Requirements and Procedures for Semester Juries

Students Sign Up for their Jury Day and Time in the Department Office no later than Monday of Jury Week. At this time Students must also turn in the Jury Entry Form (see below). Juries take place during the next to the last week of classes.



Each semester, enrolled music majors perform a jury before the assembled Music Department faculty members.  Jurie are intended to monitor a student's applied progress.  Some of the repertoire is from a list of standard, graded works, compiled by the applied faculty.  Adjudicators assess, among other things, the performers' musicality, technique, interpretation, and professionalism; expectations will be based on each student's level in the program.  


Students must be ready to perform 2 contrasting selections in the 10 minutes time allotment.
In the case of jazz studies majors this would include one from the list of required tunes based on your level. The other selection may be an etude, exercise or another piece.


If a piece calls for accompaniment, classical instrumentalists are expected to arrange for a pianist well ahead of time to accompany you at the jury. (Vocalists and jazz studies majors are already addressing this)


You must bring no less than 4 copies of your music or originals (8 preferable), bound and ready to pass out to the jury. Copies must be made at your own expense. Composers must follow the current policy and bring copies of their scores as well as a written statement of explanation.


Composers provide jury panel bound 2-sided copies of each score along with a 1-2 page analysis of each composition completed during the semester. Composers then briefly discuss works and provide means of hearing scores. They must be able to describe and defend compositional process. The faculty look for continued advancement in technical and creative processes, development of an individualized voice in his/her work, and different approaches to pitch, rhythm, dynamics, and instrumentation. Composers are expected to complete 2-4 pieces each semester, depending on the medium. They must compose in different mediums (piano, vocal, percussion, winds, etc); the order of which is determined by the instructor.



Students in the Bachelor of Music degree program must receive a jury score of 75% or better in order to pass. Students in the Bachelor of Arts degree program must receive a jury score of 65% or better in order to pass. The jury grade factors into the private lesson grade at the private teacher's discretion.



Students who fall below jury performance level expectations (below 75% for B.M.; below 65% for B.A.) will be placed on Probationary status the following semester. Students on probation may, at the discretion of the faculty, be ineligible for state-supported lessons and will be required to remediate deficiencies at their own expense. At the end of the probation semester, the student must sign up for a jury and successfully pass all deficient material.



If at the end of the sophomore year two or more consecutive juries have not been passed the student can be dismissed or reassigned from the music major degree program. Bachelor of Music students can become Bachelor of Arts students, Bachelor of Arts students can become Music Minors.



Fall Jury also counts as your Scholarship Continuation Audition.
It is possible a re-ranking may result in an adjustment to your award (higher or lower) or some cases loss of.



The Jury Evaluation Form is filled out by each member of the Jury. Students are rated in four categories which are

  • Quality of Sound
  • Technique
  • Musicality
  • Other Factors

Each category is rated on a scale of 1 (low) to 25 (high) on a 100% scale.

  • Bachelor of Music majors must score 75% and above (averaged for all jurors) to pass.
  • Bachelor of Arts majors must score 65% and above (averaged for all jurors) to pass.

Click here for the Jury Evaluation Form

Click here for the Composer Jury Evaluation Form



Students work closely with their Private Lesson Instructor from the teacher's prescribed list of appropriate repertoire by level for their course of study to select works which will be presented at the 10 minute jury. Students fill out the Jury Entry Form with their private lesson instrutor and have it signed by them. The form must be submitted to the Department Office no later than the Monday of Jury Week.

Click here for the Jury Entry Form

Click here for the Composer Jury Entry Form