Concerts and Recitals 6.5 - 6.6

6.5.            Senior/Graduate Recitals

Performance in a senior recital is the culmination of four years of applied music study. Bachelor of Arts in Music students are encouraged to present their half recital with another senior. Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts students with a performance emphasis shall perform a full solo recital. 


  1. No later than the beginning of the fall semester of the senior/graduate year, the student, in consultation with the coordinator and the applied instructor, should decide on a recital date.
  2. Submit a Recital Concert Hall Reservation Form to the School of Music & Dance. A $30 program fee (non-refundable) and $100 cleaning/security deposit (refundable) must be submitted at the time of reserving your recital dates.
  3. As early as possible, the student should secure an accompanist with the aid of the individual teacher and the Coordinator of Keyboard studies.
  4. At least two months before the recital date the student should pick up a Senior Recital Comprehensive Schedule from the school office and begin to make final preparations for the recital.
  5. The selection of the recital date constitutes a contract for that date with the School. Due to scheduling and publicity complexities, the School discourages any changes. If the School approves of any date change, there will be a $30 fee levied. Consult the School office for the current recital fee schedule.
  6. School policy requires that all senior recitals or projects be presented on the SJSU campus. Any exceptions must be presented to the School faculty for approval.
  7. A student is permitted to sign into Music 182 – Senior Recital only during the semester the recital will be completed. B.A. students must enroll in 182 to complete the senior project.
  8. The School will assign a two-member faculty committee which will include the appropriate applied faculty to evaluate and grade the senior recital.
  9. If a student enrolls in Senior Recital and does not complete the recital, a “no credit” will be assigned. No incompletes are granted for Senior Recitals. The student must re-enroll in Music 182 during the next semester that the recital is attempted. 

6.6.            Senior Recital Hearings

All BM Music Education, BM Jazz Studies, and BM Performance students performing a senior recital must complete the following: 

  1. Arrange for a faculty recital hearing no later than one month prior to the recital date. Note that scheduling a hearing does not constitute passing a hearing. Not passing a hearing will result in a delay or postponement of the recital. It is imperative that all literature be ready for performance at this hearing date.
  2. Contact each faculty member on your committee to confirm their attendance at the hearing.
  3. Reserve a room for the hearing with the School office no later than one month prior to the hearing.
  4. Please clear any assisting musicians with your applied studio instructor. Any students performing on a senior recital must play at a senior level or higher.
  5. All musicians who will be performing on the recital must play the recital hearing.
  6. If any special instruments are needed, including harpsichord or organ, make arrangements to have these instruments available at your hearing.
  7. Please provide at least one copy of the solo part for all literature to be performed for the committee members.
  8. A typed copy of the exact program should be submitted to the committee at the time of your hearing. This should include the exact order of the program, titles of movements, all assisting musicians, and birth and death dates of the composers. This should be exactly as it will appear on your concert program. For Music Education students sharing a recital, your program order should be coordinated prior to the hearing, with one form submitted with both programs.
  9. Translations for voice and program notes must be prepared, duplicated, and inserted by the student.
  10. Senior recital fees must be paid prior to the performance. If fees are not paid, programs will not be made available during the evening of the performance.