University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Music and Dance

Area Jury Information

University of Vermont Department of Music

Area Jury Policies

Woodwind/Brass/Percussion

Majors: All majors do an area jury each semester unless they have done a Senior Recital (MU 250) or a required Junior Recital (MU 150) that semester, or unless they are doing a Level jury that semester. First semester students may be excused by their teachers.

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)

Majors: All students registered for lessons at the MU 134 and MU 234 Level must perform a jury every semester. There are three exceptions to this rule:

1) At the instructor’s discretion, a student may be excused from performing a jury during their first semester of study.

2) Students do not need to perform a jury during the semester they perform a Level III audition.

3) Students do not need to perform a jury during the semester they perform a Level IV audition.

The jury will last 10-15 minutes. The student should be prepared to perform 5-10 minutes of music representative of the students’ progress. If the piece being performed on the jury contains a piano accompaniment, the piece must be performed accompanied. The student should be able to answer questions about the composer, style, historical context, and harmony of the pieces. The student is expected to demonstrate an understanding of the must he/she will be performing.

All the faculty members of the jury committee will provide written comments for the student. Juries are held on the first reading day during the Final Examination period at the end of each semester (The day after the last day of classes). All members of the string area faculty should make every effort to be present at juries. At minimum, two faculty members must listen to every jury. An unexcused absence from a jury will lower a student’s final grade for the semester two letter grades (a grade of C is the highest grade possible). A student may be excused from playing a jury due to illness, injury, death in the family, or other extreme circumstances, but must be excused in advance of the jury by the instructor and the head of the string area.

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.

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

Majors: end-of-semester area jury is formally required each semester except for:

a. First semester of study with a teacher,

b. Semester during which solo recital (e.g., Senior Recital) is given, and

c. Semester in which Level II.5 (Bachelor of Music) or Level III (Junior Standing) jury is played at end of semester

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 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 and pianists, the student creates a list with the private teacher that includes at least 20 tunes; faculty choose one piece from this list and the student plays that piece from memory (performing the melody, taking a solo, and comping).

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.

Voice

Majors, Minors, and Non-majors: All students taking singing lessons for credit, beyond the first semester of study, are required to take a performance examination each semester of study. An exception is occasionally made for those who are in the first semester of study with a different teacher from previous semesters. This requirement is the equivalent of a Final Examination, and is graded by a panel, or jury, of teachers (hence the nick-name for this type of performance examination). The jury makes recommendations to the principal teacher, who considers the recommendations when calculating the final grade.

General Requirement: 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 perform a jury, or performance examination, at the end of each semester of study. This requirement is the equivalent of a final examination and is graded by a panel, or jury, of teachers (hence its name). Each faculty member of the jury committee will provide written comments for the student, and will provide recommendations to the principal teacher, who then considers the recommendations when calculating the final course grade.

For the jury, the student should plan to perform at least two contrasting pieces drawn from the repertory studied during the semester. At least one piece must be played by memory. Per credit, the student should prepare approximately seven minutes of music. If more music is prepared, some pieces may not be heard in their entirety.

Juries will occur by individual appointment in a time block set aside for the purpose, typically early in the university's official exam schedule. An unexcused absence from a jury will reduce the student's course grade by two letters (for example, an A becomes a C).

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