Music & Dance

Music and Dance Student Handbook

Student Handbook
for the
Music and Dance Department
 

For Music & Dance Majors & Minors

(Update:  January 3, 2014)

*Grand Valley State University is an accredited institutional member of the

National Association of Schools of Music.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction.

1.  Department of Music and Dance Program Faculty and Staff

2.  University Publications

3.  Auditions

4.  Placement Exams

5.  Faculty Advisors & Major Declaration Forms

6.  Facilities

7.  Practice Rooms

8.  Equipment

9.  Library

10.  Degree Programs

11.  Transfer Students

12.  Performance Honors

13.  Keyboard Musicianship

14.  Applied Music Study

15.  Studio Classes

16.  Student Recital Hour - Fridays at Noon

17. Piano Pedagogy Certification

18.  Accompanying/Collaborative Pianists

19.  Chamber Music

20.  Music Ensembles

21.  Dance Ensembles

22.  Concert Attendance

23.  Semester Jury Examinations

24.  Bachelor of Music Mid-Program Review

25.  Bachelor of Music Education Mid-Program Review

26.  BA extended jury for 300 level lessons

27.  Music Recitals and Programs

28.  Dance Performances

29.  Organizations

30.  Scholarships

31.  Music Writing Prize Competition

32.  Internships with Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and Other Arts Organizations

33. FERPA form for Students Requesting Recommendations

 

Introduction

This Student Handbook for Music and Dance Majors and Minors contains important information, some of which is not found in other university publications.  It has been prepared to facilitate entry into the music and dance degree programs and to provide a guide for future degree planning.  While every effort has been made to achieve complete accuracy in this handbook, students are encouraged to seek advice and clarification of specific details from their music or dance faculty advisor.

 

1.  Department of Music and Dance Program Faculty and Staff

A current list of faculty and staff is available online at www.gvsu.edu/music.

 

2.  University Publications

University Catalog:  The primary source of information about GVSU, including degree requirements.  It is available online at www.gvsu.edu/catalog.  Students should refer to the catalog from their admission year.  If curriculum requirements change, students are allowed to complete their degree under the catalog from their admission year.

My Banner:  A running account of grades and academic progress through a student’s degree program is available online at www.gvsu.edu under “Current Students” then “My Banner.”  A Degree Evaluation report shows the requirements for a specific degree and details a student’s progress towards his/her degree.  It should be consulted by a student with his/her faculty advisor each semester as decisions are made for fulfilling requirements and choosing electives. The report lists courses completed and requirements still outstanding.  The Degree Evaluation is the official university record on a student’s eligibility for graduation and students are responsible for knowing its contents. Any discrepancies or questions should be discussed with the student’s advisor.

Annual Class Schedule:  A schedule listing courses, including course number, code number, time, place, and instructor, is available online at www.gvsu.edu/schedule by the end of February for the following academic year.  Working from this schedule and in consultation with an advisor, students are able to prepare academic plans for each new semester.

The Student Code:  A handbook designed to outline student rights and responsibilities according to University policy.  This publication is available online at www.gvsu.edu/studentcode or can be obtained from the Dean of Students Office in Room 202 of the Student Services Building.

GVSU Career Services Guide:  This guide contains essential steps to begin the career search process, including resources to assist the student.  This is particularly important near the end of the degree program.  It is available online at www.gvsu.edu/careers/ or from the Career Services Office located in Room 206 of the Student Services Building. 

 

3.  Auditions

In addition to the formal admission to GVSU, each applicant wanting to major or minor in music or dance is required to arrange an on-campus audition with the department.  A successful entrance audition must be completed prior to being accepted as a music or dance major or minor and being given permission to enroll in music and dance major courses.

Music auditions generally consist of the performance of a prepared piece(s), sight-reading, and appropriate technique material.  Entering freshmen and transfer students will be required to take a theory placement exam and a keyboard placement exam.  Recommended audition repertoire and an application can be found at www.gvsu.edu/music under “Auditions.”

For the Dance Program there are two auditions which emphasize ballet and modern technique.  Students will also perform a 2-3 minute solo in any idiom.  Information can be found online at www.gvsu.edu/music under “Auditions.”

When considerable geographical distance or extreme hardship prevents an on-campus audition, an applicant may, with the permission of the department, submit an audio/video recording which reflects the audition requirements listed online at www.gvsu.edu/music.  

Arrangements for auditions may be completed only after an application to GVSU has been submitted.  To arrange an audition, applicants can go online at www.gvsu.edu/music or call the department office at (616) 331-3484 to request an audition application and audition requirements.  Return the completed audition application no later than three weeks prior to the requested audition date. Audition times are arranged through the Music Department Office at (616) 331-3438

Auditions for performing ensembles--bands, choirs, orchestras, and dance ensembles--take place immediately prior to Fall semester and as needed prior to Winter semester.  For information, contact the department office at (616) 331-3484 or the appropriate ensemble director.  A list of ensemble directors is available online at www.gvsu.edu/music.

 

4.  Placement Exams

Theory Placement:  A session introducing students to music theory and aural perception study at GVSU will be scheduled on the audition day.  Transfer students’ prior theory study will be considered and appropriate starting points determined.  Entering freshman may not have studied music theory.   High school theory study is helpful, but is not required for admission.  Freshmen will be placed in beginning classes.  At the placement session, students will be asked to sing, briefly, because it is essential that students are able to demonstrate musicality freely through the use of their voices. Should you have questions about the music theory portion of the audition process, contact Professor Lee Copenhaver, Coordinator of Music Theory, at (616) 331-2580.

Keyboard Musicianship Placement:  Also on audition day, all new students must take a Keyboard Musicianship Placement examination with Professor Helen Marlais.  For keyboard musicianship requirements in the various degree programs see Keyboard Musicianship below.

 

5.  Faculty Advisors & Major Declaration Forms

After successful audition and acceptance as a music or dance major or minor, students will declare their major or minor during the summer orientation/registration experience.  Students may change their decision at a later time.

Once registered, the department assigns an official departmental faculty advisor, based on degree program and the following list.  While students are free to seek advice from various members of the faculty, the official departmental faculty advisor plays a special role as mentor. Students should contact their advisor at their first opportunity.

Faculty advisors:

BA degree students

            Last Names A-L                                  Prof. Lisa Feurzeig, 331-2584, 1324 PAC

            Last Names M-Z                                          Prof. Bill Ryan, 331-3087, 1225 PAC

            Composition                                                 Prof. Bill Ryan, 331-3087, 1225 PAC      

BM degree students    

            Voice                                                  Prof. Dale Schriemer, 331-2573, 1232 PAC

            Flute/Clarinet                                   Prof. Arthur Campbell, 331-3162, 1226 PAC

            Oboe/Bassoon                               Prof. Marlen Vavríková, 331-2999, 1207 PAC

            Saxophone                                               Prof. Dan Graser, 331-2943, 1221 PAC

           Viola/Cello/Double Bass/Guitar   Prof. Pablo Mahave-Veglia, 331-3386, 1229 PAC

            Violin                                                   Prof. Gregory Maytan, 331-3652, 1204 PAC

            Trumpets/Horns                                  Prof. Mark Williams, 331-3537, 1224 PAC

            Piano                                                 Prof.  Giuseppe Lupis, 331-2571, 1228 PAC

            Piano                                                      Prof. Helen Marlais, 331-3390, 1227 PAC

            Low Brass/Percussion                       Prof. Mark Williams, 331-3537, 1224 PAC

Transfers (BA only)                            Prof. John Schuster-Craig, 331-2570, 1326 PAC

Transfers (BM only)                                       Prof. Mark Williams, 331-3537, 1224 PAC

BME degree students

             Vocal                                                     Prof. Charles Norris, 331-3385, 1320 PAC

             Vocal                                                            Prof. Beth Gibbs, 331-2837, 1601 PAC

             Vocal                                                              Prof. Ellen Pool, 331-2572, 1223 PAC

            Instrumental                                                Prof. John Martin, 331-2942, 1500 PAC      

            Instrumental                                          Prof. Henry Duitman, 331-2581, 1384 PAC

            Instrumental                                                 Prof. Beth Gibbs, 331-2837, 1601 PAC       

            Instrumental                                                    Prof. Kevin Tutt, 331-2577, 1322 PAC

Music Minors                                                 Prof. Lee Copenhaver, 331-2580, 1209 PAC

Dance                                                               

           A-L                                                                 Prof. Beth Gibbs, 331-2837, 1601 PAC

           M-Z                                                                Prof. Carrie Morris, 331-8184, 1607 PAC

From semester to semester, faculty advisors assist students with organizing their programs, completing courses of study, interpreting requirements, and answering other questions.  To assist in planning, the student and his/her advisor should maintain a Degree Checklist.  These forms are available on the Department website (gvsu.edu/music).

The availability of good advice on a student’s life and on academic and professional matters in a student’s major field constitutes an important element in university education.  Although final choices will always be up to the student, a student is encouraged to talk through plans, requirements, possibilities, goals, problems, strategies, etc. with members of the music/dance faculty at Grand Valley State University.  Faculty members are committed to providing their best advice and support.

 

6.  Facilities

Performing/Classroom Facilities:  The Department of Music is located in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the GVSU Allendale campus.  The original building was finished in 1971.  In 1997 the building underwent major renovations and expansion.  You will find the PAC a pleasant and attractive home for music and dance.  The Performing Arts Center is in close proximity to Zumberge Library, Cook-DeWitt Center, Kirkhof Center, the Cook Carillon Tower, and campus housing. Available facilities include the Louis Armstrong Theatre, which seats 500, and the Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall, which seats 100, along with 14 teaching studios for individual performance instruction, and a total of 26 practice rooms. Four large rehearsal rooms for instrumental ensembles, choral ensembles, percussion teaching and rehearsing, and chamber sectionals occupy the south wing of the PAC. In addition, a new dance wing was added in 2001 and includes two spacious studios with sprung marley floors, a quadraphonic sound system, large locker and dressing rooms, and four faculty offices.  A third concert auditorium, which seats 250 in the neighboring Cook-DeWitt Center, is also often used for student and faculty performances.  This hall houses the Jay and Betty Van Andel 28-rank Reuter pipe organ used for lessons and organ recitals.  The Cook Carillon Tower houses the 48-bell Cook Carillon cast by Royal Eijsbouts Bell Foundry in the Netherlands.  The Beckering Family Carillon is the focal point of the Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

Music Education Room:

The Music Education Resource Room (PAC 1211) houses a variety of teaching and learning materials for music instruction. In this room students will find choir, band and orchestra methods books, educational CDs and DVDs, standardized testing materials, music textbooks, and other materials with which they may cultivate and clarify new knowledge and pedagogy.

Music Technology Lab:

The Music Technology Lab (PAC 1206) is a large multi-user facility with 22 workstations.  Each lab workstation contains a Macintosh computer with professional-level software, ranging from music editing programs to music notation programs.  All workstations are linked to additional outboard audio gear in a shared rack at the front of the lab.  Students can work with MIDI, software synthesis, digital signal processing and editing, physical modeling, sampling, algorithmic composition, a variety of music theory and ear-training programs, and other applications.  The lab is open to all students.

At certain hours the Lab is used as a classroom to introduce music technology and theory applications.  A schedule is posted on the lab door.  It is also used for Film/Video students.  Most of the time, however, it is open for individual student work projects.  The Zumberge Library Listening Lab houses the university’s primary facility for listening to recordings and CDs along with scores and music book collection.  Please note that the Music Technology Lab is designed for serious work by Music and Film/Video students.

Keyboard Lab:

The Keyboard Lab (PAC 1406) is used by students in Music 263, 264, 283, or 284 (Keyboard Musicianship 1, 2, 3, or 4).  Instruction is given on electronic keyboard instruments to groups of 10-12 students. Rapid progress is possible under this system. Keyboard Musicianship requirements for the various degree programs are given on p. 13.

Dance Studios:

Dance studios are located in the 1600 wing of the PAC.  Please do not eat or drink in the studios.  No street shoes are to be worn on the marley floor and items that may be damaging to the floor (ex. sharp heels, shoes that scuff, props with nails and screws protruding) are strictly prohibited.   Sound, lighting, and musical equipment are to be used only with permission from a faculty member.  Due to limited space, the dance studios are off limits to non-dance majors/minors and student groups/clubs/organizations, other than those given permission by Dance faculty. 

Cook Carillon & Carillon Study:

Since 1994, the GVSU Allendale campus has been enhanced by the Cook Carillon and Tower presented by Peter and Pat Cook.  The instrument has 48 bells and was cast by Eijsbouts Bellfounders and Clockmakers in Asten, The Netherlands.  In 2000, a second carillon, the Beckering Family Carillon and Tower, was dedicated at the Richard DeVos Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.  It is possible for students with keyboard or percussion skills to study carillon with the University Carillonist in the same manner as other applied instrument study is available.  Interested individuals can contact the University Carilloneur through the Department Office to arrange for an interview/audition.  In order to study carillon performance for credit, a student must have sufficient keyboard skills to be able to read and play four parts at sight with accuracy and musicality.

Department Office:

The Department Office is located in Room 1300 of the Performing Arts Center.  The Administrative Assistant, Department Secretary, and student workers can assist with department procedures and answer many questions.

 

7.  Practice Rooms

Practice Rooms: Practice Rooms are located in the 1400 and 1500 hallways of the PAC, as well as eight rooms in the basement of Murray Living Center.

Practice Room Reservations: On a designated day during the first week of classes each semester, music majors and minors must make reservations for practice room times in the Department Office, Room 1300 PAC, between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  During this sign-up time, students can sign up for a total of two hours each day during the peak time of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, and a total of one hour during all other times.  The following day, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., in the Department Office, all Music Majors and Minors may reserve time in any practice rooms that are left open.  There are five “Piano Preference Rooms” (PAC 1401, 1407, and 1409) and one “Voice Preference Rooms” (PAC 1413) and one “String Preference” room (PAC 1411) that will be offered to students studying those instruments first.  On the second day of sign-ups, any music major or minor may reserve times in these rooms.  A map of practice rooms will be available during sign up.

Practice Room Rules:  There is no eating in practice rooms.  The “Ten-Minute Rule” is in force for all practice rooms at GVSU.  This means that any music student may take a practice room that is not occupied by ten minutes past the hour.  NOTE:  Leaving books, equipment, etc., does not ensure holding a room.

When time permits, students may be able to use a faculty studio--written permission is required--for rehearsals.  There are also grand pianos located in the large rehearsal rooms, which can sometimes be reserved through the department office.

To schedule regular, small-ensemble rehearsal times, students may request the use of unscheduled studios and/or classrooms.  See the Secretary in the Department Office to check availability and to schedule the rooms.

 

8.  Equipment

Equipment/Instruments:  String and wind students are expected to own instruments of suitable quality.  Occasionally, students who are members of the GVSU bands and orchestras may ask to use, and must assume responsibility for, professional-quality instruments owned by the University.  These tend to be the large, less portable, instruments.  For information on the use of these instruments, see one of the band staff (Room 1500 PAC) or the instrumental ensemble conductors.

 

9.  Library

For guides to resources available through the University Libraries, please access links below: 

MUSIC at http://libguides.gvsu.edu/music

DANCE at http://libguides.gvsu.edu/dance

 

10.  Degree Programs

Grand Valley State University offers four undergraduate degree programs in music:  the Bachelor of Music degree, the Bachelor of Music Education degree, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, and the Minor in Music.  Sample plans can be found at gvsu.edu/music under the “Current Students” navigation item.  The student’s advisor can also provide further information.

All music majors and minors play an entrance audition to gain admission to their respective degree program.  A Mid-Program Review (MPR), or evaluation of overall progress determined by a faculty committee, is required at the end of the sophomore year for BM and BME students.  Successful completion of the MPR is necessary for admission to upper-division courses.  For a detailed description of the MPR, see sections 23 and 24.

Bachelor of Music (BM):  The BM is designed for students who demonstrate exceptional preparation for college-level applied music and for whom graduate school in performance is a realistic goal.  Instruction in guitar, organ, piano, voice, and band and orchestral instruments is offered.  For students with abilities in composition and/or jazz studies, there is opportunity to develop these skills as well.

Bachelor of Music Education (BME):  Students who successfully complete the BME degree will be certified to teach vocal, instrumental, and general music at any elementary or secondary school in Michigan.  Because of the many skills required of a school music teacher, care should be taken in planning and undertaking the course of study in this program.  Many of the required courses, including teacher assisting and student teaching, are in the College of Education.  It is imperative that all candidates for the BME degree work with their advisors to become knowledgeable about College of Education requirements and deadlines. 

In the final year, following a semester of teacher assisting, each student will be assigned a semester of student teaching in a school which offers good opportunities within the student’s specialty.  Pre-service teachers have regular meetings with music education faculty.  Student teachers are given a minimum of three observations by the music faculty during the student teaching semester in addition to observations by the College of Education faculty.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The BME degree program is given in collaboration with the GVSU College of Education (COE), and the COE's minimum requirements for admission to the Teacher Education program (as they apply to music majors in the BME degree program) should be carefully consulted by interested students.  The regulations concerning academic achievement, the Michigan Basic Skills Test, prerequisite courses, recommendations, experience (25 hours of experience with children or youth), academic progress, university basic skills, TB Test Report, Felony Conviction Statement, Current Degree Analysis, Resume, as well as application deadline dates, together with Music Department Keyboard Musicianship requirements and College of Education Advancement and Exit Requirement can be found online at:  gvsu.edu/com 

Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA):  The BA degree in music provides a course of study for students interested in a liberal arts degree with a major in music.  This degree, with its foreign language component, offers an appropriate background for prospective advanced-degree candidates who are preparing for careers in composition, technology, music history, music theory, jazz studies, library science, or independent studio teaching.  It also works well for students who want to study music but are aiming at careers in other fields, and for students with double majors.  There is sufficient flexibility within the B.A. to provide an opportunity for acquisition of those skills that are necessary in the current technological environment.  The culminating event of the BA is a senior project planned and carried out with the help of a faculty advisor.  Students electing a BA in music must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in music planned with the approval of a faculty advisor in the department.

In the final year of the BA degree, each student designs and completes a senior project.  Each BA student should consult with his or her advisor in the junior year to begin planning the project.  Once the project topic has been selected, the department chair will assign an appropriate advisor for the project.  Since some projects are difficult to complete within a semester, a student may take an independent study in one semester to begin exploring a topic and then sign up for the project itself in the following semester.  

Each BA project will be evaluated by a committee of three people that includes at least one faculty member from the music department.  Experts from other departments or from outside GVSU may be included on the committee as appropriate.
This project has a good deal of flexibility.  The plan should be designed to meet one of the following descriptions; any adjustments require the consent of the project advisor.  Note that a recital is not permitted as a project unless the student is enrolled in applied lessons.  Also, a project funded by the Student Summer Scholars program cannot double-count as a BA project.

1. Recital and program notes: a half-hour recital and related program notes
    a.       Senior Project Recital and Program Notes Guidelines
           i.       Senior Project Recital should be tied together by a theme (such as “Virtuoso                                                                                                             Flute Compositions written at the end of 19th century in Paris,” “Development of Trombone Literature across History,” or “                           Songs on the Changing Seasons”),which should be explained and addressed in the program notes.  
            ii.     The program notes are to be supervised by the project advisor.
            iii.     Program Notes must include biographical, historical, and/or analytical information about each composition.
            iv.     Program Notes should be at least 1000 words in length.
             v.     Student must hand in sources (bibliography) used for writing program notes to the project advisor prior to the recital.
 
2.  Lecture recital:  at least 25 minutes of lecture and 25 minutes of performance
 
3.  Lecture and paper:  a research project leading to a paper presentation of at least 30 minutes
 
4.  Composition recital and paper:  a half-hour composition recital and related paper of at least 3500 words that puts the compositions in context
 
5.  Performance direction and paper:  a performance, at least 30 minutes, of a work or set of related works, to be organized and directed by the student, along with a related paper of at least 3500 words
 
6.  Internship:  a music-related internship of at least 60 hours, with a journal of activities to be submitted weekly and a written paper of at least 1500 words at the end of the semester
 

Bachelor of Arts in Dance (BA):  The BA in Dance is designed for students who demonstrate exceptional training for college-level dance.  Students will focus their conservatory-like experience on ballet and modern training while refining technique in various other dance styles such as Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, and Pointe.  Students will also focus their academic experience on dance history, technology, composition, improvisation, pedagogy, and theoretical perspectives to ensure their success as educated members of the dance community.  The BA degree prepares students for many careers, such as performance, teaching, choreography, and also for further study in a master’s degree program.

Dance Majors/Minors have the opportunity to participate in the GVSU Dance Ensemble, the resident fine arts dance company of Grand Valley State University.  Students are encouraged to participate in student choreographed and produced dance concerts and the American College Dance Festival.

Music Minor:  The music minor program is designed for students with previous training in music seeking non-music degrees who desire to increase their knowledge of music or further develop their skills in music.  In May 2004, the Michigan Department of Education adopted standards that require a minimum of 60 hours in music courses to become certified to teach music in the public schools.  Therefore, GVSU and all other teacher preparation programs in Michigan no longer offer teachable minors in music.  A student choosing to minor in music must complete 28 hours of music courses.  A checklist of required courses can be found at gvsu.edu/music under the “Current Students” navigation item.  Selection of elective hours in the music minor program should be made in consultation with Professor Lee Copenhaver who can be reached at (616) 331-2580 or copenhal@gvsu.edu

Dance Minor:  The dance minor program is designed for students with exceptional training in college-level dance interested in continuing their dance education.  The student choosing to minor in dance must complete 23 credit hours in the field.  Students will focus on performance in the styles of Ballet, Modern, and Jazz with an additional course in Dance History.  Students also have the opportunity to tailor their degree program while meeting the requirements of the Dance Minor through Dance Electives such as Ballet Partnering, Pointe, Dance Ensemble, Stage Movement, and Men’s Technique.

Graduate Program:  The Department of Music offers graduate courses that can be taken to complete the music education concentration of the Master of Education—Middle and High School Emphasis, offered through the College of Education.  Students must apply to the College of Education for admission to the M.Ed. program.  Students selecting the music emphasis should have earned a B.M.E.

 

11.  Transfer Students

Transfer students are required to complete 30 hours at GVSU.  Because backgrounds and requirements differ considerably, transfer students should consult their advisor during their first two weeks.

Transfer music students must fulfill by audition or placement the following requirements:

1.  Performance audition to determine competency level on major instrument

2.  Keyboard musicianship assessment

3.  Ear training assessment based on Music 234 (fourth semester ear training) exit standards

4.  Theory assessment based on Music 231 (fourth semester theory) exit standards

5.  Degree analysis beyond the above assessments to compare applicant's course work to GVSU requirements, from which a determination of an applicant's standing and deficiencies if any will be made.

Additional requirements for students seeking music teacher certification or transferring to the BME degree from another institution:

1.  Successful completion of the BME Review (if beyond sophomore music standing)

2.  Consultation with the College of Education regarding core courses and requirements

Transfer students in Dance are required to complete 30 hours at GVSU, which includes at least 8 hours in Ballet, 8 hours in Modern, 2 hours in Dance Ensemble, and 3 hours in Choreography and Improvisation.  Students should consult their advisor early in the program.

Transfer dance students must fulfill by audition or placement the following requirements:

1.  Ballet and Modern class auditions to determine competency level in technique

2.  2-3 minute solo performance in the idiom of their choosing

3.  Degree analysis beyond the above assessments to compare applicant’s course work to GVSU requirements, from which a determination of an applicant’s standing and deficiencies if any will be made

Note:  If transferring Dance History credits, a transcript grade of “B” or better is required, otherwise a comprehensive history exam is required to determine transfer.

 

12.  Performance Honors

The faculty of the music department encourages all students to achieve their highest possible development in performance.  Performance Honors allows students in the BA or BME degree program to audition to enter the BM series of applied study (MUS 144/145, etc. one hour lessons, in place of the MUS 141/142, etc. half-hour lessons).  This option is especially good for students with strong performance skills who enter college uncertain of career goals and wish to keep open the option of transferring to the BM degree program especially during their first two years.  Students can audition for the Performance Honors program during their initial audition or any subsequent jury.  In the department’s Student Register, students are listed under the degree program they have declared with the added designation “Performance Honors.”  If the “Performance Honors” designation is carried into the third and fourth years, junior- and senior-year recitals are required.  Students may relinquish the “Performance Honors” option simply by returning to the standard applied study courses for their degree (MUS 241-242 rather than 244-245, etc.).  Students are strongly advised, however, to discuss such decisions with advisors and performance faculty before making any decisions.   "Students in performance honors lessons will be expected to perform a half recital for MUS 345 and a full recital for MUS 445."

13.  Keyboard Musicianship

Upon entrance, all students will be placed in the appropriate keyboard musicianship class.  Students who are beginners or relative beginners on piano are placed in Music 263 or 264.  A combination private/group lesson is given in a digital Yamaha Clavinova lab which seats 12 students.  Unless they place out, based on prior study, students must pass the appropriate terminal Keyboard Musicianship course for their program as follows:

VOCAL MAJORS in the BM and BME degree programs must complete Keyboard Musicianship IV (MUS 284);

INSTRUMENTAL MAJORS in the BM and BME degree programs must complete Keyboard Musicianship III (MUS 283)

BA MAJORS (MUSIC) and MUSIC MINORS must complete Keyboard Musicianship II (MUS 264).

BME STUDENTS:  Without exception, students in the Bachelor of Music Education program must pass the appropriate terminal course during the semester prior to submission of the application to the College of Education.  No student will be recommended by the music faculty to COE before completion of the piano requirement.

Music majors and minors should take keyboard every semester until the requirements are completed.

 

14.  Applied Music Study

“Applied Music” is individual instruction on an instrument or in voice.  Lessons begin the first week of classes.  Returning students should consult their applied teacher for lesson time and place.  New students will be assigned an applied teacher at the music major orientation.  Students may also inquire in the department office for applied teacher assignments.  Once new students have been assigned an applied teacher, they will be given the opportunity to sign up for lessons.  Applied Music 445 (BM students), 441 (BME students), or 242 (BA or Music Minor students) must be completed successfully prior to graduation. 

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ENROLL IN A MAJOR ENSEMBLE DURING EACH SEMESTER OF APPLIED MUSIC STUDY.

 

15.  Studio Classes

Studio classes are required of all students enrolled in applied music.  Studio classes are held each week for all instruments.  The studio class is typically run by an applied teacher for his or her own students or the students of other teachers in their area.  The purpose of the class, as determined by individual faculty, can include providing an additional performance venue for students, providing an informal occasion for trying out works in progress, introducing new ideas, or hosting guest teachers/artists.

 

16.  Student Recital Hour - Fridays at Noon

Student Recital Hour (SRH) is held every Friday during Fall and Winter semesters for one hour starting at noon.  Attendance is required of all music major and minor students registered for applied lessons.  On occasion, this hour is utilized for a meeting to provide important information to students.

Attendance at eleven recital hours fulfills the minimum requirement per semester.  Attendance is taken at each SRH and records are reviewed at the end of each semester by the Music Department office staff.  Attendance at SRH affects applied lesson grades as follows:  students who only attend a total of 10 or fewer SRHs will have their lesson grade lowered by 1/3 of a grade (A- becomes B+; B becomes B-; etc.)  This change will be made by the applied lesson instructor at the end of each semester.  On occasion, SRH is cancelled.  When SRH is cancelled, all students are given credit for attendance.

SRH provides students a forum to take performance-ready works out of the practice room and teaching studio into a live performance environment.  With the approval of their applied lesson instructor and accompanist (if applicable) students can test new repertoire as a step toward a jury or recital.  As SRH performances are open to the public, appropriate performance attire is required for all performers.

To perform on SRH, students should obtain an SRH Request Form from the Music Department office, have it signed by their applied lesson instructor or chamber music coach and accompanist (if applicable) and submit it to the SRH Coordinator, Professor Mark Williams, a minimum of one week prior to the desired performance date.  Recital performances are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so early submission is highly encouraged to ensure the requested performance date is available.  Any questions regarding SRH can be directed to the SRH Coordinator, Professor Mark Williams at (616) 331-3537 or willima1@gvsu.edu.

 

17. Piano Pedagogy Certification

Piano Pedagogy Certification (in the Department of Music and Dance at Grand Valley State University) will enable undergraduate piano majors and area piano teachers to focus on the skills necessary for successful piano teaching. Students learn how to teach beginner, intermediate, and early–advanced students.  They learn how to teach pre-college students as well as music majors who take keyboard as their secondary instrument.  They learn how to teach correct technique, how to develop musicianship and good sight-reading skills, how to select and teach repertoire, how to practice efficiently, and how to motivate.  Students learn about the most important competitions and festivals in the state as well as in the nation.  
 
To gain entrance into the program, an interview with the Piano Pedagogy professor and the performance of one memorized intermediate-level piano work will take place.
 
This certification provides teachers with theoretical knowledge and practical experiences in accordance with state and national piano teaching guidelines.   
The piano pedagogy coursework includes guided teaching experiences. 
 
Students completing the Piano Pedagogy Certification will have a record of this accomplishment appear on their academic transcript, and a certificate for their piano studio. 
 
The Piano Pedagogy Certification is 12 credits: 
7 credits in piano pedagogy, 2 credits in piano literature, and 3 elective credits.
 
MUS 361 Piano Pedagogy I - 3 credits
MUS 371 Piano Pedagogy II - 3 credits
MUS 379 Piano Pedagogy Masterclass 
(to be taken after MUS 361 and MUS 371) - 1 credit
MUS 310 Piano Literature  - 2 credits
 
Students may choose 3 credits from the following elective credits:
MUS 141 and 142 Piano lessons - 2 credits
MUS 144 and 145 Piano lessons - 4 credits
PED 166 Beginning Ballet -1 credit (credit/no credit)
MUS 126 Collaborative Piano - 1 credit
MUS 104 Chamber Music Ensembles - .5 credits
MUS 180 Performance Anxiety Class - 1 credit
 
Other courses of interest:  
PSY 301 Child Development - 3 credits
PSY 331 Adolescent Development  - 3 credit
 
Timetable – 
This certification process can be completed within four semesters:
 
2013-2014, 2015-2016, etc.
Fall: Piano Pedagogy I, MUS 361
Winter: Piano Pedagogy II, MUS 371
 
2014-2015, 2016-2017, etc.
Fall: Piano Literature, MUS 310
Winter: Piano Pedagogy Masterclass, MUS 379
 

18.  Accompanying/Collaborative Pianists

COLLABORATIVE ENSEMBLE –One Credit  
 
Serves as a required part of applied lessons for those who are in the BM, BA, BME, and music minor tracks.  Sign up for MUS 141–21 first semester; MUS 126-01 – all other semesters.
 
MUS 126 (including the 141 course the first semester) counts as a major ensemble. Students will need to take an additional 2 credits of large ensemble during their degree program. 
 
Collaborative ensemble will be shared between Dr. Marlais and an applied studio teacher or ensemble director. Students with little or no experience in collaborative piano will work in the voice studios or in another studio that Dr. Marlais finds appropriate to gain skill.  MUS 126/MUS 141 - will be offered every semester Tuesday at 2:00 in SVS, and Thursday at 2:00, PAC 1227.  
 
MUS 141-21 is for Freshmen Fall semester, and 126-01 is for all other semesters.   
This class serves as a required part of applied lessons for those who are in the BM, BA, BME, and music minor tracks, and can be taken for up to 7 semesters.
(A pianist in any of the degree programs may use this class as a major ensemble.  They must, however, also take 2 semesters of a large ensemble.)*  If for any reason a student cannot take this course, the contract will take the place of the course.
 
The class will meet on Thursdays at 2:00 in Dr. Marlais studio, PAC 1227.
Once the pianist is comfortable with their repertoire, Dr. Marlais will begin to coach. Additional days/times in SVS are available. They are not mandatory. They are extra times to help you as you work on balance and communication with your collaborative partner.   SVS Hall is reserved the following days/times for extra rehearsal time: Thursday at 12 noon and Friday at 1:00.   
 
1) All students taking piano lessons will pick up an accompanying contract from Dr. Marlais and take it to the designated voice/instrumental instructor or ensemble director they will be working with during the semester.  The collaborative piano contract is to be signed in advance of the project. This will help focus everyone’s attention on the value of this important work.  Please give Dr. Marlais a copy of your signed contract by Oct. 3 (Fall semester) and Feb. 14 (Winter semester).
 
2) During the weekly class - piano students will take the collaborative repertoire to the accompanying class and give this importance as they would any other repertoire piece. Students are expected to learn the accompanying repertoire before going to the instrumental/vocal applied lesson or ensemble rehearsal.  Dr. Marlais will coach students on their repertoire, without and then with their collaborative partner, as soon as they are ready.  Dr. Marlais will help students with the learning of their accompaniments, especially orchestral reductions. While students are getting their accompaniments prepared, the class will work on ensemble pieces – purely sight read weekly, or “prepared” for the next class.  Students will work on duets, trios, and quartets, practicing their ensemble skills.
 
3) The instrumental/vocal studio professor/ensemble director will be obliged to hear the accompanist and the soloist at least twice during the semester.  (The more times a student can go for a coaching, the better the pedagogical experience.) Students should be sure to get in their two coachings in a timely fashion in order to get a grade.  It is not up to the professor to contact the student for coaching. It is also important that the soloist contacts the pianist.
 
4) Repertoire will be assigned between 1-3 students in the same studio. For example: 2-3 singers in a vocal studio, or 1-2 instrumentalists in an instrumental studio.    BM students – 20 minutes of repertoire (depending on the difficulty): BA and BME students – 10 minutes of repertoire; minors – 5 minutes of repertoire.  University ensembles in need of pianists will have the strongest pianists in the department assigned to them.  Pianists will be expected to be there for several rehearsals before each performance. .  (For BM students, 20 minutes of repertoire can be thought of as repertoire for two juries, or one half hour recital.) 
 
5) Note to performance faculty: Accompanying scholarships are for instrumental/vocal students in a professors’ studio who do not have to pay for a student accompanist during the semester.  Since the piano students are taking collaborative ensemble as a co-requisite for their piano lessons, they will work with the student(s) of your choice for free*.  
 
*This will include three performances for free, such as a studio class/jury/MPR.  Included in this time are the hours of rehearsal for these three performances.  For other performances in addition to these three, the student will be paid as the accompanying contract states.   Even if an accompanist is not playing an entire half or full recital, they should be paid for the full rate.
 
Every faculty member must ensure Dr. Marlais that the student accompanist will perform the piece that he/she has worked on for a jury/student recital hour/other important event.  If you plan to change repertoire before a public performance and not use the student who is learning the repertoire for free, please do not use the student pianist.  This ensemble must be a strong learning experience for the student pianist and it must culminate in a public performance. 
 
6) It is reasonable to expect that the respective vocal/instrumental professors and/or ensemble directors make every effort to provide coaching on ensemble details and other musical ideas that are of instructional and artistic value to the student pianist. 
 
7) At the end of the semester, the applied instrumental/vocal teacher or ensemble director will write an assessment of the piano student’s work during the semester and give it to Dr. Marlais who will place it in the student’s file in the music office.
Dr. Marlais will then give the student the final grade.
 
8) Dr. Marlais is the coach/administrator and the liason for all faculty and students in this program.  Dr. Marlais will keep a log of all contracts so that students have the necessary papers in order to graduate.
 
9) Students cannot double dip.  Therefore, they cannot accept money for the accompanying they do as part of their contract work.
 
10) Collaborative ensemble experiences may change every semester or every year in order for students to learn different kinds of repertoire and coaching styles.  Discussion of this will occur at the beginning of each semester. 
 
11) Please contact Dr. Marlais if you will not be able to attend class. Collaborative piano is a performance studio class, with requirements similar to studio piano.
For every absence that is not well documented, your grade will be reduced by one grade increment. (A becomes an A-, A- becomes a B+). If you miss a coaching with the vocal/instrumental professor more than once during the semester, it will cause you to fail the course.  Be professional in manner and appearance. Do not be late for coachings. 
 
COLLABORATIVE PIANO ENSEMBLE CONTRACT  
Term:
Name of student accompanist:
Name of professor:
This contract serves as a Co-requisite for those who take piano lessons.
 
Make a copy of this form with #1 and #2 below filled out for Dr. Marlais and keep a copy for your own records.   Give to Dr. Marlais by Oct. 3 (Fall semester) or Feb 14th (Winter semester). After the coachings are finished by the end of the semester, give this form again to Dr. Marlais to complete the semester requirements.
 
Semester:   Fall   Winter   (circle one)   year:  
1) Obtain the signatures of the professors involved:
 
Voice/instrumental studio teacher and/or ensemble director you will be working with:
 
2) List below the students you will work with and their repertoire:
(List phone numbers/emails)  The student who is working with the accompanist will contact the accompanist to start collaborating.
 
After #1 and #2 above have been completed, start to practice and work with your collaborator and professor:
 
By the last week of classes, give Dr. Marlais this form again, this time complete with signatures and dates after each coaching by the vocal/instrumental professor or ensemble director. There will be at least two coachings.  
 
Coaching #1: Date:
 
Coaching #2: Date:
 
ASSESSMENT OF COLLABORATIVE PIANO STUDENT-
(To be completed by the applied voice/instrumental faculty member or ensemble director)
Name of professor:
Name of student accompanist:
Term:  Date:
 
1) How well prepared was the collaborative piano student during the semester?   Excellent    Good    Average    Unsatisfactory
 
Please comment as necessary:
 
2) Was he/she on time to rehearsals? Yes no 
Please comment as necessary:
 
3) Did the student grow as a musician during the semester?  Yes no 
Please comment as necessary:
 
4) What does the student pianist do well? 
 
5) Do you have any other comments or suggestions you would like to make?
 
6) Was the student able to take constructive criticism?
 
7) What grade would you give this student for the semester? 
 
Please return to Dr. Marlais by finals week.
 

21.  Dance Ensembles

The GVSU Dance Ensemble is the resident dance company of the Dance Department and performs two mainstage productions per year.  Guest choreographers and performers from national and international modern and ballet companies are invited every year to set work on the Dance Ensemble and each provides two weeks of master classes.  Students also have the opportunity to perform in works choreographed by GVSU Dance faculty and local dance educators.  Admittance to the Dance Ensemble is through audition and consists strictly of Dance Majors and Minors.  Participation in the Dance Ensemble meets the Performance Ensemble requirement for the Dance Program and is a total of 4 credit hours.

Grades in the Dance Ensemble are given on the basis of attitude, attendance, and participation.

22.  Concert Attendance

Regular attendance at a variety of concerts each semester is a vital component of a good music or dance education.  In the midst of daily practice times, ensemble rehearsals, and other study and analysis, the magical qualities of live performance and the high artistry of creative practitioners provide models and expand awareness as they give pleasure and inspire.  They provide connection to a larger world of music, without which the weekly round of practice and academic study may become isolated and routine.  Concert attendance is monitored by the student’s applied lessons teacher.

23.  Semester Jury Examinations

At the end of each semester, all applied music students perform before a faculty jury a demonstration of what has been achieved during the term.  The applied teacher will assist with requirements and preparation for the jury.  Students are responsible for completing a Repertory Sheet that includes repertoire assigned and completed, technical studies, solo performances and small ensembles from the semester.  The Repertory Sheet must be completed and signed by the applied teacher prior to submitting it at the jury.  
 
In most cases the compositions performed at the jury should be memorized, although this is ultimately determined by the individual applied teacher.  Final term grades are not predicated on the jury performance entirely, but the performance and Repertory Sheet should reflect the student’s achievements for the term.
 
Sometime after the middle of the semester, jury times will be posted on the department bulletin board and students may choose the time best suited to their schedule.  Students are responsible for coordinating a pianist for their jury (if deemed necessary by their applied teacher).  Please do not sign up for a jury time until you have secured your pianist’s availability. 
 
Students completing a recital for MUS 345, 441, or 445 are not required to perform a jury examination at the end of the semester.
 
At the middle and end of each semester all students enrolled in dance technique courses are required to perform a jury as demonstration of achievement throughout the semester.  Each faculty member will choose three combinations to be performed, focusing on technical aptitude, musicality, and performance quality.  Results of the faculty performance jury determine level assessment for the next semester’s course in the respective idiom.
 

24.  Bachelor of Music Mid-Program Review

The Mid-Program Review for Bachelor of Music students consists of the following:

1.  A one to two page typewritten statement that includes an outline of the student’s career goals, an evaluation of the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and a plan for addressing the student’s weaknesses.  This statement must be signed by the student’s applied teacher and delivered to the student’s advisor no later than the end of the 7th week of the semester in which the Mid-Program Review will take place.

2.  Once the advisor has received the statement from the student, he/she will check the student’s academic records to confirm that the following criteria has been successfully met:

   - Completion of or current enrollment in MUS 119, 120, 130,       

     131, 133, 134, 263, 264.

   - Minimum overall GPA of 2.7.

The student’s advisor will contact the student by the 10th week of the semester to confirm his/her acceptance as a candidate for Mid-Program Review and forward the student’s statement on to the appropriate area faculty.

3. A performance in the student’s major applied area followed by an interview.  These normally take place during regularly scheduled end of semester juries and are conducted by the appropriate area faculty.  The student should sign-up for two consecutive 10-minute jury time slots. The performance consists of repertoire demonstrating the student’s current performance level and an interview on the topics presented in the student’s statement.

The BM Advisors will be responsible for:

  • Pulling the student’s academic record and filling out the MPR form.
  • Collecting the student’s statement.
  • Disseminating the student’s statement to the appropriate faculty before the jury.
  • Notifying the student of the faculty decision.
  • Filing the student’s form and statement.

 

25.  Bachelor of Music Education Mid-Program Review

The Mid-Program Review for Bachelor of Music Education students consists of the following:

1.  A statement concerning reasons for choosing music education as a major.  Students must outline career goals and identify those skills, knowledge and understanding they must develop as they prepare for student assisting, student teaching, and eventual full-time public school music teaching. This statement must be delivered to the Coordinator of Music Education and the student’s applied teacher no later than the end of the 7th week of the semester in which the Mid-Program Review will take place.

2.  During the 10th week of the semester in which the Mid-Program Review takes place, all BME students must present themselves for a preliminary, BME Pre-Professional Review (for admission to upper-level courses in music education) by the faculty Music Education Committee.  The requirements are:

  • Completion of MUS 119, 120, 130,  131, 133, 134, 263, 264 and one class instrument course by the end of the semester in which the student takes the Mid-Program Review.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 2.7.
  • Interview on statement (see 1 above).

3.  Students who pass the BME Pre-Professional Review must also complete a performance in the student’s major applied area and an interview.  These normally take place during regularly scheduled end of semester juries and are conducted by the appropriate area faculty.  The student should sign-up for two consecutive 10-minute jury time slots. The performance consists of repertoire demonstrating the student’s current performance level.  Following the student’s performance, questions may be asked about the performance, career goals, philosophy of music education, or their statement (see 3 above).

NOTE: Students must complete MUS 200, MUS 231, MUS 234, MUS 283 or MUS 284 as required and class instrument courses (MUS 253, 255, 257, 258) prior to enrollment in upper level music education courses (MUS 456, 461, 465, 320, 321 or 322).

The Music Education Coordinator will be responsible for:

  • Pulling the student’s academic record and filling out the MPR form.
  • Collecting the student’s statement.
  • Scheduling the Pre-Professional meetings with students and appropriate faculty and disseminating the statement and other information to the faculty before the meeting.
  • After the meeting, notifying the student of the faculty decision.
  • Filing the student’s form and statement.

 

26.  BA Extended Jury for 300 Level Lessons

Students enrolled in a BA degree program may proceed on to the 300 level lessons by playing an extended jury in the student’s major applied area.  These normally take place during regularly scheduled end of semester juries and are conducted by the appropriate area faculty.  The student should sign-up for two consecutive 10-minute jury time slots.  The performance will consist of repertoire demonstrating the student’s current performance level.*  Faculty on the jury will determine if the student has demonstrated adequate skill to enroll in 300 level lessons.

* Students of voice need only sign up for one 10-minute jury time slot and sing three prepared pieces of repertoire demonstrating the student’s current performance level.

27.  Music Recitals and Programs

Recital Planning: A student should schedule the recital date and plan the recital program with his/her applied teacher and accompanist well in advance. Students giving a half recital are strongly encouraged to share a recital with another student giving a half recital. The same faculty committee (applied teacher plus two additional faculty members) would serve both students giving the recital.

Required performance times are as follows:

Half Recital: at least 30 minutes of music
Full Recital: at least 60 minutes of music

Required recitals are part of the regular applied lesson curriculum as follows:

MUSIC 345, 441: Half recital
MUSIC 445: Full recital
*Individual faculty may have additional requirements and these requirements must appear in the applied lesson syllabi.

Performance Times: Monday through Friday: 5:30pm or 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm, 2:30pm, 5:30pm or 7:30pm

1.BME students may not schedule a degree recital during semesters in which they are student teaching (EDI 431/432).
2. Students may not schedule a recital during the last week of classes or finals week.

Confirm Date and Space: Because recital spaces are limited a student should confirm a date MONTHS before the recital. PLAN AHEAD and PLAN EARLY. Winter semester is especially filled with recitals.

Recital venues and contact information for reservations:
Sherman Van Solkema Recital Hall: Nate Bliton  blitonn@gvsu.edu
CookDewitt Center: Kelly PnacekCarter (Events Services)
pnacekk@gvsu.edu or 3312350

Students using CookDewitt Center will also need to reserve the Steinway piano by contacting Nate Bliton  blitonn@gvsu.edu

If the university harpsichord or organ is required, contact Professor Greg Crowell – crowellg@gvsu.edu as soon as a date is confirmed to make special arrangements for moving and tuning the instrument(s).

PreRecital Hearing: All students preparing to perform a recital are required to complete a PreRecital Hearing. Once the recital date, time and performance venue are confirmed, it is the student’s responsibility to select a faculty recital committee.

A. BM or BA Recital Committee (3 faculty members): Student’s applied teacher and 2 other faculty members.
B. BME Recital Committee (3 faculty members): Student’s applied teacher and 2 other faculty members with one being a member of the music education area
C. Students sharing a recital will share a faculty committee (3 faculty members):
1. 2 respective applied faculty members and 1 one other faculty member
2. If same applied teacher, then applied teacher and 2 other faculty members.
D. The applied teacher(s) must attend the recital; the other recital faculty member(s)are not required to attend the recital.

1. Having invited faculty and received positive responses from three faculty members, the student will schedule a prerecital hearing preferably in the performance space.
2. All three faculty committee members must be present at the PreRecital Hearing.
3. The applied teacher(s) must attend the recital; the other recital faculty member(s)are not required to attend the recital.
4. The prerecital hearing must be scheduled ONE WEEK in advance of the actual recital.
5. If other students are assisting the recital performer, these participants must be in attendance at the PreRecital Hearing.
6. Performing students are responsible for confirming the availability of the accompanist,faculty committee and any assisting performers for the PreRecital hearing.
7. Students must have available at least one complete copy of the musical scores for use by thefaculty recital committee at the PreRecital Hearing.<
8. Three (3) copies of the recital program are required for the committee members.
9. The student may choose the first selection and the committee may request to hear any or all of the remaining works.
10. Students are notified immediately following the hearing concerning permission to continue with the recital performance.
11. If a student does not successfully pass the PreRecital Hearing:
A. The prerecital hearing must be repeated/scheduled at a later date.
B. The initial recital cancelled and rescheduled after the repeated prerecital hearing.

Recital Coordinator: After securing the recital date, venue and faculty committee, the student must:

1. Complete the RECITAL APPLICATION (available in the “Current Students” area on the Music and Dance Department website  www.gvsu.edu/music).
2. Send the completed application to the recital coordinator, Prof. John Martin(marjohnt@gvsu.edu).
3. Application must be submitted 4 weeks before prerecital hearing.

Dress Rehearsal: A dress rehearsal in the recital space should be scheduled as soon as possible after the committee has approved the recital. All performing personnel should be present. It is not necessary to include the faculty committee in this rehearsal with the exception of the applied teacher.

Recital Programs:
1. Students create their own recital programs with final editing by the applied teacher following the format of sample programs (available in the “Current Students” area on the Music and Dance Department website  www.gvsu.edu/music).
2. Three (3) copies of the complete program draft will be given to the recital committee at the prerecital hearing.
3. The program will include: titles, dates of composition, composers’ and/or arrangers’ birth and death dates, assisting personnel and their instruments, text translations for vocalists, and program notes if required by the applied teacher (but see no. 6 below).
4. Once the recital is approved, incorporate any final revisions in the program copy as suggested by the recital committee.
5. It is the performer’s responsibility to print his/her own programs.
6. Recitals that are BA senior projects (that is, done under MUS 479 01) must either include program notes or be done as lecturerecitals. See “Degree Programs” in the handbookfor further details.

Recording Request: If the performer would like the recital recorded, please fill out an Audio Recording Request form available in the “Current Students” area on the Music and DanceDepartment website  www.gvsu.edu/music.

Recital Checklist: The checklist for student recital planning is available in the “Current Students” area on the Music and Dance Department website  www.gvsu.edu/music.

Nondegree Recitals: If a student wants to perform a nondegree recital, it is the applied professor’s responsibility to schedule the recital during the first four weeks of the fall or winter semester.

 

28.  Dance Performances

In the senior year of the dance program, students present their own fully-produced dance performance by enrolling in DAN 495.  Students gain the ability to work collectively with other artists in their discipline to produce a concert of original choreography.  Senior students are categorized into two groups:  

1) Presentation of a Fall Performance or 2) Presentation of a Spring Performance

The following steps are required for dance recitals:

1.  Confirmation of performance date takes place

2.  Students begin to develop the context and content of their concert.  All students must choreograph at least one original dance

3. Students schedule/publicize/hold a formal audition to select performers for their original choreography

4.  A rehearsal schedule is developed (at least 2 rehearsals per week are required) at least 2 months prior to the concert.  10:30-11:50am MWF is the allotted rehearsal time reserved for Senior Project, although additional rehearsal times are available

5.  Students fulfill the functions of technical theatre requirements i.e. stage manager, house manager, sound board operator, light board operator, etc. and all stage crew by delineating responsibilities among each other

6.  Press/Marketing materials are established and implemented to promote their event

Students are graded on the amount of participation in all aspects of the production process and by peer reviews of each other’s contribution to the concert.   Dance faculty determine the final grade a student receives for the course.

 

29.  Organizations

Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education:

Collegiate Chapter of the Music Educators National Conference (CMENC) is the only national association that addresses every aspect of music education--band, chorus, orchestra, general music, teacher education, and research.  MENC's more than 70,000 members represent all levels of teaching, from pre-kindergarten through postgraduate.  Since 1907, the national association for music education has worked to ensure that every student has access to a comprehensive, sequential, and high-quality program of music education.  The collegiate chapter at GVSU offers the future music educator--BME candidate--opportunities to serve music education needs of the surrounding area and experiences that facilitate professional growth and development.  Further information is available from Professor Charles Norris (norrisc@gvsu.edu), who serves as faculty advisor.

Momentum

The purpose of this organization shall be to provide and encourage student participation in dance on campus.  Its goal is to serve student needs while still upholding its standard of artistic excellence.  MOMENTUM is committed both to experimentation and high artistic quality, and its activities shall reflect this commitment.  The activities of MOMENTUM shall not be limited to a select few, but should reflect the wide variety of students interested in dance. Further information is available from Professor Shawn T Bible (bibles@gvsu.edu), who serves as faculty advisor.

Mu Phi Epsilon:

Delta Gamma chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon is active on the Grand Valley State University campus. Open to music majors, minors and non-majors who have achieved high grades in music theory, Mu Phi Epsilon is an international fraternity dedicated to the promotion of music, friendship and harmony.  Mu Phi typically provides service to the university and to the music department, performance opportunities to its members, in addition to awards and scholarships that are available.  Further information is available from Professor Barry Martin (martinb@gvsu.edu), who serves as faculty advisor.

Sigma Alpha Iota Colony:

Formed to "uphold the highest ideals of a music education" and "to further the development of music in America", Sigma Alpha Iota continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public. Over a century old, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity has been honored to welcome a multitude of women from all walks of life, including musicians, teachers, composers, and conductors who gain lifelong friendships and professional contacts through their fellow sisters. SAI seeks women who uphold the highest standards of music, shine as outstanding leaders in their community, and promote programs and activities that stress the importance of music at their university. The SAI Colony of GVSU is in its beginning stages and seeks to better the music department through community service, benefit projects, fundraisers, and yearly recitals and performances. Contact advisor Marlen Vavrikova (vavrikom@gvsu.edu) for more information on this honorary fraternity for women.

 

30.  Scholarships

A current list of scholarships is available online at www.gvsu.edu/music.

 

31.  Music Writing Prize Competition

The Department of Music sponsors an annual writing competition that is open to all students enrolled in music history, music literature, and music theory/analysis courses or in independent study in music during that academic year.  The purpose of the competition is to recognize and reward high-level thinking and writing about music, just as other awards recognize and reward high-level performance and teaching potential.  Students may submit a paper written for a course or independently; they may also revise and expand a course paper.  Three prizes of $300, $200, ad $100 are awarded.  Papers are due in the Music Department Office by the Friday before spring break.  They should be submitted with all indication of the author’s name removed.  Winners will be announced at the final Student Recital Hour of the Winter semester.

 

32.  Internships with Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra and Other Arts Organizations

Students interested in learning about working in arts management programs—both the business and artistic side of such organizations—are invited to consult with Professor Arthur Campbell concerning opportunities for internships with the GRSO and other organizations.  Stipends for internships are pegged to the number of hours worked per week.  An average of 12-15 hours per week may be expected as a minimum for such a position.

 

33. FERPA form for Students Requesting Recommendations

Students requesting a letter of recommendation from any faculty or staff member at GVSU must fill out a FERPA release form. The form is available at http://www.gvsu.edu/cms3/assets/C71AA871-B921-F9A3-865D739C82C9FB93/ferpa_release_for_reference_request.pdf

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