Junior Proficiency Performance Exam

MUS 300, Junior Proficiency

During the third or fourth semester of applied music study (3rd semester for emphases in Music in the Liberal Arts, theory/composition, & management; 4th semester for all others), all music majors will register for the zero credit MUS 300, Junior Proficiency course. At the conclusion of that semester those students will complete the Junior Proficiency Exam. Successful completion of this examination is a requirement for all music degrees/emphases, and is a prerequisite for registering for Junior Recitals (MUS 396, 397, & 399) and Senior Recitals (MUS 496, 497, 498, & 499). The following guidelines should be followed in preparing for and completing the Junior Proficiency.

A. All students enrolled in MUS 300 must schedule the performance portion of their examination during jury times in the spring semester or at a time free for all full-time faculty and their instructor at the end of fall semesters. The Oral examination portion of the proficiency will be scheduled at a time suitable for all full-time faculty and the student’s applied instructor.


B. At the time of the Junior Proficiency all students must hand-in a repertory list of the works studied in their applied lessons up to that point.


C. Junior Proficiencies in all areas will consist of the following four components:


1. Performance of a work (or works)
 

**Students and applied instructors should consult the list representative works for each instrument for the skill level expected in a Junior Proficiency. Guidelines are also provided for vocalists.
a. Voice majors—Of the works studied in the semester of the Junior Proficiency, three will be selected by the members of the committee for performance by the student. The student may perform the works in any order they choose.
b. Instrumental majors—Of the works studied during the students' first four semesters of applied study, two will be selected by the members of the committee for performance by the student. The student may perform the works in any order they choose.
**Accompanists are required for any piece that calls for such accompaniment.
 

2. Sight Reading
 

a. Voice majors—Sight reading utilizing steps and leaps with the tonic and closely related keys.
b. Instrumental majors—Sight reading at appropriate level (Grade 3 or higher)
 

3. Technique
 

a. Voice majors—The student will perform a series of vocalizations (chosen by the student in conjunction with the instructor) in order to demonstrate appropriate technique in the following areas:
1) Intonation
2) Registration
3) Range (female—2 octaves; male—1 octave & a sixth)
4) Agility
 

b. Instrumental majors (Woodwinds, Brass & Strings)— In order to demonstrate technical mastery of standard scale range and intonation, the student will perform major and minor scales as listed below, and the chromatic scale (full range of the instrument; no less than 2 octaves). Scales will be chosen by the committee.
1) BA in Music (Music in the Liberal Arts; theory/composition; management)—Concert A, D, G, C, F, Bb, Eb and their relative minors (natural minors)
2) BS in Music Education—Concert B, E, A, D, G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db and their relative minors (natural and harmonic minors)
3) BA in Music (Instrumental Performance)—All major and minor scales (natural, harmonic, & melodic)
 

c. Instrumental majors (Piano & Keyboards)— In order to demonstrate technical mastery of standard scale range and intonation, the student will perform major and minor scales as listed below using two hands and four octaves in parallel and contrary motion. The student will also perform the chromatic scale (full range of the instrument). Scales will be chosen by the committee.
1) BA in Music (Music in the Liberal Arts; theory/composition; management)—Concert A, D, G, C, F, Bb, Eb and their relative minors (natural minors)
2) BS in Music Education—Concert B, E, A, D, G, C, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db and their relative minors (natural and harmonic minors)
3) BA in Music (Piano Performance & Pedagogy)—All major and minor scales (natural, harmonic, & melodic)
 

d. Percussionists—In addition to the performance of scales on a mallet instrument of choice according to subsection b (Instrumental Majors), all percussionists will perform the following rudiments:
1) Single stroke roll
2) Five, Nine, Thirteen, and Seventeen stroke rolls
3) Single and Double Paradiddles
4) Flam, Flam Accent, Flam Tap, Flam Paradiddle
5) Drag
6) Single and Double Ratamacue
 

4. Content Specific Questions

Students will be given a brief oral examination that will focus on questions relating to the following areas (scheduled separately from performance portion)
 

a. Vocal majors
1) Composer background
2) Basic vocal physiology and function
3) Diction
4) Reference texts
5) Meaning of texts
6) Names of singers
7) Vocal health
8) Hearing health
 

b. Instrumental majors
1) Composer background
2) Basic breathing, tonguing, hand/stick/bow position and usage
3) Proper tone & tone development
4) Intonation tendencies
5) Basic methods and resources
6) Names of performers (on appropriate instrument)
7) Performance practice (stylistic and historical)
8) Hearing health
9) Posture and physical performance health\
 

D. Students who fail two or more sections must retake the entire exam. Students who fail only one section may retake on the missed section; however, that section must be passed by the end of the next semester of applied study in order to receive a passing grade in those lessons.
 

E. Students may retake either the entire exam or the portion failed (if failing only one section) twice (The total number of attempts at the exam may not exceed three). Those students who fail to pass the exam by the third attempt will be unable to successfully complete a degree in music and will be counseled into another area of study.
 

F. Students must continue to register for applied lessons every semester until the Junior Proficiency is successfully completed. No student will be allowed to retake any portion of the Junior Proficiency without concurrently taking lessons during that semester.
 

G. All accompanist fees must be paid in full in order to receive credit for passing the Junior Proficiency.
 

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