Information for Current Students


Table of Contents


Accompanying Policy

Concert Attire

DPC's & SPC's

Juries

Policies

Practice Expectations

Recitals

Student Groups

Ensemble Teacher Evaluation Forms

MBB Student Information

Permission Slip for Scheduling Conflicts

Tips for Success at McK


Accompanying Policy


For Departmental Performance Classes (DPC’s):

1. Music must be given to accompanists three weeks prior to DPC performance.
(The difficulty of the music is not a factor in the deadline for turning in music, but rather the time required to schedule adequate rehearsal time; therefore an “easy” accompaniment still cannot be turned in later than three weeks before the performance date.)

Accompanists will keep a record of when they receive it and the instructors will also keep a record of when they assigned the piece.  That way the instructors will know if there is an issue with the student not getting the music to the accompanists in a timely manner and then the accompanists will let the instructors know.

2. Failure to acquire an accompanist for an accompanied piece means not performing that piece on the DPC. (And not performing on the DPC affects your applied grade and Performance lab grade.)

3. Students must meet with the accompanist at least once prior to performance. The accompanist can request additional rehearsal time with you prior to the DPC if needed.

4. No substitute accompanists are permitted.

5. If a student must miss a rehearsal, the accompanist must be contacted in advance (or as soon after the missed rehearsal as possible if an emergency situation has occurred).  Missed rehearsals will only be rescheduled if there was good cause for the absence.  Failure to attend a rehearsal without contacting the accompanist may result in a cancellation of the student’s appearance on the DPC and will definitely result in the student working for the music department to make up for the absence.  

6. Vocalists should also provide song translations to accompanists.

7. If a piano instructor feels it would beneficial for a student pianist to accompany another student in a performance, the accompanist and the teacher of that student soloist must be consulted before the idea is presented to the student pianist. The steps are as follows: 1) The staff accompanist should be consulted first. 2) Then the staff accompanist will consult with the teacher of student soloist to insure that the student accompanist is acceptable. 3) If approval is given, the student pianist/accompanist may then be given the music.  (Student accompanists may play only for minors and those students taking for their own enrichment.  The staff accompanists will play for all majors.)

8. The staff accompanist will attend rehearsals between the student performer and the student accompanist when possible. Any problems between soloist and accompanist need to be brought to the staff accompanists’ attention so the problem can be resolved amicably and quickly.

For Recitals:

Meet with your accompanist to discuss accompanying for an upcoming recital.  Remember to bring the Recital Audition Permission Form with you so they can sign off on dates and locations.  All music for the recital must be turned in no later than eight weeks prior to the recital audition.  (The eight weeks must occur within the semester, not during summer or winter breaks.)

Staff Accompanists:

Melissa Ray – instrumentalists

Brett Klaus – vocalists

 

Concert Attire


Chamber and Concert Choirs:

Men:

Black shoes

Black socks

Black slacks

Black belt

Choir robe

Women:

Black, closed toe shoes

Black/nude hose or knee highs or black socks

Black slacks (not black jeans or leggings)

Choir robe

Concert Band:

Men:

Black suits

Black belt

White dress shirt

Black tie

Black socks

Black shoes

Women:

Black blouses – sleeves must be at the elbow or below

Long black skirts (down to the top of your foot) or long black slacks (no black jeans or leggings)

Black/nude hose (knee-highs are fine)

Black closed toe shoes

Percussion Ensemble:

Men:

Black dress shirt (no polo shirts/t shirts)

Black slacks

Black belt

Black socks

Black shoes

Women:

Black blouses (sleeve at the elbow or below)

Black slacks (no black jeans or leggings)

Black socks/hose

Black closed toe shoes

Instrumental Jazz Ensembles:

Men:

Black dress shirt & black tie

Black slacks

Black belt

Black socks

Black shoes

Women:

Black blouses (sleeve at the elbow or below)

Black slacks (no black jeans or leggings)

Black socks/hose

Black closed-toe shoes

Vocal Jazz Ensemble:

Men:

Black dress shirt & white tie

Black slacks

Black belt

Black socks

Black shoes

Women:

Fancy, black dress (should not be overly revealing)

 

Departmental Performance Class (DPC)

Studio Performance Class (SPC)


All DPC's will be in the Hett Auditorium, unless noted.


All music majors are required to attend both DPCs and SPCs. DPCs are purely performances while SPCs are to be similar to master classes with students commenting constructively on performances and instructors leading the class. These classes will take place in the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts or in Bothwell Chapel on Mondays at 5:00 pm. (Please see the schedule below.)

Voice majors should note that there are also VPCs (Vocal Performance Classes) and Mrs. Harres will announce that schedule.

All majors must perform on their primary instrument at a DPC at least once a semester. All students should perform several times on SPCs.


Juries


You must fill out the Instrumental Jury Form. Please click on the link below to download them. Times will be posted about a week or two before Juries.

Jury Evaluation Form for Brass, Woodwind and Percussion Students

Please bring 2 copies of your Evaluation Form to your jury.

Policies


Late Assignments:

Beginning in the Fall of 2006, we instituted a departmental policy regarding late assignments. If a assignment is one school day late, it will be marked down one letter grade, for example an A assignment would receive a B, etc. If the assignment is 2 school days late, it is docked 2 letter grades, and so on. Therefore, an A assignment which is 5 school days late, will receive a failing grade. If there are extenuating circumstances, such as illness or an emergency, then it is understood that the professor will deal with the situation appropriately.

Attendance Policy:

Students are expected to be on time to every class and rehearsal. Success as a music student can only come by being full prepared to learn.

Academic Honesty:

The Music Department follows the University policy on this. Anyone caught cheating or plagiarizing will be documented.

0 Credit:

Full-Time Status as a student is between 12-18 hours. In order to stay within this frame, ensembles can be taken for 0.0 hour as long as they are taken for a grade.

Practice Expectations


Students taking applied lessons at McKendree University can be divided into five groups: Music Performance (Classical & Jazz) Majors, Music Education Majors, Music History/Church Music/Music Marketing Majors, Music Minors and those who are not majors or minors.

Students who are majoring in Performance (classical or jazz) receive an hour lesson each week and are expected to practice a minimum of 2 hours a day, at least 6 days a week.

Students who are majoring in Music Education and Church Music receive a half hour lesson each week and should practice a minimum of 1-1 ½ hours a day on their primary instrument, at least 6 days a week.

Students majoring in Music History and Music Marketing receive a half hour lesson each week and should practice a minimum of 1 hour a day, at least 6 days a week.

Students minoring in music receive a half hour lesson each week and are expected to practice a minimum of 30 minutes a day, at least 6 days a week.

Students, who are studying for their own enjoyment or in order to improve their ensemble skills, receive a half hour lesson each week and are expected to practice 20-30 minutes a day, at least 6 days a week.

Scales and Technique: In addition to studying repertoire, all students are expected to learn their scales. All music students should be able to play and/or sing all major/minor scales, chords and arpeggios. Vocalists should know the solfege tonal patterns also. It is also highly recommended that the students develop their technique through various exercises which are appropriate to their instrument.

Recital Information


Download the Recital Form

 

Student Groups


Kappa Kappa Psi

MENC Collegiate Chapter

Recruiting Team