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.