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Brass & Percussion Undergraduate Degree Options

Students new to KU in Fall 2013 (and all semesters thereafter) must follow the degree requirement check sheets posted here, which include the KU Core. Students who were admitted to their current degree at KU prior to Fall 2013, please continue to follow the requirements in place when you began. In some instances, students who began prior to Fall 2013 can elect to change to the new degree requirements that include the KU Core. Please contact Rita Riley in the School of Music Student Services Office, Room 450 Murphy Hall, if you have any questions.

Brass & Percussion Undergraduate Handbook

(BM) Bachelor of Music in Performance

  1. ENROLLMENT: 121 (2 semesters), 221 (2 semesters), 622 (4 semesters)
    4 credits: 50 minute lesson
  2. AUDITION: must be accepted by the brass and percussion faculty. The audition will consist of 1 or 2 contrasting solos and etudes; see audition requirements. Audition length is 10-15 minutes. Students other than entering freshmen will be placed in their appropriate semester of an 8-semester sequence. Apply & Audition.
  3. GRADING: jury performance; see grading criteria below.
  4. PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: performance on studio recital each semester and any additional performance requirements deemed by applied professor. A 1/2 recital is required at the junior level and a full recital of at least 50 minutes of music is required at the senior level.
  5. JURY: 20 minutes: solo with piano accompaniment or major unaccompanied solo as well as contrasting etude and/or other material.

(BA) Bachelor of Arts in Orchestral Instruments

  1. ENROLLMENT: 121 (2 semesters), 221 (2 semesters), 321 (2 semesters), 421 & 422
    2 credits: 50 minute lesson
  2. AUDITION: must be accepted by the brass and percussion faculty. The audition will consist of 1 or 2 contrasting solos with accompaniment and etudes; see audition requirements. Audition length is 10-15 minutes. Students other than entering freshmen will be placed in their appropriate semester of an 8-semester sequence. Apply & Audition.
  3. GRADING: jury performance; see grading criteria below.
  4. PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: performance on studio recital each semester and any additional performance requirements deemed by applied professor. A full recital of at least 50 minutes of music is required at the senior level.
  5. JURY: 15 minutes: solo with piano accompaniment or major unaccompanied solo as well as contrasting etude and/or other material.
  6. Barrier Jury: All undergraduate music majors will perform a special technique jury at the conclusion of their fourth semester.

(MEMT) Bachelor of Music Education and Music Therapy

  1. ENROLLMENT: 121 (2 semesters), 221 (2 semesters), 321 (2 semesters), 421 (music therapy only) & 422 (last semester of lessons) 
    2 credits: 50 minute lesson
  2. AUDITION: must be accepted by the brass and percussion faculty. The audition will consist of 1 or 2 contrasting solos with accompaniment and etudes; see audition requirements. Audition length is 10-15 minutes. Students other than entering freshmen will be placed in their appropriate semester of an 8-semester sequence. Apply & Audition.
  3. GRADING: jury performance; see grading criteria below.
  4. PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: performance on studio recital each semester and any additional performance requirements deemed by applied professor. A half recital is presented in the last semester of enrollment (422). The recital must have at least 25 minutes of appropriate repertoire decided upon in consultation with applied professor. All efforts should be made to split the recital with a brass or percussion colleague. The applied professor and one other professor from the division must be present to grade the recital.
  5. JURY: 8 minutes: solo with piano or major unaccompanied solo.
    Barrier Jury: All undergraduate music majors will perform a special technique jury at the conclusion of their fourth semester.
    Music Education students are required to perform juries for 7 semesters and give a 1/2 recital in final semester.
    Music Therapy students are required to have 6 semesters of juries with no recital requirement.

Music Minor

Designed to work with any major.

  1. ENROLLMENT: 100, 300.
    1 credit: 30 minute lesson
    2 credits: 50 minute lesson
  2. (24) credit hours
    (4) Theory I - MTHC 105
    (4) Theory II - MTHC 115
    (4) 100 level lessons (4 semesters, 1 credit per semester)
    (3) Masterworks - MUSC 336
    (9) Nine credits to be chosen from lessons, ensembles, and/or classes at the 300 level or above.
  3. AUDITION: by applied professor on space available basis. Apply & Audition.
  4. GRADING: jury performance; see grading criteria below.
  5. PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: participation encouraged in studio class; amount of performance outlined by each applied professor.
  6. JURY: 8 minutes: solo with piano or a major unaccompanied solo.

Nonmusic majors

Also for music majors on secondary instrument.

  1. ENROLLMENT: 100, 300
    1 credit: 30 minute lesson
    2 credits: 50 minute lesson
  2. AUDITION: by applied professor on space available basis. Apply & Audition.
  3. GRADING: see grading criteria below.
  4. PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: participation encouraged in studio class; amount of performance outlined by each applied professor.
  5. JURY: none, unless seeking Honor Recital nomination or if student is on music scholarship.
Grading

The following are the general parameters for applied music grades:

  1. Jury performance with respect to level of achievement expected at each stage of study. The jury grade counts as 50% of the semester grade in applied music.
  2. Progress during the semester
  3. Effort during the semester
  4. Attendance

Numbers 2-4 above are the main grading criteria for students who do not need to jury (not satisfying degree requirements).

Music majors must maintain a grade of B or higher in their lesson grades each semester to avoid studio probation. Those on studio probation must receive a grade of B or higher the next semester to continue.


Brass & Percussion Graduate Degree Options

Brass & Percussion Graduate Handbook

(DMA) Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance

  1. ENROLLMENT: 961 
    3-6 credits = 60 minute lesson
  2. AUDITION: 45 minute program representative of a Master's recital to be heard by the brass faculty prior to the start of the student's first semester. A live audition is required. A complete repertoire list including past programs should be furnished at the time of the audition. Apply & Audition.
  3. GRADING: jury performance; see grading criteria below.
  4. PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: studio recital and performances as recommended by the applied professor. The DMA degree requires four recitals; recital requirements are outlined in the DMA Handbook and Graduate Catalog. All recitals are graded by the student's advisory committee. The student must receive an average grade of B or better on each recital for satisfactory completion of degree requirements.
  5. PROGRAM NOTES: are required as part of each recital presentation. Notes must be submitted and approved by applied professor prior to final publication.
  6. JURY: 20 minutes: must include solo with accompaniment or major unaccompanied work. Excerpts and etude material may also be asked. These juries are heard by the Brass & Percussion faculty and Committee on Graduate Studies (COGSM). Juries are optional after the DMA student has presented his/her first DMA recital.

Click for DMA handbook (pdf) and graduate catalog».

(MM) Master of Music

  1. ENROLLMENT: 811
    4 credits = 60 minute lesson
  2. AUDITION: 30 minute program similar to the level of a senior recital to be heard by the brass faculty prior to the start of the student's first semester. A recording can also be used for acceptance if approved by a majority of the brass and percussion division; a live audition may be requested. A complete repertoire list including past programs should be furnished at the time of the audition. Apply & Audition.
  3. GRADING: jury performance; see grading criteria below.
  4. PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: studio recital and performances as recommended by the applied professor. One full recital (at least 50 minutes of music) in a semester agreed upon by student and applied professor.
  5. PROGRAM NOTES: are required as part of the final recital presentation. Notes must be submitted and approved by applied professor prior to final publication.
  6. JURY: 20 minutes: must include solo with accompaniment or major unaccompanied work. Excerpts and etude material may also be asked.

Click here for MM handbook (pdf).

Graduate 711 credit

For graduate students not majoring in brass or percussion applied area. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment requires instructor approval.

  1. ENROLLMENT: 711
    1 credit = 30 minute lesson
    2 credits = 60 minute lesson
  2. AUDITION: heard as determined by the applied professor. If professor deems audition necessary, student will be heard by the third week of class by the brass and percussion faculty or at jury time to take effect the following semester. Apply & Audition.
  3. GRADING: jury performance; see grading criteria below.
  4. PUBLIC PERFORMANCE: performance requirements are at the discretion of the applied professor.
  5. JURY: 8 minutes: solo with piano, or major unaccompanied solo, as well as two contrasting etudes or other contrasting material. A jury is only necessary in semesters that fulfill a degree requirement.
Grading

The following are the general parameters for applied music grades:

  1. Jury performance with respect to level of achievement expected at each stage of study. The jury grade counts as 50% of the semester grade in applied music.
  2. Progress during the semester
  3. Effort during the semester
  4. Attendance

Numbers 2-4 above are the main grading criteria for students who do not need to jury (not satisfying degree requirements).

Music majors must maintain a grade of B or higher in their lesson grades each semester to avoid probation. Those on probation must receive a grade of B or higher the next semester to continue.


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