School of Music

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School of Music 
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

Phone: (502) 852-6907
Email: gomusic@louisville.edu
Web: louisville.edu/music
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About the School of Music

The University of Louisville School of Music offers the serious student of music an opportunity to study with distinguished faculty and to participate in a wide range of musical activities, both within the School and the community. Historically and philosophically, the School has had a profound impact on the cultural life of Louisville; its faculty and administration have provided much of the leadership and talent for such groups as the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera Association, the Louisville Bach Society, and the Chamber Music Society.

The goals of the School of Music are to train students for careers in music and to enhance the quality of life for the University and larger public through performances, compositions, research, and instruction. While pursuing their studies, students are exposed to a full schedule of concerts and recitals by world-renown artists and performers.

The School of Music, founded in 1932, has been located on the Belknap Campus since 1980 in a building which was designed and built specifically for music. It contains two recital halls, a 15,000 square-foot music library, forty-four teaching studios, seventy-six practice rooms, and three dance studios.

Music Administration

The complete and up-to-date list of Music leadership is located on the Music website at louisville.edu/music.

Faculty & Departmental Information

The complete and up-to-date lists of departments and faculty also are located on the School of Music website.

Advising Services

All School of Music students are advised by the Academic Counselor who assists with registration, monitors progress in courses required for their major, and reviews progress made toward completion of Upper Division course prerequisites.

Advising is required for all music students until they have completed all prerequisites for Upper Division courses (see the Upper Division Assessment on following section of this document; the Upper Division Assessment can also be found in each degree plan in the degree section of the catalog).  Students will be blocked from registration for classes until the advising requirement has been satisfied.

About the Program

The officials and instructors of the School of Music do not assume the responsibility of notifying students concerning the regulations of the School of Music or their particular status in regard to credits, requirements, or quality points. They are more than willing to inform them at any time they request the information. It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves in regard to grades, credits, requirements, quality points, and the regulations applying to students in the School of Music. The schedules, fees, and regulations specified are subject to change without notice. Any email communication with students will be on their university email only. Students must be responsible and check their university email on a daily basis.

Enrollment

In order to take music courses, students must be enrolled in the School of Music or have permission of the instructor.

Official notices

Students must respond to official notices issued by administrative boards or sent by individual letters. Failure to comply may lead to suspension from the school. During the semester, an instructor shall notify each student whose work is below the grade of C and shall report his/her name to the Dean.

Music Fees

All School of Music majors are charged a Student Music Fee each semester, pro-rated for part-time students. This fee helps to offset expenditures exclusively related to music majors including, but not limited to accompanists, technology and infrastructure, student activities, and student tickets to concerts. Of direct benefit to music students is the access to four, one-hour services each semester with a staff piano accompanist, the availability of half-hour, secondary instrument applied music lessons on a space available/permission of secondary and major teachers for four semesters, and free tickets provided to Louisville Ballet, Chamber Music Society, Kentucky Opera, Speed Concert Series, and Louisville Orchestra Classics events. Music minors and non-music majors approved to take applied lessons within the School of Music will be charged a Non-Music Major Applied Lesson Fee.

Music Requirements

Electives

Music electives in any Bachelor of Music degree should be chosen from courses in Music History, Music Theory/Composition, Music Education, Music Literature, Music Pedagogy, Music Therapy, Jazz, a secondary applied area, or a non-required ensemble. Courses beyond the degree requirement in the student’s major applied area or in the required major ensemble(s) are not appropriate.

For the Bachelor of Arts degree, in addition to the electives listed for the Bachelor of Music, applied music courses beyond the required four semesters are acceptable as music electives. MUH courses will not be accepted as music electives. School of Music students may count up to two one-hour Physical Education courses toward the general elective requirement.

Applied Music Lesson Credit

All full-time students pursuing a professional degree in music (with the exception of Music Therapy and Composition majors) will receive a one-hour private lesson per week in their major applied music subject, regardless of the number of credit hours allowed for the course.  Music Therapy majors are required to take 8 credits of study on their principal instrument. This can be done in 4 semesters of 1-hour lessons at 2 credits each, 8 semesters of half-hour lessons at 1 credit each, or a combination of the two. Composition majors take 4 semesters of 2-credit lessons and 4 semesters of 1-credit lessons. Students enrolled in the BA degree program will receive a minimum of a half-hour lesson per week in applied music for four semesters. In general, applied music courses require one hour of daily practice for each hour of credit.

Applied Music Teacher Assignment

Each entering student will be assigned to an applied music instructor. If the student prefers to choose his/her own teacher, every effort will be made to accommodate those students who wish to choose their own teachers.  If, for any reason, a student desires to change applied music teachers, the student’s request will be considered by the Concentration Coordinator in consultation with the Department Chair. In the event that the Concentration Coordinator is the student’s current applied teacher, the Department Chair will appoint another faculty member from the Concentration to consider the request.

Applied Music Grade Requirements

A student pursuing a degree in music who does not receive a grade of C-minus or above on their instrument or voice at the end of any semester must repeat that level. If a grade of C-minus or above is not received at the end of the next semester’s study, the student will not be allowed to continue study in the School of Music. Exceptions to this rule must be by written notice of faculty action.

Attendance at Area Meetings

Attendance is required at all Area Meetings for students in the area.  These are usually not weekly events, but held a few announced times during the semester. Non-area meeting weeks are reserved for studio master classes during that time.

Public Performance

Students are encouraged to be active in public performance and should consult their applied teacher in preparing for their performances.

Student Performance Requirement

Students taking applied lessons for 2 or 4 credit hours must perform at least once per semester in a public forum after receiving credit for their first semester of applied study. Such performances may be of the following types: convocation, area recital, major opera role, full or half solo recital, solo performance with a major ensemble, or other performance sanctioned in advance by the student’s instructor. Each performance must be included on the Repertory Record form submitted at the applied exam.

Applied Music Jury Examinations

Students requesting credit for applied music study, with the exception of Functional Study, shall be examined by a committee of the faculty at the end of each grading period. The means of assessment for Functional Study will be determined by the applied faculty member and clearly indicated in the syllabus. This includes students studying at the Functional or Secondary levels. Literature presented for examination may not be repeated in whole or in part at a subsequent examination. An exception may occur in areas that require a self-prepared work on the jury. In such cases, a self-prepared work presented at a jury may be repeated on a second jury if the work has been studied in detail at a later date with the teacher.

For the sophomore evaluation applied examination (students registered for MUS 202, MUS 204, MUS 206, MUS 212, MUS 214), each student must perform eleven minutes of music consisting of a minimum of three pieces of varying styles. If the length of the selected works will not allow three pieces to be heard within the allotted time, the student should consult with the applied teacher to select appropriate cuts or stopping points. If a composition has an accompaniment, it must be performed with accompaniment. At least one of the pieces on the jury must be with accompaniment (with the exception of keyboard instruments, guitar, and harp).

Faculty may grade their own students on all applied exams, including the Sophomore Applied Evaluations Examination.

Final Applied Grade

The applied instructor may set their own grading policy for the applied lesson but the weight of the jury grade should be no less than 30 percent and no more than 50 percent of the student’s final grade. Criteria for the applied lesson grade during the semester of the recital will be determined by the applied instructor and states on the syllabus.

Advanced-Standing Credit

Advanced-standing credit in any applied music subject (piano, voice, organ, guitar, band, or orchestral instruments) or in music theory will be granted only by examination, and then only after the student has satisfactorily pursued advanced work in that subject for one semester.

Upper Division Assessment

All students enrolled in a music degree program will be reviewed at the approximate midpoint of the selected program in order for students to achieve Upper Division status.  Students must meet the standards of this review to register for 400-level courses in music.  Both the elements and standards of the review are established by the faculty and include credit for Theory IV (MUS 242)  or Analysis (MUS 347 for BA General; MUS 349 for BA Jazz Studies; MUS 350 for BA Music and New Media;) MUS 361-01 Music Literature; 4 semesters of Applied Instrument at the course numbers required for the degree; Piano Proficiency Examination; MUS 97 Recital Attendance, with “S” for 4 semesters; Ensemble Participation; cumulative 2.5 GPA (good standing); minimum of 48 credit hours completed; pass ENGL 101 or ENGL 105 and 3 additional General Education/Cardinal Core courses.

Additional specific elements and standards appropriate to specific degree programs in jazz studies, music composition, music education, music history, instrumental and vocal performance, pedagogy, music theory, and music therapy are required of students in order to achieve Upper Division status and to continue in the degree program.  Specific degree requirements are determined by the concentration and area faculties and are outlined in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Participation in ensembles

The following are the guidelines by which undergraduate music students participate in ensembles:

1) All full-time undergraduate music majors are required to participate each semester in the principal ensemble designated for their primary instrument:

  • Strings: Symphony Orchestra
  • Woodwind, brass, or percussion: Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Marching Band*
  • Voice: Collegiate Chorale, University
  • Chorus*
  • Keyboard/Guitar: Any of the above dependent upon qualifications and/or interests*
  • Jazz: Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab, Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Vocal Jazz Ensemble*

* Specific ensemble assignment is solely dependent on the result of the ensemble audition.

Note: The principal ensemble is the only ensemble that can fulfill the ensemble requirement for each degree program.

Full-time students who fail to enroll for a major ensemble each semester will be in violation of the catalog and subject to academic action. A student who fails to register for the appropriate ensemble during a semester will be placed on immediate Academic Warning. If the student has failed to resolve the ensemble registration by the end of the semester, the student will be placed on Academic Probation. A student who fails to register for the appropriate ensemble in a second consecutive semester will, if the ensemble has not been added by the end of the first week of classes, be placed on immediate Academic Suspension.

2) For all part-time students, participation in a principal ensemble must keep pace with the number of hours accumulated. For each 15 hours completed, at least one credit hour must be in ensemble.

3) Full-time non-degree (special) students must participate in an appropriate principal ensemble. Part-time non-degree students are not required to do so.

4) Music Therapy equivalency students holding a degree in music (or with a bachelor’s degree in a different field, but whose transcripts indicate that they have taken eight ensembles), are not required to take an ensemble.

5) Under no circumstances will participation in amateur, semiprofessional, or professional organizations outside the University be substituted for the University requirement.

6) After achieving Upper Division status, the student may petition to have a different major ensemble substituted for the designated principal ensemble. The petition must be made prior to the ensemble auditions for the semester during which the substitution will take place.  Petitions for Fall semester substitutions will be due by April 21st of the preceding semester. Petitions for Spring semester substitutions will be due by October 21st of the preceding semester. The petition will be considered by the Ensemble Directors’ Committee, and the student will be notified of the committee’s decision prior to ensemble auditions. The committee will consider the following criteria, among others:

  • Student’s degree program
  • Needs of the ensembles

Note: Substitution for principal ensembles is considered an exception to the guidelines for ensemble participation. Petitions must be submitted for each semester of substitution.

7) Wind/brass/percussion principals enrolled in the Bachelor of Music (Pre-Certification-Instrumental) or Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree programs are required to fulfill two years of ensemble performance in the Marching Band. Entering students will be expected to fulfill this requirement during the freshman and sophomore years. Transfer students will be required to fulfill a minimum of one year. A second year may be required based upon evaluation of the transcript. Woodwind, brass and percussion principals are also recommended to complete one semester of a major jazz ensemble.

Major ensembles: The following ensembles are designated as major ensembles with students eligible for one (1) hour of credit for participation. They are open to all qualified students of the University after consultation with the director.

  • Black Diamond Choir
  • Collegiate Chorale
  • Community Band
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Lab
  • Jazz Repertory Ensemble
  • New Music Ensemble
  • Early Music Ensemble
  • Marching Band (Fall only)
  • Opera Theatre
  • Pep Band (Spring only)
  • Singing Cardsmen
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Symphonic Band
  • University Chorus
  • Vocal Jazz Ensembles
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Wind Symphony

Minor ensembles: The following ensembles are designated as minor ensembles providing students with one-half (0.5) hour of credit for participation. These are open to all qualified students of the University after consultation with the director.

Chamber Ensembles
Students register for chamber ensemble under the section number assigned to the faculty member coaching the group.

  • Brass
  • Brass Chamber Music
  • Clarinet
  • Flute
  • Harp
  • Historical Instruments
  • Piano
  • String
  • Woodwinds

Conducted Ensembles

  • Community Band
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Horn Ensemble
  • Irish Music Ensemble
  • Instrumental Jazz Combo
  • Jazz Improvisation
  • Opera Workshop
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Historical Brass Ensemble
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Techla
  • Trumpet Ensemble
  • Trombone Ensemble
  • Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Cardinal Singers is an ensemble open to all qualified students of the University after consultation with the director yielding one-half (0.5) hour of credit.

Recital Attendance Requirements

All undergraduate music students must enroll in and complete six semesters of MUS 97 Recital Attendance. To receive the grade of S/Satisfactory for this required non-credit course, each undergraduate student must attend a minimum of twelve (12) convocations or recitals for each of the six enrollments in MUS 97.  Students are encouraged to attend concerts over and above the twelve required events, both on and off campus.

The grade will be determined as follows:

  • Attend 12 or more = S (Satisfactory)
  • Attend 9-11 = I (Incomplete)
  • Attend less than 9 = U (Unsatisfactory)

The grade of I (Incomplete) must be made up the following semester by attending double the number of recitals/concerts missed to attain the grade of S. If the Incomplete is not made up the following semester, the Incomplete will lapse to the grade of U and the entire semester of Recital Attendance must be repeated to earn the required credit. No petitions will be considered.

Designated recitals and concerts include the following:

  • Thursday convocations—students may count a maximum of 7 (seven) Thursday convocations per semester toward their Recital Attendance requirement.
  • Faculty recitals
  • Senior or master’s degree recitals
  • School of Music concerts given by the school’s major ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Early Music Ensemble, Opera Theater, Collegiate Chorale, New Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Repertory Ensemble or Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, University Chorus)
  • A maximum of four concerts given by the school’s minor ensembles (Piano/String/Woodwind/Brass/Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Combo, Clarinet/Flute/Guitar/Harp/Horn/Irish Music/Percussion/Historical Brass/Saxophone/TECHLA/Trombone/ Trumpet/Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles, Community Band, Opera Workshop)
  • Student composer concerts
  • One musicale per semester sponsored by Delta Omicron
  • One musicale per semester sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha
  • Guest artist recitals
  • New Music Festival

A minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 of the 12 required recital attendance credits must be obtained by attending live professional concerts outside those presented exclusively by University of Louisville faculty and students. These attendance credits may come from any of the following: Louisville Orchestra, Kentucky Opera, Louisville Ballet, Chamber Music Society of Louisville, Choral Arts Society, Kentucky Center Chamber Players, Hattie Bishop Speed Endowed Series, Ceruti Chamber Players, the Louisville Jazz Society, and all concerts for which the student music fee provides student tickets.

Students are also encouraged to attend other live professional concerts, including those outside the Louisville area, and performances given in conjunction with professional conferences such as ACDA, KMEA, CBDNA, CODA, and MTOUL. The instructor of record may approve credit for such concerts upon written request by the student or a faculty member.

In order to receive credit for these concerts, a student must submit a ticket stub (except in the case of a free concert) and program to the Instructor of Record for MUS 97.  The student’s name and ID number must be clearly written on the ticket stub and program submitted, and the ticket stub and program must be submitted within one week of the performance date.

Students may not receive recital attendance credit for convocations or other performances in which they participate as a performer.

Public Recitals

School of Music students may schedule recitals any day when the recital halls are free and the building is open, provided they have the approval of their instructor and the necessary signatures of appropriate faculty for grading when applicable. Before a student schedules a recital, the student must obtain a syllabus from the applied teacher. The syllabus will outline the following steps:

Guidelines for Senior and Graduate Performance Degree Recitals

  1. A completed Recital Reservation Form, along with payment of recital fees, must be submitted to the Facilities Coordinator, within two weeks of the time a recital date is tentatively reserved, or the date will be released. This form must include:
    1. The applied teacher’s signature
    2. The names and signatures of all performers (except for composition recitals)
    3. The names and signatures of the recital committee.
    4. The specific repertoire.
      1. Performance and pedagogy degree recitals are expected to show the performer's musical maturity and versatility. A degree recital program must be approved by the student's applied instructor. Minimum recital lengths will be determined by the appropriate area faculty and indicated on all applied syllabi.
      2. For composition degree recitals, all works must be by the student presenting the recital. Performance time must be a minimum of 50 minutes.
      3. Practicums by Master of Music candidates in conducting must be a minimum of 30 minutes. In some cases, it may be necessary to consider a conducting practicum a cumulative effort including performances from more than one concert, with a minimum of 30 minutes of music.
  2. The recital committee shall consist of a minimum of three faculty members:
    1. The student’s applied teacher
    2. An additional faculty member from the student’s applied area.
    3. a faculty member from a different concentration in either department.

      At least one member of a graduate recital committee must be a Senior Member of the Graduate Faculty. The committee will hear the recital and grade it.
  3. Recital Approval Process:
    1. For performance and pedagogy degree recitals, a recital hearing will be required at least four weeks in advance of the recital date, to be heard by the applied teacher plus two other faculty members. The student, in consultation with the applied teacher, is responsible for arranging the hearing. The student must bring a Recital Hearing Form and a listing of the recital program to the hearing. After the hearing, the applied teacher will immediately submit the completed form to the Academic Counselor to confirm the recital date.
    2. For composition degree recitals, the student must show all scores and parts to the private teacher and one other composition faculty member, who will verify that all necessary materials are complete and of an acceptable quality for rehearsal and performance. This review committee must sign the Composition Recital Approval Form, which must include the names of all performers, at least four weeks in advance of the recital date. The student is responsible for obtaining the necessary signatures by the designated date, and the private teacher is responsible for submitting the form to the Academic Counselor to confirm the recital date.
    3. For conducting practicums, the hearing shall consist of attendance at rehearsal(s) of the ensemble(s) preparing the practicum by the applied teacher plus two other faculty members between one and three weeks in advance of the recital date. The student, in consultation with the applied teacher, is responsible for disseminating a rehearsal schedule to members of the hearing committee. The student must bring a Recital Hearing Form and a listing of the recital program to the rehearsal(s). After the hearing, the applied teacher will immediately submit the completed form to the Academic Counselor to confirm the recital date.
  4. All students presenting degree recitals are required to write program notes, except students presenting junior recitals. Piano Pedagogy students using the lecture recital option may substitute an appropriate hand-out. For vocal works, the program must also include the original texts and English translations. Program notes must be reviewed at least five weeks before the recital date by the applied teacher and one other faculty member. The program notes must receive approval by both reviewers (on the Program Information Sheet) before being submitted for printing.
  5. At least three weeks in advance of the recital date, the student must submit a completed Program Information Sheet, with the appropriate signatures, along with a complete recital program and approved program notes (including texts and translations for vocal works), to the Publications and Media Relations Office for printing. The student must submit the recital program and program notes electronically, in the format specified by the Publications and Media Relations office, along with a typed hard copy.
  6. The student must be enrolled in applied lessons (or conducting seminar for conducting practicums) during the semester in which the recital is presented.
  7. The student is guaranteed at least three hours of rehearsal in the appropriate recital hall.

Guidelines for Instrumental and Piano Performance Junior Degree Recitals

  1. A junior recital for the Instrumental Performance degree should be approximately 30 minutes in length and include two or more works by different composers and represent a diversity of styles.
  2. The recital committee shall consist of a minimum of three faculty members:
    1. The student’s applied teacher
    2. An additional faculty member from the student’s applied area
    3. A faculty member who may be from the student’s applied area or from an outside area.
  3. A completed Recital Reservation Form, along with payment of recital fees, must be submitted to the Facilities Coordinator, within two weeks of the time a recital date is tentatively reserved, or the date will be released. This form must include:
    1. The applied teacher’s signature
    2. The names and signatures of all performers
    3. The names and signatures of the recital committee, if one is required
    4. the specific repertoire 
  4. At least three weeks in advance of the recital, the student must:
    1. Submit a Recital Approval Form, signed by the applied teacher, to the Academic Counselor to confirm the date
    2. Submit a completed Program Information Sheet with the applied teacher’s signature, along with a complete recital program, to the Publications and Media Relations Office, along with a typed hard copy
  5. If the student wishes to include program notes (not required for instrumental performance junior degree recitals), they must also be submitted electronically, along with a typed hard copy at least three weeks in advance of the recital. All program notes must be approved by the applied teacher.
  6. The student must be enrolled in applied lessons during the semester in which the recital is presented.
  7. The student is guaranteed at least three hours of rehearsal in the appropriate recital hall.

Guidelines for Non-Degree Recitals

  1. A non-degree recital may be a full recital (performance time must be a minimum of 50 minutes) or a shared recital (each participant's performance time must be a minimum of 25 minutes).
  2. A completed Recital Reservation Form, along with payment of recital fees, must be submitted to the Facilities Coordinator within two weeks of the time a recital date is tentatively reserved, or the date will be released. This form must include:
    1. The applied teacher’s signature
    2. The names and signatures of all performers
    3. The specific repertoire.   
  3. At least three weeks in advance of the recital, the student must:
    1. Submit a Recital Approval Form, signed by the applied teacher, to the Academic Counselor to confirm the recital date
    2. Submit a completed Program Information Sheet with the applied teacher’s signature, along with a complete recital program, to the Publications and Media Relations Office for printing. The student must submit the recital program electronically in the format specified by the Publications and Media Relations Office, along with a typed hard copy.
  4. If the student wishes to include program notes (not required for non-degree recitals), they must also be submitted electronically, along with a typed hard copy at least three weeks in advance of the recital. All program notes must be approved by the applied teacher.
  5. The student must be enrolled in applied lessons during the semester in which the recital is presented.
  6. The student is guaranteed at least three hours of rehearsal in the appropriate recital hall.

Additional Guidelines For All Recitals

  1. A required recital of a minimum of 30 minutes of music may take the place of the jury at the end of the semester in which the recital is given. In semesters involving the Sophomore Exam, whether such substitution be allowed will be determined by the applied area.
  2. Such recitals must be announced and open to the general public. Unless prior approval is granted by the faculty of the applied area, such recitals must be at the School of Music.
  3. Students may refer to the Recital Guidelines Packets (available online or in the Dean’s Office) for recital-related procedures including date/hall reservations, deadlines, hearing and recital committee personnel, and recital fees.

Teaching

Students wishing to teach should confer with their applied teacher.

Note: Teaching in the Music Building is strictly prohibited except under the auspices of the Community Music Program or collegiate programs of the School of Music.

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