Applied Music Instruction

Applied Instruction Requirements

(Private Instruction in Primary Area)

Requirements Levels Studio Policies Juries Recital Accompanists Stage Crew


Applied Instruction” refers to individual voice or instrument study. Applied music instruction usually begins the second week of classes.  In applying to a music degree program, each student declares a primary or major performing medium (e.g., voice, clarinet, piano) and auditions on that instrument or voice.  Students will receive a 30-minute (1 credit hour) or a 60-minute (2-4 credit hours) lesson each week.  Each student should submit a copy of his or her schedule to the Music Office in order to be scheduled for a private lesson.

The required credit hours of applied instruction for each degree program are:

B.A., Music 
(1 credit hour per semester)

Minimum 2 semesters of appled study at 1000 level (2 hours)

Applied study or ensemble participation required each semester of residence

B.M., Music Education 
(1 credit hour per semester)

Four (4) semesters at 2000 level (4 hours), and three (3) semesters at 3000 level (3 hours)

[Study not required during Student Teaching semester]

B.M., Performance 
(2 credit hrs per semester)

Four (4) semesters at 2000 level (8 hours), and four (4) semesters at 4000 level (8 hours)


B.M., Composition 
(1 credit hour per semester)

Four (4) semesters at 2000 level (4 hours), and four (4) semesters at 3000 level (4 hours)

B.M., Music Therapy

(1 credit hour per semester)

Four (4) semesters at 2000 level (4 hours), and three (3) semesters at 3000 level (3 hours)

Levels of Applied Instruction

(see Table in Appendices section, page 19)

0000 level

For students with limited applied experience; may not be accepted as applied credit for any music degree program or music minor; audition required

1000 level    

For students in the Bachelor of Arts degree program or composition minor; secondary instrument or voice; audition required

2000 level 

For composition majors and minors, and music education majors only (MUS); for performance majors and minors only (MUSP); will be accepted as applied credit for the Bachelor of Arts degree program; audition required

3000 level   Upper division study for music education and composition majors (MUS); semester-end jury audition required

4000 level

Advanced applied study for performance majors only (MUSP); Division Jury audition required
5000 level   Graduate students only; Division Jury audition required


Upon entry, each music major or minor must audition for the appropriate instrumental or vocal division to determine the applied music level.  Arrangements should be made in the Music Office, Fine Arts Center 308.  Students may express a preference for an applied instructor; however, the Department Head will make studio assignments in consultation with the applied faculty.  Students will be assessed an applied music fee of $100 per semester for a  30-minute lesson (1 credit hour) and $200 per semester for a one-hour lesson (2-4 credit hours).

How to Register for Applied Instruction

  1. Know the appropriate course number, section and required credit hours.
  2. Go online to register (must have advisement PIN).  Select CRN for the correct course and section number.
  3. Choose credit hours: 2 hours for BA, BM:Music Education or Composition; 4 hours for BM:Performance.

Studio Policies

Each instructor has established studio policies governing attendance, expectations and requirements.  These policies are described in the instructor’s syllabus for the course.  It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with all policies and abide by them.

Semester End Juries

 Semester End Juries are required for music majors in the primary area of applied study at the end of each semester of study.  The requirement is waived during the semester in which a student 1) presents a junior or senior recital, or 2) passes a Division Jury performance.  Students should consult with the applied instructor to be informed of proper jury procedures for their area.

A Jury consists of at least three (3) members of the Music Faculty, and is advisory to the applied instructor.  The applied instructor will determine the final semester grade.

Sign-up sheets for jury appointments will be posted outside Fine Arts 308 one week prior to the jury date.  Students may download the required jury form

The Semester End Jury is the means for students to audition for upper level (3000 level) study and may also be an occasion to audition for a Performance Grant (music scholarship)



Students planning to present a recital should request a date and performance hall as soon as possible, but not fewer than two (2) months prior to the requested date.  The reservation is not finalized until the student has passed the Division Jury audition.  Programs and stage crew will be provided by the Department for all required recitals.  Students performing a non-degree recital must pay for programs and stage crew.  Program information must be submitted to the Music Office at least three (3) weeks prior to the performance date (i.e., when the student auditions for Division Jury.  Materials submitted after this date will not be guaranteed for the performance date.  All printed programs must receive Department Head approval.  An audio recording of the recital is available for a $10 fee payable to the Music Department.


Student accompanists are compensated at $10.00 per hour; graduate student accompanists receive $20.00 per hour; professional accompanists receive $25.00 per hour.  For required performances and juries, the Music Department will provide compensation for an accompanist for a prescribed number of rehearsals, depending upon the nature of the performance.  In the case of collaborative recitals involving several instrumentalists or singers, the total paid shall not exceed the normal compensation provided for a single accompanist. For additional rehearsals or performances, students are responsible for any accompanist compensation. This program is administered through the Music Office.

 “Rehearsals” means both rehearsal time with the accompanist and time spent in the applied lesson with the accompanist.  Students may find it more feasible to ask the accompanist to work in half-hour segments.

Accompanist Policy

  1. The student contacts an accompanist from the approved departmental list, available from the Music Office or his/her applied instructor.  Do not wait until the last minute.  Difficult repertoire requires advance preparation on the pianist’s part.  We suggest a minimum of two months ahead of time for recitals and three weeks for all other performances.
  2. Students schedule rehearsals, lessons and performance times directly with the accompanist.
  3. Both the student and the accompanist should keep a written account of rehearsal hours in order to plan time wisely and ensure correct billing.
  4. The accompanist is responsible for submitting invoices to the department.  The Music Department will pay for the following services:
    • Division jury (includes two hours of rehearsal)
    • Recital (includes six hours of rehearsal)
    • Semester end jury (includes two hours of rehearsal)
    • Seminar performance (includes two hours of rehearsal)
  5. If students wish to have additional rehearsal time beyond what is provided by the Music Department, they must pay the accompanist out of their own funds.  For major recitals, students may wish to give the accompanist a little performance “bonus” (amount discretionary).

Stage Crew

The Music Department Stage Crew provides technical assistance for all faculty, ensemble, and required student performances.  Arrangements for non-degree student recitals must be made at least two weeks prior to the performance date.  Any costs associated with non-required performances are the responsibility of the student.