Applied Music & Proficiency Levels


Applied Music & Proficiency Exam
(Music 178, 278, 378, and 478)

Students enrolled in the B. S. in Music Education or B. A. in Music degree programs in the Department of Music at Central Connecticut State University are required to study seven (7) semesters of a declared instrument or voice. The dedication of this instrument or voice is determined by audition for acceptance into the Department of Music. A 
student who wishes to change their major instrument/ voice must re-audition and is responsible for seven (7) additional semesters of study, unless they are accepted into an advanced level of proficiency at the audition. (A change of vocal range as recommended by a student's CCSU applied music instructor does not constitute a change of instrument.)

Students will be required to enroll in two (2) semesters each of Music 178: freshman level of study, Music 278: sophomore level of study, and Music 378: junior level of study, and one (1) semester of Music 478. Proficiency levels for each instrument and voice area have been established as a guide for the course of study. Appropriate repertoire and technical criteria have been determined for each level of study by the Department of Music full-time faculty in consultation with each applied instrument instructor. Students may obtain the proficiency level requirements for their instrument from their applied music instructor. Also, copies of the proficiency level requirements are on file in the music department office and in MERC.

The repertoire and/or technical criteria designated for each level of study represents a minimum level of proficiency. Students are encouraged to perform musically through technical development and repertoire above the minimal levels, however, must study seven (7) semesters regardless of skills developed beyond the proficiency levels. Additionally, the repertoire developed for each proficiency level is displayed as representational literature and should not be understood to be a limited or exhaustive.

Students who do not display a level of proficiency, in the opinion of a jury of faculty members and their applied instructor, may remain at a level of study for one (1) extra semester. Students failing to achieve the next proficiency level of study after this additional semester will be referred to the Department of Music Student Standing Committee for counsel and recommendation. No student will be allowed to enroll at the same level of proficiency for more than four semesters.

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