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Remaining healthy is vital to your success as a student. We strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Musician's Health pamphlet

Music Student Handbook

Download the music student handbook for all information. You may print a copy for your use. This handbook includes degree information, audition information, and so much more. Download the Music Student Handbook today.

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UVU School of the arts has a great team of academic advisors to make sure you are prepared for your college journey. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor often to make sure they are on track for graduation. The Music advisors can help you register for classes and are able to answer any questions you may have about being a music major.

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Scholarships

Scholarship auditions for the 2017-18 academic year will be held on January 27-28, and February 10-11, 2017. Music majors and non-majors alike are eligible for a variety of scholarships, ranging from quarter to full tuition. Live auditions are recommended, as they provide students with the opportunity to meet and perform for the faculty. Vocal students are required to bring an accompanist to the live audition. All other students are encouraged, but not required, to bring an accompanist. Students also have the option to submit a recorded audition, which is due February 11, 2017. Students who miss the January and February auditions may request an alternate audition date. Students who perform a scholarship audition after February 11, 2017, will be placed on a waiting list and considered as scholarship openings become available.

Students auditioning for both music major entrance and scholarships should follow the guidelines for scholarship audition repertoire listed below. Students may also apply for a commercial music scholarship based on an original composition and/or final mix. This material should be uploaded in the audition application form.

Scholarship Application Process

scholarship Audition Repertoire requirements

Entrance Auditions

Entrance auditions are required for students wishing to pursue a degree in music. Live auditions are recommended, as they provide students with the opportunity to meet and perform for the faculty. Vocal students are required to bring an accompanist to the live audition. Other students are encouraged, but not required, to bring an accompanist. Students also have the option to submit a recorded audition. Entrance auditions for the 2017–18 academic year will be held on January 27-28, February 10-11, and March 11, 2017. Recorded auditions are due by March 11, 2017. Students who miss these audition dates may request an alternate audition date, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to faculty availability. Students auditioning for both music major entrance and scholarships should follow the audition repertoire requirements guidelines.

Entrance Audition Application

Entrance Audition Repertoire requirements

Theory Placement

All students enrolled in MUSC 1110, Music Theory I, are required to take a music theory placement examination on the first day of semester classes. The results of this test may indicate a need for further theory training before entrance into Music Theory I. In such cases, students should register for MUSC 1100, Fundamentals of Music (offered Fall, Spring and Summer semesters). Students who register for Fundamentals of Music during Fall semester may remain on track with the required course sequences by taking Music Theory I, and Aural Skills I during Spring semester; followed by Music Theory II and Aural Skills II during Summer semester.

Private Lessons

UVU students may study privately with faculty who are highly qualified teachers and performers. Lesson options are as follows:

  • MUSC 145R Private Lessons I, twelve 30-minute lessons (beginning through advanced instruction), $270 fee
  • MUSC 245R Private Lessons II, twelve 60-minute lessons, $443 fee
  • MUSC 250R, 450R, and 455R Private Lessons for Music Majors, twelve 60-minute lessons, including weekly performance classes and end-of-semester juries, $443 fee. Requires entrance audition and concurrent enrollment with MUSC 251R and 451R Performance Class.
  • MUSC 360R Commercial Music Private Lessons, twelve 30-minute private lessons. $270 Fee

Keyboard Proficiency

Music majors are required to pass keyboard proficiency examinations in preparation for their Sophomore review. Students who complete Group Piano I, II, III, and IV with a ‘B’ or higher will fulfill exam requirements. Students who have attained a requisite level of competency in piano may be exempted from group piano coursework through a demonstration of exam requirements. Keyboard proficiency examinations for the 2016-2017 academic year will be held on the following dates:

Monday, August 14: 10-11am, GT 336a
Wednesday, August 16: 4:30-5:30pm, GT 336a
Thursday, August 17: 4:30-5:30pm, GT 336a
Friday, August 18: 4-5pm, GT 336a

To schedule a time, please contact the Music Department office at 801-863-6480.

Students need to demonstrate proficiency in all skills included in each examination. No more than three mistakes per skill are allowed.

Keyboard Exam Requirements

Sophomore Review

All music majors must pass a Sophomore Review before entering into upper-division private instruction.

Sophomore Review requirements include:

  • Passing grade for three semesters of CEMU 0010 Concert Attendance.
  • Completion of the following with a grade C or higher:
  • MUSC 1110 Music Theory I
  • MUSC 1120 Music Theory II
  • MUSC 1130 Aural Skills I
  • MUSC 1140 Aural Skills II
  • MUSC 2110 Music Theory III
  • MUSC 2130 Aural Skills III
  • MUSC 2140 Aural Skills IV
  • MUSC 3120 Form and Analysis
  • Ensembles (4 semesters on one instrument or voice)
  • Completion of the following with a grade B or higher:
  • MUSC 250R Private Lessons for Music Majors (4 semesters on one instrument or voice), passing of fourth-semester jury and sophomore review performance proficiencies
  • MUSC 251R Performance Class (4 semesters on one instrument or voice)
  • MUSC 1150 Group Piano I
  • MUSC 1160 Group Piano II
  • MUSC 2150 Group Piano III
  • MUSC 2160 Group Piano IV
  • Group Piano I - IV may be waived by demonstrating sufficient proficiencies on the group piano exams (information located at http://www.uvu.edu/music/students/#proficiency)
  • Music education interview (music education majors only)
  • Meeting with music advisor to review graduation plan
  • Submission of a résumé (guidelines are located in Appendix)

Four semesters of music-major lessons and ensembles must be completed on one instrument or voice. Students who switch instruments will be required to take lessons and ensembles until four semesters on one instrument have been achieved. Students who major in more than one instrument run the risk of insufficient progress on both instruments. It is strongly advised, therefore, that students focus on one primary instrument. Jury evaluations are important indicators of strengths and deficiencies in student performance. If significant deficiencies still exist at a fourth-semester jury, jury members may deny passage. In such cases, the student will be advised on the particular aspects of deficiency and given strategies for improvement. The student will be given the opportunity to repeat the jury examination after one additional semester of private instruction. A second denial of passage will result in non-advancement to upper division private instruction (MUSC 450R, 455R). In the event of a tied vote by the jury panel, the Area Coordinator will determine the final outcome.