: In addition to being musically accurate, voice students should possess good diction skills in English and Italian.


Sophomore Year Semester One: In addition to previously listed expectations, voice students should sing with increased sensitivity and display good diction skills in English, Italian and either French or German (determined by the Diction sequence). Semester Two: In addition to the previously listed expectations, voice students should exhibit good intonation and an "even scale." Diction skills should include English, Italian, French and German.


Junior Year Semester One: The voice student should display continued development in styles and languages. The repertoire of the voice student is more advanced. Semester Two: The repertoire of the voice student encompasses an increasing variety of styles.


Senior Year Semester One: The voice student continues development, both technically and artistically. Semester Two: The voice student exhibits refined style and delivery of repertoire.

Studio (Master) Class

Students in both BMEd and BM degree programs are expected to attend a Studio Class each week. If for scheduling reasons you are unable to attend the studio class of your private instructor, you will be required to attend a class of another voice teacher or be given extra assignments in lieu of studio class. 

Applied Lesson Make-Up Policy

Students are entitled to one lesson (1/2 hr or 1 hr) for each instructional week of the academic year. If the applied faculty member is unable to meet during the normally scheduled lesson time for any reason, the faculty member will make every effort to find a mutually convenient time for a make-up lesson.

Jury Exams

All students receiving an hour of applied vocal instruction are required to perform a jury exam for the voice faculty at the conclusion of each semester. The required repertoire (number of selections is listed above in chart) is to be performed from memory and repertoire will be chosen from the semester’s study. Students who present their degree recital during the semester will be excused for this exam.

Upper-Division/Barrier Entrance Exam

All voice majors (B.M. and B.M.Ed.) will be required to take an upper-division entrance exam.


Prerequisites:

  1. Pass the fourth semester of applied voice
  2. Pass the first year of music theory (MUS 111 and MUS 112) by midterm of the entrance exam semester, a complete list of the student's repertoire including a minimum of twenty pieces (B.M.) or sixteen pieces (B.M.Ed.) reflecting a spectrum of musical styles and all languages is to be submitted to each member of the voice faculty for approval. Each faculty member will provide written approval/disapproval (with appropriate suggestions) within 5 business days. The approved repertoire is not subject to change once approved. The list will include repertoire to be performed for the upper division/barrier entrance exam adhering to the following criteria:
      1. One art song each in English, Italian, German and French (For B.M.Ed majors one of these four may be an aria).
      2. In addition to the four art songs in each of the languages above, B.M. majors are required to perform an opera or oratorio aria in it’s original language.
      3. B.M. majors will perform all five selections.
      4. B.M.Ed majors will perform all four selections.

Students will be expected to demonstrate a minimum proficiency in all aspects of their performance at the jury. Students not meeting the expectations of the voice division will not be recommended for entrance into the junior level of study (MUSA 472 or 473).

The junior recital may not be performed until the student has passed this upper-division exam.

In addition to the literature requirements, all students will be given a self-study piece two hours before the self-study exam. They will be allowed to perform the piece with the score. It is understood that no rehearsal with anyone will take place prior to the performance of the piece. The student will, however, be allowed a brief conference with the pianist prior to the hearing. It is also understood that the student will neither seek nor receive assistance in preparing the piece.

Failure to pass any of the prerequisites and/or the singing portion or sight-reading portion of the upper-division exam after two attempts will result in removal from the program.

Solo Recitals

Students in the Bachelor of Music ,Vocal Concentration, program are required to present a Junior and a Senior Recital. Students in the Bachelor of Music, Music Education, program are required to present a Junior Recital. It is recommended that this recital be given prior to the student teaching semester. Recitals and dress rehearsals must be scheduled with the technical director, their teacher, and their accompanist. Programs and program notes should be typed and then approved by the voice instructor at least two weeks prior to the performance. The appropriate program format of the Department of Music and Performing Arts should be followed. Students are expected to register for recital credit in addition to applied voice.

 

JUNIOR RECITAL (350)
The Junior Recital should consist of at least twenty-five (25) minutes of memorized music. Music for the Junior Recital program must exhibit use of English, Italian, French, and German languages. The Junior Recital Program must utilize music from each of the stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century, for example) and be performed from memory. Student must have successfully completed the first 4 semesters of the theory/ solfeggio sequence before this recital is presented. (Pass-Fail, not graded)

 

SENIOR RECITAL (450)
The Senior Recital should consist of at least fifty (50) minutes of music. Music for the Senior Recital program must exhibit use of English, Italian, French, and German languages. In addition to standard languages, other foreign languages (Spanish, Russian, for example) may be incorporated into the recital repertoire. The Senior Recital Program must utilize music from the major stylistic periods (Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth Century, for example) and be performed from memory. (Graded)

 

GRADUATE RECITAL (650)
The Graduate Recital should consist of at least fifty (50) minutes of music. Repertoire for this recital should exceed the expectations of the senior recital in difficulty of literature and excellence in performance. Repertoire should be memorized. *See link for a recital program template.

 

RECITAL HEARING
At least two weeks prior to the scheduled performance the student will perform from memory a random selection of pieces chosen by the voice faculty from the total recital program. The performer will choose the first selection for the hearing and the faculty will choose from the remaining works. All selections should be "performance ready." Failure to meet the expectations of the voice faculty will result in rescheduling of the hearing and recital. The student must bring the official program, minus translations, to the hearing.

 

RECITAL PROGRAM

Use the following template for your upcoming recital. This format is required of all vocal recitals. Recital Template

Recital Pianist

Staff pianists: Staff pianists must be paid a recital fee according to the fee schedule below. Student pianists: When a student pianist is given either course credit or a performance grant for accompanying, no fee will be charged for their accompanying services. When this is not the case, the performer is expected to pay the student pianist for their services prior to the recital hearing according to the following fee schedule:

Up to 30 minutes of music $125.00

30-45 minutes of music $175.00

More than 45 minutes of music $200.00

NATS: 1st round $40 / 2nd round $10 / 3rd round $10

Faculty and student pianists must also be paid for events including but not limited to: cd recordings for graduate school auditions, summer opera program auditions, MET auditions, additional recitals, and competitions. This fee is to be decided and agree upon between the pianist and soloist.

Students failing to pay their accompanist will receive an incomplete grade on their recital. Students are also expected to pay for the printing of their programs.

 

Recital/Jury Grade

Students are graded on all aspects of their performance. All voice faculty in attendance will submit a grade. The average of the grades will determine the base grade. The instructor of record has the option to raise or lower the averaged final grade by one letter grade. 

Entrance Requirements for MM in Voice

The following procedures will be followed for acceptance into the Graduate program in voice.

Mail to the Vocal Area Coordinator: Graduate Scholarship Application, Resume, and Repertoire List Audition Requirements:

  1. An advanced vocal technique
  2. Good diction in Italian, French, German and English
  3. Good vocal quality and musicianship.
  4. Audition Repertoire Requirements are as follows:
      1. An aria from standard opera or oratorio repertoire
      2. A 17th or 18th C. Italian song or aria
      3. A German Lied
      4. A French chanson
      5. A 20th or 21st C. Art Song originally composed in English

Policy on Studio Transfers

The department discourages the practice of studio transfers, encouraging instead the honest attempt on the part of the student and the applied instructor to resolve differences that may be affecting the student's progress. However, if a student believes that problems are of sufficient magnitude beyond remedy, a reassignment may be requested using the Guidelines below:  1. The student must initiate the process by first discussing any perceived problems with the current applied instructor. The current instructor then has the option of inviting a colleague, if available, to accept the student into his or her applied studio. 2. If differences are irreconcilable and are an impediment to the student's progress, the student should then seek redress from the department head. 3. Transfers during a semester are not allowed except under extreme circumstances and can only be authorized by the department head.

Vocal Scholarships

All scholarship recipients are expected to maintain high performance and academic standards. Scholarship renewal is based upon the individual’s performance during the academic year and is reviewed at the end of the spring semester. Meritorious achievement may be rewarded with an increase in the award while unsatisfactory performance may result in a reduction or removal of the stipend. Review your Performance Grant and Acceptance Form (contract) for details of grade and ensemble requirements.

Performing Opportunities

Students of voice are encouraged to take advantage of the many performing opportunities that exist at Southeastern. Students are encouraged to discuss any outside performing opportunities with their applied voice teacher.

 

STUDIO (MASTER) CLASS
Students will have an opportunity to perform each week for the instructor's studio class. This is an informal setting and provides students an opportunity to receive additional coaching in a master class environment.

 

RECITAL HOUR
Students beyond their first semester of vocal study are required to perform at least once for performance seminar (recital hour) each semester. A completed Student Recital Appearance Request form (available on the Department of Music and Performing Arts website) should be submitted at least two weeks prior to their requested performance date.

 

CHOIRS
Opportunities for solos, both by request and by audition, happen regularly in all choral ensembles. Be certain to inform your voice teacher if you are offered the opportunity to sing a solo or to audition.

 

OPERA-MUSIC THEATRE
Casting is by audition only. These audition notices are posted prior to the audition dates. Auditions are open to all students. Be certain to inform your voice teacher if you are offered a role or chorus part in the production.

Requesting Change of Degree Program

1. Students requesting to change their major MUST audition for the voice faculty.

2. Auditions will be held during jury exams at the end of each semester.

3. A recital hearing (junior or senior) may take the place of an audition, only if the voice faculty is notified PRIOR to the hearing that the student would like to change their major.

The National Association of Teachers of Singing

The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) is a professional organization of importance to teachers and students of singing. The objectives of NATS are "to encourage the highest standards of vocal art and of ethical principles in the teaching of singing; and to promote vocal education and research at all levels, both for the enrichment of the general public and for the professional advancement of the talented." NATS operates on the national, regional, state, and local chapter levels. There are organized events on every level, each of which includes opportunities for students to sing for constructive written comments and/or compete for prizes.

The South Louisiana Chapter holds auditions in the spring. Students participate according to their age, number of semesters studied and academic status. For most classifications, three selections are required for the audition. Specific guidelines are available from your NATS teacher. The Southern Region is comprised of chapters from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Regional auditions occur every fall and all students are encouraged to participate. In addition to the audition, there are opportunities to participate in master classes and attend workshops led by nationally recognized artists and teachers.

Costs for participation at Regional NATS are the responsibility of the student and include:

  1. Application fee
  2. Accompanist fee(s)
  3. Hotel, travel, and food expenses.

Any student canceling participation less than one week prior to the conference is responsible for his/her accompanist and hotel costs.

NATS is your voice teacher’s professional organization, for which annual dues are paid by the teacher. It should be considered a privilege to participate at chapter or regional NATS, and not a right.

Revised February 2, 2019