Student Policies

  1. Students desiring a major in Music must have the approval of the Music Department prior to registration. An audition is required before consent can be granted. Applicants should contact the Music Department to arrange for an audition or to obtain permission to submit an audio or video recording in lieu of an on-campus audition.
  2. The applicants for admission to the Music Department are invited to enclose with the application a brief statement of musical experience and education to date along with the names and addresses of one or more music teachers who can provide information about the applicant’s musical competencies.
  3. Majors in all music degree programs receive one 60-minute applied lesson per week. Music minors receive one 30 minute applied lesson per week. Non-music participants, who are scholarship recipients, receive one 30 minute applied lesson per week.
  4. Degree students are assigned to ensemble groups by the ensemble director and the department chair. Each student enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Applied Music programs is required to participate in one major ensemble (band, choir or orchestra) during each semester of full-time enrollment. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Music Education (BME) program are required to participate in one major ensemble (band, choir or orchestra) during each semester of full-time enrollment until the eighth semester in the program. Prior to student teaching, students enrolled in the BME program will participate for at least one semester in a small ensemble experience during their years at Drake. Certain scholarship conditions may require students to participate in ensembles beyond the minimum degree requirements. Because of the educational and professional needs of the student and the Music Department, a student may be required to participate in more than one ensemble during a given semester. Usually, the ensemble assignment is in the area of the student’s major (or minor) applied study.
  5. Private lessons missed by students may not be made up unless satisfactory arrangements are made in advance with the instructor.
  6. Attendance at events listed under MUS 021 (Recitals) is required of music students in all degree programs for a total of eight semesters, except for Music Education majors, for whom the requirement is seven semesters. A list of approved programs is posted at the beginning of each semester, and the attendance requirement is 15 recitals each semester, with double penalty for arrears, to be made up within the next semester. No more than one semester in arrears is allowed.
  7. Students in the Bachelor of Applied Music and the Bachelor of Music Education programs must receive departmental approval before being classified as juniors or seniors within the Music Department.
  8. All majors enrolled in Bachelor of Applied Music and the Bachelor of Music Education programs must fulfill a four semester applied minor requirement and demonstrate keyboard competency. Majors in these programs, who have little or no keyboard skills, are required to enroll in the four-semester piano laboratory sequence (MUS 006, 007, 049, 050). Successful completion of the four semesters of this sequence will satisfy the applied minor requirement.
  9. Students may be placed within the laboratory sequence based on a piano proficiency examination given during their first semester. Students who successfully complete portions of the piano proficiency will be a) placed appropriately in the laboratory sequence, and b) be required to study other instrument(s) and/or voice for the remaining number of semesters. Upon completion of the piano sequence, students may combine a variety of instruments and/or voice in order to fulfill the remainder of the applied minor requirement.

Students who successfully complete all elements of the piano proficiency exam will be required to enroll in four semesters of lessons on piano, other instrument(s) and/or voice, in order to fulfill the applied minor requirement. Students may combine a variety of instruments and/or voice in order to fulfill this degree requirement.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet the piano competency required by the department. Placement in the piano laboratory sequence for these students will be based on examination. All transfer students are required to meet the applied minor requirements as outlined above.

2012 Voice Student Handbook

Music Student Handbook

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Fine Arts News
November 17, 2014
Five Drake piano students will showcase their talents on a world-renowned concert grand piano during a free concert at Drake University next month. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 1, in Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Ave.
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