Applied Music/Private LessonsMake-up Lessons and Piano CoachingsGuidelines for Changing Applied TeachersEnsemble Requirements/Performing OrganizationsAcademic Standards
All students taking applied music will have a weekly lesson. The instructor will be determined by agreement of the area coordinator, the instructor and the student. Students receiving 30-minute coaching sessions with staff accompanists must also adhere to the above requirements. Students are expected to attend all lessons and coaching sessions and to arrive on time, warmed up and ready to work.
All applied music students will have a jury examination during the week of final exams. The jury will consist of the applied instructors in the specific area and area coordinator.
If any member of the applied music faculty must miss a lesson, he or she will arrange a make-up lesson. Lessons missed by the students, without cause, cannot be rescheduled. In the case of severe illness, and with evidence of a doctor’s note, a make-up lesson may be arranged. Students are expected to contact the faculty member directly if he/she must miss a lesson or coaching.
To summarize, the student must discuss the change with his/her current teacher and have the existing teacher approve the change. The student must discuss the change with the potential teacher and have that teacher approve the change. The student will forward the signed form to the area Coordinator for approval.
Ensemble requirements are listed in the University catalog for each music degree program. Students who are in good academic standing are encouraged to take advantage of performing in more than just the required ensembles. The ensemble director as well as the area coordinator must approve participation in additional ensembles.
Academic standards for the University are described in the NJCU Catalog. All music majors must adhere to the department standards, especially with regard to the core curriculum: Harmony, Ear-Training, Keyboard Methods, Music History, Applied Music, and all performing ensembles. In addition, all music majors are required to attend a minimum of four (4) concerts (in which they are NOT performing) per semester (two performances in Williams Theatre and two student recitals). Students who fail to meet these standards are subject to being dropped from the department. The MDT withdrawal, failure, probation and retention policies are outlined under “MDT/University Withdrawal, Failure, Probation and Retention Policies.”
With respect to the required Academic Foundation courses, students may withdraw only once. They may not withdraw from these courses a second time, except for emergency situations as decided by the Dean of Arts & Sciences.
The MDT Withdrawal, Failure, Probation and Retention Policies are as follows: