At the end of each semester, the faculty will hear students perform in “juries.” The fall semester juries are for seniors. Spring juries are for everyone else. Private instructors may, in some cases, excuse non-major students from having to play a jury, but this is unusual. Dates and times for juries are sent to students in
advance and are also posted (outside of MH 25) prior to the jury date. If the assigned time is not possible, it is your responsibility to contact the Department Chair to reschedule.
Singers are required to have juries accompanied, and usually a member of the music faculty will be present at the jury to accompany you, unless you arranged on your own to bring someone else. If you expect to be accompanied and do not have your own accompanist, you MUST make sure that the accompanist has a copy of the music to use (and use the guidelines provided in the Accompanist section of this handbook for information on how to prepare a copy).
Instrumentalists should make their own arrangements for juries if they wish to have an accompanist.
Your private lesson grade is awarded by the private instructor. At the time of your jury, all music faculty present (including the instructor, if present) will complete an online assessment form. The comments by the faculty will be taken into consideration by the instructor in his/her final grading. After the jury day, you may read the comments on the assessment form. The staff in the Music Office will keep these on file.