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Boyer College Policies for Music Students
Please see Undergraduate Academic Policies. Students are responsible for complying with all university-wide academic policies as well as those of the Boyer College of Music and Dance that appear below.
Each fall and spring semester, those undergraduates who have met the credit hour and academic criteria for their school or college are placed on the Dean's List. See the Dean's List policy for specific GPA and credit-hour requirements.
Band Camp and Choir Retreat Policy
Each fall, prior to the opening of school, the Temple University Marching Band holds its annual band camp. In addition to having a concentrated four-day work period to prepare for the coming season, students get to know each other in both a working and social relationship. They also become acquainted with the group directors at both the personal and professional levels. Attendance at band camp is mandatory for group participation.
The Temple University Concert Choir often meets a few days prior to fall classes or during the first weekend of fall classes for extensive rehearsals.
Independent Study Policy
Independent Study provides a special opportunity for juniors and seniors to work in a highly-individualized setting with one or more faculty members.
Those who wish to design an Independent Study project must prepare a written proposal six months in advance of the semester in which the study is to be accomplished. This proposal is then submitted for the approval of a special Honors subcommittee of the Academic Planning and Review Committee, which includes the dean and associate dean. Private lessons beyond those required in the curriculum are not an appropriate form of Independent Study.
Professional Development Policy
All students in the college, in addition to passing the required subjects toward their degrees, are obligated to serve in a number of capacities in order to enrich their academic and musical expertise. The Boyer College believes that such experiences give impetus to successful professional careers. Among the duties that may be required are conducting laboratory classes, tutoring, teaching private lessons, coaching, participating in the distribution and inventory control of university-owned musical instruments and instructional materials, participating in ensembles, accompanying, supervising performance classes, performing at admission and open house events, and other academically-related activities. The Boyer College performances must be given priority over non-college commitments.
Instrumental Jury Policy
All instrumental students, both performance majors and instrumental concentration students, must play a jury at the conclusion of each semester to show evidence of progress on their instrument. For string performance majors, the jury at the end of the sophomore year is the 'Junior Standing Jury,' which must be successfully passed in order for the student to continue in the performance program.
Recital and Concert Attendance Policy
The dean and faculty of the Boyer College of Music and Dance consider recital and concert attendance to be a significant educational activity in the training of a musician. It is largely through the process of active listening that the young musician develops powers of discrimination and critical judgment with relation to musical performance. Therefore, attendance at a minimum of sixteen college recitals or concerts throughout the course of an academic year is mandatory for full-time undergraduate students. Part-time, matriculated undergraduate students are also responsible for attending a specific number of concerts in a direct ratio to the number of credits for which they are registered. During student teaching, therapy internship, or senior recital, this requirement is waived. A maximum of 56 recitals is needed to complete the requirement. The requirement for full-time transfer students will be based on the number of semesters they attended the Boyer College. Failure to comply with this ruling may result in delay of graduation from the college.
Senior Recital Policy
Students in the following curriculums are required to perform a senior recital: Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Instrumental Performance, Voice Performance, Jazz Instrumental Performance, Jazz Voice Performance, and Jazz Arranging/Composition. The senior recital provides the opportunity for the performance major to display his or her development and potential as a professional musician and should be considered the focal point for the semesters of private lessons which precede it. Before the senior recital is scheduled, the student (1) must have successfully completed private lessons during each semester prior to the recital and (2) must have achieved senior status academically. All grades of "incomplete" in private lessons must be cleared before the student may apply for the senior recital. Students should refer to the Boyer College of Music and Dance Undergraduate Handbook for further details and policies governing recitals.
After receiving approval from the jury and the major teacher in the applied area, a student should apply for the Senior Recital date and complete the necessary recital arrangements through the recital coordinator.
For students enrolled in the Instrumental Studies Department, the recital approval jury serves to demonstrate the student's ability to perform the degree recital successfully. Normally, this occurs at the preceding semester's jury. If by departmental approval this jury does not occur, then a jury must be scheduled at least four weeks prior to the recital. If the jury is not successfully completed by that time, the Instrumental Studies Department reserves the right to cancel the recital date. Most of the recital repertoire, with the exception of chamber ensemble works, should be available for performance at the jury and accompanied by the recital accompanist. Recital approval is dependent upon the time remaining between the approval jury and the actual recital date, as well as the degree of preparedness of the repertoire.
Except for non-sonata and complicated contemporary repertoire, string performance majors should perform from memory (and the recital program should include some portion that will be performed from memory). Students who wish an exception to this memorization policy must obtain prior approval from the department by indicating the request on the recital repertoire form when it is submitted to the department for approval of the program.
Senior Recitals are usually presented Monday through Friday at 5:15 PM or 7:30 PM. Performance time should be 45 to 50 minutes, exclusive of an optional intermission of no more than 10 minutes.
Recital Extension Policy
Some students may need to extend their applied study beyond the required number of semesters in order to complete the preparation for the Senior Recital. Students who do not present a recital during the recital semester will receive the grade of "Incomplete" and must register for Music 5000: Recital Extension for 2 semester hours of non-degree credit. Recital Extension must be taken each semester until the recital has been presented. The sole exceptions to this rule are as follows:
Program Performance Policy
All music departments reserve the right to dismiss an undergraduate student at any time from a given undergraduate degree program, regardless of grade point average, if in the opinion of the major department, he or she is unable to meet departmental standards. The decision will receive automatic review by the Academic Review and Planning Committee. The student has the right to appeal the dismissal to the Academic Review and Planning Committee of the Boyer College of Music and Dance.
Undergraduate Private Lesson Policy
Weekly one-hour private lessons are arranged for full-time matriculated undergraduates in the Boyer College for as many semesters as required by the particular curriculum. (A full-time student must be registered for at least 12 credits each semester.) A per semester lesson fee of $200 (subject to change without notice) -- above and beyond the regular tuition -- will be automatically added to the tuition charge of each student for this study. Students who do not complete a minimum of 12 semester hours must pay a private lesson fee of $400 for the succeeding semester of private lessons. Students who are accepted for a double concentration or a double major in performance must be fully accepted by both departments by audition. A private lesson fee of $400 is assessed for the second instrument. Approval of the associate dean is required for all students desiring a double major or double concentration. Tuition scholarships granted by the Boyer College do not cover the private lesson fees.
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