University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Recitals and Juried Exams

Intermediate Level Examination (Level III)

The Intermediate Level Examination (Level III) is a juried examination typically done at the end of the second year of study. For students whose concentrations do not require a Senior Recital (B.A. students in either Music History or Theory/Composition), this examination is the capstone performance experience. For students whose degrees or concentrations do require a Senior Recital (B.A. students in either Jazz Studies or Performance, as well as Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science in Music Education students), this examination must be passed before they are accepted for study in MU 234.

Students are expected to prepare 15-20 minutes of music in consultation with their applied lesson teacher and to provide a formal program that includes title and date of the compositions (and movements if applicable), name and dates of the composers, and timings. Please bring 11 copies of the program (NOTE: the Office will not provide copies). Faculty members who make up the jury may ask the student general questions about the pieces, the composers, related compositions, etc.

Students are expected to show significant progress from their Music Major Audition (Level II) and should demonstrate the ability to control their performance medium in several contrasting styles. Students must have performed on at least two Student Performance Recitals before they are eligible for this examination. Jazz Studies concentrators and B. S. students studying jazz repertoire have special requirements. These examinations are held during the first and last weeks of each semester and are scheduled by the Music & Dance Department Office.

Solo Recital Examination (Level IV)

Successful completion of this examination is required for all students presenting a Senior Recital (MU 250) as well as Bachelor of Music students presenting a Junior Recital (MU 150). This examination must be taken 4-6 weeks prior to the date of the recital. The student must be able to perform their entire recital program, must have all performers present, and must provide a formal program as described in the Intermediate Level Examination (Level III) above. A Recital Request Form (blue form) must be completed and returned to the Department Office prior to your Level IV.

Students must have performed on at least four Student Performance Recitals before they are eligible for this examination. An unsuccessful Solo Recital Examination (Level IV) may result in the recital being postponed or canceled. Jazz Studies concentrators and B. S. students studying jazz repertoire have special requirements. These examinations are scheduled as needed by the Music & Dance Department Office.

Junior Recitals

Only Bachelor of Music students are required to perform a Junior Recital (MU 150). Students should work closely with their applied lesson teachers to make sure that the repertoire they select is appropriate for their performance area. Required Junior Recitals are scheduled through the Department Office. A Solo Recital Examination (Level IV) must be passed four to six weeks prior to the recital date, and is also scheduled through the Department Office.

Students in other degree programs may opt to do a non-required recital. These recitals may be scheduled through the Music & Dance Department Office by the applied lesson teacher.

Senior Recitals

Music Education students, Bachelor of Music students, and Bachelor of Arts students with Performance or Jazz Studies concentrations perform a Senior Recital (MU 250) as the capstone experience in the performance area. Students should work closely with their applied lesson teachers to make sure that the repertoire they select meets the guidelines of their degree or concentration. Jazz Studies concentrators and B. S. students studying jazz repertoire have special requirements.

Senior Recitals are scheduled through the Department Office. A Solo Recital Examination (Level IV) must be passed four to six weeks prior to the recital date, and is also scheduled through the Music & Dance Department Office.

Frequently Asked Questions for Student Recitals

Who is required to perform a Senior Recital?

All students in the B.S. and B.Mus. programs, as well as students in the Performance and Jazz Studies concentrations of the B.A.

What is required in a recital? How long should the recital be?

Students in the B.A. Performance and Jazz Studies concentrations as well as students in the the B.Mus. program are required to perform a solo recital in their last year of study. These recitals should consist of a minimum of 50 minutes of music, and should follow the guidelines published by each area of study.

Students in the B.S. in Music Education program are also required to perform a solo recital in the last year of study. Due to the rigorous course demands of Music Education degree, these solo recitals should consist of a minimum of 25 minutes of music.

When should I schedule my recital?

Students should begin thinking about their recital date in the semester before they will give the recital. The Department Office generally creates three recital dates for each semester, and the dates and times are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Students should complete the Recital Application Form (available from the Department Office), after consulting with their applied teacher, family, and the department concert schedule.

How is my recital graded?

Your applied teacher grades the recital; however, two full-time faculty members are required to be in attendance to serve as a Faculty Jury. You must obtain signatures from these faculty members on the Recital Application Form. The purpose of the faculty jury is to resolve grade disputes as well as monitor the overall quality of recitals in the Department.

Can I record my recital?

Required recitals are recorded for the departmental archives, and the recordings become the property of the Department. Contact the Department Office for information about obtaining a copy of your recital recording.

Do I have to pay for anything?

The Music Department will pay for the expenses incurred by required recitals. You must pay fees for non-required recitals (that can be shared by two people presenting a joint recital, for instance) including accompanist fees.

What about accompaniment?

Most students need to perform with an accompanist. The department will pay the cost of an accompanist for required recitals only. The student presenting the recital must pay the accompanist for non-required recitals.

What about receptions?

You are welcome to have a reception following your recital. However, receptions are not allowed in either the Music Building or Southwick.

May I give a non-required recital?

Yes. Many students present non-required recitals. Non-required recitals must be sponsored by the student's lesson teacher (Please note that required recitals receive scheduling priority). Students giving non-required recitals are responsible for providing their own programs, posters, recordings, etc. Please contact the Department Office for more information.

Last modified October 20 2016 09:53 AM