A guide to taking lessons at Concordia University Irvine.
2016-2017 Applied Music courses that are private lessons will incur the following tuition charges:
Students who are not also enrolled in a university ensemble:
$590 per unit (the tuition fee posted in the Catalog)
Students who are enrolled in a university ensemble:
Other Costs: Just as students need to purchase textbooks for any college class, there also is an expectation that students purchase learning materials to support the lessons: sheet music and technique books. They also must keep their instrument in healthy working condition, which requires additional cost (reeds, valve oil, water bottle, organ shoes, etc.).
“Applied music” (also known as private study) is the system in which students develop musical abilities on a specific (applied) instrument, voice, or composition. Most of the applied music program is based in private lessons with an expert teacher (a tuition surcharge applies), although some classroom-style group instruction is also offered (no tuition surcharge unless it is taken as an overload).
Applied study is one of the three main areas in Concordia’s music program, which is comprised of:
Music ensembles serve the purpose of student and audience enrichment and university outreach and ministry. Most students enrolled in musical ensembles are expected to develop performance skills on at least one instrument or voice through applied study. Music majors and minors are required to complete academic coursework in music, although any Concordia student is welcome to enroll in these courses.
The following applied music forms are available in the Music Office, or online via the Music Student Forms page:
Music majors and non-music majors are a part of the community of developing musicians at Concordia. All are expected to:
Please consult your studio for specific requirements as a member of our music community.
Students may register for applied classes in organ, piano, voice, and guitar. There is no additional registration fee to take these classes, which offer introductory training at the 100 level (note: the 100 level is designated for applied classes, and 101-401 is designated for applied private lessons).
Private lessons on instruments listed below are available (an additional registration fee applies):
In order to register for an applied music lesson or class, students should follow normal registration procedures set by Concordia for normal courses. Please note that each level of private lessons offers two options. For example, 101-1 and 201-1 are offered as one unit. 101-2 and 201-2 are offered as 2 units.
All music majors must pass the music department Piano Competency Examination. Registration for the first attempt must be made by the fourth semester prior to graduation (normally the first semester of junior year). In order to prepare for the test, students may independently prepare the required music, but are encouraged to enroll in piano class or private studies to prepare. All music majors must register for MUKP 211 Piano Competency, a zero-credit course, during the semester in which they plan to take the examination. The examination will normally be scheduled during juries. When registered, the student will be assessed a $25 examination fee. If the student does not pass, the student must register again for MUKP 211. Piano Competency guidelines are available in the Music Office. All students preparing for the exam should be aware of the latest requirements well in advance of their test.
All music majors must attain voice competency by enrolling in (A)voice class for one semester, (B) private voice lessons for one semester, or (C) a university choir for two consecutive semesters.
Concordia expects most applied students to collaborate with an accompanist/coach as a component of preparing a solo for jury or public performance. Students should sign up for multiple coaching sessions throughout the semester. Coaching sessions are scheduled in 15 minute increments and sign up sheets are available on the door of the accompanist’s studio. Collaboration with an accompanist should take place early in the process of learning a solo and should continue throughout the semester until final preparations. Voice and instrument studios have different guidelines - please consult them for specifics.
A jury is the final exam for a private lesson where individual students perform for a jury of faculty (typically consisting of their private instructor, the lead professor in the applied area, and maybe additional faculty). Each area (instrumental, vocal, handbell, keyboard, etc.) establishes standards for what needs to be performed at juries. Typically, an accompanied solo/movement is required and some additional technical studies, etudes, or sight reading might also be required. The use of an accompanist is required if the solo includes part for accompanist (usually piano). All students must thoroughly complete the Jury Information Form by the deadline provided by the department.
Please consult your studio for specific jury preparation and performance requirements.
The promotion system is built on students engaging in deliberate, self-regulatory individual practice for a minimum of 3 hours per week in a process to successfully complete assignments given in each studio (each area has different requirements). Enrollment at levels 201-401 is contingent on promotion during a music jury. All students begin at the 101 level. Advanced transfer students are eligible for promotion directly to 301 after one semester of study, or they may petition to audition for immediate placement in 301 if they have units to transfer from another institution. Music majors must complete one semester at the 401 level in order to graduate. Music minors must complete at least two semesters at the 201 level. The final decision for promotion rests on the full-time faculty member that directs the area of study, based on a recommendation from the private instructor.
Standards for promotion to 201:
Standards for promotion to 301:
Goal: To successfully prepare collegiate-level recital repertoire for a junior recital and/or over several noon recitals.
Standards for promotion to 401:
Goal: To successfully prepare collegiate-level recital repertoire for a senior recital and/or during noon recitals.
Concordia’s Noon Recital Series exists to provide any applied student a venue to publicly perform music that has been prepared in lessons. Music majors are typically required to perform in noon recitals every semester in residence (usually twice). At the beginning of each semester, faculty will assign students to recital dates. Some recital dates will contain open slots for sign-ups. Students must clear their recital repertoire with their private instructor, prepare it collaboratively with an accompanist (when music includes an accompaniment), and provide accurate program information to the staff member who compiles the printed program.
Students are encouraged to prepare sacred music for use in chapel. Please consult Carol.McDaniel@cui.edu if you are interested in sharing music for chapel.
Students who have completed at least one semester at the 301 level of private study may apply to present a junior recital, which consists of 20-30 minutes of solo music. The junior recital is typically shared with another student. The junior recital application packet is available from the music office and must be completed in the semester prior to giving the junior recital. Approval is finalized at a jury. Students who are applying for a junior recital should sign up for two consecutive jury slots and present a “recital check” at the jury. Details about the recital check are available in the junior recital packet. For the junior recital, students will need to organize their assisting musicians and rehearsals, publicize the recital, prepare the program according to the Music Department’s Style Guide, organize all logistics, and set up light refreshments after the recital for the audience (not required, but this has become a tradition).
Students who have completed at least one semester at the 401 level of private study may apply to present a senior recital, which consists of 40-60 minutes of solo repertoire. The senior recital is not shared with another student soloist. The senior recital application packet is available from the music office and must be completed in the semester prior to giving the senior recital. Approval is finalized at a jury. Students who are applying for a senior recital should sign up for two consecutive jury slots and present a “recital check” at the jury. Details about the recital check are available in the senior recital packet. At the beginning of the semester of the senior recital, students must complete an independent study form that specifies the senior recital (available from the Registrar). For the senior recital, students will need to organize their assisting musicians and rehearsals, publicize the recital, prepare the program according to the Music Department Style Guide, organize all logistics, and set up light refreshments after the recital (not required, but this has become a tradition).
Applied study (private lessons) is required each semester students are in residence. Music majors may enroll in one private lesson for up to 2 units per semester, and may also enroll in a secondary private lesson for no more than 1 unit per semester (3 total applied units per semester maximum). Each unit of study represents at least 3 hours of deliberate, self-regulated practice per week. Students must progress on a primary instrument from level 101 through successful completion of at least one semester at level 401. Students entering with 60 or more semester units may petition to begin applied study at the 301 level by completing an entrance jury in which students must demonstrate competence in performance of repertoire at the 201 level. Approval must be granted by the studio teacher and the director of the performance area before census date of the first semester of study.
In addition to private study, the following applied music requirements are also in effect: