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 submitting a Recital Hour Application Form in the Music office or online. Music majors receive recital credits for attendance at approved concerts and recitals.
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.
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 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.
- 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.
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.
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.