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Major Performing Ensemble

Because performance is a core experience of music, all music majors with music education, instrument/vocal performance as their option are required to participate in at least one major ensemble [Music 103CC, 103SB, 103SO, 103WO, or 103JO (jazz studies students only)] each semester they are enrolled in lessons, regardless of concentration. Undergraduate music majors fulfill their ensemble requirements playing their major instrument in the performing group most appropriate to their major instrument or voice.

Students audition for ensembles and are placed through consultation between their respective studio instructors and the ensemble directors. Normally voice students fulfill requirements in Concert Choir, string players in Orchestra, wind and percussion players in Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Orchestra. Students who are not selected for Concert Choir, Orchestra or Wind Orchestra will be assigned to an appropriate alternative ensemble. Once admitted into the Instrumental Jazz Performance option, those students must be enrolled in one jazz ensemble.

Guitar and piano students will fulfill 50 percent of the major ensemble requirement by enrolling in Guitar Ensemble, Keyboard Ensemble, Chamber Music Ensemble, Music Accompanying, Music 130T (or any other minor ensemble as specified/approved by their instructor). The remaining 50 percent must be fulfilled by enrolling in Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band or Concert Choir.

Policy on Auditions/Ensemble Participation by Music Majors

1. All music majors must audition on their primary instrument/voice for placement into an appropriate major ensemble every semester through the senior recital, except where indicated by option. Guitarists and pianists must follow the guidelines outlined in their Catalog.

2. All music majors must play their primary instrument/voice in a major ensemble every semester through the senior recital, except where indicated by option. Guitarists and pianists must follow the guidelines outlined in their Catalog.

3. Music majors who do not earn a spot via audition in an appropriate major ensemble will be placed in an appropriate alternate minor ensemble at the discretion of the studio professor and in consensus with the Department Chair and the major ensemble director.

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Exceptions

Students in Music as a Liberal Art must participate in Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Symphonic Band or Concert Choir for a minimum of four semesters. Piano and guitar students fulfill 50% of the major ensemble requirement by enrolling in alternative ensemble classes.

Generally, participation in all rehearsals and performances of major performing ensembles takes precedence over any conflicting performance activity. Conflicts within the Department will be resolved by consultations among the ensemble directors involved and the Department Chair.

In rare cases, a student's responsibilities to the major ensemble may conflict with legitimate extra-Departmental requirements. Any such conflicts will be resolved through consultations among the student, the Department Chair, the ensemble director involved, and the student's studio teacher.

Attendance:

Department of Music Addendum to APM 232

The following activities do not qualify as excused absences for

Department of Music courses:

1. Academic activities scheduled independently by the student, including observations required for other Department of Music courses 
2. Performances in which the student is NOT performing
3. Volunteer and/or service duties for ensembles, festivals or other events hosted by the Department of Music (students: volunteer for times when you do not have regularly scheduled classes).

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Piano Proficiency

All music majors, except students in the piano performance option, must enroll in piano class (Music 9, 4B, 4C) until the Piano Proficiency examination has been passed. Music 4B & 4C may be waived for students who can pass the Piano Proficiency Examination upon entry into the program. Requirements are as follows:

Repertoire:

1. Two stylistically contrasting pieces chosen from the following periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary.

2. Piano accompaniment of a vocal or instrumental piece with a soloist of the student's choice.

Practical Skills:

1. Sight Reading.

2. Transposition.

3. Harmonization of a melody with a broken chord accompaniment using the three primary chords.

4. Concert Pitch Realization.

5. Two-Part Choral Score Reading.


NOTE: Students in Music Education (all emphases) must concurrently enroll in an additional piano class, Music 179L, Choral Techniques Lab, during the semester they enroll in Music 179, Choral Techniques and Methods.

Students in the Piano Performance Option fulfill their piano proficiency requirement through enrollment in Music 14 Accompaniment I and Music 114 Accompaniment II.

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Conducting Proficiency (Music Education students)

The Conducting Proficiency Examination (CPE) for instrumentalists will normally be offered at the end of each semester. The CPE for vocal/choral students is offered at the end of each Spring semester. Students wishing to take this test should notify (in writing) the Director of Bands or the Director of Choral Activities at the beginning of the semester in which the exam will be attempted.  Prerequisites for taking the exam are (1) a pass on the piano proficiency exam at least one semester prior to taking the conducting exam, and (2) successful completion of advanced conducting or current enrollment with a passing grade in advanced conducting (Music 158).  Grading for the Conducting Proficiency exam is Pass/Fail.

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Convocation(Music 20)

All music majors must register for Music 20, Convocation, each semester of residence until completion of the Senior Recital. Music 20 encompasses both Departmental enrichment (recital/concert attendance and special programs) and advising. This class carries 0 units of credit; students receive CR/NC grade for the class. Students receive credit (CR) for this course if the following requirements are completed by the end of the final examination period for the semester. Failure to meet ALL the requirements results in a grade of NC (no credit). Important: A grade of Incomplete will only be given if the formal procedures are followed in the current General Catalog.

  1. Attendance of a minimum of seven (7) live performances during the regularly scheduled Convocation hours of TU/TH 12:30-1:20 PM. Live performance includes recitals, concerts and special programs. Important: Students do NOT receive attendance credit for the following reasons: (1) any concert in which they perform; (2) if they do not attend the entire concert.
  2. Students meet with their advisor prior to the end of final examination period for the semester. Advising days and times will be posted throughout the music building approximately two weeks before course registration begins. Major advisors will forward the original advising worksheet to the Department office. Important: In addition to receiving an NC grade, students who fail to meet with their advisor will have their registration blocked until such time as they do meet with their advisor.

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Juries

A jury is a performance in which the student demonstrates a prescribed set of competencies before a faculty committee. Juries are assessments of the student's progress in the development of his/her artistic and technical abilities on the student's declared performing medium. The faculty for whom the student performs will judge your performance according to an established set of criteria.

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Grading for All Juries

Students must pass ALL COMPONENTS of the Jury Examination SIMULTANEOUSLY to receive credit; minimum grade for passing is a "C" for students in the Music as a Liberal Art and Music Education options. A minimum grade for passing is a "B" for students in the Performance (Instrumental, Vocal, Jazz) and Composition options.

The Jury letter grade will be counted as the "final exam" in applied lessons for the semester in which the jury is completed.

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Jury I

Upon conclusion of the second semester of music 31-39, or 48, students must attempt Jury I in their declared area of concentration before being permitted to continue their major. Students are allowed two attempts, taken in consecutive semesters, to pass Jury I.

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Jury II

 

To qualify to take Jury II and upon completion of their second year of residence, students must have passed Music 1A, 1B, 40, and 41 with a grade of "C" or better, and passed the Piano Proficiency Examination. Students are allowed two attempts, taken in consecutive semesters, to pass Jury II. Failure to pass a second attempt will result in the student being dropped from the Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, Composition, and Music Education options. These students will be allowed to continue their studies in the Music as a Liberal Art option.

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Jury Requirements

Teachers from each respective studio establish specific skills, which must be mastered, to pass Jury I and Jury II. See the syllabus for your applied lessons class for these. Your studio teacher may also specify repertoire to be used on your jury exams. The following are general standards for the various performance areas.

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Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass:

Jury I:

  • Unaccompanied work which may also include an etude or a caprice.
  • Two pieces in contrasting styles, or two contrasting movements from a large work like a sonata or concerto. 

Jury II:

  • Unaccompanied work which may also include an etude or a caprice.
  • Two pieces in contrasting styles, (or two contrasting movements from a large work like a sonata or concerto)
  • The selections in Jury II must be more advanced compared with Jury I and must be performed from memory, with the exception of chamber music works, including sonatas.

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Wind & Brass

Jury I:

  • Play major and minor scales up to four sharps and flats
  • Perform an etude
  • Perform an accompanied or unaccompanied solo 

Jury II:

  • All major and minor (natural, harmonic, melodic) scales; chromatic scales
  • Perform an etude
  • Perform an accompanied or unaccompanied solo

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Percussion

Jury I:

  • Play major and minor scales (harmonic, melodic) up to four sharps and flats
  • Perform a snare drum and timpani etude
  • Perform a memorized solo with accompaniment on a mallet keyboard instrument.

Jury II:

  • All major and minor (harmonic, melodic) scales; chromatic scales
  • Perform a multiple percussion and timpani etude
  • Perform a memorized four-mallet solo on mallet keyboard instrument

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Piano

Piano students present 3 pieces in contrasting styles for Jury I, and another, more advanced, group of 3 pieces in contrasting styles for Jury II. All jury pieces must be played from memory. For both Jury I and Jury II, piano students also demonstrate their sight-reading ability.

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Guitar

Jury I:

  • Scales (1 and 2 octave): major and minor scales, emphasis on correct left and right hand fingering
  • Studies from any of the following: Tarrega, Sor, Carcassi, Giuliani
  • A solo selected from the intermediate level repertoire for guitar; must be memorized

Jury II:

  • Scales (3 octaves): all major and minor, from the Diatonic Major and Minor Scale book by Andreas Segovia; emphasis on tone quality and correct fingering
  • Studies from any of the following: Tarrega, Sor, Carcassi, Giuliani
  • A solo selected from the guitar repertoire or appropriate transcription from other instruments; must be memorized

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Voice

Jury I (attempted after the first semester of study; retaken if necessary, after end of second semester):

  • At least seven memorized solos, two or more of which must be in a foreign language
  • Vaccai Studies in Italian - Level 1
  • Major scale and selected triads
  • Check of tonal memory

Jury II (taken after 4 semesters of study):

  • Sixteen memorized solos complete to date
  • Vaccai Studies in Italian - Level 2
  • All minor, chromatic, and whole tone scales; the Alma Mater

The vocal and choral areas have separate handbooks to cover juries and related matters. See these for more specific information about jury requirements. If you do not already have the appropriate handbook, ask your studio teacher for one.

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Composition

Composition Jury:

  • Works submitted must demonstrate that the student shows adequate promise to continue with the composition emphasis and ultimately mount a successful composition senior recital
  • A portfolio of 3 recent compositions (including recordings or MIDI realizations).
  • A list of works/curriculum vitae
  • A reflective essay that addresses professional goals, musical aesthetics, and compositional intent.
  • A self-assessment of sample works.

Jury II:

  • Works submitted must demonstrate that the student shows adequate promise to generate works of a high enough quality for the composition senior recital.
  • A portfolio of 3 compositions composed as a student at CSU Fresno (including recordings or MIDI realizations)
  • A list of works/curriculum vitae
  • A reflective essay that addresses professional goals, musical aesthetics, and compositional intent.
  • A self-assessment of sample works.

Works submitted must demonstrate adequate sensitivity (appropriate to the student's level) regarding important musical issues, such as: musical invention, structural clarity, formal unity/cohesion, accurate and practical notation, successful use of performance medium and sense of musical detail.

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Instrumental Jazz Performance

Jury II:

  • All major(modes) and minor (natural, harmonic, melodic) scales; chromatic scales, diminished scales, whole tone scales
  • Perform an etude or transcription
  • Perform one accompanied tune

Instrumental Jazz Performance - Percussion

Vibraphone

  • Scales (full range and including arpeggios) consisting of all major modes, altered dominant, Lydian dominant, diminished, diminished dominant and whole tone
  • Prepare one tune from the standard jazz repertory including melody, accompaniment and two improvised choruses

Drum Set

  • Prepare one tune from the standard jazz repertory improvising over form while interpreting melodic and harmonic information.
  • Sight read a rhythmic style etude or drum chart equivalent
  • Perform one time-keeping or solo transcription (transcribed and notated by student)

Department of Music Collaborative Pianist Rehearsal Policy

Students are fortunate to be able to work with professional pianists and need to respect their time.  Please adhere to the requirements below.

I.  Juries and convocation performances:  students need to give their pianist the music as early as possible and no later than two weeks before the first rehearsal. The first rehearsal should be no later than one week in advance of the performance.

For juries:  if a student does not follow the requirements above, then the student will be required to perform the jury in the following semester.  Any grading penalty is explained in the lesson syllabus.

For convocations:  if a student does not follow the requirements above, then the student will not be allowed to perform on the convocation.  Any grading penalty is explained in the lesson syllabus.

II.  Recitals:  students need to give their pianist the music as early as possible and no later than four weeks before the recital hearing.  The first rehearsal should be no later than two weeks in advance of the recital hearing.

If a student does not follow the requirements above they will be required to perform the recital the following semester.  Any grading penalty is explained in the lesson syllabus.

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