Music Program Information

Music Program

Admission Policy

Prospective music and music education majors must meet the admission requirements of Glenville State University and successfully demonstrate proficiency in basic musicianship skills and other areas for admission into the music program through an audition and interview. The audition and interview may be arranged as late as the first week of classes in each semester although students desiring to be considered for music scholarships should arrange the audition during their senior year in high school. The annual audition day is scheduled in the spring semester each year.

The basic musicianship skills to be tested in the audition can include but not limited to: 1) a prepared music selection in a major performing area, 2) sight reading in the major performing area, 3) vocal pitch matching, and 4) ability to identify basic music notation. An interview discussing career goals and objectives will be a part of the audition. If the prospective music major does not successfully pass the audition and/or interview, he or she will not be admitted to the program. Probationary admission can be granted upon recommendation of the audition/interview committee.

Transfer or readmit students can be considered for (re)admission into the music program upon: 1) completion of the Glenville State University admission process, 2) receipt of all transcripts from all institutions previously attended, 3) presenting a minimum of three (3) written recommendations from the institution last attended, 4) provide documentation of a clear social record, 5) (for the probationary or suspended student) submit names and contact information for three (3) individuals in the music content area at each school attended since leaving Glenville State with the understanding that other faculty may be contacted and 6) the successful completion of the music audition and interview process. These steps must be completed in order.

Students not pursuing a music degree may enroll in some music courses as general electives or to fulfill the requirements of the music minor.

Retention Policy

Sophomore music and music education students must receive a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 in seven courses (6 for BAEd majors) to advance in their respective program. Those courses are MUSC 170 – Theory I, MUSC 171 – Theory II, Applied Music I, Applied Music II, MUSC 200 – Survey of Music, 1 Primary and 1 Secondary Ensemble (BA majors), 1 Music Pedagogy Class (BAED majors). Any student not achieving the 2.75 grade point average may not advance in the music education program until this deficiency is addressed.

Jury examinations are required at the end of every semester preceding the senior recital. Students will be evaluated on tone, rhythm, technique, interpretation, attendance, musicality and other factors; if not passed, the student may not advance in applied music or the music program until this deficiency is addressed. Students are required to complete a fourth semester jury as their Gateway Assessment. This jury must be passed in order to continue in music. Reasons for not passing include, but are not limited to: consistent poor musical performance, lack of musical development, poor class attendance, etc.

All music and music education majors must pass a piano proficiency examination. All parts of the exam must be passed or enrollment in MUSC 280 and MUSC 281 will be required until the student passes all parts of the proficiency. Proficiency exams will be scheduled at the end of each semester. If a student does not pass part of the exam, they must retake that portion of the exam the following semester. If there are three repeated failures in any category, then the student must retake the entire piano proficiency examination.

Applied Music

Private instruction is offered for various instruments and voice. One hour of credit represents 50 minutes of instruction each week. Five hours of practice per week are recommended for each hour of credit. A lower grade or FIW may result if the student fails to meet this minimum practice requirement. Applied Music courses are to be taken in numerical order to properly assess student development and progress.

All applied students majoring in music will perform at department and public recitals when requested. When representing Glenville State University, these students must obtain faculty permission before participating in any performance not sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts.

Jury examinations will be scheduled near or during final examinations. Every music major will perform at a jury in every semester preceding the senior recital. The jury or a successful student recital is considered the equivalent of a final examination for the applied student. The faculty jury may discuss and recommend, but the instructor retains the sole responsibility for the semester grade.

Junior & Chamber Recitals will be available to the Music BA students only.

The final capstone course is the senior recital for all music education majors and a senior recital or senior project for music Bachelor of Arts majors. Students are required to complete a jury in the semester prior to their scheduled senior recital. If the applied student is not making satisfactory progress, the applied instructor may require a pre-recital hearing the semester of the recital. All recitals and projects must have the approval of Glenville State music faculty. It will be the faculty members’ decision upon evaluating the student’s senior recital jury, as to whether or not the student has an individual senior recital or a combined senior recital. No credit will be given for the recital without this permission. Exceptions may be considered in the case of undue hardship with the concurrence of the Department Chair and the Music Faculty. The successful completion of this course will demonstrate the musical maturity required and the organizational skills needed to prepare and perform musical events.