The applicant's high school courses should include the preparatory courses specified under High School Preparation on p. 8 of the Undergraduate Bulletin. It is expected that the applicant will have developed a certain proficiency in one or more branches of applied music before entering the University, as certain standards in technique and repertory must be met. Qualifications are determined by the placement tests mentioned above; the student not qualifying for the first regular course in a major branch of applied music must take preparatory work until ready to undertake the regular courses.
The Dana School of Music theory placement examination is used to determine theory proficiency. Those scoring less than the 50th percentile will be assigned to Music 520, while those scoring above the 50th percentile will be assigned to Music 530.
Prospective composition majors must present evidence of ability to handle the materials of music by placing at or above the 70th percentile of the Dana School of Music theory entrance examination. Proficiency on a musical instrument sufficient for admission to the freshman level of applied music must be demonstrated before the appropriate applied faculty.
Admission from Other Institutions
The general policy is stated in the Academic Policies and Procedures section. Advanced standing in musical performance and in music theory is granted tentatively and must be validated by examinations.
Requirements for the Degree Bachelor of Music
It is the student's responsibility to see that all the graduation requirements for the degree sought are satisfied. These degrees may be earned in eight semesters if students average 16 hours per semester. For the Bachelor of Music degree, these consist of:
1. Pre-college or preparatory study, of two kinds:
- Academic. The specific courses are listed on p. 8 of this Bulletin. These courses are normally taken in high school. Deficiencies must be overcome prior to completing 60 semester hours at YSU.
- Musical. An entrant lacking suitable proficiency must develop it before undertaking the required college-level music courses.
2. University requirements. Non-music courses and other requirements to be completed in the University are listed in the Degree Requirements chart at the beginning of the College of Fine and Performing Arts section.
3. Degree requirements. Curricula leading to music degrees require from 124 to 142 semester hours of credit and are designed to be completed in four academic years.
Double Major: Music Performance and Music Education
Students who wish to complete a major (Bachelor of Music degree) in an instrument or in voice, theory, or composition, and also a major in music education, should consult the director of the Dana School of Music.
Acceptance into a performance area is contingent upon an audition. The student not qualifying for Music 1501 may take the relevant course 1500 until the deficiency is corrected.
Advanced standing in performance may be granted tentatively after an examination given by members of the faculty. The final classification is made at the end of the first semester of resident study.
Enrollments in applied music are contingent upon the approval of the director of the Dana School of Music, with priority given to full-time music majors and music minors participating in major ensembles.
Teacher Assignment. Assignment of students to teachers is made by the area coordinator. Requests for change of teacher should be addressed to the coordinator in writing. A student's choice of teacher will be respected as far as possible, but final assignment rests with the director of the School of Music.
Lessons. Students registered for 4 s.h. courses receive individual instruction and one 50-minute seminar weekly. They are required to practice three hours daily. Students registered for 2 and 3 s.h. courses receive individual instruction and one 50-minute seminar weekly; they are required to practice two hours daily. Students registered for A, B and C applied courses receive individual instruction and are required to practice one hour daily.
No credit will be given in a performance course if the student misses more than three lessons in any semester. Lessons missed due to legal holidays or school closings will not be made up. In case of prolonged illness the lessons may be made up at the discretion of the teacher.
Recitals. Recognizing that performing before an audience plays a vital role in musical development, the Dana School offers its students many opportunities to appear in public as a way to foster that development. Attendance at 30 recitals is mandatory in the first two years.
Convocation. The assistant director of the School arranges weekly programs of lectures, student and faculty performances. Attendance at 36 convocations is mandatory in the first two years.
Young Artist Competition. An annual concert by the Dana Symphony Orchestra features student soloists chosen by competition.
Degree And Non-degree Recitals. Each candidate for the degree Bachelor of Music must present a senior recital in partial fulfillment of the graduation requirements; performance majors must present a one-hour recital; music education majors must present a half-hour recital. Performance majors must also present a half-hour junior recital. Outstanding students may present non-degree recitals, subject to certain conditions (for particulars consult the coordinator of the Dana Concert Series). Planning for all these recitals should include selection of varied and balanced repertory, preparation of properly detailed copy for the printed program and program notes, and consideration of performance aspects such as attire, stage deportment, and ways to attract an audience. A recital hearing will be held no later than 21 days prior to the projected recital date. During that time a student who plans to present a degree recital must be prepared to perform the recital program for faculty approval.
Examinations. During examination week of each term performance faculty members convene to determine whether or not students may proceed to the next higher proficiency level (performance course number). Frequency of required examinations differs among the various performance areas (for specifics consult the syllabus of the performance area concerned). Transfer students are examined at the end of their first or second term of study, as established by the individual performance area. Students presenting an approved degree recital are granted a waiver of examination for the term of the recital. Students may be retained in the same proficiency level with a grade of C or lower or with a grade of PR. Students who fail to meet the standards of the examining faculty may be required to reduce the number of credits for which they register in subsequent terms; or they may be required to withdraw completely from the course sequence.
Each applied area (keyboard, brass, etc.) may vary the above to meet certain needs. Consult with area coordinator for details.
Jazz or Applied/BA Major
The following courses differ only in degree from those listed under Performance Major according to the credit hours earned. A high standard of proficiency is expected. For the jazz major, junior and senior recitals are required.
1501, 1502. See Performance Major 2+2 s.h.
2603, 2604. See Performance Major 3+3 s.h.
3703, 3704. See Major/Performance 3+3 s.h.
4803, 4804. See Major/Performance 3+3 s.h.
Music Education Major
The following courses differ only in degree from those listed under Performance Major according to the credit hours earned. Concentration in the development of basic technics relative to teaching in the elementary and secondary school systems is an integral component of study. A high standard of proficiency is expected. Senior recital required. This degree may be earned in eight semesters if students average 17 hours per semester.
1501, 1502. See Performance Major 2+2 s.h.
2601, 2602. See Performance Major 2+2 s.h.
3701, 3702. See Performance Major 2+2 s.h.
4801. See Performance Major 2+2 s.h.
The following courses are for the student who has a requirement of study on a secondary instrument or voice or who does not meet the standards required in the major courses. No seminar is required. Initial enrollment is contingent upon successful completion of an audition.
1500 A, B 1+1 s.h.
2600 A, B 1+1 s.h.
3700 A, B 1+1 s.h.
5800 A, B 1+1 s.h.
In order to obtain experience in the performance of music written for instrumental and vocal groups, students are required to participate in ensembles as follows:
All vocal and instrumental majors must be in a major ensemble each term they are full-time students. The director of the School of Music may waive ensemble participation in exceptional cases, and during the student-teaching quarter.
There are two types of ensembles in the school of music major ensembles and chamber ensembles. Major ensembles rehearse a total of three or four hours per week and chamber ensembles for two hours.
Ensemble courses are open to all students in the University who are qualified for them and any ensemble course may be repeated any number of semesters.
Requirements in addition to the above but unique to each ensemble:
- For students pursuing the jazz emphasis curriculum, the Jazz Ensemble is considered the major ensemble. 023 Jazz Ensemble meets for three hours per week.
- Opera workshop 012 culminates in the production of one or more operas. Credit is given in accordance with the amount of work chosen by the student, ranging from one to three quarter hours.
- Madrigal Singers 003 is a highly select ensemble which presents numerous concerts and rehearses two hours per week for 1 s.h. credit.
- Woodwind ensemble may include quartets, quintets, and various other combinations of instruments. 1 s.h. each.
- Composers' Ensemble: Performance of works by student composers or other works which will assist student composers in the development of an original, creative style. Meets two hours per week. 1 s.h.