Mississippi Valley State University

July 30, 2016


Each prospective music major is required to perform an advisory audition and take placement examinations in music theory, piano, and an applied area prior to the first term of enrollment as music major.  The following requirements are expected:

1)  Solo (medium - difficult);

2)  Major and Minor Scales;

3)  Techniques as applied to the principal instrument; and

4) Sight reading.

Freshman students are expected to exhibit knowledge of musical terms, intervals and key signatures.

All prospective majors are expected to be proficient in one of the following areas; voice, keyboard, woodwind, brass, or percussion.  Knowledge of the piano is recommended, but is not required.

Majors are required to participate in a major ensemble (band and choir) during each semester of matriculation, exclusive of student teaching semester.  The approval of the department head must be obtained for any exceptions to the major performing ensemble requirement.  Students who do not have the appropriate number of terms of registration for the major performing ensemble will not be allowed to graduate.

To receive full credit for applied study, students must practice five hours each week for each semester hour of credit given, in addition to regular attendance for private study.

All music students are required to pass the piano proficiency examination prior to directed teaching or graduation.  A minimum grade of "C" is required in all major courses.

Music majors are required to attend all recitals and concerts presented on campus.  All music majors enrolled in applied music are required to perform in seminar recitals.  A public senior recital is a prerequisite to field teaching experiences or graduation.  This recital is in addition to the standard course of study and is only partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation.