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Applied Music Policy

Applied Music:
Applied music instruction on a principal instrument is required for all degree programs. Students may be admitted to the 100-level applied music at different degrees of competency; therefore, some students may require more time to achieve the proficiency needed for admission to 400-level applied music. Permission to advance to 400-level applied music is given by the faculty jury with the permission of the teacher. Music majors enrolled in applied music will also participate in a weekly studio class. Studio class times vary; please contact the applied music teacher for schedule.

Private lessons, typically one per week, must be supplemented with diligent outside daily practice. Depending on the performance area and the level of the student's work, the outside practice requirement may be quite substantial. The student must recognize that applied instruction is not primarily for the purpose of earning credits toward a degree, but rather to develop musical talent under the care of a skilled teacher. There is no substitute for regular, diligent practice.

Applied Music Areas of Specialization:
String Bass 

Applied Music Auditions:
Admission into applied music study is determined by audition. Changes in degree program, performance specialty, or applied music level will normally also require an audition. A change of instructor (where applicable) is normally handled between the student and the faculty members involved.

Applied Music Registration:
To learn how to register for applied music, click here:

Applied Music Fees:
Enrollment in applied music requires the payment of an applied music fee, as set by the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents. This fee serves primarily to offset the cost of individual instruction. Fees are charged for applied music according to the following schedule:

Music majors: $60 per semester (maximum) for all instruction.

Music minors and other University students: $60 per semester for a two-credit applied music, $30 per semester for one-credit applied music ($60 maximum per semester).

Applied Music Juries:
At the discretion of the faculty, a jury may be required as a final examination in applied music. Details are made explicit in the applied music syllabus. The jury, which involves performing before a panel of faculty, takes place during exam week.

Applied Music Study Beyond Degree Requirements:
Students wishing to continue applied music study beyond their degree requirements may do so only with the permission of their applied music teacher and the Head of the Department of Music & Dance. Students who receive permission to continue applied music study beyond their degree requirements are required to continue to participate in their appropriate major ensemble (or an alternative ensemble approved by the Department Head) each semester that they are enrolled in applied music.

Applied Music Re-auditions:
Since applied study is offered by means of individual instruction, it is a privilege and not a right. If an applied music teacher believes that a student's progress is insufficient, the student may be asked to re-audition for continuation. A possible result of the re-audition may be the recommendation to the Department Head that the student not continue in applied music or as a music major.

Students who have not been registered for applied music for one or more academic years (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) must re-audition. If accepted, students may be placed in an applied music number that is lower, the same, or higher than the one in which they were enrolled in their last semester of applied music study.

Applied Music during Spring/Summer Terms:
The Department's capacity to offer applied music during the Spring and Summer terms is quite limited. Therefore, students wishing to request applied instruction during the Spring and or Summer terms must do the following:

  • Fill out an applied music request form and obtain the instructor's signature. This verifies that the instructor will be available to teach during the requested term.
  • Write a brief note explaining why Spring or Summer lessons are needed.
  • Submit the two items together to the Department Head before April 15th.

The Department Head will prioritize requests and approve or deny them based on student need and fiscal constraints.

Retention and continuation policy

Students are strongly encouraged to stay enrolled for consecutive semesters until achieving a degree. Music study benefits from regular, longitudinal, systematic and consistent study and suffers from extended breaks. Since enrollment capacity in music subjects is limited, a student who discontinues study is not guaranteed a place in classes or in applied music upon returning. Students who face unusual circumstances that may cause them not to re-enroll should consult with their applied teacher and with the Coordinator of Music Advising as soon as possible to seek a solution or to reserve a place for their return. Students who have not been registered for applied music for one or more academic years (Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer) must re-audition.

Major Ensemble Participation Policy

All students accepted as music majors or minors are required to participate in a major ensemble according to their degree requirements (string students—University Orchestra; wind and percussion students­—Wind Symphony or Symphonic Band; voice students—University Choir or Chamber Choir). The department will accommodate all students with an appropriate major ensemble placement.

Recital Attendance Requirement

Each undergraduate music major must attend a total of 80 recitals/concerts (events) during their time of undergraduate study; normally they will attend at least ten musical events each semester. It is the student’s responsibility to see that this requirement is successfully completed. Students who fail to meet this requirement will not be permitted to graduate. The number of events that transfer students and students seeking a second bachelor’s degree must attend will be pro-rated, based on the number of semesters of work remaining at the time of their matriculation.

Recital credit can be received for attendance at most Department of Music & Dance events. Examples of acceptable events include departmental ensemble concerts, student recitals, Thursday noon student recitals, and guest artist performances. Attendance at some non-departmental musical events may also be credited toward the recital attendance requirement. To obtain credit, students must bring a ticket stub and program to the Department of Music & Dance office. The department head will determine whether or not the event qualifies for recital credit. In all cases, masterclasses, lectures, and other non-performance events will not qualify for recital credit.

Recital credit cards will be available to students as they enter a departmental performance venue, and will be collected at the conclusion of an event. Students must be present for an entire event to receive credit. A student who is performing in an event may receive recital attendance credit for that event if they perform in less than 50 percent of the event.

Pease Auditorium Piano Policy

The Steinway D in Pease shall be used for all piano recitals and faculty recitals requiring a piano.

The Baldwin SD10 in Pease shall be used for all other performances requiring a piano.

The piano technician shall be notified at least 10 days in advance of a performance to schedule tuning.

Student Rights and Responsibilities, Conflict Resolution; 
Grade Grievance

Student Rights. Every student has the right to be treated with respect by other students and by faculty and staff. Discrimination, harassment and intimidation of others will not be tolerated. Students have a right to review their records.

Student Responsibilities.  Each student is responsible for his/her own academic career. This includes being aware of the catalog requirements and the contents of this handbook. It also means taking responsibility for meeting obligations, caring for the property of the University and of other people, and demonstrating the commitment and pride that make a great music department. A student who acts in violation of the Student Code of Conduct will be referred toStudent Judicial Services for disciplinary action.

Conflict Resolution. Conflicts between students or between a student and a faculty member may occasionally occur. Every effort should be exerted to minimize these by being aware of the rights and needs of others, and by recognizing shared goals.

When attempts to resolve conflicts privately have proven unsuccessful, a student may bring a conflict to the attention of the Department Head, who will serve as mediator. If the conflict involves a breach of the Student Code of Conduct, the matter will be referred to Student Judicial Services.

Grade Grievance. The policies on grade grievance are presented in detail at the Office of Academic Programming.

The School of Music & Dance is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold • Faculty Resources