WHO HAS TO DO A JURY?
All music students studying applied lessons are required to have a faculty evaluated "jury" each semester to document and evaluate the progress of each student. Sometimes, at the discretion of the private teacher, performance in the final voice or instrumental recitals will substitute for that semester's jury.
WHAT IS A JURY?
The "jury" is the equivalent of a final exam, and is the venue by which students studying privately can perform in front of members of the Music Department Faculty. The student's "Barrier" or "Senior" recital supersede the need to perform in a jury in that semester.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO IN A JURY?
Each disipline's jury is unique to that area of study. All students should consult with their studio teacher to determine what is expected of them each semester. Click on the following links to see your instrument's jury guidelines.
IS THE JURY GRADED?
The jury is the final exam for a student's lesson and is therefore graded. Some teachers may differ but a jury consists of approximately 15% of a student's overall grade for lessons. in addition, other faculty members in attendance will fill out Jury Forms that offer helpful comments and
BEFORE YOU PERFORM
Of course, you must have your piece(s) cleared by your private teacher AND don't assume your accompanist will be there ready to go. PLEASE discuss your plans to perform with your accompanist at least one week before the jury.
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.
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.