The program for the general music major includes MUSI 121, 122, 125, 126, 221, 222, 225, 226, 321, 322, and 420; at least one course chosen from MUSI 301, 302, or 304; enrollment in applied lessons each semester the student is on campus (in the student’s major instrument or voice ;only study in the declared major applied area will be counted toward the major GPA); enrollment in a Music Department ensemble during each semester the student is on campus (only one ensemble per semester will count toward the major GPA; that ensemble must involve the major applied area, except for pianists and guitarists); attendance at campus concerts, recitals, and music convocations, to be factored into the major applied grade each semester at professor’s discretion.
Music majors are required to demonstrate competence at the keyboard by passing all components of the piano proficiency exam by the end of the sophomore year. Declared music majors, or those contemplating a music major, must enroll in piano until passing the piano proficiency exam. Completing piano proficiency is a prerequisite for admission into 300 and 400 level music courses (except for MUSI 321/322). Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the department chair in unusual circumstances.
If the music major’s adviser is not a music faculty member, it is strongly urged that the student find an adviser in the music department by the end of the freshman year.
Students intending to declare a major in music should do so by the end of the freshman year (with approval from and in consultation with the music faculty). Music majors must declare a major applied area at this time.
Sequential courses must be taken and passed in sequence. Exceptions may be granted by the department chair.
Major requirements may not be audited.
The culminating experience for music majors is an independent study (MUSI 420) in the senior year, consisting of an in-depth investigation of a topic chosen by the student in conjunction with a member of the music faculty. The topic must be approved by the music faculty.
Music majors who concentrate in performance present a half recital before the end of the junior year, and a full recital before the end of the senior year. All requirements for the general major apply.
A pre-recital hearing will take place three weeks before any student recital. All recital repertoire must be performed at the hearing. Following the pre-recital hearing, the music faculty will either allow the recital to go forward, require a postponement, or cancel the recital. The music faculty reserves the right to declare any degree recital unsatisfactory. In such an event, the recital must be presented again (for the music faculty only), within one month of the original performance date, and at a satisfactory level. Failure to do so will result in a grade of F in the major applied area for the semester.
All students (regardless of major) enrolled in applied or group lessons will take a jury exam at the end of each semester. Exemptions from this requirement may be given at the discretion of the applied professor. Consult the department for specific jury requirements.
In the sophomore evaluation, held at the end of the sophomore year, the music faculty evaluates a music major’s progress. Students are advised on strengths and weaknesses in music courses, ensembles, applied lessons, and piano proficiency. GPA and timely progress toward completing major requirements are also considered. In a successful evaluation, the music faculty will advise appropriate steps to address any perceived weak points and encourage the student to continue in the major.
Dahl Chapel and Auditorium
Most musical events at Monmouth College are held in the Auditorium, a 600-seat facility built in 1896. Its warm acoustic environment has been praised by visiting artists. The building has been further enhanced by a renovation project in 2003.
Austin Hall (named for former Monmouth Conservatory director Merrill Austin) houses the offices of the music faculty and is where most music classes are held. There are several practice rooms with Yamaha and other pianos and a small computer lab as well. A piano lab was added in the fall of 2004.