Graduate Music Program



Graduate students enrolled in 2-4 credit hours of applied music instruction receive a 60- minute 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.  In addition to the tuition and fees charged for academic credit, students will be assessed an applied music fee of $100 per semester for a half hour lesson or $200 for an hour lesson.

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 are required for undergraduate music majors and may be required of graduate students according to the applied instructor’s studio policy.  The requirement is waived during the semester in which a student presents a recital or 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 obtain the required jury forms from the Music Office, Fine Arts 308, or from the Music Department web site.


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.  If an off campus venue is chosen for the recital (in the case of choral concerts needing a pipe organ) the student must make the arrangements and pay any fees associated with the off campus venue. 

Programs and stage crew will be provided by the Department for all required recitals.  These services will be provided at a nominal rate for non-degree recitals.  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; professional accompanists receive $20.00 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.


  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: (a) Division jury (includes two hours of rehearsal), (b) Recital (includes six hours of rehearsal), (c) Semester end jury (includes two hours of rehesarsal), (d) 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).


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.