Welcome to a new semester of Chamber Music at Jacobs School of Music.
All students wishing to enroll in chamber music this Fall semester 2013 must fill out the Chamber Music Group Sign-Up Form and turn it in to Professor Bae (JS 226) by Friday, September 13, 2013.
- Course Requirements and Participation Policies for MUS-F 450 and MUS-F 550
- Degree Requirements
- Finding a Group
- Finding a Coach
- Authorization and Final Schedule Adjustment Forms
- Frequently Asked Questions
Course Requirements and Participation Policies for MUS-F 450/MUS-F 550
There are significant changes to the Chamber Music Program. They are as follows:
- ALL students MUST be enrolled in chamber music to participate in a group.
- ALL members of a group MUST be enrolled in either MUS-F 450 (undergraduate student) or MUS-F 550 (graduate student).
- Groups must be comprised of three or more people (duos by special permission only).
- Please LIMIT your group participation to TWO GROUPS.
- Undergraduate students adding a Second Chamber Group must also enroll in section 6103.
- Graduate students adding a Second Chamber Group must also enroll in section 6104.
- If you feel that you must be in a third group, contact Prof. Bae for approval
- If you are in more than one group, you MUST be enrolled in chamber music for EACH group and turn in the sign-up sheet for EACH group.
- Please obtain the approval of a faculty member to act as your group's coach.
- If you are not able to find a coach by the group sign-up form deadline, we strongly urge you to WITHDRAW from chamber music this semester.
- Your group must receive at least seven coachings.
- Your group must perform in an IU venue (including master class).
There are separate class numbers for some specific chamber groups. These are as follows:
- MUS-F 445: Brass Chamber Ensemble
- Section 11998: Brass Choir (Cord)
- Section 12031: Trombone Choir (Lenthe)
- MUS-F 446: Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
- Section 12000: (Klug)
- MUS-F 447: Percussion Chamber Ensemble
- Section 12001: Percussion Ensemble (Tafoya)
- Section 12041: Hand Drumming (Spiro)
- MUS-F 449: Harp Ensemble
- Section 4102: (Szmyt, Tai)
- MUS-O 450: Jazz Chamber Ensemble
- Section 12003: Jazz Combos (Allen)
- Section 12039: Latin Jazz Ensemble (Spiro)
- Section 33227: Vocal Jazz Ensemble 2 (Wilder)
- MUS-Y 450: Early Music Chamber Ensemble
- Section 12006: (Elliott)
- MUS-F 545: Brass Chamber Ensemble
- Section 11999: Brass Choir (Cord)
- Section 12032: Trombone Choir (Lenthe)
- MUS-F 546: Woodwind Chamber Ensemble
- Section 33546: Clarinet Choir (Klug)
- MUS-F 547: Percussion Chamber Ensemble
- Section 12002: Percussion Ensemble (Tafoya)
- Section 12042: Hand Drumming (Spiro)
- MUS-F 549: Harp Ensemble
- Section 4108: (Szmyt, Tai)
- MUS-O 550: Jazz Chamber Ensemble
- Section 12004: Jazz Combos (Allen)
- Section 12040: Latin Jazz Ensemble (Spiro)
- Section 33229: Vocal Jass Ensemble 2 (Wilder)
- MUS-Y 550: Early Music Chamber Ensemble
- Section 12007: (Elliott)
For groups that require authorization, the Music Undergraduate/Graduate office will need permission from the instructor to be entered online so that you may register.
If you are in one or more of these special chamber ensembles, please be sure that you are registered in the correct class number. If you are not registered in the appropriate class number, then you will need to adjust your Fall 2013 schedule on OneStart. If you are participating in chamber music with a faculty coach but not in one of the groups listed above, then you MUST register in MUS-F 450 or 550.
Please note that certain degrees have certain chamber music requirements and not all groups will count for all degrees. Check your bulletin, degree sheet, or academic advisement report to see whether or not the chamber group that you want to take will count for your program requirements. You can also ask in the Music Undergraduate/Graduate Office.
INCOMPLETES: If you have an existing incomplete and wish to remove it, DO NOT ENROLL for chamber music--it will be counted as a valid enrollment. Just make sure that you state on the group sign-up form that you're removing an incomplete. If you've already enrolled and have an incomplete, you can drop chamber music for this semester. The exception to this rule is if you are a diploma or performance major--in this case, you'll need to be in TWO groups: one group to remove the incomplete, the other group to satisfy your current enrollment (since you're required to be enrolled in chamber music every semester). Any incompletes must be made up within a semester after getting it.
Please remember: The final day for submitting completed Chamber Music group sign-up forms for this semester is Friday, September 13, 2013
Students who have not been able to form groups by the deadline will need to drop the course to avoid a failing grade.
The Chamber Music requirement differs according to degree. Please use the School of Music Bulletin or check with Music Advisory Records Service to determine how many Chamber Music credits will satisfy your degree requirement.
Finding a Group
Use the Bulletin Board or the Message Board on Oncourse to help you find a group. Remember to check regularly to see if there are other people who may be able to include you in their group.
Another way to find a group is by talking with fellow students and discussing the possibility of forming a group together. There are usually over 300 students enrolled in either F450/550 every semester, so there is a large pool of people to ask. Try asking at orchestra rehearsals, Clouse's Lounge, the second floor lounge, or any place where students gather.
If you are unsuccessful after exhausting these possibilities you may contact Professor Bae. He will endeavor to assist you in finding a group, but we cannot guarantee finding a group for you.
If you have not formed a group, please contact Professor Bae to arrange a short audition (approximately 10 minutes). He will then assign you to an appropriate group. You may schedule an audition by visiting Professor Bae's office and signing up on the schedule on his door. This audition applies to mixed ensembles as well (any instrument combination with strings).
String players wishing to form string quartet may audition for the Pacifica Quartet. If you have a preformed group and do not need to audition, you must submit a form (different from the Group Sign-Up Form) to let them know.
If you wish to perform in a mixed ensemble (wind with string, piano with string, etc.), please see Professor Bae for a short audition so he may assign you to an appropriate ensemble.
Finding a Coach
If you cannot find a coach for your group:
If your group has not been able to find a coach by the group sign-up form deadline, please withdraw from chamber music. If you require chamber music for graduation, please contact Professor Bae. Just be sure that you have made a good attempt to locate a coach on your own before asking for help.
To study chamber music with Professor Bae:
Groups comprised of strings only: please fill in the group sign-up form and speak with Professor Bae to obtain his approval.
Groups comprised of mixed instruments:
There will be limited space in Professor Bae's studio for mixed ensembles. Submit the form with his name and you will be notified if he is unable to coach you. At that point you will need to find another coach. You will have extra time should this be the case.
To study with another coach:
The best way to obtain a coach is to ask their permission in person. It is advisable to already have a complete chamber music group before asking for a faculty coach. The best ways to get in touch with faculty members are e-mail, phone, and knocking on their studio door. If you choose the latter alternative, please do not disturb other student's private lessons; wait until between lesson times to ask permission.
When you have the permission of the faculty member to use them as your chamber music coach, you may then sign up using their name.
Authorization and Final Schedule Adjustment forms
Students who need authorization signatures on their drop/add or registration forms should put the relevant form in the slot on Professor Bae's office door (JS 226). If you still have questions or concerns, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember that schedule adjustment will be done via e-drop/add strating from the second week of classes.
Chamber Music MUS-F 450 and MUS-F 550 Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I am participating in a group to help out my friends. I don't need credit for this ensemble to fulfill any degree requirements. Do I still need to enroll?
A. Yes, all members of all groups must be enrolled in MUS-F 450 (Undergrads) or MUS-F 550 (Graduates). Please keep in mind that graduate students have the option to enroll in the course for zero credit hours, but at least 50% of the members of each group must be enrolled for one credit hour.
Q. Somebody in my chamber group is not enrolled. What does this mean for the rest of us?
A. All members of all groups must be enrolled in one section of MUS-F 450/550 for each group they participate in. If anybody in your group is not enrolled (or is not making up an incomplete from a previous semester) all members of your group will receive incompletes, regardless of whether or not you met the other requirements for the semester. Make sure everybody in your group is enrolled!
Q. I am an undergraduate student, and I'm already at my 20 credit hour limit. I'd like to participate in another chamber group but I don't want to go over my limit. What can I do?
A. Some undergraduate students can reduce the number of hours they're enrolled in private lessons in order to make room for another section of chamber music. Check with the advisors in the Music Undergraduate Office.
Q. I am a graduate student, and I don't need credit for chamber music to graduate. Do I really have to enroll in the course to participate?
A. Yes. ALL members of all groups must be enrolled in MUS-F 450/550. As a graduate student, though, you have the option of enrolling in the course for ZERO credit hours. This means you won't be charged any tuition for the course, but will only have to pay a fee to the registrar to enroll.
Q. How many chamber groups may I participate in?
A. Please limit yourself to two (and enroll in the course once for each ensemble!). If you feel that you absolutely must participate in a third group, you will need to get explicit permission from Prof. Bae to do so.
Q. I have an incomplete grade in MUS-F 450/550 from a previous semester. Do I need to enroll in the course this semester to make up my grade?
A. No. If you're participating in a chamber group this semester to make up for a previous semester's Incomplete, please indicate it on the group sign-up form when your group is formed. You should not enroll in the course for this ensemble. (But if you are also participating in any other ensembles, you will need to enroll in the course for those).
Q. I'm a graduate student and I enrolled in MUS-F 550 for zero hours. I thought this meant the class was free, but now my bursar bill shows I owe $18. What's going on?
A. The $18 fee is charged by the Indiana University Registrar for their record keeping and maintenance of your grades for this course, even though it doesn't cost any tuition. We cannot waive this fee, and the Registrar won't either. The $18 fee applies to any zero-hour course at IU.
Q. Everybody in our chamber group is enrolled, but we just received an email saying that fewer than half of us are enrolled for credit. What exactly does this mean?
A. All members of all groups must be enrolled in MUS-F 450/550. Graduate students have the option to enroll for zero credit hours, but at least half the group must be enrolled for more than zero hours. Example: a brass quintet with two undergraduates and three graduates might have all five members enrolled in the course, but only the two undergraduates are paying for it. One of the graduate students will have to switch from zero hours to one hour. It's up to you and your group to decide who has to pay.
Q. I understand that everybody in my group has to be enrolled, but I don't understand why more than half have to be enrolled for one hour. What is this rule for?
A. As an ensemble working with a Jacobs School of Music faculty member, you are benefitting from our world class faculty. Those faculty members have to be paid. Their salaries come from the tuition you pay.
Q. I want/need to be in chamber music this semester, but I don't have a group. Can I just be assigned to a group?
A. No. It is your responsibility to put together your chamber group, and in the end, a group that you put together will be more successful than one you're assigned to. If you still have not managed to form a group by the third week of the semester, you should drop the course to avoid earning an incomplete, which you would have to make up in a future semester. Use the Bulletin Board or the Message Board on Oncourse to help you find a group. Remember to check regularly to see if there are other people who may be able to include you in their group. Another way to find a group is by talking with fellow students and discussing the possibility of forming a group together. There are usually over 300 students enrolled in either F450/550, so there is a large pool of people to ask. Try asking at orchestra rehearsals, Clouse's Lounge, the second floor lounge, or any place where students gather.
Q. What if I can't find a chamber group before the deadline?
A. You should drop the course immediately to avoid an Incomplete grade, which will have to be made up in a future semester. The exception to this rule is Performer Diploma students who must be enrolled in Chamber Music every semester. PD students need to make an extra effort to ensure that they're properly signed-up and enrolled in chamber music.