Handbook: Applied Examinations (Juries)


Applied examinations are a central part of WWU music degree programs. Not only do these exams allow the department to ensure that students are making expected progress towards their goals, the department views juries as a prime educational experience. As such, written comments and suggestions from the faculty will be given to both the student and the student's teacher following the applied exams.


Incoming freshmen, transfer, and current students wishing to become majors or minors will audition for official status before the full faculty jury during the first year in residence. Upon successfully completing a status jury, the student may take applied lessons at the 217, 227, or 237 level, as appropriate. Please note, only three credits of MUPF 127 are applicable to a music major or minor.

Participation in applied music examinations is mandatory for all accepted music majors, and for minors who are currently studying in their applied area for credit. Failure to take the exam will result in a failing grade. Students may be exempted from this requirement subject to prior departmental approval, if they have given a required degree recital within four weeks of the examinations.

Accepted music majors must achieve upper division status at least three quarters before presenting their senior degree recital. Minors must complete three credits of upper division applied studies prior to giving their senior recital.


Under special circumstances students may petition the faculty for retroactive standing. This request is made in consultation with the student's advisor or applied professor.


· Accepted majors will appear before area faculty (vocal/keyboard, instrumental) during winter juries, and before the full faculty in spring juries.

· Accepted Minors will perform a jury at the end of each quarter in which they take lessons (winter juries for fall lessons; spring juries for winter and spring lessons).

· Those students auditioning for status will appear before the full faculty in either winter or spring quarter.

What & How?

· Students must maintain a Repertoire List/Recital Record. This completed form must be signed by your teacher and turned into the Music Office by the Monday before juries.

· Repertoire choices should reflect at least two different classifications as outlined on pages 12 and 13. The student will indicate the choices to be performed on the repertoire sheet.

· Students applying for music major, minor or upper division status should request the appropriate application form at the music office and complete Part I. The student's teacher must complete Part II and return the form with the repertoire sheet. No requests for changes in status will be considered if Part II is not completed.

· Students jurying for status should prepare for a 20 minute jury and should sign up for 2 10-minute time slots when the jury sign-up sheet is posted.

· The standard jury will take place in a 10 minute time slot. Prepare extra; expect to be stopped.

· Sign-up sheets are posted in advance of the applied examinations. Be sure your accompanist can make your jury time. The final jury schedule is posted the Thursday before juries.

· Students are expected to perform from memory according to the expectations of their teacher.

· During the jury, students should be prepared to discuss general information about the music, its text, its origins, the composer, etc. Vocalists should also be prepared to recite the text in an appropriate English translation.

· The student should also be prepared to sight-read and/or perform standard technical exercises as listed on their repertoire sheet.

Good Standing

To reiterate, a "major/minor in good standing" is a student who consistently meets requirements for:

· Lessons

· Performance classes

· Recital attendance and participation

· Ensemble participation, and

· Juries

as outlined in this handbook and in the WWU Bulletin

Junior/Senior Degree Recitals

· All music major and minors must present a senior recital, according to the following guidelines, and as required by the WWU Bulletin. Students working towards a Music Performance (Bachelor of Music) degree will also present a recital during their junior year.

· Students preparing for these recitals are to be enrolled in lessons with their major teacher for a minimum of two quarters immediately preceding the performance as well as during the quarter in which the recital is given.

· Senior music major recitals may be given only after the student has had upper division standing for at least one academic year. Minors must complete three credits of upper division applied studies prior to giving their senior recital.

Recital Request Form and Scheduling

Recitals are scheduled in consultation with the music faculty. A recital request form, which lists the proposed date and repertoire, must be completed and submitted for faculty approval six months prior to the recital. This form is available at the music office.


Additionally, the planned program must be performed in a pre-recital for an audition jury, consisting of no fewer than three faculty members, not later than one month prior to the recital. If the jury recommends that the recital be presented, the recital is then confirmed. Before a student may give their pre-recital jury, they must complete all requirements for keyboard proficiency. (See page 16)

Degree Recitals: Scope

· Music Performance (Bachelor of Music):

Performance majors will present full recitals (45 minutes of playing time) in both the junior and senior year.

· Music Education (Bachelor of Music):

Music education majors are to present one full recital (45 minutes of playing time) in the chosen performance area during their senior year .

· Music (Bachelor of Arts):

Majors may present a joint or solo recital (45 minutes of playing time) or, with departmental permission, they may do a research, theory or composition project instead.

· Music Minor:

Minors will perform in a joint recital as they conclude their performance studies. A minimum of 20 minutes of music from at least two eras, is required. Voice students will perform in at least two languages, including French, German, Italian or English.

Degree Recitals: Repertoire

Students select their repertoire in consultation with their major professor. Recitals will include repertoire from at least three of the following classifications in the pertinent area.


Ø Baroque

Ø Classical

Ø Nineteenth Century

Ø Twentieth or Twenty-first Century


Ø Renaissance

Ø Baroque

Ø Classical or Nineteenth Century

Ø Twentieth or Twenty-first Century


Ø Baroque and Earlier

Ø Classical/Romantic

Ø Twentieth or Twenty-first Century


One movement of a major work for solo performer and orchestra may be included. The program should include one transcribed work by a pre-twentieth century composer.

Percussionists must perform works on all the following instruments:

Ø Marimba (xylophone and/or vibraphone)

Ø Timpani

Ø Multiple Percussion

Ø Snare Drum