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We are committed to your growth by helping you develop the spiritual, academic, and musical skills you will need to succeed as a member of the global community. These policies are articulated here to answer FAQ and clarify requirements related to your music major or minor.


1. Applied Music Audition: All Bachelor of Music majors are required to pass an applied music audition in their primary instrument.
a) We recommend that you fulfill this requirement before beginning the program.

b) Music Management majors must show sufficient skill in their chosen applied instruments to succeed in the Theory sequence and the upper division music courses.

(Applied Music Audition for music minors see below.)

2. Theory Skills Test: All music students must pass a basic theory skills test before registering for Theory I.

3. Theory/Harmony: In the event that you express interest in the music program but do not have at least two years music experience, we recommend you take Applied Piano and tutoring in basic theory skills (reading both clefs, major and minor scales, meter signatures, etc.) before taking MUS 1130: Theory I.

Ensemble experiences
Each music concentration requires a minimum of four semesters of group-performance credit. We strongly urge you to participate in a group performance experience each semester that you are enrolled (except spring/summer) as part of a rich, college music life.
1. Madonna Chorale, Livonia campus
2. Madonna Lyric Theater, Livonia campus
3. Instrumental Chamber Ensemble, Livonia campus

Your Plan of Study, including both music courses and general education goals, should be on file in your advisor's office before you begin your program. You must meet with your advisor to discuss your Plan of Study each semester that you are enrolled, and will be given a copy of your updated plan each time you meet with the advisor.

Music Advisees: Blackboard
Music advisees are enrolled in a Blackboard group online. The forum is used for announcements and other types of communication with and between the Department chair and music majors. Copies of Plans of Study for all music concentrations, certificate programs, as well as General Education requirements can be found in "Course Documents."

We are committed to a regular assessment of our program (course requirements and content, faculty, student progress, etc.), and have a specific assessment plan that is discussed annually. You are welcome to look at the plan at any time, and give feedback to engage in helpful dialog with our music community.

Your progress as a scholar and musician will be chronicled by your coursework, research papers, compositions, analyses, performances, etc., and maintained in your advisor's office with your personal and academic records.

Juries are required for students taking applied music (see paragraph below). A "jury" consists of a small group of faculty that listen to students sing/play during finals week of each semester. Our applied music faculty divide juries according to:
• Keyboard (piano & organ)
• Voice
• Instrumental
Juries are required of students taking a performance major, and of those in the Church Music and Music Education concentrations. Juries are generally required in your primary instrument.
N.B. Please talk to your applied teacher or advisor to determine if you will need to perform a jury and what the criteria are for your discipline.

Dress code for concert/recital performance
Please discuss your concert attire with your teacher. Inappropriate clothing is not permitted onstage at any time.

Women: Dresses or skirts at knee-length or below, OR dressy pants outfit. Dress shoes (no sneakers, please). Absolutely no bare midriffs, jeans, see-through or extreme form-fitting fabrics.

Men: Dress shirt and/or sweater with dress slacks (no jeans), suit and tie are suggested, but optional. Dress shoes (no sneakers, please).

Music Education Majors
Students choosing this concentration must pass a piano proficiency exam prior to enrolling in EDU 2000. Vocal Music Education students must also pass a sight singing proficiency test. Details of these exams are available from your advisor.

Transfer students and those with bachelor's degrees in music pursuing K-12 certification (JQ) must demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:
1. Theory
2. Sight singing and ear training
3. Music History & Literature
4. Music Technology
5. Music methods: elementary and secondary
6. Conducting
If incoming students have completed music coursework at other schools, their proficiency levels will be evaluated by exam and/or portfolio by Madonna Music Faculty.

Performance Majors
Those music majors choosing a performance concentration are required to give a junior and a senior recital.
1. The recommended length of a Junior Recital is 30 minutes of music. You must be enrolled for a 300-level applied music course in your instrument during the semester of your recital.

2. The recommended length of a Senior Recital is 50 minutes of music. You must be enrolled for a 400-level applied music course in your instrument during the semester of your recital.

3. A group of applied music faculty will listen to your program at least two weeks prior to the performance date. It is the responsibility of your teacher to arrange this pre-concert audition.
N.B. Students from all concentrations are encouraged to perform solo recitals. Details will be provided by your applied music teacher.

Music Management Majors
This music concentration offers a unique opportunity for you to combine your music study with business courses. Since the applied music audition is less stringent than the other music concentrations, acceptance into the program will be determined by your success in the Theory sequence and your applied music courses.

You may combine this concentration with any other in the music curriculum and must pass the appropriate applied music audition.

Music Minors
We enthusiastically welcome music minors into our program. Applied music requirements for this area are determined by each faculty member individually. We recommend you take your ten hours of applied music in one instrument; if you choose to study in more than one area, a majority of the ten hours must be in one instrument.