Important Dates for Graduate Music Students

During New Graduate Student Orientation, the School of Music has its orientation for new musician students. Mark these dates and times on your calendar.

Information on supplies, practice facilities, lockers and policies and procedures is on the School of Music Orientation webpage. If you have additional questions, contact David Winkelman, Associate Dean of School of Music.

School of Music Orientation

Music Orientation Schedule

Monday, August 13: Mandatory Meeting

Monday, August 13 at 4:15 p.m. in Gray Building, Hood Recital hall.
All new graduate students must attend this meeting. School of Music staff and administrators will be introduced, important information will be shared, and questions on music-related topics will be answered.

Tuesday, August 14: Ear Training Assessment

All new graduate students must
take this assessment in ear training skills. The assessment is given in two parts:

  • Dictation skills - Tuesday, August 14, at 9 a.m. in Gray 134
  • Sight singing and performance skills - individual times after arriving on campus). Those students who do not demonstrate

Proficiency with the material must take and successfully complete MUS 6621: Graduate
Review: Ear Training in order to be eligible to graduate.

Theory & Music History  Assessments

All new graduate students must take assessments in both theory and music history. The theory and history
assessments are administered a few weeks into the semester, affording a small respite (and providing additional time to study).

Students who do not demonstrate proficiency with the theory material must take MUS 6693: Graduate Review: Theory.

Students who do not demonstrate proficiency with the music history material must take MUS 6712: Graduate Review: History in order to be eligible to

More information about the exact dates of these assessments will be available during Orientation Week, and both of the review courses are then offered during Spring Semester.

Wednesday, August 15-16: First-of-Year Hearings

First-of-Year Hearings, short juries presented by students, allow the faculty to assess students as the year begins. In addition, for students needing to be placed into either large or chamber instrumental ensembles, the hearings provide the faculty with important information for decisions about appropriate assignments.

The following departments require First-of-Year Hearings for new students: brass, guitar, organ, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and woodwinds. This year, most hearings for new students will be held on Wednesday, August 15, although string principal hearings will occur on Thursday evening, August 16. In addition, voice hearings will be held during the week of August 20, and guitar hearings will be held at a somewhat later time after the semester is underway.

Times and locations will be posted on the bulletin board outside the Music Office on Tuesday, August 15. It is extremely important you are prepared to perform at your assigned time as hearing times cannot be rescheduled.

If you have questions about appropriate repertoire for the First-of-Year Hearing you should ask for guidance from the faculty member with whom you will be taking lessons. (If you need help in contacting that faculty member, contact David Winkelman for assistance .) In general, the guidelines are as follows:

  • Brass, string, and woodwind students should prepare a piece not longer than five minutes in length. Accompanists are not required and will not be provided for these instrumental hearings. In addition, you must prepare the orchestral excerpts chosen by the faculty for your particular instrument. Details about these orchestral excerpts will be available in early summer.
  • Other instrumentalists (organ, percussion, and piano) should prepare a piece not longer than five minutes in length. (Note: Collaborative piano students should consult with Dr. Allison Gagnon regarding repertoire selections.)
  • Voice students should prepare a piece not longer than five minutes in length. Accompanists will be provided for voice hearings.

Sunday, August 19: Studio Meetings

Many faculty will hold studio and/or department organizational meetings Sunday afternoon, August 19, at 5 p.m. Be certain to keep that time available in your schedule.

Monday, August 20: Classes begin

All classes begin on Monday, August 20.