This handbook is designed to provide assistance to Music students throughout their career at Southern Oregon University.
For information concerning academic programs and policies of the university, please consult the SOU Catalog. This handbook focuses on Music program procedures and does not supersede the policies outlined in the official SOU Catalog.
This handbook is designed to provide assistance to Music students throughout their career at Southern Oregon University.
AdvisingStudents are assigned an advisor upon entering as freshmen into the program or immediately after transferring to SOU. Students are frequently assigned advisors in their particular concentration. Please speak with the Music Program Chair if you’d like to change your advisor. For advising related to general education requirements, please contact the Academic Advising Center.
Although students are assigned an advisor, it is each student’s responsibility to be as familiar as possible with the University’s requirements in both the Music program and general education. We encourage all students to use the catalog of their year of entry into the department in addition to regular meetings with advisors.
Each Music student should have a four year plan created in their freshman year of Music classes. When students reach their junior year, or when they have one year remaining of classes, they are responsible for turning in a Degree Application to the Raider Student Services for graduation. Students should plan their application for graduation with their advisor.
Advising SheetsBachelor of Music
Education Concentration (2016-2017 catalog) (PDF)
Education Concentration (2017-2018 catalog) (PDF)
Performance Concentration (2016-2017 catalog) (PDF)
Performance Concentration (2017-2018 catalog) (PDF)
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
(2016-2017 catalog) (PDF)
(2017-2018 catalog) (PDF)
(2016-2017 catalog) (PDF)
(2017-2018 catalog) (PDF)
Applied Lessons (MUP)Private instruction is available to music majors under the 90 series (190, 290, 390, 490). All Music majors are required to complete the first two years of instruction at the 90 level and pass the MUS 300 level hearing. Should you elect to take lessons in a secondary area (an area in which you have not passed a New Student Audition) you must obtain the permission of the instructor and sign up in the 70 series.
Non-music majors may take private instruction under the 70 series (170, 270…) as space allows.
Applied Lessons PolicyThe following are departmental policies that private lesson students are held to:
- Take your lessons and preparation seriously. This will require regular (daily) and quality practice time so that skills will improve as quickly as possible.
- Appear for lessons on time and prepared. Because of tight schedules, late lesson arrivals reduce the effectiveness of the study. Be prepared, otherwise valuable faculty instruction time is wasted.
- Commit to the lessons for the duration of the term. Each term we have a number of students who sign up for applied music to see “what it is like” and end up dropping after a few weeks or not showing for many lessons. This deprives students who are truly interested from the opportunity to take private lessons.
- Lessons should be canceled for extreme illness only. Instructors will attempt to make up lessons canceled due to serious illness. Lessons missed for other reasons will not be made up. If you are ill and unable to make a lesson time, CALL AHEAD so the instructor’s time is not wasted.
- Each lesson missed will result in the student’s term grade dropping one letter grade. There are normally nine lessons per term. Each lesson is over 10% of your graded instruction time, so this fits in with the normal grading process for classes.
Applied Music JuriesApplied music juries are held at the end of Fall and Spring terms during finals week and are required for students in the MUP 90 series taking applied music lessons. Applied music is in the class schedule under MUP (Music Applied Instruction). Juries are used as a tool for faculty to judge a students’ progress on their instrument, and dually act as a final exam for MUP courses. Each area will have its own jury time, for example all Woodwinds attend a Woodwind jury which is judged by the Woodwind faculty. Some jury panels require copies of your sheet music. Please check with your advisor or MUP instructor before your jury to be as prepared as possible with all required paperwork ready and photocopied for your jury.
Sign-up sheets are posted on the Music bulletin board during quiet week for each different area’s respective jury times. Students sign-up for a reserved time, indicate their instrument, applied level, and phone number. All students should bring a prepared repertoire sheet which indicates which pieces they have learned, memorized, and are preparing to perform in their jury (found outside music office). Students are responsible for arranging an accompanist for their jury, and having copies of music ready for their accompanist.
Care of the Facility and EquipmentCopy Machines
The copy machines in the Music building office are not for general use. All copies must be made by the instructor who enters their code into the copier. Copies can be made in the Hannon Library.
The faculty mailboxes are located inside the Music building office. Students may leave messages for the faculty in their mailbox.
Lockers are located on the second floor of the Music building adjacent to MUS 220. These lockers can be issued to students enrolled in music classes for the purpose of securing instruments. A locker assignment and combination can be obtained from the student equipment manager. The student equipment manager has keys to the lockers, should a combination be forgotten, as well as a master copy of all locker combinations. The locker room is open all day until the building is closed by security.
The Music Lab is located in the basement of the Music building. The Music Lab offers students an opportunity to listen to music, use computer software to write music, and work on class projects. There are also opportunities for students with work study money to work in the Music Lab.
The Music program has instruments that may be checked out to Music majors. Interested students must speak with the student equipment manager to check one out instruments. Some classes require students to check out instruments for use for that particular class, these classes may be exempt from the fee. Other Music courses include course fees to be paid directly to the University along with tuition.
Student’s announcements are often put on the bulletin board next to the Music building office. Please check the board regularly. General announcements are also made at Convocation. The best way to reach a faculty member is by email and you may also leave messages in faculty boxes located in the Music building office.
CapstoneStudents enroll in MUS 400 Capstone their senior year. The Capstone project is designed collaboratively by the student and the instructor and should integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and outcomes of the collective body of study the student has undertaken in his/her university experience. The project will be documented in a career-oriented final portfolio and submitted to the instructor, and archived by the Music Office. The capstone course is only available in spring term; students are not able to complete this course through independent study.
Continuation Exam - MUS 300All Music majors are required to pass the MUS 300 Continuation Exam in conjunction with their MUP advancement. This performance exam will be a demonstration of what you’ve learned in the first two years at SOU. All lower division Music requirements should be completed before registration in MUS 300.
To prepare for the MUS 300 exam, students will speak with their MUP instructor in conjunction with their advisor. When it is determined that a student is ready for the exam (typically during the third term of MUP 290), they will register for the 0 credit course, MUS 300 Continuation Exam, and present the performance exam during juries of that term. The exam is a 30-minute slot. Students will perform several pieces of prepared repertoire, sight read, perform technical exercises as directed by their applied instructor, and a 2-week self-prepared piece assigned by their instructor and/or advisor.
ConvocationThe Convocations/Concerts class (MUS 165) functions as the Music program’s meeting time and also as a time for lectures about various aspects of music, and a performance opportunity for students, faculty, and visiting artists. The class attendance requirements may be found in the class syllabus. The Convocation requirement for transfer students will be determined by the Program Chair.
If you are interested in performing on a Student Showcase during convocation hour, submit a “Request for Convocation Student Showcase & Junior Recital Performance” form to Dr. Hutton no later than the week prior to the performance. The forms are found in the kiosk outside the music office.
Employment OpportunitiesStudents looking for work are encouraged to visit the Office of Career Connections site for information. In addition, the Music program regularly hires the following positions:
Box Office Assistant
Hired by the Music Recital Hall Manager, this position seats the audience and takes care of patron’s needs during recital hall concerts.
Hired by the Music Recital Hall Manager, any openings are posted on the Music Bulletin Board before the beginning of each quarter. Students are paid either through Work Study, Non Work Study, or receive internship credit.
The recording technician is a specialty position hired by the Music Recital Hall Manager. Qualified students may apply for this position, but must have the appropriate experience and qualifications to be hired. Students are paid either through Work Study, Non Work Study, or receive internship credit.
Music Lab and Recording Studio Manager
The Music Lab and Recording Studio Manager is hired and supervised by Dr. Terry Longshore. Students should use the link to “Handshake” on inside.sou.edu to apply for this job. Students are paid through the PEAK program.
Music Lab Assistant
Music Lab Assistants are hired by the Music Lab and Recording Studio Manager. Students should use the SOU CareerLink to apply for this job. Job duties include assisting students with Music Lab Software, cataloguing recital hall recordings, and maintaining the Music Lab. Students are paid through Work Study funds, or may choose to receive internship academic credit.
Music Library Assistant
Music Library Assistants are hired by the Ensemble Directors. Interested students should inquire with their Ensemble Director to see if a library assistant is needed. There are no applications for this position. Students are paid either through Work Study, Non Work Study, or receive internship credit.
EnsemblesAll Music majors are required to be in one large ensemble appropriate to their area of study. Large ensembles are Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon. Bands
- Wind Ensemble: The SOU Wind Ensemble is directed by Dr. Cynthia Hutton and meets twice a week in the Band room MUS 220.
- Raider Band: The SOU Raider band is lead by Mr. Bryan Jeffs, and plays at various sporting events on campus. This group meets once a week, time and date arranged each quarter.
Chamber Ensembles (varies term-to-term)
- Cascade Clarinet Consort: The CCC is directed by Dr. Rhett Bender and meets twice a week in the Band Room MUS 220.
- Clarinet and Saxophone Quartets, and Performance Chamber Ensembles: These quartets and ensembles are student groups, auditioned and directed by Dr. Rhett Bender.
- Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra: The SSO is directed by Dr. Rhett Bender and meets twice a week in the band room MUS 220.
- Percussion Ensemble: The Percussion Ensemble is directed by Dr. Terry Longshore and is open to all majors by audition.
- Graduate Percussion Group: The Graduate Percussion Group is directed by Dr. Terry Longshore and is comprised of students in the Master of Music program majoring in percussion.
- Concert Choir: The SOU Concert Choir is directed by Dan Kocurek and meets twice a week in the Choir room MUS 231. Auditions are not required for this choir.
- Chamber Choir: The SOU Chamber Choir is directed by Dr. Paul French and meets twice a week in the Choir room MUS 231. This is an audition based group.
Keys and FOBsPractice Room Keys
Practice rooms are located on the first floor of the Music building and are available for students enrolled in music classes. To request a practice room key, Music students may email their request (including their SOU ID number) to email@example.com, or stop by the Music office to make their request. The Music office will place a key order with the SOU Lock Shop who will email the student once the key is ready. Keys may be picked up from the Facilities Management Office located at 351 Walker Avenue.
The practice rooms are to remain locked when not in use. Personal belongings should not be left in practice rooms at any time. Pianos are present in most of the rooms; any problems with a piano should be reported to the Music office as soon as possible.
Building access is available to those needing a practice room after hours. A FOB may be requested from the Music office following the same process above for requesting a practice room key.
Piano ProficiencyThe Piano Proficiency Examination must be passed by all candidates for all music degrees. It consists of several tests, which don’t have to be passed all at once. It is permitted to do one or several parts of the Exam on one day.
- Technique: Play major and harmonic minor scales up to and including four sharps/flats in the key signature, one octave in parallel motion, ascending and descending, hands together (see attached charts).
- Play any standard harmonization of the tune “America” (usually associated with text “My country ‘tis of thee”).
- Play a prepared composition. This should be a baroque, classical, romantic or contemporary composition. Examples: compositions from Anna Magdalena Bach Book, Minuet in G by Beethoven, Lyric Pieces by Grieg; easy pieces by Bartok, Kabalevsky, etc.
- Sight Reading: Read a standard composition from a public school music book. This composition will be given out 24 hours before the Proficiency Examination.
- Play (at sight) a single line of the complexity of a standard Ear Training textbook; then harmonize this melody at sight using simple chords in the left hand as an accompaniment.
- Play chord progressions in major and minor keys, up to and including 4 sharps/flats in the key signature, such as I-IV-V7-I, I-ii6-V-I, etc.
Student Course EvaluationsAll SOU courses are evaluated each term. Instructors must be evaluated regularly for such purposes as post tenure review, promotion, salary merit increase and/or tenure. In a case where tenure is involved, this means that the instructor will become a permanent member of the faculty (depending, of course, on continued good performance and the stability of the University). This is, therefore, a very important decision – not only for the instructor, but for the students and the University as well.
Our institutional processes in these matters require that, among a number of other criteria, there be student evaluation of the individual’s teaching effectiveness. We ask that you make a careful distinction between “teaching effectiveness” and such traits as popularity, glibness, friendliness, grading policies, etc. One way to assess “teaching effectiveness” is to ask yourself whether you have gained in knowledge, skill, and/or understanding in this course. Evaluations will be electronic and will be accessible through your MySOU account. Please fill out an evaluation for all of your Music classes.
Student RecitalsJunior Recitals
Students must register for MUS 350 (1 cr.). Junior recitals normally take place during convocation. The convocation schedule is set at the beginning of each year, so your advisor will need to talk to the faculty member in charge of convocation as soon as you have a desired date for your recital so a date can be confirmed. Junior recitals should consist of a maximum of twenty five minutes of music.
Students must register for MUS 450 (2 cr.). Schedule your recital date and time as early as possible in consultation with your advisor and the Music Program Chair. The Recital Hall calendar fills up quickly so you need to get your date reserved. Senior recitals should consist of a maximum of fifty minutes of music.
- No taped accompaniments or midi accompanments may be used unless that is what the composer of the score indicated.
- Recital hearings will be held at least one month prior to the scheduled recital. At the hearing the faculty will ask to hear any or all of the scheduled music as it will be perfomred on the recital. This includes:
- Perfomring from memory, if that is how the music will be performed on the recital
- Performing with the accompaniment wthat will be used on the recital. If any ensemble will be used in the recital, the ensemble should be at the hearing. If it is impossible for the ensemble to be at the hearing, the student should provide a videotape of the most recent rehearsal with the ensemble.
- In the event the student does not pass the first recital hearing, a second hearing may be granted by the faculty a minimum of four weeks after the first hearing.
- Students presenting recitals must be enrolled for applied music on their primary instrument the term of their recital. They are strongly urged to be enrolled for applied music on their primary instrument for the two terms prior to their recital.
- You may sign up for one rehearsal time in the Recital Hall. Consult with your advisor and have them request those times as soon as possible. Your applied teacher should be present at the time of those rehearsals. If that is not possible or your applied teacher is not one of the full-time faculty, please check with the Performing Arts office to make sure the Recital Hall will be open at the time of your rehearsal.
- Students should fill out the Recital Hall Use Request form with their applied instructor to request the date, time, and equipment for the recital.
- Publicity information (for newspaper article and radio announcements) must be given to the office manager at least 3 weeks before your recital. This should include:
- A brief, general description of your concert, or a selection of pieces or composers.
- Biographical information about you, no more than one paragraph.
- Use the name you want to appear on your publicity and program.
- We will need to have your program information, including text translations, if necessary, in the Music office at least two weeks prior to your recital date. If possible, email a copy or bring a file on a disk to the office.
- All programs use a standardized, professional format, using the following guidelines: The ideal program will fill no more than both sides of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, with landscape orientation, folded into a booklet. If you have extensive translations and or optional program notes, they may fill a maximum of both sides of an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper which will be handed out separate from the program. Please present information in the following form and order:
- Your name, as you want it to appear on the program cover.
- List of pieces in the order of performance. Include intermission, if any.
- Title of Pieces, Composers, Dates, and Performer’s names.
- Accompanist, instrument if appropriate.
- Bio- no more than one paragraph- about your musical background and current activities.
- Program notes-- optional- see guidelines above.
- Translations-- optional - see guidelines above.