The department of music provides coaching and accompanying services to all music students taking applied lessons including music majors, music minors, and non-music majors. All vocal and instrumental applied music students (excluding keyboardists) are entitled to six 15-minute coaching sessions per semester per unit of credit. (If you are taking an hour lesson (2 units), you are entitled to 12 sessions per semester.) These coaching sessions are part of the applied music lesson "package" and are free to the student. Coaching is a multifaceted teaching process which involves assisting the student in his or her learning of the assigned repertoire in greater detail. It gives attention to the accuracy of notes and rhythms; it assists in the accuracy of diction and understanding the text as well as musical form, style, and interpretation. Accompaniment for degree recitals is not provided by the department of music and must be arranged and paid for by the student. Please see Dr. Schrag if you need assistance arranging accompaniment for a degree recital.
In order to perform on a noon recital or jury with accompaniment, at least 2 coaching sessions must be completed prior to the performance.
Students must turn in their music to the accompanist at least 2 weeks prior to a performance. Accompanying services are provided for juries and noon hour recitals, but require a Performance and Accompanist Request Form to be submitted along with the score. (Vocalists do not need to turn in this form for juries, but must meet the 2 week deadline for submission before a noon recital performance.) The Performance and Accompanist Request Form can be found online or outside of Dr. Schrag’s office (CUC111). Music can be given directly to Dr. Schrag or Patricia Riffel or placed in the box outside Dr. Schrag’s office. Failure to meet these deadlines will result in the student having to find and pay for an accompanist!
Signing up for Coachings:
Students should sign up for coachings outside of CUC111 (instrumental) or CUC106 (vocal). In order to make the best use of the coaching process, students should sign up for coachings early in the semester-only a limited number of coaching times will be available during the three weeks prior to juries. When you sign your name for a specific time slot, you have reserved that time and it is your responsibility to be there on time. If you fail to show two times during the semester, you have forfeited all the rest of your coaching sessions for that semester and will be required to pay for a performance accompanist.