Lessons and Ensemble Information

Music Lessons & Performances

There are four levels of music lessons: 1000-level, 2000-level, 3000-level, and 4000-level. The first digit of the course number indicates the level. Incoming students register for 1000-level, e.g., MUS 1713. Students progress through the repertoire and skills for each level then audition for the music faculty before moving on to the next level. You must have faculty permission before registering for levels higher than 1000. The audition to pass to the next level takes place during performance finals at the end of the semester. The audition includes sight-reading. Your teacher will give you more information on the requirements for each level. Transfer students may audition for advanced levels upon enrollment at the College. 

Performance Finals

At the end of each semester, all music majors and  minors taking music lessons perform on their main instrument or voice for music faculty. Non majors or minors taking lessons are strongly encouraged to perform as well. Sign-up sheets will be  offered in advance of date and location announced. Students are expected to arrive with Performance Final forms filled out summarizing their work that semester. Students who have given a recital during the semester may be excused from giving a Performance Final. 


To receive credit for music lessons, music majors perform at least twice, minors once each semester on Musicorum, the music department recital hour for students and faculty. Musicorum gives students an opportunity to develop stage presence in front of an audience. Appropriate recital dress and atmosphere is expected. A brief commentary on your piece is welcome. All students are expected to perform on Musicorum, including those giving recitals that semester. Musicorums are held several times each semester at 2:00 p.m. Thursdays--the schedule is posted online.

Once you and your teacher have agreed that you will perform, complete a Musicorum form and have your teacher initial it--form is found online. Give complete information, including composer and dates, movements to be performed, accompanist, approximate length, etc. Give the completed form to Dr. Schwarze by Friday before the Musicorum.