Dr. Randall Sulton, Coordinator
All non-elective applied lesson students in the keyboard division will attend the studio class offered by their instructor. These studio classes will be offered on Fridays from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the JGMB Recital Hall. Students enrolled in elective applied lessons will participate in studio classes only as assigned by the instructor.
General Student Recitals
See the Recitals and Concerts section of the Music Student Handbook.
A jury examination is a brief performance venue in which a student performs before a panel of music faculty. All students enrolled in applied piano for non-elective credit (MUSI __45 or MUSI__46) will perform a jury at the end of each semester of study, except for the semester(s) in which they present a recital.
The instructor may require students enrolled for elective credit (MUSI __41, MUSI __42, or MUSI __61) to perform a jury, but the applied teacher may choose to use a different evaluation procedure in lieu of a jury.
The jury panel consists of the keyboard faculty. The student's instructor must be present for the jury. The semester grade will be assigned by the student's instructor, but that grade may not be more than one grade above or below the jury panel average grade.
Students will provide repertoire sheets that provide a comprehensive description of the materials studied that semester. The jury panel will select at random the literature to be performed. Repertoire sheets must be computer-generated from the online template.
Performance Major Audition
An audition for admission to the Piano Performance Major on the BM Degree is required of all interested students and is administered no earlier than at the completion of the second semester of study. Students are encouraged to discuss audition plans with their advisor and private instructor prior to scheduling an audition. To complete the audition, the student must perform a jury examination as described above. However, the jury will be extended to provide additional time for the panel to be more exhaustive in their requests for repertoire and take time to dialogue with the student about his or her performance goals, practice habits, career goals, and other pertinent topics. The jury will be approximately 30 minutes in length. The student will provide a comprehensive jury repertoire sheet which indicates all literature studied at the college level at ETBU and any other institutions as well.
The majority of the jury panel will determine if the student passes or fails this audition, but these results will in no way affect the jury grade.
The jury will reach one of the following conclusions at the end of each Performance Major Audition:
Pass: The student is allowed to declare a Piano Performance Major.
Failure: The student is not allowed to declare a Piano Performance Major. The panel will address specific reasons for this decision and will advise the student to seek another music major on the Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Arts degree. Students are allowed to re-audition at the end of any subsequent semester.
Appropriate repertoire, encompassing different styles and genres and reflecting increasingly difficult demands on musicality and technique, will be assigned by the instructor. For a representative list of graded repertoire, piano majors are referred to their applied syllabus.
Secondary Performance Area
Each music major on the BA and BM degree requires three credit hours (1 credit hour for three semester) of study in the secondary area. Piano majors should discuss their choice with their advisor. All non-keyboard majors are required to take Class Piano I, II, and III.