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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
August 27, 2016
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Master class, Lesson cancellation, Concerts, Grad Recitals

Master class Attendance Policy

Normally, all students enrolled in MUx96 practical study are expected to attend master class. Please consult the Course Outlines of individual sections for further details on master class policy for MUx90A, MUx90B and MUx96, as it applies to each area.

Lesson Cancellation Policy

Permission to be excused from a scheduled lesson must be obtained in advance from your studio teacher. A lesson may be rescheduled only when the instructor has been notified in advance and there is a legitimate reason, such as incapacitating illness. Additional policies pertaining to lesson cancellation for individual studios may be found in the Course Outline of each studio.

Accompanying Allocation For Voice and Instrumental Student (Subject to change):

Following is the amount of accompanying time (rehearsals) provided for students:

For B.Mus students in VOICE:

190A/B, 290A/B, 390A, 490A:   4 hrs/term
290D, 390B/D, 490B/D:            7 hrs/term
196, 296, 396, 496:                  3 hrs/term

For B.Mus INSTRUMENTALISTS (all instruments except piano, organ, harpsichord, fortepiano, guitar, percussion):

190A/B:                    2.25 hrs/term
290 A/B:                   3hrs/term
290D:                       5hrs/term
390A, 490A:              4hrs/term
390B/D, 490B/D:       6hrs/term
196, 296, 396, 496:    2hrs/term

In addition, all students are provided with accompanying time for their jury, one student recital performance per year for those students encouraged to perform, and up to two student recital performances per term for those whose programs require participation.
Each student who is entitled to accompaniment will be assessed a fee at the beginning of the term by the Business Office to cover part of the cost of all the accompaniment to which their course entitles them.
Accompanying hours not used in one term cannot be transferred to another term and accompanying hours not used by one student cannot be transferred to another student.
The maximum accompanying (rehearsal) time available for any student in any one week is 30 minutes for students in 1st and 2nd year lessons, and up to one hour for students in 3rd and 4th year lessons. If you book time with an accompanist and do not show up, you forfeit that time.

Recitals and Concerts

Throughout the year a wide range of music is performed in Student Recitals on Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m., in the Thursday Music at Noon concerts by faculty and guest artists, and in the evening and weekend concerts of our ensembles, student composers, and opera classes. You should consider your attendance part of your commitment to your musical education. Admission is free to all Laurier students. You are expected to attend, and you are encouraged to invite students from other faculties. Hearing live musical performance is an essential ingredient of your musical education, and you should take advantage of every opportunity that is open to you to hear good performance.

In addition to all the concerts sponsored by the Faculty of Music, the Recital Hall is also used for performances by various community organizations such as the Kitchener‑Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, The Kitchener‑Waterloo Community Orchestra, and NUMUS. Many of these outside organizations offer special rates to WLU students and you are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to hear professional musicians.

Concert Etiquette

An important part of concert attendance is practising proper concert etiquette, to allow you and the rest of the audience to enjoy the music. This begins with the two basic rules of decorum in the Recital Hall: no food or drink may ever be brought into the hall, and feet may never be put on chairs, no matter how tired you are and how empty the hall. There should never be any noise during performance. To be polite, you must come on time. It is rude to leave before a performance is over, even between pieces. When you have to make notes during a performance, be sure to write with a pen that is silent; the sound of a pencil scratching on paper is disturbing. Coughing is sometimes unavoidable, but do it as quietly as possible. Unwrapping a cough drop makes the noise that most annoys listeners. Of course there can never be any talking during the music and cellular phones should be turned off. Cameras and other recording equipment are not allowed in the Recital Hall.

Concert Attendance Policy 

Concert attendance is deemed to be a vital part of students’ education. The listening experience is, of course, a principal mode of engagement with music, providing a context for the many elements of musicianship inherent in their program of study. The experience of listening to live music is enhanced by the physical space and social context of the performance. Concert attendance further supports and underscores the importance of the art form.

The Faculty of Music has a Concert Attendance Policy with the following parameters.

Attendance requirement and eligible concerts:
Students are required to report on at least six concerts per term, though they are encouraged to attend as many as possible.
Eligible concerts are the Thursday Noon recitals, ensemble concerts (in which they are not performing), and grad recitals; Tuesday noon and 3rd‑year student recitals do not count.
Professional concerts on and off campus qualify if and only if they reflect the curricula of the Faculty of Music as approved by the relevant instructor.

Conditions for getting credit for a concert:
Students must submit a concert program–and ticket stub for off‑campus events–to their studio instructor in order to get credit towards fulfillment of this requirement.
In addition to the concert program, studio instructors will ask students for a verbal report on the concert, a short written report, or an annotated copy of the program.

Grading policy for concert attendance:
The jury form will have a box for instructors to indicate whether or not a student has fulfilled the concert attendance requirement.
Students who fail to meet the requirement will have the mark for their term work lowered by one grade point.
NOTE: All studio course outlines will display this policy, indicating the preferred mode of concert reporting (e.g., verbal, written, annotated).

Performance in Student Recitals

All students in Year 1 and Year 2 are encouraged to take part in noon hour student recitals, space permitting. Students in Year 3 and Year 4 of the Performance program are required to take part in noon hour student recitals at least once each term. If you wish to perform, discuss the repertoire with your studio teacher.

Grad Recital Policy (MU490B/D)

The Recital Program will contain 40 to 50 minutes of music with the total recital not taking more than one hour. Intermissions are not encouraged but if one is necessary, it must be programmed and still allow for a total running time of 60 minutes or less. Encores are not permitted.

Repertoire studied in performance courses other than 490B‡ and 490D‡ may not be included. Please remember that repertoire chosen should avoid narrow specialization and include at least one work of major dimensions. For example, a full length sonata or song cycle should be included.