Ensemble Participation

All music majors should be enrolled in applied lessons in their primary instrument, voice, or keyboard for each semester of attendance until the official requirements for their major have been met. 

Voice and piano proficiencies (formerly class voice and class piano) are now in applied lesson format, as of the Spring 2014 semester.

All applied lessons have applied fees attached to them, which are added to student bills and are part of overall college costs.

Ensemble Participation

One major ensemble (without credit) is required of all music majors (BMus and BA) during each semester of residence.  Music majors will normally participate in formal rehearsal for major ensembles up to 5-7 hours per week.  Credit is allowed for membership in a second ensemble.  Major ensemble assignments are made by the appropriate ensemble director(s) with the concurrence of the associate dean for music; anyone whose principal  instrument is woodwind, brass, or percussion will register for and participate as needed in both Philharmonia and Symphonic Winds unless excused by both the ensemble’s director and the associate dean for music.  Those who elect the vocal curriculum are not required to participate in instrumental ensembles. Those who elect instrumental curricula are not required to participate in vocal ensembles.

All Bachelor of Music majors must also participate in at least 1 semester of chamber music, small or minor ensemble, or collaborative performance/accompanying (keyboard principal) during their program of study.  Students whose major, concentration, or emphasis is keyboard will normally meet this criterion by studio or chamber accompaniment.

Major ensembles generally include:  College Choir (sophomore-senior only), Men’s Choir, Philharmonia, Symphonic Winds, and Women’s Choir.  The director of the GSoM has final say on what counts for credit.

Sophomore Review

In compliance with National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) guidelines, all students pursuing the Bachelor of Music degree are reviewed by the music faculty during the second year of study (normally at the end of the student’s third semester) to ensure satisfactory musical and academic progress.  This review considers performance ability and attainment, growth in musicianship, commitment to the discipline, and evidence of compatibility with vocational goals.

Any student evidencing significant problems in the above areas of evaluation will be notified by his/her adviser and the director of the Greatbatch School of Music, and will be placed on probation for the fourth semester of study. Any deficiencies thus identified must be addressed and remedied by the time of the fourth semester jury or the student will not be allowed to continue as a BMus major.

Specialist Study

(Effective September 1985, updated Spring 2010)

In certain cases, there may not be a faculty member with doctoral-level credentials (or equivalent professional record) in a studio performance specialty.  In such cases, an applied performance major may, with the permission of the director or upon the recommendation of and in consultation with the appropriate full-time faculty member, be assigned to an appropriately credentialed specialist in the relevant studio teaching specialty.

The above guidelines may be reviewed, revised, or rescinded at any time by the faculty and director of the Greatbatch School of Music. 


Students enrolled in music unit programs and faculty and staff with employment status in the music unit must be provided basic information about the maintenance of health and safety within the contexts of practice, performance, teaching, and listening.

For music majors and music faculty and staff, general topics include, but are not limited to, basic information regarding the maintenance of hearing, vocal, and musculoskeletal health and injury prevention. They also include instruction on the use, proper handling, and operation of potentially dangerous materials, equipment, and technology as applicable to specific program offerings or experiences. Beyond the provision of basic general information, and the identification of available resources, decisions regarding topic areas and breadth and depth are made by the institution, and normally are correlated with the nature, content, and requirements of specific areas of specialization or specific courses of study.

For non-majors enrolled in courses offered by the music unit, including performing ensembles, or other curricular offerings of the music unit, topics chosen in addition to the maintenance of hearing health are directly related to health and safety issues associated with their specific area of study or activity in music.

Music program policies, protocols, and operations must reflect attention to maintenance of health and injury prevention and to the relationships among: the health and safety of musicians; suitable choices of equipment and technology for various specific purposes; appropriate and safe operation of equipment and technology; and the acoustic and other conditions associated with health and safety in practice, rehearsal, performance, and facilities.

Specific methods of providing information and addressing injury prevention, technology, and facilities are the prerogative and responsibility of the institution.

* For more information, please visit the NASM reference documents located at http://nasm.arts-accredit.org/index.jsp?page=Brochures%20and%20Advisory%20Papers

NOTE: Health and safety depend in large part on the personal decisions of informed individuals. Institutions have health and safety responsibilities, but fulfillment of these responsibilities cannot and will not ensure any specific individual’s health and safety. Too many factors beyond any institution’s control are involved. Individuals have a critically important role and each is personally responsible for avoiding risk and preventing injuries to themselves before, during, and after study or employment at any institution. The NASM standards above and institutional actions taken under their influence or independently do not relieve the individual from personal responsibility for appropriate, prudent, and safe behavior or action, nor do they shift such responsibility and liability for the consequences of inappropriate, imprudent, and/or unsafe behavior or action in any instance or over time to any institution, or to NASM.

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