University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Area Jury Policies

Fall 2016 Areas: Wednesday, December 14th

Area Juries take place at the end of each semester and serve as the final exam for private lessons. Students perform for their private teacher and the faculty in that area. The jury will provide written feedback for the student.

All music majors must perform an area jury each semester, unless they are performing a Junior or Senior Recital that semester, or plan to do a Level III exam at the end of the semester. Majors who have done a Level III/IV audition at the beginning of the semester may still be required to do an area jury by their teacher.

Music majors in their first semester of study may be excused at their teacher's discretion.

Some music minors and non-majors/non-minors may also be required to perform an area jury. See each Area below for any exceptions to these rules.

Woodwind/Brass/Percussion

Minors and Non-majors: Minors and non-majors are not generally required to perform area juries, but may be required to do so by their teachers.


Strings (including Classical Guitar)

Minors and Non-majors: Minors and non-majors are not required to perform area juries.


Jazz (all students studying in the Jazz area regardless of degree or concentration)

Minors and Non-majors: Minors and non-majors are not required to perform area juries.

Required Jazz Tunes

The "tune test" is taken in the semester preceding the Senior Recital, during the end-of-semester area jury. This is an added component--it does not replace the usual end-of-semester area jury.

For the tune test, faculty name four pieces from the UVM List of Required Jazz Tunes. The student chooses one from the four named and performs the piece from memory, demonstrating an accurate melody and successful navigation of the chord changes.

For guitarists, pianists, and bassists, the student creates a list with the private teacher that includes at least 20 tunes chosen from the UVM List of Required Jazz Tunes. Faculty choose one piece from this list and the student plays that piece from memory (performing the melody, taking a solo, and comping).


Voice

Minors and Non-majors: Minors and non-majors are not generally required to perform area juries, but may be required to do so by their teachers.

For every credit of applied study, there should be a system of vocalizes, as well as 4 repertory pieces that have been memorized and performed. So, if you are taking 2 credits of singing, you should have a large number of vocalizes and at least 8 repertory pieces by the end of the semester of study.


Piano

Majors, Minors, and Non-majors: All students taking piano lessons for credit are required to take a performance examination, or jury, at the end of each semester of study. This requirement is the equivalent of a final examination, and is graded by a panel of teachers. The jury provides written comments to the student and makes recommendations to the principal teacher, who considers the recommendations when calculating the final grade.

Per credit, the student should perform at least two contrasting pieces drawn from repertory studied during the semester. At least one piece must be played by memory.

Updated 11/18/2016

Last modified November 18 2016 12:30 PM