Applied Study Courses: Method of Evaluation

Jury Examination or Recital (60%):

  • Normally, there will be three faculty members on each jury or recital panel, including the student's instructor if at all possible.
  • Since teaching load credit for applied study is in proportion to the number of students taught, service on jury and/or recital panels should also be in proportion to the number of students taught. This means that applied instructors will normally be assigned to approximately three jury and/or recital panels per student taught. This ratio will not always be precise, because of individual faculty members' areas of expertise and availability in a given year, but the director will try to assign panels with regard the 3:1 ratio.
  • Instructors with applied expertise who do not have any applied students in a given semester will not be assigned to jury panels without their consent.
  • The jury examination or recital will consist of concert repertoire only. Specific repertoire requirements for the jury examination or recital in each instrumental area must be circulated to each student in the first week of classes in the "A" semester.
  • A student's instructor may alert the other panellists to relevant issues prior to the jury, including degree of difficulty or special technical challenges of the repertoire, especially if the panel includes faculty who do not play the instrument.
  • After the jury, panel members may read each other's comments and discuss their impressions and/or ask each other questions about the performance. However, they will not discuss the grade. Jury members will record and submit their grades independently to the School of Music office. Once the grades have been compiled, they will be available to instructors for checking.

Instructor's Assessment (40%):

  • In the "A" semester, the student will receive a "midterm" grade from the instructor as described in the grading guidelines for applied study courses.
  • At the end of the "B" semester, the instructor's assessment grade will be based on the entire year's work, not just the "B" semester.
  • Any requirements other than repertoire will be evaluated by the instructor as part of the 40% instructor's assessment. This includes technical requirements, studies, transposition, sight reading, orchestral excerpts, and program notes (445B). Individual instructors may choose to allocate a specific portion of their assessment grade for these requirements, and may determine the method of evaluation (for example, a technical exam at the end of one or both semesters, or weekly evaluation, or some combination of both).
  • Students must be notified in writing by the instructor at the beginning of the "A" semester of any non-repertoire requirements and of the method of evaluation that will determine the instructor's assessment grade.

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