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Procedures

Accompanying Guidelines

Requirements:  All BMUS piano and organ majors (applied and music education) are required to accompany two (2) upper-class music majors (applied or music education) per semester.  BA piano majors are required to accompany 1 music major.  A major ensemble assignment is considered an accompaniment assignment.

Should you wish to accompany more than your required number of assignments, the accompanying coordinator will require the written approval of your piano professor (or your organ professor if you are an organ major) before authorizing payment.

When you agree to be a student’s accompanist, you are making a serious commitment: you become a partner in that person’s work for the entire semester or until the recital and the ensuing jury are finished.  You may not cancel your commitment for any reason other than a true emergency (heavy workload does not count).  The faculty coordinator of accompanying will make accompanying assignments for each semester.  If you have a preference, notify the appropriate faculty member IN WRITING!

A total of 2.5 hours weekly is the maximum time allowed to work with each music major that you accompany, including lesson time, rehearsal time, and your individual practice of the accompaniments.  If you are rehearsing for a required recital, the time is increased to 3.5 hours weekly.  Up to 1 hour of those 3.5 hours will be allowed for your own practice of the accompaniments.  If you have received permission to accompany more than the required number of music majors, the same time restrictions apply.

Music:  It is ideal that your accompaniments be given to you no less than 3 weeks in advance of any lesson, departmental recital, jury, or any other public performance or rehearsal.  If you need extra time to learn the music before your first rehearsal, make that clear to the student you are accompanying.  If you do not receive the music at least three weeks in advance, you will not be required to accompany for that performance.

You are encouraged to ask your piano professor to help you with your accompaniments.  Also, some accompaniments may appear easy to play, but ensemble and accompaniment styles are very different from solo playing.

Payments/Time Cards:  Pay is available to accompanists who qualify for the work-study program.  See the faculty coordinator of accompanying for details if interested.  You must be authorized by Student Payroll for payment and fill out the timecards (in the main music office).  Weekly timecards are in the main music office.  You will be paid at current student work-study pay scale. The same time limitations apply for accompanists who are not piano or organ majors.

Assignment of Instructors

Assignment of applied music teachers is made by the director of the Greatbatch School of Music in consultation with studio faculty, due consideration being given to the student's preference.  These assignments are made on a yearly basis, although study of a single semester is permitted.

Practice Cards

Practice cards may be required at the discretion of the studio teacher.  Cards are found in the music office.

Practice Rooms

All persons using Houghton’s superb music facilities, including its musical instruments and practice spaces, are expected to do so responsibly and professionally, in a spirit of mutual uplift and support as we grow together as musicians.  Accordingly, the following guidelines are adopted by the music faculty with the goal of maintaining the quality and professional standards of our practice spaces:

  • Students’ personal belongings and instrumentsare not to be left in practice rooms between practice sessions.  Music may be stored in the bookshelves provided for this purpose, provided that another person’s practice is not disturbed in the retrieval of same.  Your belongings may be removed from the practice room for retrieval in the main office if you violate this rule.
  • Practice rooms are NOT intended to be used for study, computer use, or other non-practice activity.  They are for musical practice only.  All music practice spaces are available to students enrolled in private music study on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Food and beverages are not allowed in practice rooms, aside from water in tightly sealed water bottles.  
  • Personal decoration is not permitted in practice rooms.  These are professional spaces, not dormitory rooms, and no student ‘owns’ a practice room
  • Students are not allowed to cover the windows of the practice room doors.  The windows must remain clear, as a matter of safety and mutual protection for all.
  • No objects of any kind should be placed on pianos, except for pencils, music and metronomes, which should be placed on the music rack of the piano.
  • There is a two-hour limit on use of any one room for any one practice period.  At the end of that time the room must be surrendered to any other student registered for private study wishing to use it.
  • CFA Rooms 231, 245, 333, 335, 341, 343 are subject to priority use as posted on room doors.

Tubas, cellos, and doubles basses are specifically permitted to be left in a practice space, provided they are in their case or covered and their subsequent removal does not interfere with the practice of others. All others are to be removed (a completely normal practice nationwide). Student lockers are the appropriate location for other instruments.

Pre-Registration ("Course Selection") Procedures

Pre-registration occurs twice each year, normally in October and in March.  Prepare for your pre- registration appointment with your advisor by obtaining a current copy of your balance/audit sheet from the Academic Records Office (second floor of Luckey Building) and completing a rough copy of the pre-registration form.  Having that rough copy completed for your pre-registration appointment will save time and help you know where you stand.

Instrument Class Sequence

(strongly preferred, not required):

Instrumental Music Ed Majors – Brass    

Year

FALL

SPRING

First-year

Brass Inst 
Percussion Inst

Brass Tech 
Percussion Tech

Sophomore

String Inst

String Tech

Junior

Woodwind Inst

Woodwind Tech

Instrumental Music Ed Majors – Woodwinds

Year

FALL

SPRING

First-year

Woodwind Inst
Percussion Inst

Woodwind Tech 
Percussion Tech

Sophomore

Brass Inst

Brass Tech

Junior

String Inst

String Tech

Instrumental Music Ed Majors – Strings

Year

FALL

SPRING

First-year

String Inst 
Percussion Inst

String Tech 
Percussion Tech

Sophomore

Woodwind Inst

Woodwind Tech

Junior

Brass Inst

Brass Tech

Instrumental Music Ed Majors – Keyboard

Year

FALL

SPRING

First-year

Brass Inst 
Percussion Inst

Brass Tech 
Percussion Tech

Sophomore

String Inst

String Tech

Junior

Woodwind Inst

Woodwind Tech

Instrumental Performance Majors

Year

Major Group

SPRING

First-year (all)

Brass

Brass Tech

 

String

String Tech

 

Percussion

Percussion Tech

 

Woodwind

Woodwind Tech

Vocal Ed Majors       

Year

SPRING

First-year

Percussion Instruments

Sophomore

Brass Instruments

Junior

Woodwind Instruments

Senior

String Instruments

Composition Majors                        

Year

FALL

SPRING

First-year

String Inst 
Percussion Inst

String Tech 
Percussion Tech

Sophomore

Brass Inst

Brass Tech

Junior

Woodwind Inst

Woodwind Tech

Tutoring

Tutoring is available for Theory, Music History, and certain other courses.  To obtain tutoring, see your professor.