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Graduate Recital

The Graduate Recital

The Graduate Recital is required for the Master of Music (M.M.) degree.  The recital consists of a public performance of representative literature no less than 50 minutes in length (excluding breaks and intermissions). The literature is to be chosen with guidance from the student's major professor and must be approved in advance by the student's graduate committee, no later than the first week of the semester of the performance.

Scheduling the Recital

Scheduling of the hall for a Graduate Recital should be done through the major professor and the School of Music Office. Scheduling should take place as early as possible, but no later than the first week of the semester of the performance.  The recital itself must be performed no later than four weeks before the last week of classes.
A graduate recital form should be completed and filed in the music office. This serves as formal notification to all committee members of the dates of both the recital and the hearing.
The Graduate Recital must be recorded by the department and a recording fee is required. Students should make arrangements through the Recording Coordinator at the same time they reserve the hall.

The Hearing

A pre-recital hearing must be performed at least two weeks before the recital date. Written program notes are due at the hearing (see below). All repertoire must be prepared for this hearing. The committee will hear selections of their choosing. There may be a question and answer period during which aspects of the performance or the program notes may be discussed. Questions regarding pedagogy, playing techniques, harmonic analysis, poetry, interpretation, etc., may be expected. The committee must pass the hearing by a majority vote. Failure to pass the hearing will result in the postponement of the recital to the next semester.

Program Notes

Details of the literature to be performed and/or analysis of the literature performed must be in a form suitable to be included in the printed program and intelligible to a general audience. The length and focus of these program notes will be guided and specified by the major professor. These program notes are due to the committee members at the hearing. Failure to submit the program notes in the prescribed manner will result in the cancellation of the recital for that semester.


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