Applied Lessons

Private instruction emphasizes the development of technique and the exploration of appropriate literature, as well as background information necessary for crafting compelling performance, and issues related to performers’ health.  Applied lessons at SMSU are offered at three levels described below.
  • 100 level lessons are for non-music majors and majors studying secondary instruments
  • 200 level lessons are for music majors and minors in their freshman and sophomore years, and any upperclassman that has not successfully completed a Junior Proficiency.
  • 300 level lessons are for music majors who have completed their Junior Proficiency.



Expectations
Students in all levels of applied lessons will:

  1. properly prepare for and attended all scheduled lessons (as defined below)
  2. practice regularly in order to make suitable progress (as defined below for each level)
  3. learn solo literature and appropriate etudes for their instrument/voice and level of study
  4. learn scales, rudiments, and other patterns essential to developing strong technique
  5. practice sight-reading skills
  6. perform for their peers in master-classes and student recitals (as described below)
  7. act professionally in performance and other matters (see below)
  8. conduct appropriate research into the backgrounds and contexts of the pieces they are studying and the composers of those pieces
  9. become aware of health risks associated with the performing on their instrument and recognize their warning signs
  10. complete other assignments as given by individual instructors

 

Required Course Materials
Each instructor will determine the appropriate materials for each student based on:

  1. current technical and music skills
  2. technical and musical deficiencies
  3. standard and appropriate material for the individual instrument

**All students are expected to purchase their own lesson materials, and to consult resources available in the SMSU Library and online for research.


Lesson Preparation and Attendance

At the 100 level, all students are expected to attend one 30 minute lesson each week or, at the request of the instructor, a 60 minute lesson every two weeks. (Failure to attend lessons regularly and/or lack of advanced communication with instructors regarding absences will be grounds for reductions in grade at the discretion of the instructor.) In preparation for these lessons, students are expected to practice at least 4 hours per week.

At the 200 level, all music majors and minors are expected to attend one 30 minute lesson each week or, at the request of the instructor, a 60 minute lesson every two weeks. (Failure to attend lessons regularly and/or lack of advanced communication with instructors regarding absences will be grounds for reductions in grade at the discretion of the instructor.) In preparation for these lessons, students are expected to practice at least 7 hours per week.

At the 300 level, lesson durations and practice amounts will be determined by the number of credits for which the student has registered
1. For all 2 credit lessons, music majors are expected to attend one 30 minute lesson each week or, at the request of the instructor, a 60 minute lesson every two weeks. Students are expected to practice at least 7 hours per week.
2. For all 3 credit lessons, music majors are expected to attend one 60 minute lesson each week. Students are expected to practice at least 10 hours per week.


(Failure to attend lessons regularly and/or lack of advanced communication with instructors regarding absences will be grounds for reductions in grade at the discretion of the instructor.)

 

 

 

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