Department of Music

Music at One Recital Attendance Requirement

Music at One is the name for student recitals that normally take place at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon on Thursdays.   There are two student requirements regarding the Music at One Recitals.   The first part is a Music Performance requirement, and the second part is the Recital Attendance requirement.

Students are expected to have completed MUS 190: Recital Attendance twelve (12) times in order to graduate.  To pass Mus. 190, students must sit as an audience member in eight Music-Department-sponsored concerts or recitals over the course of a fourteen-week semester.   The Music Office has a list of concerts that qualify for meeting the recital attendance requirement.   There are often from thirty to sixty concerts per semester, so students have a wide variety of choice for the programs they choose to attend.   Students may not include in the recital count those programs in which they perform on stage, except for Music at One programs, if they remain in the audience for the remaining part of the program.

From time to time, the Music Department may convene Town Meetings (convocations) for music students to discuss important changes of policy or other matters.   This is commonly done at the beginning of each semester.  Recital Attendance credit is given for attending Town Meeting convocations.  

If a Town Meeting is scheduled, then all music majors are expected to be present.   Important announcements and information is announced at these meetings.

The Department of Music monitors recital attendance through the course: MUS 190: Recital Attendance.  The following excerpt (from the course syllabus)  describes how the course is administered:

2008-2009
Music 190: Recital Attendance Course Syllabus
Meeting time: Thursday 1-2PM (and additional Music Department events)

This is a required course for all full time music majors. Its intention is to expose students to a variety of musical experiences from an audience perspective, and to encourage support among members of the department.  The emphasis here is on music appreciation, developing indispensable listening skills, and peer support. Students will NOT be given credit for concerts in which they perform, except for Music at One recitals if the performing student returns to the audience for the remainder of the recital and turn in a card.  It is the responsibility of the student to remember that this course is a degree requirement.  

The course requires students to attend the precise minimum of twelve (12) Music Department related concerts, lectures-recitals, or convocations to be selected from a list issued by the Department each semester. Each spring students must attend an event presented by the Native Arts Festival. In addition, each student must sign up for a “practicum”: acting as stage crew or otherwise facilitating the production of a music department event (once each semester). Sign up with Linda Harriger in the Music Office. 

Students indicate their presence at an event by handing in a Recital Attendance Card to a faculty member at the end of the event. (This includes those performing on Music at One.)  Students may NOT turn this card in to office staff. After the students’ presence is recorded, the card will be returned to the “card box” by the Music Department Office (201) door. The students should retrieve the card and use it again for the next event. Extra cards are available if the card is lost.

Students are expected to arrange their work and study schedules to guarantee attendance at the required minimum number (12) of qualified events or else they will be given an “F” grade. Incomplete and Deferred grades are not given. 

The Department will not “excuse” students from attending the minimum number of required events for circumstances beyond the students' control. This includes work schedules, class conflicts, and unexpected concert cancellations. 

It is strongly encouraged that students plan to attend as many concerts as possible early in the semester so that if they are prevented from attending a concert later in the semester due to illness, work commitments, car not starting, etc.  It is the students’ responsibility to foresee any scheduling problems and compensate accordingly by attending other events. 

Off-campus performances and non-musical on-campus performances cannot be substituted for attending qualified Music Department related events except where those events are included on the list of events qualifying for recital attendance. Unusual problems, which could prevent a student from meeting the course requirements, should be brought to the attention of the Department Head at the beginning of the semester.