Course Objectives:


To improve technical skills, musicianship and to study appropriate repertoire.




To learn effective practice habits, to develop musical style and interpretation  and to prepare for public performance and/or juries at the end of the semester.


Lesson Times and Attendance:


The student is responsible for arranging their lesson time with the instructor the first week of class each semester. After the lesson time has been established the student will meet with the studio instructor 50 minutes weekly during the term. The student is required to attend all lessons during the term.  Absences may be "excused" for the reasons of illness or unavoidable contingency only if the instructor is notified in advance.  Two unexcused absences will result in the lowering of one’s grade.  Four consecutive unexcused absences or six missed lessons will be an automatic "F".


Class Text:


The instructor for each student will select all books, supplies (metronome, music stand, tape player…) and music. The student will purchase all materials needed for the class.


Work Requirements:


The student will be assigned work in various areas of technique, skills (such as scales, arpeggios, sight reading …) and repertoire weekly.  A minimum of two hours daily practice (one hour for vocalists) is recommended for a two-hour credit course.




All students enrolled for applied music courses must register for a minimum of one performing ensemble during each semester of study. 


Jury Examinations:


All applied students will perform at a scheduled jury examination at the end of the term. A jury exam sign up sheet will be posted on the department bulletin board one week before the jury exam. It is the student’s responsibility to select a day and time for this exam.  Successful performance at the jury is necessary for continuation and advancement in applied lessons. Failure to perform a jury will result in the lowering of the grade by one letter.


Advancement Procedures:


After satisfactory completion of a minimum of two semesters of freshman level, a student may advance to sophomore level.   All students who wish to advance from freshman level to sophomore level must perform on a student recital and perform an advancement jury.  (No one is exempt) All students who wish to graduate after completing a minimum of two semesters sophomore level course work must share a recital and must perform an advancement jury. (No one is exempt.)   All repertoire is subject to departmental approval and only students currently enrolled at H.C.C will be granted recital privileges. Failure to perform in a student recital will result in the lowering of the grade by one letter and no advancement will be granted.


Recital Performance:


Students are required to prepare a solo or participate in a chamber ensemble at least once during the semester on a student recital.


Recital Attendance:


All students enrolled in an applied music course should automatically be enrolled in MUS 1010, Recital Attendance, as a co-requesit.  Please consult the syllabus for course requirements.  Recitals and concerts are to expose you to a wide variety of musical experience and repertoire, which is part of your musical education.


Final Grade:


The student’s grade will be based on an evaluation of his/her effort, improvement, musicality, mastery of skills in performance as well as the quantity of work accomplished, quality of lesson preparation and the quality of the jury performance.