Performance and Composition Study
Assignments of Students
Assignment of students to performance and composition faculty studios is carried out through the registration procedures. Each performance faculty member has a section number for each level taught (for example V400, V700, V900, etc.). For a student to register for a specific teacher's section, that teacher must sign an authorization form. The Office of Music Advising and Records Services (MARS, Merrill Hall 011), comprised of the Music Undergraduate Office and the Music Graduate Office, will provide a list of continuing students for your approval before Continuing Student Registration. If you expect to be away from campus during Continuing Student Registration, please give the MARS office a signed list of any additional students whom you intend to teach the following semester so that students can be authorized in your absence.
New students and students who could not obtain a teacher's signature during Continuing Student Registration must enroll for the unassigned sections under the dean's name. Students in these sections are assigned to a studio by the associate dean for instruction at meetings with each of the performance and composition department chairs the Wednesday of the first week of classes. Students' preferences are taken into account insofar as possible, but no teacher will be assigned an overload of regular students (i.e., more than 18) without the teacher's permission. Students who register late do not appear on the official rosters when the assignments of students from the unassigned sections are made, so space in a studio cannot be held for them. Please make it clear to your students that it is important for them to register on time.
Each student admitted to the Jacobs School of Music is considered qualified and is entitled to class instruction and performance study. No differentiation concerning the quality of a teacher is or should be made based on the number of graduates vs. undergraduates, performance majors vs. other majors, international students vs. domestic students, etc.
The need for piano accompanists is met by a variety of mechanisms within the Jacobs School of Music. Many pianists substitute X002 (Piano Accompanying) for large ensemble, accepting an obligation into two studios for 1 hour per week each with an hour rehearsal time for each studio hour. Master's-level pianists are required to register for F500(Accompanying Recital), a collaborative piano recital requirement. Both means of assigning pianists to faculty studios are coordinated by designated faculty. Clearly, not all needs can be appropriately met in this way. Other solutions involve collegial or professional arrangements between students. Many students would rather pay for an accompanist whose quality is known, rather than risk undertaking a performance with someone who is merely assigned to them. It is the responsibility and right of the studio teacher to grade those students who are enrolled through X002 or F500, in accordance with the grading guidelines of the courses.
Students registered for F450 or F550 (Chamber Music Coaching) are responsible for putting together their own chamber ensembles. Faculty coaches must be obtained by the group. Students who have not established a group and begun to work by the end of the third week of the term must drop the course. Normally seven hours of coaching are considered a minimum, and during the fall and spring semesters a faculty member receives workload credit of one student for every two ensembles coached (i.e., 7 hours of coaching per ensemble for the semester). However, there are provisions for requesting one-to-one workload credit when all concerned consent to a minimum of 14 hours of coaching. All groups receiving coaching are required to give a public performance in an acceptable venue as part of the semester's work.