Creative Thesis Option - Recital

  1. The student will be admitted to the program upon successful audition before the appropriate applied faculty. The applied faculty coordinator will schedule this audition which should take place prior to the student's enrollment for graduate-level applied instruction.
  2. The student must be accepted for private study with an applied faculty member.
  3. The student and the applied teacher will determine the program and date of the recital.
  4. The applied teacher will supervise the student's preparation of written materials relative to the recital.
  5. At least four weeks prior to the recital date the first draft of the written materials (paper) will be in the hands of the student's committee members. The paper will conform to the formal requirements for theses as set forth by the Graduate School.
  6. The paper will include information concerning theoretical and practical considerations necessary to the artistic performance of each composition to be presented. The committee chairperson may invite additional faculty members whose expertise may be pertinent to a specific paper to serve temporarily on the committee. All drafts of the paper will be typed clearly and legibly. Handwritten drafts will not be accepted.
  7. At least two weeks prior to the recital date the appropriate applied faculty and the members of the student's graduate committee will serve as a jury to hear the entire recital and to approve or disapprove its public performance. Scheduling the recital jury is the responsibility of the student's applied teacher.
  8. At least one week prior to the recital date all members of the committee must have initialed their approval of the paper.

In addition to the above requirements, applied area requirements are:

Brass and Woodwinds

  1. A recital jury is required before appropriate members of the applied area faculty at least two weeks prior to the date of the graduate recital.
  2. The recital will be approximately one hour in duration and contain at least forty-five minutes of music performance.
  3. The amount of repertoire to be memorized is at the discretion of the applied teacher.
  4. The recital literature will be approved by the student's applied teacher and represent the best literature for the given instrument at graduate level performance.

Guitar

  1. A recital jury is required before appropriate members of the applied area faculty at least two weeks prior to the date of the graduate recital.
  2. The recital will be approximately one hour in duration and contain approximately forty-five minutes of music performance.
  3. The amount of recital repertoire to be memorized is at the discretion of the applied teacher.
  4. The recital literature will be approved by the applied teacher and will represent the standard literature of contrasting style periods.

Percussion

  1. A recital jury is required before appropriate members of the applied area faculty at least two weeks prior to the date of the graduate recital.
  2. The recital will consist of approximately forty minutes of music.
  3. All areas of percussion, i.e., keyboard percussion (vibraphone and marimba), timpani, and multiple percussion will be represented.
  4. At least one selection will be accompanied, i.e., by piano or a chamber group.
  5. At least one avant-garde composition will be performed.

Piano

  1. A recital jury is required before appropriate members of the applied area faculty at least two weeks prior to the date of the graduate recital.
  2. The recital will contain compositions from at least two style periods.
  3. The recital will consist of forty to fifty minutes of memorized solo literature. If the student chooses to give a lecture recital, at least twenty-five minutes should be memorized performance.

Strings

  1. A recital jury is required before appropriate members of the string faculty at least two weeks prior to the date of the graduate recital.
  2. The recital will be approximately one hour in duration, consisting of standard literature performed at a level demonstrating artistic maturity.
  3. The recital program will contain works from three or four style periods and contain a virtuoso composition, an unaccompanied composition, a duo sonata or chamber work, and at least one memorized composition.

Organ

  1. A recital jury is required before appropriate members of the applied area faculty at least two weeks prior to the date of the graduate recital.
  2. The candidate must present a recital of not less than one hour in length. The recital may be performed with score.
  3. The recital will consist of repertoire drawn from the principal historical periods of organ composition.

Vocal

  1. By jury performance before at least three members of the voice faculty, the student must demonstrate vocal techniques, musicianship, and artistry compatible with graduate standards.
  2. In the auditions the student will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in singing French, German, Italian, and English compositions.
  3. The recital program must include selections in all four of the above languages. However, with consent of the voice faculty, students who demonstrate unusual proficiency in these languages may elect to present a specialized recital (i.e., a song cycle, solo cantata, etc.).

Conducting

  1. The student must have completed MUS 5030 Advanced Conducting with a grade of A- or better.
  2. The recital must consist of forty-five minutes of music performance. All literature must be approved by the student's committee. The literature must require a conductor; chamber music not requiring a conductor for successful performance is not acceptable.
  3. The student is responsible for acquiring performers and organizing the ensemble.
  4. If the recital performance requires a full semester of rehearsal, the student may request a section of MUS 1107 Small Ensemble to be offered under the supervision of the committee chair. Performers may enroll and receive one hour credit.
  5. The recital should represent success in the three major areas of conducting: score preparation, rehearsal, and performance.