Information for Current Students


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Accompanying Policy
   

Concert Attendance Requirements   

Concert Attire

Degree Check Sheets   

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 accompanist 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.)

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 lessons grade.)

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

4.   All assignments for student accompanists will be given by Heather Miller. Mrs. Miller will determine if she or a student will accompany any given performance.

5.   No substitute accompanists are permitted.

6.   Mrs. Miller will attend rehearsals between you and student accompanists when possible. Any problems between soloist and accompanist need to be brought to her attention so they can be resolved amicably and quickly.

7.   If you must miss a rehearsal, contact the accompanist in advance (or as soon after the missed rehearsal as possible if an emergency situation has occurred). Missed rehearsals will be rescheduled with good cause for the absence. Failure to attend a rehearsal without contacting your accompanist will result in an unaccompanied performance.

8.   Vocalists will provide song translations to accompanists within one week of giving music. If singing from opera or oratorio, scene synopses are also required.

9.  Vocalists may give their music and translations directly to Lan-Sin Lim, but student accompanists will still be assigned to perform with vocalists at the discretion of Mrs. Miller and the voice faculty. 


For Recitals:


Meet with Mrs. Miller to discuss accompanying for an upcoming recital; she will then coordinate with Miss Lim regarding vocal recitals. (Remember to bring the Recital Audition Permission Form with you so she can sign off on dates and locations.) Mrs. Miller will determine if she or a student will accompany all or parts of your recital. All music for the recital must be turned in no later than eight weeks prior to the recital audition.

Preparing for Senior/Junior Recitals:


1 hour weekly the semester of the student’s individual recital

Preparing for DPCs/VPCs –all students (majors & minors & others):

15 minutes the week before or of the week of the performance*


General Preparation:


Vocal performance majors and Music Education majors, for whom voice is his/her primary instrument, may rehearse with the accompanist up to a ½ hour weekly during both fall and spring semesters.

Preparing for Studio Recitals for the public – (These are not SPCs; a studio recital is when an instructor’s entire studio is going to present a concert and each students is performing 2-3 piece.s)

Each student may rehearse wit the accompanist ½ hour for 4 weeks leading up to the studio recital.

* It is at the discretion of Ms. Blue or Ms. Lim to decide if additional time is needed.

Concert Attendance Requirements


All music majors are required to attend 6 concerts per semester, of which 3 must be professional. The other three concerts may be student concerts, but these must be concerts in which the student is NOT participating. All music minors, who are enrolled in one of their four semesters of required lessons, must attend 4 concerts per semester, of which 2 must be professional. The other two concerts may be student concerts, but once again they cannot fulfill this requirement with a concert in which they are participating. Once minors have finished their four required semesters of lessons, they no longer have to turn in concert programs, even if they continue to take lessons for their own enjoyment.

Students should hand in these programs, with a music faculty member’s signature, at his/her jury for his/her primary instrument. (If the concert is an off-campus event, a program with ticket stub will be accepted.)  If a student should fail to do these reviews, their grade should reflect this. (One missed review can be made up the next semester, but two or three missed reviews may constitute dropping the grade a third of a letter grade.)


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)

Degree Check Sheets


All academic check sheets can be found by clicking here.

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.


Spring ‘12
:


Monday, January 23 - DPC

Monday, January 30 - SPC

Monday, February 6 - DPC

Monday, February 20 - SPC

Monday, March 5 - DPC

Monday, April 2 - DPC

Monday, April 16 - SPC

Monday, April 30 - Gate Juries for all Fr/Sop  

Juries


Fall Semester Juries:

TBA


Spring Semester Juries:

TBA


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 for Applied Music   

Percussion Jury Evaluation Form     

E-mail completed form to juries@mckendree.edu

Policies


Late Assignments:


Beginning in the fall of 2006, we instituted a departmental policy regarding late assignments. If a assignment is one 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 days late, it is docked 2 letter grades, and so on. Therefore, an A assignment which is 5 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 by clicking here.

Student Groups


Kappa Kappa Psi

MENC Collegiate Chapter

Recruiting Team