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Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

General Requirements for Music Majors

The guidelines found here are not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive.  Students should consult the Music Major Handbook which is available from the Music Department.  Other than required courses which are found in the bulletin degree descriptions, the Music Major Handbook contains the policies by which the department is operated.

  1. Ensembles:  The music majors and minors are required to take a major ensemble each semester in residence.  The major ensembles are the Wind Symphony or Orchestra for instrumentalists and both University Singers and Mizpah Choraliers for singers.  Keyboard majors may choose according to their talents and interests.
  2. Recitals:  The music majors and minors are required to be active members of Southwestern's Recital series each semester in residence.  The students participation in the recitals will be contingent on their performance for the required masterclasses that preceed each recital.
  3. Music Juries:  The music majors will perform each semester for the fulltime music faculty.  If their major performance professor is an adjunct teacher, that teacher will be included.  A poor jury (Applied Music Examination) performance may result in the student being placed on probationary status as a music major or minor.  Regular improvement is expected.
  4. Practice:  Majors will practice 150 hours per semester, while minors will practice 75 hours per semester in their major performance area. Weekly practice sheets detailing each practice are to be filled out and turned in at the beginning of each lesson.
  5. Continuing status:  A student's acceptance into and official continuation in the music program is contingent upon the student's satisfactory academic and performance progress.  A letter from the chair, written in advisement with the major's performance teacher, will be placed in the student's file at the end of each school year, encouraging and/or noting areas needing improvement. 
  6. Senior recital:  All music majors will perform a senior recital.  This is normally given in the final semester of residence.  A pre-senior recital, performed before the music faculty at least three weeks before the senior recital, is required. Music minors are encouraged to perform either a senior recital or joint recital at the discretion of their major instructor.
  7.  Recital attendance:  Music majors and minors will attend all faculty, general student, guest and senior recitals.  These dates will all be posted by the second week of the semester. 
  8.  Off-campus recitals:  The music major should plan to attend at least two approved off-campus recitals each semester, minors are required to attend one.  

Private lessons:  The music majors and minors will take lessons from one of the teachers at Southwestern Adventist University or one provided by the school. If lessons are taken from non members of the Southwestern teaching faculty without permission, this will be considered grounds for dismissal from the program.


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