John J. Cali School of Music - 2008/2009 Undergraduate Catalog

Chairperson: Robert Aldridge

The Department of Music stresses performance skills, breadth of musical understanding and work in the liberal arts. The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Two degrees are offered, the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Arts.

Concentrations within the Bachelor of Music degree program are Music Education, Theory/Composition, Performance, Musical Theater, and Jazz Studies. The Music Therapy degree is a Bachelor of Arts.  There is a general music minor available to qualified students, and a minor in microtonal studies that is available to both music majors and qualified general students.

Entrance Requirements
General
Those who wish to major or minor in music must have an interview and an audition on a primary instrument or voice. Prospective music majors should be able to show musicality, primary and secondary performing skills and knowledge of elementary music theory. Audio- and video-taped auditions are a rare exception to Departmental policy, and therefore must be approved in advance. The Department will allow prospective music majors to audition up to twice within one academic year, and in certain cases three times will be allowed. It is important to have studied music seriously throughout high school. Participation in choral and/or instrumental groups and piano study are required for all applicants.

Primary instrument audition (vocal and instrumental)
Required of all prospective students.  The audition consists of prepared repertory, preferably covering a range of styles, and of technical exercises, etudes, scales and sight reading; it generally lasts ten to fifteen minutes.

Music reading test
Required of all prospective students.  Prospective students must demonstrate their proficiency in reading treble and bass clefs, their ability to sing intervals, and to sight read simple melodies and rhythms.  Prospective students who are judged deficient in these skills but seem to have sufficient talent to warrant admission will be required to take a pre-theory course which carries no credit toward graduation.

Interview/Portfolio review
Required of all prospective students wishing concentrations in education, music therapy, and theory/composition.  The interviews for education and music therapy are intended to give the faculty a sense of a prospective student’s knowledge of, interest in and fitness for the field in question.  The theory/composition interview is normally accompanied by inspection of a prospective student’s portfolio of compositions, arrangements and/or analyses.  Prospective students wishing to concentrate in theory/composition should be prepared to present such a portfolio.

Music theory placement test
Required of all prospective students who have taken college level theory courses; optional for others.  The test is designed for placement purposes and is normally not a factor in arriving at an admissions decision.

Music history syllabus review
Required of all prospective students who have taken college level music history courses. Transfer applicants who wish to transfer their music history credits must submit a course syllabus for each music history course for faculty review and approval.

Secondary instrument audition (vocal and instrumental)
Optional.  A prospective student who has developed proficiency in a second instrument (or in voice) may audition on that instrument (or in voice). Once enrolled, Departmental approval is required  for private study on a secondary instrument.

Secondary piano placement test
Optional.  All students (other than keyboard majors) must take four semesters of secondary piano.  Prospective students (other than keyboard players) who have taken some piano and wish to be exempt from some or all of the secondary piano requirement should take a secondary piano test.

Final Admission to Program
Theory/Composition
Final admission in junior year; in addition to full audition requirements, candidates must submit a portfolio of compositions and/or analytical sketches before completion of sophomore year.

Music Therapy
Final admission in junior year; in addition to full audition requirements, all credentials (including reports of clinical experience) will be evaluated at the end of sophomore year.

Performance
Provisional acceptance is determined by an Applied Music jury at the end of the freshmen year unless a postponement to the middle of the sophomore year is requested by the major teacher. Full admission is delayed until completion of a sophomore recital and/or demonstration of a solid grasp of the technical aspects of the performing medium and genuine musicality and sensitivity.

Music Education
Final admission is granted only after an interview and review of credentials toward the end of the sophomore year.

Comprehensive Examination/Assessment
At the end of the sophomore year, all students must demonstrate comprehensive musicianship in the performing primary, functional keyboard skills, theoretical and practical skills, secondary vocal skills and other materials germane to the student’s concentration. Continuation as a music major is dependent upon adequate performance in these areas.

Applied Music Requirements for Graduation
All music students must study with members of the Montclair State faculty. There is an applied music fee, in addition to tuition, which must be paid for private instruction.

Students concentrating in performance will present a recital before the end of the junior year and another in the senior year. Students concentrating in music education will present a recital in the senior year. Students concentrating in theory/composition will present a recital of original compositions in the senior year.
Piano students are expected to accompany at a level of ability designated by their teachers and to participate actively in the musical life of Montclair State and the community.

All students  are expected to perform during performance practicum at least once during each year of primary study.
Secondary instruction beyond the minimum requirements is available when schedules and other considerations allow.

Performance Practicum Requirements for Graduation
Each week the Department of Music sponsors mid-day performances, master classes, and lecture/recitals by students, faculty, and guests. Every music major must register for MUPR 039, Performance Practicum (0 credit) or MUPR 040 Performance Practicum for Performance Majors (0.5 credit), for the number of semesters specified by the applicable curriculum.

Ensemble Requirements for Graduation
The ensemble policy is based on the principle that all students must perform in ensemble(s) every semester of their attendance at Montclair State in order to assure the broadest possible experience in important ensemble repertoire and to assure that these ensembles have the needed instrumentation for successful performance. Although minimum requirements vary with each concentration, this principle is the overriding one. Students will be expected to perform in their primary ensemble during each semester of attendance.

Students may be assigned by the department chairperson to an ensemble in accordance with the needs of the department, regardless of the completion by the student of the minimum requirements.

Where admission to a chamber ensemble is by audition and a student fails to gain admission, additional performance in a large ensemble may, with the chairperson’s consent, be substituted. Chamber ensembles must perform once a semester, either on recital or for a jury.

Any changes in the ensemble policy will be posted in the Music Department.

Music Education: majors in voice
6 semesters of Choir (MUPR 030)
2 semesters of chamber ensemble performance*
2 semesters of laboratory ensemble (MUED 301)

Music Education: majors in keyboards or guitar
6 semesters of Choir (MUPR 030)
2 semesters of chamber ensemble performance (MUPR 301 or MUPR 302)
2 semesters of chamber ensemble performance*
2 semesters of laboratory ensemble (MUED 301)

Music Education: majors in instrumental
8 semesters of Orchestra (MUPR 031) or Band (MUPR 032) or ) as assigned
2 semesters of chamber ensemble*
2 semesters of Choir (MUPR 030)

Performance: majors in voice
8 semesters of Choir (MUPR 030)
4 semesters of Opera Workshop (MUPR 034)
2 semesters of Collegium Musicum (MUPR 038)
4 semesters of ensemble of choice*

Performance: majors in guitar
8 semesters of chamber ensemble*
4 semesters of Choir (MUPR 030)
4 elective semesters
Performance: majors in stringed instruments
8 semesters of Orchestra (MUPR 031)
4 semesters of chamber ensemble*
4 elective semesters

Performance: majors in brass, woodwinds, percussion
8 semesters of Band (MUPR 032) or Orchestra (MUPR 031) as assigned
2 semesters of Choir (MUPR 030)
3 semesters of chamber ensemble *
3 elective semesters

Performance: majors in keyboard instruments
8 semesters of Choir (MUPR 030)
5 semesters of chamber ensemble *
1 semester of Collegium Musicum (MUPR 038)
2 elective semesters

Theory/Composition: majors in voice, guitar
6 semesters of Choir (MUPR 030) or Chamber Choir (MUPR 020)
4 semesters of chamber ensemble *
2 semesters of Collegium Musicum (MUPR 038)
4 elective semesters

Theory/Composition: majors in stringed instruments
8 semesters of Orchestra (MUPR 031)
4 semesters of chamber ensemble *
1 semester of Collegium Musicum (MUPR 038)
3 elective semesters

Theory/Composition: majors in brass, woodwinds, percussion
8 semesters of Band (MUPR 032)
2 semesters of Choir (MUPR 030)
5 semesters of chamber ensemble *
1 semester of Collegium Musicum (MUPR 038)

Music Therapy:
6 semesters using primary instrument
2 semesters using secondary instrument

*For the purposes of the above requirements, "chamber ensemble" includes MUPR 038 Collegium Musicum, MUPR 020 Chamber Singers, MUPR 302 Jazz Ensemble, MUPR 034 Opera Workshop, MUPR 301 Chamber Ensemble Performance, MUPR 161 Harry Partch Ensemble and all solo/duet/trio/etc. repertoire which does not duplicate materials studied for solo recital or jury performance.

Performance Dress Code
Since the Department of Music has the training of future professional musicians as one of its major objectives, the music student is expected to dress as a professional whenever appearing before the public.
Mid-Day Recitals: No casual attire.
Solo Recitals: Formal wear or ensemble wear.
Ensembles: At the discretion of the director, normally black.

Instrumental Rental
A fee of $50 (subject to change) per semester is charged students who rent college-owned instruments. Summer rental is considered as a separate semester for this purpose. A separate charge is made for each instrument or each instrumental methods class.

Programs of Study

Graduate