Piano Jury Requirements

All First Year Students
  • 1000 level, 1st semester- one piece by memory; all of the following major scales and arpeggios- C, G, D, A, E, B (2 octaves, hands together)
  • 1000 level, 2nd semester- two pieces from different style periods by memory; all major scales and arpeggios (2 octaves, hands together)

Principal
- Jury Examinations are required each semester for all students enrolled in principal applied lessons. Juries are held during the last week of the semester, in the presence of the piano faculty. The jury requirements are as follows:
  • 2000 level, 1st semester- two pieces from different style periods by memory; all major scaled and arpeggios (2 octaves, hands together); all 3 forms of the following minor scales and minor arpeggios- C, G, D, A, E, B minor (2 octaves, hands together)
  • 2000 level, 2nd semester- three pieces from differnt style period by memory; all major scales and arpeggios (2 octaves, hands together); all 3 harmonic minor scales  and minor arpeggios in all keys (2 octaves, hands together)
  • 3000 level- three pieces from different style periods by memory; all major and all 3 forms of minor scales and arpeggios (4 octaves, hands together)
  • 4000 level- four pieces from different style periods by memory; all major and all 3 minor forms of minor scales and arpeggios (4 octaves, hands together)

Secondary
- Jury Examinations are required each semester for all students enrolled in secondary applied lessons. Juries are held during the last week of the semester in the presence of the piano faculty. The jury requirements are as follows:
  • 2000 level, 1st semester- two pieces from diferent style periods by memroy; all major scales and arpeggios (2 octaves, hands together); all of the following harmoinc minor scales and arpeggios- C, G, D, A, E, B minor (2 octaves, hands together)
  • 2000 level, 2nd semester- two pieces from different style periods by memory; all major scales and arpeggios (2 octaves, hands together); all harmonic minor scales and minor arpeggios (2 octaves, hands together)
  • 3000 and 4000 level- three pieces from different style periods by memory; all major and harmonic minor scales and arpeggios (4 octaves, hands together)


BEFORE YOU PERFORM    
       
Of course, you must have your piece(s) cleared by your private teacher. If you are performing a duet or piece that requires a second performer, you MUST coordinate with them to schedule the jury.

FORMS 
       Everyone who plans to perform in a jury must complete a form and bring three copies to their jury. Please be sure to fill in all of the information.

DRESS
     Although not formal, anyone performing should be in "nice Sunday dress".  Dresses, skirts or nice pants for women as well as coat and tie for men is acceptable.  Jeans, flip-flops and other casual dress is not acceptable.

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.