Is the Jury graded?
The jury is considered the final exam for a student's lessons, and is therefore graded. The jury consists of 15% of a student's overall grade for lessons, and the jury grade is given only by the student's studio teacher.
Additionally, the other members of the Music Department faculty in attendance will fill out Jury Forms that offer helpful comments and criticisms designed to improve a student's solo performance ability. However, only your studio teacher gives you a grade for the jury.
Why do we have Juries?
The jury is required as part of the Music Department's NASM certification. But beyond that, the jury serves as an opportunity for students to experience performing in a solo setting in front of an audience. This experience is one which, especially if a student is a music major, will occur often throughout a musician's career and must be practiced.