Undergraduate Students

The Department of Music's Undergraduate Program Guidebook is an information resource for current University of West Georgia students. The guidebook articulates certain specific requirements, policies, stipulations and procedures pertaining to the various programs, emphases, options, and courses in music and to the functioning of the Department of Music. Some information may not appear in the University Catalogs, but is nevertheless applicable regardless of the student's catalog year. 

  • Student Convocations: Comprehensive Music Laboratory

    Each semester student convocations, recital hours, lab ensembles, and studio classes are held at the scheduled class time for MUSC 1000 Comprehensive Music Laboratory. Students may apply to appear on one of the student recital hours by obtaining and completing an Application for Recital Appearance form in the Department of Music Office (HUM 105). Music majors receive recital credits for attendance at approved concerts and recitals.

    What is Comprehensive Music Laboratory?

    MUSC 1000 Comprehensive Music Laboratory is a required noncredit course and consisting of three distinct components and for which the student receives a grade of S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory) based on attendance. Students attend formal musical performances and participate in studio and ensemble laboratories at least one hour per week as specified by the Department of Music. Music majors enroll in MUSC 1000 each semester except for summers and the semester of the internship, either until they have completed 6 semesters of satisfactory attendance, or until graduation if they have earned an S grade for each fall and spring semester enrolled. Music minors enroll until they have completed 2 semesters of satisfactory attendance. Transfer students may transfer equivalent Comprehensive Music Laboratory credit earned at other institutions, if approved by the Department Chair.

    The purpose of Comprehensive Music Laboratory is to:
    • ensure that all music majors and minors are exposed to a wide variety of musical repertoire in live performances,
    • provide opportunities to apply skills, techniques, and methods needed to play, sing, conduct, and teach music, and
    • provide students with opportunities to enhance their learning in the principal-applied area.
    Attendance policy

    The MUSC 1000 attendance policy requires that students attend a specified number of concerts and recitals events each semester. For Studio Class and Laboratory Ensemble attendance, a total of more than two absences will result in a grade of U for the course. Missing a Studio Class or a Laboratory Ensemble because of another activity required by the Department of Music is not considered an absence from MUSC 1000. Specific attendance requirements for each MUSC 1000 component appear below.
    To earn an S in MUSC 1000, the student must have satisfactory attendance at Studio Class and the Laboratory Ensemble.

    1. Concert Attendance

    • Full-time students must attend ten events per semester, at least eight of them on campus.
    • Part-time students must attend seven events, at least five of them on campus. These students must verify their part-time status to the faculty member in charge of Concert Attendance.
    • To earn credit, the student must be in the audience for the entire event. No credit is awarded to a student for an event in which he/she performs, except for Student Recital Hours.
    • Each event earns one attendance credit. Events include Student Recital Hours, Student Convocations, and all other concerts and lecture-recitals presented by the Department of Music. Selected musical events presented by the Townsend Center earn credit. Certain off-campus events earn credit, including performances of "classical" music by professional musicians, and college or university performances comparable to those at UWG.
    • No credit is awarded for attending a repeat performance of a concert already heard by the student.
    • Evidence of attending an event on campus is an attendance slip distributed and collected by a faculty member and signed by the student.
    • Evidence of attending a performance off campus is a printed program and a brief oral report to the faculty member in charge of Concert Attendance. The Undergraduate Studies Committee determines whether an off-campus event is suitable for credit. Students may inquire in advance.

    Questions regarding Concert Attendance may be directed to the Department Chair or to the faculty member in charge of Concert Attendance.

    2. Studio Class
    Each applied teacher or group of applied teachers schedules three or four meetings per semester of their principal-applied student. These meetings may include student performances, faculty demonstrations, group discussions, or other relevant activity. Attendance is required.

    3. Laboratory Ensemble
    This activity provides opportunity to practice and apply skills, techniques, and methods needed to play, sing, conduct, and teach music.

    • Choral and instrumental ensembles are included. Instrumental ensembles involve winds, brass, percussion, strings, and piano in various combinations. Some students participate as conductors or teachers or coaches, while the others participate as ensemble members. Participant assignments will be posted and announced in advance. Assignments will be made according to student desires, needs, and program of study.
    • Upper-division students participate as ensemble leaders (i.e., conductors, teachers, or coaches) and/or members of the ensemble. Lower-division students participate primarily as members of the ensemble.
    • The student's role is determined according to the program of study. Ensemble rosters are determined according to the principal- and the secondary-applied areas, experience in Techniques & Materials classes, and the student's interests.
    • The Laboratory Ensemble utilizes selected materials appropriate for the laboratory instrumental ensembles and chorus, including class methods, ensemble folios, published and unpublished compositions, and teacher/student-prepared materials.
    • A student who participates as a conductor or teacher or coach is required, with the supervision of the faculty coordinator(s), to prepare and distribute the materials and equipment, prepare the rehearsal space, and lead the ensemble.
    • Attendance is required.
  • Keyboard Skills Proficiency

    The proficient use of keyboard skills is a basic competency required of all musicians. Passing the Class Keyboard course sequence constitutes keyboard proficiency (i.e., MUSC 1501, 1502, 2501, 2502). Keyboard proficiency is a prerequisite for the majority of upper-division music courses. Students must enroll in Class Keyboard each semester offered for a minimum of four semesters and continuing until successful completion. Credit for courses in the sequence may be obtained through examination. Credit by examination for any course must be validated by the course's faculty and processed through the Music Office and the Office of the Registrar. The requirements for each proficiency level are included in the various Class Keyboard course syllabi.

  • Ensemble Enrollment

    Most musicians perform in or lead various types of ensembles throughout their careers. All musicians learn a myriad of performing and teaching skills through their experiences of performing in these groups. Therefore, to help students to develop the requisite skills, all music majors must register for the required ensemble(s). It is recommended that each student participates in more than one ensemble and that music education majors participate in both instrumental and vocal/choral ensembles. Students may receive Physical Education credit for Marching Band by registering for PWLA 2611.

    The various UWG ensembles require an audition for either placement or admission, and all students must enroll. Fall auditions take place prior to the beginning of the semester and during the first week of classes. All auditions are completed prior to the close of the drop/add period. Please contact the appropriate ensemble director for information regarding membership in a performing group.

  • Applied Music

    Private lessons are required for all music majors (Principal Applied), and are available to non-music majors (Non-Music-Major Applied) who are concurrently enrolled in an approved departmental ensemble. Private lessons are also available to music-major students who wish to study a second instrument (Secondary Applied). Lessons are offered as one or two 25-minute lessons weekly, for one or two semester-hours credit. An Applied Music Fee is charged to all students enrolling in applied music.

    Applied music study is aimed at providing the necessary training for musicians to develop their performing skills to the highest level possible. Through these studies students have the opportunity to concentrate on developing these skills in a challenging yet supportive environment. Regardless of the major area of study, an applied record is maintained for each student to document progress in his/her private lessons, ensemble experiences, and solo performances.

    All music majors must register for Principal Applied (the principal performing instrument or voice) as part of their degree-program requirements. All students registering for applied lessons are expected to audition before the faculty for initial placement. Requests from students for placement in applied music are honored to the extent possible considering the instructor's teaching load. Applied lessons are held in the studios of the individual instructors. Since some of our applied instructors are part-time faculty, please direct any questions in their absence to the Department Chair.

    Each semester, students must schedule the weekly applied lesson around both the student's and the teacher's schedules. Lesson times are arranged on an individual basis with the instructor. Important: students who have not arranged a lesson time by the second day of classes will be dropped from the applied music course.

    Additional studio classes may be required as part of the applied music course. They are scheduled at an hour convenient to all students of the same instructor. Likewise, the following materials are usually required for applied study: (1) Metronome with both audible and visible indicators; (2) Tuner with meter and tone generator (for instrumentalists); (3) Printed music materials as required by the instructor; and (4) Instrument and accessory items as required by the instructor.

  • Applied Jury Examinations

    Applied jury examinations are held at the end of each semester. In a jury examination each student registered for an applied course appears before a committee of the music faculty. At each level of applied study the student must meet specific expectations, as outlined by the applied instructor, in order to advance to the next level. Prior to the jury examination, students (with the assistance of the applied teacher) update their Applied Repertoire and Study Forms. These forms reflect an accurate accounting of applied study and solo performance. While the applied teacher and the committee will make final decisions, the examination will generally include a representation of the major repertoire, excerpts, scales, and technical exercises studied during that quarter. Proper performance etiquette and appropriate attire are highly recommended for all performances, including jury examinations.

    Students are responsible for scheduling their own jury examination(s). The jury-examination schedules are posted one week before final examinations begin. If applicable, students are advised to have accompaniment for solo literature. It is the student's responsibility to secure an accompanist at least three weeks prior to the jury time and to schedule a minimum of two rehearsals. The applied instructor should be present at the rehearsals.

  • Principal Applied Expectations

    Each level of applied study has specific expectations for students to pass the jury examinations and advance to the next level of applied study. These expectations are outlined by the applied instructor and included in part in this Guidebook. In addition to the individual requirements of the instructors, minimum skills must be demonstrated for the student to advance from one level of applied study to the next. For advancement from lower-division level (MUSC 2600A-Q Principal Applied) to the upper-division level (MUSC 4600A-Q Principal Applied), students must pass a level-change examination.

    The level-change examination will occur during the applied jury examination in the semester when the student is ready for advancement from the lower-division level of study to upper-division level of study. Level-change committees include, in addition to the applied-area faculty committee, one other faculty member from a different performance area.

    Each student is expected to practice a minimum of one hour daily per applied credit hour for which he/she is registered. Practice rooms are available to all students enrolled in performance courses. Students registered for private lessons, ensembles, keyboard classes, and pedagogy courses can have access to the practice room wing by purchasing a key from the music office.

    Listed below are the minimum expectations for each year and level of applied study. The faculty may require the student to exceed these minimum expectations. However, no student may progress through the applied course of study without meeting these standards.

  • Solo Performance Requirements

    Performing in public is basic to the musician's craft. Developing even a moderate level of skill in public performance requires considerable study, practice, and experience. Therefore, to foster these skills, music students are required to present a minimum number of solo public performances in the student's major applied area each year. These performances are an outgrowth of the studies pursued in the applied lessons and must be approved in advance by the student's major applied instructor. Generally, single movements from a multi-movement work or a single-movement work is considered an appropriate choice of literature for a solo public performance. The performance must be presented on an official student recital program (e.g., Student Recital Hour, Junior Recital, or Senior Recital). Specific degree-program requirements regarding solo public performances are listed below under the heading Degree and Course Requirements.

  • Degree Recitals

    The Performance major will be expected to perform a half recital during the Junior year and a full recital during the Senior year. The Half Recital must consist of 20-30 minutes of music. The Full Recital must consist of 40-60 minutes of music. Music Education majors perform either a public recital of 20-40 minutes, or a 15-minute (minimum) program for hearing by the music faculty prior to the semester of student teaching. Specific degree-program requirements regarding recitals are listed below under the heading Music Degree and Course Requirements Unique to Each Major. Information regarding Composition Recitals is listed below under the heading Bachelor of Music: Major in Composition.

    Prior to the presentation of a degree recital, the proposed student degree recital must be presented for approval to a committee of three faculty. The hearing will consist of the entire program, and will include the same personnel as the proposed recital. All accompanied pieces and ensemble pieces must be performed with the accompaniment or complete ensemble. The committee will consist of the student's applied teacher, a teacher of the same or a closely allied instrument, and a teacher from a different applied area. Approval requires that a majority of the committee concur that the recital is ready for performance at the time of the hearing.

    Degree-recital hearings must occur at least two calendar weeks prior to the proposed recital date. Recitals that are not approved may be heard again during the next semester of study.

    Following a successful Recital Hearing, the Recital Hearing Approval Form signed by all members of the faculty committee will serve as the Cashen Hall reservation form and program copy. This form can be obtained from the department office.

  • Program Outcomes

Graduate Students

The Department of Music at the University of West Georgia is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The Master of Music degree is offered with majors in Music Education and Performance.

All instruction is delivered by a distinguished artist-teacher faculty with extensive credentials and professional experience. Faculty members have regional, national, and international reputations in performance, teaching, research, and creative activities.

Initial Certification Program in Music Education (P-12)  The Initial Certification Program in Music Education is a non-degree designed for those individuals who have an earned undergraduate degrree in music from an accredited institution and wish to obtain certification to teach music (P-12) in Georgia.
Master of Music Degree Admission Requirements
Scheduling the Graduate Music Qualifying Exam
Master of Music in Music Education   This fully online program is intended for those individuals who seek advanced licensure in music teaching or for those who wish to pursue doctoral study and seek teaching positions in higher education.
Master of Music in Performance  This program is intended for those individuals who seek advanced training in music performance and/or wish to pursue doctoral study and seek teaching positions in higher education.

  • Graduate Recital

    The recital, for which 3 credits are earned, is required in the Performance major and may be considered for one of the approved electives in the Music Education major. The recital must consist of 40-60 minutes of music based on studies in Principal Applied. Each recital must be approved in a hearing, normally scheduled during applied juries in the semester prior to the performance. The student is expected to demonstrate a concert-ready level of performance on all selections, as determined by a majority vote of three or more music faculty members. The performance of the recital is evaluated by the student's faculty committee. A principal-applied voice recital must include works sung in English, French, German, and Italian.

  • Directed Independent Study

    Directed Independent Study (MUSC 6981) may be taken with permission of department chairman and a professor who will direct the student's project. DIS credit shall apply toward the MM degree, with the number of credits determined by the scope of the proposed project, as outlined in the DIS form.

    A description of the project and the statement of anticipated results of the semester's work will be signed by the student and the supervising professor. Normally, a written report or term paper will result from the DIS. A performance (recital or jury) may be given in lieu of a written report.

  • Advancement to Candidacy

    The graduate music student must apply for advancement to candidacy one semester prior to the proposed graduation semester. Before the student applies for admission to candidacy, a committee of graduate music-faculty members is determined in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Music. The committee must consist of three graduate faculty members; the student's major professor and two additional graduate faculty members who have worked with the student during his or her program of study. The major professor is the faculty member who has worked most closely with the student in the major area of study.

    Upon establishing the graduate faculty committee, the student must complete an Application for Admission to Candidacy. After the application is completed and signed by the student's major professor and the Chair of the Department of Music, it is forwarded to the Dean of the Graduate School for approval.  These forms are available in the Department of Music Office or the Graduate School.

  • Comprehensive Final Exam

    A comprehensive final examination is administered during the final semester of study to all candidates seeking a Master of Music degree.  The examination is conducted orally and is designed to help determine the student's ability to synthesize a broad body of knowledge gained through graduate study.  Students may be asked questions of a practical, theoretical, or historical nature as well as specific and general questions relating to the plan of study.

    One semester prior to the examination, the student must request examination questions from each member of his or her faculty committee.  In addition, the student must coordinate the scheduling of the oral examination with the members of the committee.

    In preparation for the oral examination, candidates for the Master of Music in Music Education must prepare a written report based on questions from the faculty committee.  Each committee member will submit one question for the candidate.  Each candidate response should be between 1000-1500 words in length (exclusive of references.)  At least one response must directly address research processes and findings from a primary area of interest in music education.  The candidate must present copies of this written report to each member of the faculty committee at least one week prior to the scheduled oral examination.  Candidates should be prepared to elaborate on the written report as part of the oral examination process.  The oral exam will be conducted on the UWG campus or via video-conferencing as approved by the committee.

    Selections performed on the graduate recital by candidates for the Master of Music in Performance serve as the basis for answering general and specific questions at the final comprehensive oral examination.  Candidates should be prepared to demonstrate extensive knowledge - historical, theoretical, stylistic, and pedagogical - of all works and styles performed on the graduate recital.  Students are required to provide scores and, per committee request, may be required to submit analyses prior to their comprehensive final oral examination.  The oral exam will be conducted on the UWG campus.

  • Thesis Option

    Students in the Master of Music program who plan to pursue additional graduate study are strongly urged to consider selecting the Thesis Option as part of their degree requirements. The completion of a Master's Thesis is documentation of one's scholarship and generally is considered to indicate expertise in a given area of study. Students pursuing the Thesis Option may register for 3, 6, or 9 hours of credit in MUSC 6999 Thesis in Music as approved electives.

    Prior to selecting the Thesis Option, the student must establish his/her graduate faculty committee. The student will work with the committee to develop a thesis topic proposal and complete the thesis document under the direct guidance of the committee chairperson. It is expected that the manuscript will demonstrate high standards of scholarship. Once the topic has been chosen, a formal proposal is prepared. The proposal, when fully developed, must be approved by the candidate's committee. During the research and writing of the thesis document, the candidate is advised to consult regularly with the major professor and the other members of the committee. Following approval of the committee, the document must be defended orally.

  • Graduate Assistantships

    Graduate Assistantships and Graduate Research Assistantships in Music are available on a competitive basis to qualified graduate students.  In the College of Arts and Humanities, Graduate Research Assistants are employed as either full-time assistants or half-time assistants.  Both in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition are waived for qualified Graduate Research Assistants.