Important Dates for High School Music Students

During New 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

Friday, August 10: Mandatory Meeting for parents and students

Friday, August 10 at 3 p.m. in Watson Hall in the School of Music Complex.
For all new high school students and their parents. School of Music staff and administrator will be introduced, important information shared and questions on music-related topics answered.

Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11: 11th and 12th graders

Friday, August 10 following Welcome & Information Meeting and Saturday, August 11
This assessment is ONLY for new 11th and 12th grade students and will cover the basics of music and musicianship, including such topics as key signatures, scales, intervals, chords, pitch matching, sight singing, and basic keyboard knowledge. It will consist of two parts:

  1. The first part is written and will be given immediately following the conclusion of the Welcome & Information Meeting on Friday afternoon. (Because you will be taken directly from the meeting to the theory assessment, please come to the information meeting appropriately prepared.) While there is not a time limit, most students will finish between 5-5:30 p.m.
  2. The second part is oral and will be given throughout the day on Saturday. Each student will be assigned their own 10-minute time for this one-on-one assessment given to each individual student by a member of the theory faculty. A list of these specific appointments will be posted on the bulletin board outside the Music Office on Friday; it is extremely important that you stop by the office at some point during the day on Friday so you will know the time and location of your individual appointment.

Based upon the results of the Theory/Aural Skills Placement Assessments, all 11th and 12th grade students will be placed into either the Music Theory & Musicianship or the Aural Skills sequence of classes. Music students are responsible for providing necessary texts and supplies for Music classes, and students placed into one of these theory or aural skills classes should budget approximately $165 for books and other materials.

 Note: Students in the 9th and 10th grades are not enrolled in theory or aural skills classes, although fundamentals drill software is available to all students in the music keyboard lab.

Saturday, August 11: Registration

Saturday, August 11
At registration you will receive your daily schedule of classes, although assignments to large ensembles and/or chamber music will not yet be included. Those ensemble assignments will be made by the faculty following First-of-Year Hearings.

Monday, August 13: Beginning of Classes

Monday, August 13
High School Academic Program classes will begin on Monday, August 13. In addition, your Music Theory & Musicianship or your Aural Skills class will begin that day, too.

The week of August 20
Weekly lessons, master classes, large ensembles and chamber music will all begin the following week (the week of August 20) and will coincide with the beginning of classes for the college students.

Wednesday, August 15 - Friday, August 31: First-of-Year Hearings

Wednesday, August 15 - Friday, August 24
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, harp, organ, percussion, piano, strings, voice, and woodwinds. Times and locations will be posted on the bulletin board outside the Music Office on Tuesday, August 14. It is extremely important you are prepared to perform at your assigned time as hearing times cannot be rescheduled. Hearing times:

  • Wednesday, August 15 - brass, strings, and woodwinds
  • Thursday evening, August 16 - piano
  • Week of August 27 - voice hearings
  • Later in semester - guitar hearings

If you have questions about appropriate repertoire for the First-of-Year Hearing you should ask the faculty member with whom you will be taking lessons. (If you need help in contacting that faculty member, contact David Winkelman.) 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 (harp, organ, percussion, and piano) should prepare a piece not longer than five minutes in length.
  • 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

Sunday, August 19 at 5 p.m.
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.