Grading Guidelines for Applied Juries, Recitals and Evaluations

Juries and Recitals for Music 140B, 141B, 240B, 340B, 440B (majors other than performance)

FAIL 0-45% Jury is of unacceptable quality in terms of preparation, musicianship and/or technical accomplishment. Student is not prepared to continue study at next level. A student who fails the same jury exam twice will be required to withdraw from the Bachelor of Music program.
50-60% Jury is below the minimum standard normally expected of a music student at this level, but there is reason to believe that the student might be able to succeed at the next level with sufficient effort. For example, a grade in this range may indicate a first-year student who entered with a weak background and who is "catching up", or a student at any level with sufficient background and ability, but unsatisfactory work habits. 50% and 55% should be interpreted as strong warnings that a student is in serious danger of not completing the program successfully without major improvement. 60% is also a warning, but of a milder sort.
65% B minus. Jury is of acceptable standard for a music student at this level. There may be technical and musical weaknesses, but the repertoire is of adequate difficulty and the jury material is reasonably well prepared and presented. There is no reason to doubt that the student can continue successfully in the music program.
70% B. Jury is above the minimum acceptable standard for this level. In addition to adequate preparation, the student displays musicianship and/or technical accomplishment somewhat beyond the minimum standards.
75% B plus. Good jury, well prepared and musically and technically sound. Presentation almost but not quite polished enough to deserve an A. Repertoire is of sufficient difficulty for this level, but the level of technical and/or musical accomplishment is not sufficient to warrant consideration for the performance major.
80% A minus. Very good jury, very well prepared; polished and secure performance. Technical and musical accomplishment beyond minimum requirements for this level. Repertoire need not be of sufficient difficulty to warrant consideration for the performance major.
85% A. Outstanding jury, secure and polished. Technical and musical accomplishment well beyond minimum requirements for this level. Repertoire at a level of difficulty expected from a performance major.
90% A plus. Jury is equivalent to the level of a strong performance major. Technical accomplishment is outstanding, beyond the level normally expected from undergraduate students. The student is likely to be a strong candidate for admission to graduate work in performance at most schools in North America.
95% Jury of professional performance calibre. The major music schools in North America (including Juilliard, Eastman, Indiana) will be trying to outbid each other to recruit this student. We will never hear a better jury from a student at this level.
100% This grade would be unfair and misleading to any music student.

Juries and Recitals for Music 345B and 445B (performance majors)

below 75% Jury/recital below the calibre required for the applied major.
75% B plus. Minimum required grade for these courses. Performance is adequate to allow graduation or continuation in the performance program.
80% A minus. Performance is secure and of good musical/technical standard for the performance major.
85% A. Outstanding recital/jury, secure and polished. Technical and musical accomplishment beyond minimum requirements for this level. The student is likely to be a strong candidate for admission to graduate work in performance at most graduate schools in North America.
90% A plus. Exceptional recital/jury. Technical accomplishment is outstanding, beyond the level normally expected from undergraduate students. The student is likely to be a strong candidate for admission to graduate work in performance at the best schools in North America.
95% Recital/jury of professional performance calibre. The major music schools in North America (including Juilliard, Eastman, Indiana) will be trying to outbid each other to recruit this student. We will never hear a better jury from a student at this level.
100% This grade would be unfair and misleading to any music student.

Instructor's Evaluation for all applied courses

The instructor is able to give heavier weighting to a student's rate of progress from week to week than might be accounted for in the jury. The instructor may also evaluate activities not included on the jury (such as chamber music, written work, etc.) if these activities and their evaluation have been specified in writing in the first week of classes. However, the instructor's evaluation should not be higher than the highest grade the student is reasonably likely to achieve on the jury. It is especially important that the grade in the first semester give the student a fair idea of his/her likely success on the jury assuming continued progress at the present rate. For example, a student whose work did not deteriorate in the second semester, and whose 240B jury went reasonably well, has good reason to question the fairness of the grading if his/her final grade in 240B is more than 5 marks lower than the 240A grade.

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