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Music Department Student Handbook
            2021 – 2022

                              August 2021
Table of Contents

Department Overview ......................................................................................................................... 3

Academic Policies .............................................................................................................................. 4

Music Faculty ..................................................................................................................................... 5

Ensembles .......................................................................................................................................... 6

Facilities ............................................................................................................................................. 6
         Building Hours and Regulations ............................................................................................ 6
         Music Office ........................................................................................................................... 6
         Practice Room Reservations and Regulations ...................................................................... 6
         Instrument Storage Rooms, Lockers, and Keys .................................................................... 6
         School Instruments ................................................................................................................ 7
         Keyboard and Computer Lab ................................................................................................ 7
         Production Studio .................................................................................................................. 7
         Use of Music Stands and Chairs ........................................................................................... 7

Health and Safety ............................................................................................................................... 8

Music Scholarships ............................................................................................................................ 8

Applied Music Lessons ....................................................................................................................... 9

Juries ................................................................................................................................................ 10

Lobby Recitals .................................................................................................................................. 10

Chamber Music ................................................................................................................................ 10

Piano Proficiency .............................................................................................................................. 11

Music 500 Guidelines for Senior Projects ........................................................................................ 11
       Music 500 – Recital Guidelines ........................................................................................... 11
       Music 500 – Non-Recital Guidelines ................................................................................... 13
       Music 500 – Non-Degree Student Recitals ......................................................................... 13

Departmental Honors ....................................................................................................................... 14

Off-Campus Music Programs ........................................................................................................... 14

Student Employment ........................................................................................................................ 14

Resources for Sheet Music, Music Supplies and Repairs ................................................................ 15

Honorary Societies – Fraternities/Sororities .................................................................................... 15

Appendix
       Instrumental and Vocal Jury Forms
       Instrumental and Vocal Semester Grade Reports
       Recital Hearing Form Instrumental
       Lobby Recital Form
       Instrument and Kiltie Marching Band Uniform Loan Forms

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Department Overview

Welcome to the Department of Music at Alma College!

This Handbook is designed to provide information and assistance for music majors, minors, and
anyone taking private lessons or music courses at Alma College. All policies contained in the
Handbook are in effect for the current academic year and are subject to change. Suggestions and
comments about the Handbook are always welcome and should be directed to any music faculty
member.

The mission of the Alma College Music Department is to foster the development of music students
as informed, compassionate, articulate, and creative individuals with a thirst for continued learning.
We maintain a strong artistic presence within our community, offering a broad range of artistic
opportunities for all students, regardless of major. Our faculty are committed to providing a
comprehensive pre-professional curriculum, so that students who choose to pursue music may
successfully continue to graduate study, teaching, performing, or work in a variety of music-related
fields.

Music Department learning objectives for music majors include:

Foundations of Musicianship:
Through a series of six courses, students will acquire the analytical and aural skills necessary for a
comprehensive understanding of rhythm, harmony, melody, and formal structure in music from the
18th century through the present day. They will demonstrate competency in a range of sight-
singing and aural transcription skills, become fluent in all aspects of tonal and atonal musical
analysis, and apply their music theory knowledge in creating original compositions.
Music History:
Students will be able to identify a wide range of music literature and genres, and place them in the
context of relevant historical and cultural forces. They will demonstrate a firm grasp of the
principles of structure and language in the Western musical tradition, and possess the ability to
effectively research and communicate in writing on topics in music history.
Keyboard Skills:
Students will develop functional keyboard proficiency, enabling them to use the piano as needed
within the framework of their professional activities. All Bachelor of Music students are required to
pass a keyboard proficiency examination.
Individual Performance:
Music majors will develop efficient and effective practice skills, such that they can prepare
musically expressive and satisfying performances that demonstrate level-appropriate technical
proficiency in areas including: pitch accuracy, articulation, tone production, authentic stylistic
practices, and (for vocalists) diction. They will gain an understanding of the repertory in their major
area of study and demonstrate the ability to successfully perform a cross-section of that repertory.
Ensemble Performance:
Students will acquire skills for effective and positive collaboration in a variety of situations and
settings by rehearsing and performing in both large ensembles (orchestra, band, choir, jazz band)
and chamber groups (flute ensemble, percussion ensemble, saxophone quartets, etc.). Members
of performing ensembles will demonstrate appropriate technical skills, cooperative learning, and
creative expression through performance.

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Technology:
Students will acquire a fundamental knowledge of current music technology practices, and
demonstrate skills associated with digital recording, notation software, MIDI, signal flow and
processing, sound synthesis, and mixed media.

Teaching Skills:
Music students will learn pedagogical techniques sufficient to teach effectively in their area of
specialization. Bachelor of Music Education students will demonstrate knowledge of educational
psychology, along with the skills and judgment to be a musical leader in a variety of teaching
situations. Along with rehearsal and conducting skills, B.M.E. students will synthesize
experiences acquired over the course of their undergraduate education for the purpose of
effectively teaching music to K-12 students in public schools.

Career Preparedness:
Students will understand the possibilities and realities of professional work in music, ranging from
public school and private teaching to innovative entrepreneurial ventures. They will acquire basic
skills to both develop and sustain a career in music.

Academic Policies
Alma College is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. We offer
two different music degrees, each one designed for specific career goals:

       Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A. in Music)
       Bachelor of Music in Education (B.M. in Education)

The two degrees share a common set of core courses (in music theory, aural skills, music
history, career skills, and music technology) before each degree branches off with its own set of
specific requirements. This Handbook is not intended to replicate the annual Alma College
Academic Catalog; please refer to that document (available online) for complete details about
degree requirements and course descriptions, as well as information about general education
and specific graduation requirements.

Note that some music courses are offered only every other year; while your advisor is here to guide
you, it is your responsibility to plan ahead to ensure that your schedule includes all necessary
courses for the completion of your degree.

When planning, remember that all students (regardless of major) may take up to 2 credits of
ensembles (MUS 150x, or MUS 351) without incurring an overload charge. This means that
if in any given semester you are taking 20 credits and 2 of them are ensembles, you will not incur
any extra course fees. Music lessons, however, are subject to the same rules as other classes.

Bachelor of Music in Education students are allowed 2 semesters (chosen by the student) during
which they may enroll in 2 additional music credits without incurring an overload fee. In those
semesters, a B.M.E. student may take up to 22 credits, provided that (1) the student has officially
declared their major and (2) in these 2 terms the student is enrolled in 2 ensembles as well as
other music classes. Students should inform the Registrar when they choose to take a 22 credit
semester.

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Elective Courses
Both music degrees require some electives, and the catalog states that such elective coursework
is “subject to Departmental approval.” Any music (MUS) course not otherwise required for your
degree may count as an elective. This might include:

       Composition lessons or lessons on a secondary instrument
       A MUS designated spring term or a MUS 180 topics course
       MUS 215 or MUS 114/115/116 (applies to B.A. students only; required for the Mus. Ed. degree)

Non-music courses may also fulfill the elective requirement when approved by the music
department. Courses relevant to your individual goals might include:

       NMS 160      Sound Design
       NMS 215      (for B.A. students only, cross-listed with MUS 215)
       PHL 224      Aesthetics
       Advanced language study (for students with a vocal or musicology emphasis)

Certain other non-music courses (from departments such as New Media Studies, Business,
Communication, Theater, or Dance) may be approved as acceptable electives. Contact the
music department chair well in advance of the semester in question to seek approval of such
courses. Please note that, as stated in the college catalog, no more than eight ensemble credits
may be applied toward degree requirements.

Music Faculty
Our music faculty are always eager to assist you as you plan your academic schedule.

Full-time music faculty:
Dr. Will Nichols            Alma Choirs and Voice                             nichols@alma.edu
Mr. Dave Zerbe              Alma Bands and Percussion                         zerbe@alma.edu
Dr. Murray Gross            Music Theory and Composition                      gross@alma.edu
Ms. Cera Babb               Alma Chorale, Music History & Education           babbca@alma.edu

Part-time music faculty:
Dr. Takeshi Abo             Violin, Viola, and String Orchestra               abo@alma.edu
Dr. Jamie Fiste             Cello                                             fisteja@alma.edu
Mr. Ed Fedewa               Double Bass and Electric Bass Guitar              edfedewabass@yahoo.com
Dr. Tess Miller             Flute and Chamber Music                           tmiller@alma.edu
Dr. Alana Rosen             Oboe                                              rosenag@alma.edu
Dr. David Yandl             Clarinet and Music History                        yandldj@alma.edu
Ms. Andrea Worful           Bassoon                                           worful@alma.edu
Ms. Nicole Minney           French Horn                                       minneyna@alma.edu
Mr. Jeff Ayres              Trumpet and Jazz Ensemble                         ayres@alma.edu
Mr. Joe Radtke              Trombone                                          radtkejs@alma.edu
Mr. Randy Westmoreland      Tuba and Euphonium                                westmoreland@alma.edu
Mr. Aaron Krause            Percussion                                        krauseal@alma.edu
Mr. Andrew Duncan           Bagpipes, Pipe Band, and Scottish Arts            duncan@alma.edu
Mr. Carlos Melendez         Jazz and Classical Guitar                         melendez@alma.edu
Mr. Tyler Young             Saxophone                                         youngtr@alma.edu
Ms. Vicki Walker            Voice                                             vwalker@alma.edu
Ms. Christine Roberts       Voice                                             christinea.roberts@yahoo.com
Mr. James Schippers         Piano, Class Piano                                schippersjh@alma.edu
Mr. Edward Stumpp           Technology                                        stumppe@alma.edu
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Ensembles
Alma Chamber Orchestra, Dr. Takeshi Abo
Kiltie Marching Band and Concert Band, Mr. Dave Zerbe
Percussion Ensemble, Mr. Dave Zerbe
Jazz Ensemble, Mr. Jeff Ayres
Alma Choir and Acappella, Dr. Will Nichols
College Chorale, Ms. Cera Babb
Scottish Arts, Mr. Drew Duncan

Facilities
Building Hours and Regulations
The Eddy Music Building is open from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday and is
closed during breaks and holidays. Should you need access to the music building at other times,
please let the music office know so we can make arrangements with security. Students are
welcome to use the Eddy lobby, however, please do not move any furniture out of the lobby
without prior approval. The piano in the lobby is to be used primarily for special purposes (lobby
recitals), as it may disturb others giving lessons or practicing.

Music Office
Located off the lobby of the Eddy Music Building, the Music Office is open from 8:00 a.m. until
4:30 p.m. during the week. The music department secretary, Sandra Hagerman, handles student
timesheets and can answer a wide range of general questions. She can assist with reserving a
practice room, getting a key to an instrument storage room, and other similar student needs.

Practice Room Reservations and Regulations
Practice rooms are available for use by all Alma students. Open every day from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00
a.m., a schedule on each practice room door will show times reserved by instructors or
ensembles. Priority for the use of these rooms is given to (1) department faculty who are
teaching studio lessons, (2) Alma College students who are enrolled in studio lessons and wish
to practice. Students may reserve individual practice times – however, if you are more than five
minutes late for any scheduled block of time, your reservation is forfeited and the room will be
considered available for general use.

Everyone who uses the practice rooms is expected to take extreme care in protecting the pianos
and any other equipment provided. Other than water bottles with a secure lid, please do not bring
any food or drink into the practice rooms. Never set anything on pianos that could in any way
damage the surface of the instrument.

Instrument Storage Rooms, Lockers, and Keys
The music building has separate rooms for percussion, wind, and string storage, allowing
students access to individual lockers where you can keep instruments, music, and personal
items. Keys to the storage rooms are available through the music office and must be returned at
the end of the academic year; should you lose your key, or fail to return it, your student account
will be charged $45. If you need access to storage rooms over the summer, please see the
department secretary.

The outer doors to storage areas are kept locked, however students are still responsible for
providing locks to their individual lockers. There are also lockers in the hallway of the music
building; some of these are reserved for school instrument storage, but some are available for
general use. Please speak with the department secretary for more information.
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School Instruments
Alma music students may, with faculty permission, borrow an instrument from the department
inventory when registered in an ensemble or a class that requires them to use that instrument.
Instruments may be obtained by completing an Instrument Loan Form, available in the music
office.

It is expected that each student who signs an Instrument Loan Form will be the only user of the
instrument, and will return all parts of the instrument outfit (case, accessories, etc.) in the best
possible condition (normal wear and tear is to be expected) by the date specified on the form. If the
instrument is lost or stolen, the student will bear total financial responsibility for replacing the
instrument and accessories. Such loss may be covered by your parent or guardian’s homeowner’s
insurance. Failure to return the instrument by the due date can result in the withholding of grades,
blocking of registration, and the cost of a replacement instrument being billed to your student
account.

Keyboard and Computer Lab
The music department keyboard and computer lab (Eddy 118) is available for student use
whenever the building is open and a class is not in session. After 5:00 p.m. the room is kept
locked and is only accessible using an authorized ID card. All students enrolled in music theory,
composition, and technology classes will automatically be given card access; others may request
permission through the music office.

The keyboard lab consists of sixteen stations, each with a keyboard and computer. Software
available for use currently includes: Auralia (ear-training); Finale (notation); Ableton Live,
Audacity, Reason, and LogicPro (digital audio workstations); Final Cut Pro (video editing); and
many other audio/visual programs. Instructions and tutorials will be made available by instructors.
No food or drinks are allowed in the lab.

Stoneback MultiMedia Studio
The small production studio is located in Eddy 100, off the music lobby. Access, using a card
swipe system, is generally limited to students enrolled in MUS 214/215 or NMS 160. Other
students interested in using the studio must have the permission of the music faculty. No food or
drinks are allowed in the studio.

Use of Music Stands and Chairs
Music stands and the black music chairs are supplied by the music department for use within the
Eddy Music Building and Heritage Center only. These items are expensive to replace and may
not be removed from the music building without prior permission from the music faculty or the
music office.

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Health and Safety
Alma College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all students. You
should always be aware of your surroundings, particularly when walking at night. In the event that
you need assistance or observe any suspicious activity, call Campus Safety at 7777. While Alma
is generally a safe campus, thefts do occur, so be careful with your belongings. We strongly
advise you not to leave valuables unattended on hallway benches or in practice rooms.
The music department strives to raise student awareness about health issues specific to
musicians. We encourage you to proactively address health issues and to communicate with the
music office or faculty regarding any accidents, incidents, or hazards that might negatively impact
health and safety.
The National Association for Schools of Music (NASM) and the Performing Arts Medicine
Association (PAMA) provide music students with guidelines for protecting hearing health and
neuro-musculoskeletal/vocal health as developing musicians. These associations have put
together very helpful information about such risks, along with recommendations and resources
for support of overall health as a music professional.
For more information regarding hearing health, consult “Protect Your Hearing Every Day” at:
https://nasm.arts-accredit.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/02/4a_NASM_PAMA-
Student_Guide-Standard.pdf
For more information regarding neuromusculoskeletal and vocal health, consult “Protecting Your
Neuromusculoskeletal and Vocal Health Every Day” at:
https://nasm.arts-accredit.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/02/5a_NASM_PAMA_NMH-
Student_Information_Sheet-Standard-NMH_June-2014.pdf
The above links may also be found on the music department main web page under “student
resources.”

Music Scholarships
Performance awards are available to music students and are granted on the basis of merit,
regardless of whether a student plans to major or minor in the music program. Students may
audition for scholarships in the areas of instrumental, vocal, and Scottish Arts, and those receiving
a performance award are required to enroll in their designated ensemble (see list below) each
term. Students are not permitted to transfer music scholarships from one ensemble to another
without prior authorization from the music faculty.

For instrumental awards
MUS 153 Kiltie Marching Band (fall) & Kiltie Concert Band (winter)
MUS 152 Alma Chamber Orchestra
For vocal awards
MUS 151 Alma Chorale
MUS 351 Alma College Choir
For Scottish Arts awards
MUS 154 Scottish Arts

All students who participate in ensembles are encouraged to enhance their musical skills by taking
private lessons. Students who receive a Distinguished or Kaiser Scholarship are required to take
private lessons. If you have any questions about the requirements regarding receiving or
maintaining your music scholarship, please speak with a music faculty member.

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Applied Music Lessons
The following guidelines apply to students enrolled in individual (private) studio lessons:

Applied lessons are offered at four levels: 100, 200, 300, and 400. Each level has specific
qualifications for enrollment and is differentiated by the type of course credit (lower or upper),
number of credits (1, 2, or 4), meeting time (half-hour or hour), and jury requirement. If you
have any questions, please contact any of the music department faculty.

100 level      1 credit, ½ hour long, lower level course
                       1) Permission or previous enrollment in 100 level lessons.
                       2) 100 level lessons do not count towards the major.
                       3) Vocalists must perform on one lobby recital or studio class per semester.

200 level      2 credits, 1 hour long, lower level course
                       1) Successful audition or completion of 100, or previous lesson study.
                       2) Entering students must hold a music scholarship.
                       3) 10-minute jury if a vocalist (regardless of major) or an instrumental music
                              major (see below).
                       4) Vocalists must perform on one lobby recital or studio class per semester.

300 level      2 credits, 1 hour long, upper level course
                       1) Completion of 200 level lessons.
                       2) 10-minute jury regardless of major.
                       3) More advanced repertoire than 200 level lessons.
                       4) Vocalists must perform on two lobby recitals or studio classes.
                          Instrumentalists must perform on one recital or studio class.

400 level      4 credits, 1 hour long, upper level course
                       1) Open to music majors only, with departmental permission.
                       2) 20-minute jury.
                       3) More advanced repertoire than 300 level lessons.
                       4) Vocalists must perform on three lobby recitals or studio classes.
                           Instrumentalists must perform on one recital or studio class.

       Additional Notes:
              • All vocalists must perform all works on their jury from memory; any exceptions to
                  this must be approved by their instructor.
              • Instrumentalists taking 400 level lessons must perform one work from memory.
              • All music majors are required to perform a jury. Music majors include both
                  declared majors, as well as all students who are enrolled in or have already
                  completed MUS 111. Students who have yet to enroll in MUS 111, and who
                  know that they intend to major in music, are strongly encouraged to play a jury.
              • All students enrolled in lessons are required to attend two lobby recitals each
                  semester.

Further details about lessons may be found in the Academic Catalog. There is a private lesson
instruction fee of $165 per term for all levels.

Music majors who enroll in lessons (at the 200 level or above) on more than one instrument are still
required to play juries on each instrument.

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Juries
Juries will take place during the final exam week of each semester. Students perform before a
panel of faculty, all of whom evaluate their progress and provide written comments. Studio
instructors will provide further details about expectations for juries, and students will be notified
when sign-up sheets for specific jury times are posted.
All music majors are required to perform a jury. Music majors include both declared majors, as well
as all students who are enrolled in or have already completed MUS 111. Students who have yet to
enroll in MUS 111 but know they intend to major in music are strongly encouraged to play a jury.
Juries will be 10 minutes (200 & 300 level lessons), or 20 minutes (400 level lessons).
Instrumental students who are not majoring in music are not required to take a jury if enrolled in
100 or 200 level lessons. Vocalists taking 200 level lessons, and all students taking 300-level
lessons, are required to take a jury regardless of major. You are not required to play a jury in the
same semester that you play a hearing and recital.
Any student not required to take a jury may still opt to do so if faculty feedback is desired. Note that
music majors who take 200 level lessons (or above) on two different instruments are still required
to take juries on both instruments, per the standard applied lesson procedures.
Students should complete two copies of the Jury form, which must be approved and signed by the
instructor prior to the jury. Two copies of this sheet must be presented at the time of the jury.
At each jury students will be required to give a short introduction to each piece; this might include
some brief background information about the composer, date of composition, or any unique
features about the work.

Lobby Recitals
All students enrolled in private lessons are required to attend two lobby recitals each semester.
Some students are required to perform on lobby recitals (see applied music lesson guidelines), but
all students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to play for their peers and
receive valuable performance experience.
To be scheduled to perform on a lobby recital you will need to complete a Lobby Recital
Application form. Available in the music office, this form must be turned in to the music office at
least two days before the recital.

Chamber Music
Rehearsing and performing music in small ensembles is a rewarding and important part of your
musical development. Students are encouraged to form groups with various combinations of
instruments and voices to explore the vast chamber music repertoire. Some groups, such as the
flute ensemble, meet regularly, while others, such as string or saxophone quartets, will vary from
semester to semester.
To ensure that students have some chamber music experience while at Alma, the Bachelor of
Music degree requires that you enroll in at least one credit of either MUS 155 or MUS 159. Any
chamber ensemble with at least three students enrolled can (with faculty approval) be designated
as a MUS 159 course and assigned a faculty coach. Every group should plan to rehearse for at
least two hours each week on its own, in addition to a weekly coaching session, and should plan to
perform at least once each semester. For further details, please speak with someone on the music
faculty.

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Piano Proficiency
All Bachelor of Music in Education students must demonstrate piano proficiency by the end of the
fall term of their junior year. Successful completion of MUS 116 satisfies this requirement. Students
with no keyboard experience are encouraged to enroll in MUS 114 in their first semester, and no
later than the fall of their sophomore year. It may be possible for students who already possess
some piano skills to skip 114 or 115, or to test out of the piano proficiency requirement entirely.
Contact James Schippers for more information about a piano placement audition.

Although music majors seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree are not required to demonstrate piano
proficiency, basic keyboard skills are tremendously useful for all musicians and therefore all
students are strongly encouraged to consider taking class piano or private lessons.

Music 500 Guidelines for Senior Projects
MUS 500, listed as a Graduation Recital or Senior Thesis, is a capstone project that satisfies
the music department’s comprehensive evaluation requirement.

For the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree, Music 500 may take the form of a recital, composition,
research paper, or other department-approved project. Music 500 is not a requirement for the
Bachelor of Music in Education, since the Music Department considers that EDC 490/1 (student
teaching) fulfills the senior comprehensive evaluation requirement. Should B.M.E. students wish to
be considered for Department Honors, however, they are required to give a recital following the
guidelines listed below.

Music 500 Recital Guidelines
All MUS 500 recitals must adhere to the following guidelines:

       1. It must be a public performance that includes at least 30 minutes of music. The
       appropriate level of difficulty shall be determined by the student’s instructor with the
       approval of the department. Recitals must be scheduled during fall or winter semesters;
       recitals during spring term are highly discouraged and will require special approval from the
       Department. Two students may schedule their recital within the same hour provided that all
       other requirements are met.

       2. The performance must be on a single solo instrument/voice. Single means that a student
       may not play two different instruments. The only exception is a percussion recital, where
       more than one category of the solo instrument (mallets, drums, etc.) is allowed. Solo means
       that the student is the only performer aside from a keyboard accompanist. Any duet without
       a keyboard or any use of a larger ensemble is not permitted without prior approval of the
       Department. Should a student wish to perform on more than one solo instrument or on an
       instrument in an ensemble, the total length of the recital shall include at least 45 minutes of
       music. Note: owing to the nature of the education degree, B.M.E. students playing a recital
       may perform on more than one solo instrument or include (as part of the recital)
       participation in an ensemble, subject to department approval.

       3. For instruments/voices commonly used as solo instruments after 1600, the repertoire
       shall include compositions from at least three of four historical periods (Baroque, Classical,
       Romantic, 20th/21st Century). All other instruments shall have representative works from at
       least the last two periods. For singers, representative compositions in two languages other
       than in English, and one operatic or concert aria in the original language shall be included.

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Procedures
Requests for Music 500 recitals should be received by the end of the academic year preceding
graduation, or at least in the term prior to the one in which the recital will take place.

       1. Obtain an Independent Study/Thesis Form from the Registrar and fill it out. For the
       description of the project, write “Senior Recital.” For qualifications for performing a recital,
       list all terms of studio lesson study, the name of the instructor(s), and the number of years
       of study prior to entering Alma College. Have the supervising instructor and Department
       Chairman sign the form, and then return it to the Registrar.

       2. The Department will meet to approve the proposal and may recommend changes. Once
       approved, obtain a current Heritage Center Reservation Form from the Music Department
       secretary, fill it out, and return it. Owing to the heavy use of the Heritage Center, the recital
       may have to take place in Dunning Memorial Chapel. It is important that you begin the
       process of reserving a recital space well in advance of your recital date.

       3. Enroll in MUS 500 for the term in which the recital is to be given. Enrollment in MUS 500
       is not equivalent to weekly studio lessons, therefore you must also enroll in MUS
       290x/390x/490x concurrently with MUS 500. You must fulfill all the course requirements for
       applied lessons, except that you are not required to play a jury in the same semester that
       you play a hearing and recital.

       4. Four weeks prior to the recital date, a hearing will take place in front of at least two full-
       time members of the music department and your private instructor. It is your responsibility
       to schedule a hearing date and location by contacting each of the relevant music faculty
       and informing the department secretary. Complete the “Recital Hearing” form and bring that
       to your hearing.

       You must provide all faculty attending your hearing printed or electronic copies of the music
       for all the pieces on your program. At the hearing, the entire recital is to be performed. The
       performance of any encores may be given only with the knowledge and approval of the
       principal instructor and the department, and must be performed at the time of the hearing.
       The outcome may be: (1) approval of the recital, (2) denial of the recital, or (3) mandatory
       rehearing of all or part of the recital at a second hearing to be scheduled the following
       week. In the event the recital is denied the process must be repeated and the recital
       scheduled for a later date.

       5. You are responsible for preparing your program and poster. Programs must be properly
       formatted, and a final program proof must be approved by either your private instructor or
       one of the music faculty. Templates are available from the Music Department secretary.
       Programs and posters can be printed at the Mail/Copy Center once you have obtained
       approval from your instructor. The Music Department will arrange for payment.

       Programs must include: (1) a cover page following the format of programs of previous
       student recitals obtainable through the department secretary, (2) the student’s biography,
       (3) the program of compositions. Voice students should also include English translations of
       their selections.

       Program notes written by the performer are recommended but not required. The research
       needed to prepare program notes will give you a more thorough understanding of the music
       being played, and well-written notes increase the audience’s enjoyment of the performance.
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You should consult with music faculty about recommendations for research materials, and
       program notes must be reviewed and approved by your private lesson teacher in advance
       of submitting material to the music office.

       6. The Department is responsible for paying for standard programs and posters as well as
       conveying information to campus publicity outlets. It is the student’s responsibility, in
       consultation with Heritage Center staff, to ensure that stage requirements (chairs, stands,
       etc.) are available. Check with the Department secretary to arrange for piano tuning, if
       appropriate.

       7. Arrangements for any reception following the recital are the responsibility of the student.
       Check with the Department secretary for information about reserving spaces, and about
       any restrictions (regarding food or drinks) that may apply.

Music 500 Non-Recital Guidelines
Should a BA student choose a research paper or composition as a senior project, the appropriate
topic and length, as well as all aspects of format and presentation, shall be determined by the
student’s instructor with the approval of the Department. The following guidelines apply:

Procedures
Requests for Music 500 project must be received by the end of the academic term preceding
graduation.

       1. Obtain an Independent Study/Thesis Form from the Registrar and fill it out. For the
       description of the project, write “Senior Thesis” and give its title. For qualifications, list all
       pertinent classes taken and the name of their instructors. Have the supervising instructor
       and department chairman sign the form. Return it to the department secretary. At this time,
       submit a typed description of the thesis that is not longer than two double-spaced pages.
       Have the supervising instructor sign this document.

       2. The Department will meet to approve the proposal and may recommend changes. After
       obtaining approval, enroll in MUS 500 for the term in which the thesis is to be written.

       3. In general, the schedule for meeting with the supervising instructor and submitting written
       material is a matter of agreement to be arranged between instructor and student. In any
       case, four weeks prior to the end of the term, four copies of the complete draft of the thesis
       including citations and bibliography shall be submitted to the department secretary for
       distribution to the faculty. These will be read by the music faculty and returned with
       comments in a timely manner. A final draft is due prior to the week of final examinations.

Non-degree Student Recitals
All recitals sponsored by the music department and presented as part of a degree program require
a hearing and must follow the procedures outlined above under Music 500 guidelines. Students
who choose to give an optional junior year recital must enroll in Music 499 and follow the same
guidelines as stated for Music 500 recitals.

Music majors electing to give optional recitals before their junior year may do so with the approval
of their teacher, however, all expenses (including the hiring of an accompanist, printing programs,
etc.) will be the responsibility of the student.

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Music minors and other non-music majors may elect to give a recital that is not sponsored by the
music department. In such cases it is entirely the responsibility of the student to make all
arrangements, including the creation and printing of posters and programs, hiring an accompanist,
reserving the hall, etc. The music office may, on a case-by-case basis, provide some assistance
with these arrangements; however, only recitals that adhere to the Music 500 guidelines may be
given as “presented by the music department.”

Departmental Honors
The Alma College catalog states:

       To graduate with Departmental Honors, students must demonstrate superior performance
       on the departmental comprehensive evaluation (where offered), present a thesis of
       honors caliber, and achieve a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major field. Each department has
       autonomy over the comprehensive evaluation and the thesis.

In the music department, honors requirements include a MUS 500 project, the details of which
vary depending upon the specific degree. Whether a recital, paper, or composition, students
must “demonstrate superior performance on the departmental comprehensive evaluation” as
evaluated by the music faculty.

All students must also have a GPA of at least 3.5 in their major field.

Off-Campus Music Programs
Along with the overseas and domestic touring done by Alma ensembles such as the Choir and
Percussion Ensemble, music students have used their Venture Grant funds for a variety of
experiences, including:

       Teaching music at the Kigali International Community School, Rwanda
       Summer study at La Scuola Italia, a music program in Urbania, Italy

For more information on Venture grants and Off-Campus Study, please contact Carla Jensen,
Assistant Director of the Center for Student Opportunity (Venture and Off-Campus Study) at
463-7421 or jensencr@alma.edu.

Student Employment
Music students may apply to work in a variety of positions, including:
       Stage managers for band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, and choral ensembles
       Instrument manager for the band
       Librarians for band, jazz ensemble, orchestra, and choral ensembles
       Music office assistants
       Theory tutors
       Computer lab assistants

Speak with the relevant professor for more information, or inquire at the music office.

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Resources for Sheet Music, Music Supplies, and Repairs
Copying Music
With permission from the music department secretary, students may use the copy machine in the
music office for department projects. Alma College respects copyright laws and prohibits unlawful
photocopying of music. If you would like a music office student assistant to make copies for you, a
form is available in the music office for that purpose. Because the students have a limited amount
of time, please allow 24 hours for your job to be completed.

Repair of Instruments
In general, your private teacher will be the best source for information about buying or repairing
instruments. There are shops in Lansing that specialize in woodwind repair, bow rehairing, etc.,
and the music office may be able to help with those arrangements.

Relevant Library Materials
The Alma College library holds a large collection of books about music, as well as sheet music,
scores, magazines, and recordings. Due to the oversize nature of much of this material, items are
often located in separate sections of the library. It is always recommended to consult the catalog or
ask a librarian when searching for something specific.

Naxos Online
All Alma students have free access to the Naxos online library, a tremendous resource with more
than 160,000 classical CDs. For the current username and password, please ask a faculty
member.

Honorary Societies – Fraternities/Sororities
Phi Mu Alpha
Phi Mu Alpha is a professional fraternity for men in music. Founded in 1898 at the Boston
Conservatory of Music by Ossian Everett Mills, it is the oldest and largest national music fraternity
in the nation. Our object is the development of the best and truest fraternal spirit; the mutual
welfare and brotherhood of musical students; the advancement of music in America and a loyalty
to the Alma Mater. The first chapter was activated on Alma’s campus in 1972 but went inactive a
few years later. The Iota Alpha Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha was reactivated in 1986 and has been on
Alma’s campus ever since. Our local chapter events include Spaghetti for a Cure, where we host a
spaghetti dinner and the brothers perform for our guests. All the money raised goes to our Relay
for Life team; and the American Music Concert, a yearly concert held by the brothers of Phi Mu
Alpha to honor American musicians, composers, and lyricists. Our philanthropy was established by
our founder, Ossian Everett Mills, as the Mills Music Mission. The brothers of Phi Mu Alpha sing to
retirement homes, hospitals, and nursing homes and bring flowers to the residents.

Sigma Alpha Iota
SAI is the Theta Eta chapter of the national women’s music fraternity. The group is a sisterhood
whose focus is to promote the cause of music in our community and around the country. They
have an invested interest in music, and to become a sister, one must have enrolled in a music
class or be currently taking a music class. SAI sisters put on annual musical performances such as
the Holiday Musicale and A Celebration of Women in the Arts. They do fundraisers for music
education programs and support national philanthropies oriented at music support. To get involved,
students can find out about monthly meetings on the campus calendar.

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Appendix

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Applied Jury Form – Instrumental
                                       (must be presented at the Jury)
 Please fill out two copies and have them signed (by your instructor) no later than the last lesson before
 the jury.

 Name                                                       Instrument
 Your Major                                                 Your Minor
 TERM: Fall            Winter           20
                                                            Lesson Level 100 200 300 400
 Plan to study next term?
                                                            Number of lesson credits to date
 FR            SO           JR           SR
                                                            Years of study prior to Alma

 List the repertoire you worked on this term. Indicate with an * which are memorized. Mark a “J”
 next to those ready to be performed for your jury.

 Title                                                  Composer

 Technical Studies

 Instructor’s Signature                                             Date

                                    Performance Rubric
                                                 Unacceptable     Acceptable         Good      Outstanding
Sound Quality: Tone is uniform, consistent
and controlled, with a focused and resonant
sound in all registers and dynamics; use of
                                                      1 2          3 4 5           6 7 8           9 10
vibrato (if appropriate), pedaling (if
appropriate), and other mechanics of sound are
highly developed.
Rhythm: Appropriate choice of tempi,
and outstanding rhythmic precision throughout
the performance; the beat is secure, with             1 2          3 4 5           6 7 8           9 10
accurate rhythms throughout, including long
notes, ties, and rests.

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Unacceptable   Acceptable             Good          Outstanding
Technique: High level of technical skill,
demonstrating consistent pitch accuracy, well-
executed articulations and dynamics, and                1 2        3 4 5               6 7 8                  9 10
effective control of the mechanical elements of
playing throughout.
Intonation: Performance is
in tune across all registers and dynamics;
                                                        1 2        3 4 5               6 7 8                  9 10
understands intonation tendencies of instrument
and is able to make instantaneous corrections.
Musicianship: Performance is
exceptionally expressive, reflecting sensitivity
and stylistic accuracy; adds personal
                                                        1 2        3 4 5               6 7 8                  9 10
interpretive elements (phrasing, dynamics,
rubato) to appropriately
enhance musical meaning.
Stage Presence: Performer is confident and
poised, organized and on time, and displays
                                                         1            2 3                4 5                     6
an appropriate demeanor and stage
appearance.
Contextual Knowledge: Strong understanding
of details concerning the repertoire, composers,
                                                         1            2 3                4 5                     6
stylistic demands, music terms, and
performance practice.
Memorization (optional – extra credit one to three points): 1     2    3

 Juror’s Comments

                                                                            Percentage: _____/62 =
                                                                            _______
                                                                            Jury grade: _____/25
                                                                             This section to be completed by Music
  Juror’s Signature:                                                         Department office staff.
  __________________________________________

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Applied Jury Form – Vocal
With the guidance and signature of your instructor, please fill out in duplicate and bring to your
jury.

Name: ___________________________________________                Lesson Level: 295   395      495

I am a college    freshman     sophomore     junior     senior

If a music major,
     please indicate which degree track:   BA in Music       BM Education    BM Performance

If not a music major, please list your major: _________________________________________________
Years of voice study previous to Alma College: ________
How many terms of voice study at Alma College: _______

Repertoire prepared for this jury:

Title                                                 Composer

Other repertoire worked on this term:

Instructor’s Signature                                           Date

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Performance Rubric
                                                          Unacceptable   Acceptable   Good     Outstanding
 Sound Quality: Tone is uniform, consistent and
 controlled, with a focused and resonant sound                  0             1       2 3 4          5
 throughout all registers and dynamics.
 Musicianship: All musical components are sung
 well: pitches, intonation; rhythms, dynamics, phrase           0             1       2 3 4          5
 lengths, and etc.
 Musicality: Singer communicates the emotion
 and meaning of the music, and uses tone,
 phrasing, dynamics, tempo, and stage presence                  0             1       2 3 4          5
 to express the music.
 Contextual Knowledge: Student demonstrates
 an understanding of details concerning the repertoire,
 composer and poet, and performance practice. This              0              1      2 3 4          5
 can be demonstrated in spoken comments.
 Repertoire: Amount of repertoire prepared and level
 of musical sophistication required is appropriate for          0              1      2 3 4          5
 this level of study.
                                                                            Below       At         Above
                                                                            Level      Level       Level
 Performance Level: Relative to college singers
 of student’s age nationwide. *This is not part of the
 Jury grade, but is intended to help the student,
 especially those headed to a career in music,
 understand how their current perform-
 ance level compares with others who will be
 competing for jobs in the professional music world.

                                          JURY SCORE: _____________

Juror’s Comments

Juror’s Signature:

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Alma College Music Department
                              Instrumental Applied Lessons
                                Semester Grade Report

Student name:                                               Instrument:

Term:                            Course: MUS 190x     MUS 290x       MUS 390x        MUS 490x

Progress made this term: While students begin lessons with differing levels of ability and
experience, all students are expected to make noticeable progress during the term.

Attendance at lessons: One point should be deducted for each unexcused absence.

Attendance at Recitals: All students enrolled in lessons are required to attend two lobby recitals
each semester. Deb Smith will provide each studio instructor with the applicable number (0, 1, 2).

Juries: When a jury is required (see applied lessons requirements), that will count as 25% of the
semester grade. Deb Smith will provide each studio instructor with the applicable number (0 - 25).

Public performance: students taking 300 or 400 level lessons are required to perform on one
recital or studio class each semester.

                                                                 Jury Required                Jury Required
                                     Jury Not Required               290x                      390x, 490x

 Progress made this term:           60 points                45 points                  40 points

 Attendance at lessons:             26 points                13 points                  13 points

 Amount and level of
 repertoire prepared:               12 points                15 points                  10 points

 Attendance at recitals:             2 points                 2 points                       2 points

 Final Jury Exam:                                            25 points                  25 points

 Public performance:                                                                    10 points

 Total points earned this term

Final grade based on the following scale:
       A = 93-100%, AB = 88-92%, B = 83-87%, BC = 77-82%, C = 72-76%, CD = 66-71%,
       D = 60-65%, DE = 55-59%, E = 54% or lower

Final Grade:                Teacher signature:

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VOICE LESSON             MUS 195     Grade Sheet                           Term: Winter 2019

Student :

Progress made this term:      50 possible points       ______
       Comments:

Attendance at lessons:       13 possible points        ______

Amount and level of
 repertoire prepared          25 possible points       ______
       Comments:

Public performance            10 possible points       ______
       Comments:

Attendance at recitals        7 possible points        ______ (to be completed by Music Office)

       Total points earned this term                   ________

Final grade based on the following scale:

       A       90 points and above
       AB      85 to 89points
       B       80 to 84 points
       BC      75 – 79 points
       C       70 – 74 points
       CD      65 – 69 points
       D       60 – 64 points
       DE      55 – 59 points
       E       54 points and below

Final Grade    _____                 Teacher signature: __________________________

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VOICE LESSON             Grade Sheet                                 Term: Winter 2019

 Student :                                      Level:     MUS 295    MUS 395       MUS 495

 Final Jury Exam                25 possible points       ______

 Progress made this term:       40 possible points       ______
        Comments:

 Attendance at lessons: 13 possible points     ______

 Amount and level of
  repertoire prepared           10 possible points       ______
        Comments:

 Public performance             10 possible points       ______
        Comments:

 Attendance at recitals         7 possible points        ______ (to be completed by Music Office)

        Total points earned this term                    ________

 Final grade based on the following scale:

        A       90 points and above
        AB      85 to 89points
        B       80 to 84 points
        BC      75 – 79 points
        C       70 – 74 points
        CD      65 – 69 points
        D       60 – 64 points
        DE      55 – 59 points
        E       54 points and below

Final Grade   _____                     Teacher signature: __________________________

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Alma College Music Department
                                               Recital Hearing

The top half of this form is to be completed by the student, brought to the recital hearing and given to
the attending faculty. The bottom part is for the faculty only and should be returned to the music
office by the faculty. At least two faculty members must attend the hearing.

The student must attach to this form a page listing the complete recital repertoire in concert order. It
must include composer, title and duration of each of your pieces.

Student Name: ________________________________                        Instrument:________________________

Hearing Date and Time: __________________________________________________

Proposed Recital Date and Time: ___________________________________________

Studio Instructor: ____________________________________

Degree (Check one): q B.A. in Music                 q B.M. in Performance           q B.M. in Music Education

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

For Faculty Use Only

Comments: _______________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________________________________

Check One: q Recital Approved             q Recital Provisionally Approved* q Recital Not Approved

*The following must occur before the recital is completely approved: _____________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Faculty Signature: ______________________________________________________________

Faculty Signature: ______________________________________________________________

Faculty Signature: ______________________________________________________________

When complete, an attending faculty member should return the entire form to the office. The form
will be placed into the student’s file.

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Sample Lobby Recital Form (applications will be available each term in
                                   The Music Department Office)

                            MUSIC DEPARTMENT LOBBY RECITALS

                                 Fall 2018 Application to perform

Please complete this form and email or hand in to Dr. Nichols (or his mailbox) at least two days
preceding the recital date. If you require a piano accompanist, please turn in a copy of the piano part
with this form.

All recitals will begin at the times listed below.

1)     Recital date:          Friday, November 2, 3 pm
                              Friday, November 9, 3 pm
                              Friday, November 16, 3 pm
                              Tuesday, November 20, 7 pm
                              Tuesday, November 27, 7 pm
                              Friday, November 30, 3 pm
                              Wednesday, December 5, 5 pm

2)     Name of performer(s):

3)     What is your instrument or vocal part?

4)     Preferred time to perform:            early         middle         late

5)     Title of piece (including any movement titles)

6)     Composer’s name:

7)     Composer’s dates:

8)     Duration of piece:

9)     Accompanist needed: YES               NO

10)    I have submitted a copy of the accompaniment:       YES      NO
       I have contacted him for practice sessions: YES     NO

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Alma College Instrument Loan Form

Name_____________________________________

Instrument_________________________________

Serial Number, and any other identifying marks, including storage locker (if known)

              ________________________________________________________

              ________________________________________________________

Accessories________________________________________________________

              ________________________________________________________

Date Out _____________                    Date Returned ____________

Alma music students may, with faculty permission, borrow an instrument from the department
inventory when registered in an ensemble or a class that requires them to use that instrument.

It is expected that each student who signs an Instrument Loan Form will be the only user of the
instrument, and will return all parts of the instrument outfit (case, accessories, etc.) in the best possible
condition (normal wear and tear is to be expected) at the end of the current semester, or by the date
specified on the form.

If the instrument is lost or stolen, the student will bear total financial responsibility for replacing the
instrument and accessories. Such loss may be covered by your parent or guardian’s homeowner’s
insurance. Failure to return the instrument by the due date can result in the withholding of grades,
blocking of registration, and the cost of a replacement instrument being billed to your student account.

For questions about wind or percussion instruments contact either Mr. Zerbe or Alexa Platte via email.
For questions about string instruments contact Dr. Abo.

Mr. Zerbe: zerbe@alma.edu
Alexa Platte: platte1ar@alma.edu
Dr. Abo: abo@alma.edu

I understand my obligations regarding borrowing Alma College instruments, as set forth in this
agreement:

Signature_________________________________________________

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Alma College Kiltie Marching Band Uniform Loan Form

Name _________________________________________________

Instrument _____________________________________________

Year __________________________________________________

Kilt ________________                  Kilt Hanger #

Jacket _______________                 Jacket Hanger #

Glen ________________                  Sporran

Rain Jacket ___________                Flashes

Date out ___________________ Date Returned ____________________

Alma College Kiltie Marching Band students may, with faculty permission, borrow
uniform parts from the department inventory when registered in MUS 153.02.

It is expected that each student who signs a Uniform Loan Form will be the only user
of the uniform and will return all parts of the uniform in the best possible condition
(normal wear and tear is to be expected) at the end of the Marching Band season.

If the uniform is lost or stolen, the student will bear total financial responsibility for
replacing the uniform. Failure to return the uniform by the due date can result in the
withholding of grades, blocking of registration, and the cost of replacing the uniform
parts being billed to your student account.
For any questions about uniforms contact either Lauren Smit or Mr. Zerbe via email.

Lauren Smit: smit1le@alma.edu

Mr. Zerbe: zerbe@alma.edu

I understand my obligations regarding borrowing an Alma College Kiltie Marching
Band uniform, as set forth in this agreement:

Signature ______________________________________________

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