General Information 1.5

1.5.            General Information for Music Students

Music Use Fee Card and Applied Music Fee and Registration

All music students must pay a music use fee and an applied lesson fee in order to complete registration in the School of Music & Dance. Pick up a copy of the applied music registration form, which enables you to get the permission code to sign up for applied lessons. You must pay the music use fee and obtain your instructor’s signature BEFORE the office will release the code. Bring the Music Use Fee card with signatures and the completed, signed Applied Music Registration form to the School office and you will be given the appropriate permission code for your applied lessons. Applied lessons must be added no later than the end of the second week of instruction.

Drop/Add Courses

You may drop and add courses through MySJSU during the period of time indicated in the on-line Schedule of Classes. To add, get a permission number from the instructor when you attend the class, and enter it along with the class number. To drop, follow directions for dropping during the first week. If you do not attend the first class meeting the instructor also has the option to drop you. Dropping or adding after the given period will require paperwork, signatures and possible fees. Get paperwork from Admissions and Records in the Student Services Center.

Scholarship Recipients

See the School Accounting Technician in room 165 for information concerning scholarships. You must adhere to the contract requirements of your scholarship in order to continue to receive it. All students receiving a named endowed scholarship MUST write a thank you letter to the donor. 

Auditions and Placement Exams

  1. Program admission: All prospective students must audition for admission into the appropriate applied area of the music program in all degrees. Live auditions are held on three Saturdays in late January through early March. Consult the auditions portion of the website for exact dates and times. If distance is prohibitive for a live audition, a high quality unedited DVD recording may be submitted. This DVD must be received no later than February 15 for Fall admission and November 15 for Spring admission. At that time, students will be advised into the appropriate degree program, if admitted, based on the audition as well as the career objective of the student.
  2. Ensemble auditions are held during the days prior to classes starting and during the first week of classes. Consult the Schedule of Classes and the ensemble director for the times and places.
  3. Freshmen must complete a Music Systems/Theory placement exam during the first class meeting of Music 1A or Music 9.
  4. Piano proficiency exams for those who have taken piano are held during the two days before classes start. Consult the Schedule of Classes for dates, times, and places. See 2.9 requirements.

Voice Majors

Voice majors can change teachers only once. Consult the area coordinator and your current applied instructor for procedures. 

Contract Design for B.A. Students

The Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree is a liberal arts degree allowing maximum flexibility for the student to shape a course of study. Students must meet with the Music Advisor to determine what courses will be taken in addition to the required core and support courses. These courses will lead to a culminating senior project. Applied lessons are optional in the  degree and are only allowed with permission of the Area Coordinator and the School Director.

Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance, Composition, Jazz Studies and Music Education

The Bachelor of Music is a professional degree that is screened by audition only. Students interested in the Bachelor of Music in Performance, Composition, or Jazz studies should express interest at the first audition and follow instructions given by the respective applied faculty and music advisor. Admission to these programs after the second semester for freshmen or first semester for transfers will not be allowed. Note that ALL requirements and units for the BM degrees must be met.  See catalog or advisement sheets for concentration requirements in Performance, Jazz Studies Composition, and Music Education. 

Advising Procedure

Attend the advising orientation. All new students must be advised during the first semester either at the orientation meeting or individually. Make an appointment with your major advisor by signing the sheet on his/her door or call for an appointment by phone. Check with the main Music Office for name of your current advisor. Bring advisement sheets and transcripts from other schools if you are a transfer student. If you are not advised, a hold flag will be placed on your record which can only be lifted by the department office AFTER you have been advised. All new students should be advised as soon as possible. For transfer students, GE assessments will be sent during the first semester of enrollment. If you are especially uncertain about GE requirements, make an appointment with the GE assessment center. Make sure you take the WST (Writing Skills Test) before your junior year or as soon as possible upon transfer. Details are available in the Schedule of Classes or the Testing Evaluation Center. Continuing students should be advised at least once a year and must certify graduation requirements three semesters before graduation. 

Academic Standards

Music students are encouraged to maintain high academic standards and level of applied performance. While an average of “C” in all major course work is required, students are encouraged to maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA in order to meet minimum standards for many graduate schools. (Note that a minimum grade of “C-“ must be met in all music courses.) All students will be required to pass jury examinations in respective applied areas at the end of each semester. Failure to pass these examinations will result in probation or possible dismissal from the program. Students are encouraged to attend the many live faculty and student performances available on campus and in the greater Bay area.

Program admission:  All prospective students must audition for admission into the appropriate applied area of  the music program in all degrees.  Live auditions are held on three Saturdays in late January through early March.  Consult the auditions portion of the website for exact dates and times.  If distance is prohibitive for a live audition, a high quality unedited DVD recording may be submitted.  This DVD must be received no later than February 15 for fall admission and November 15 for spring admission.   At that time, students will be advised into the appropriate degree program, if admitted, based on the audition as well as the career objective of the student.