Performing Ensembles (MUS 371, 372, 373, 374, 375) are laboratory courses for which one credit is received for a minimum of two 50-minute periods of rehearsal per week. Some ensembles have greater time requirements, so be sure to check the actual number of hours for a particular ensemble on the Schedule of Classes and the course syllabus. You should expect the possibility of an additional dress rehearsal of the full ensemble prior to a concert; these are generally scheduled outside of regular class time. Sectional rehearsals outside of regularly scheduled class time may be arranged, but attendance shall not be required. Some ensembles tour and perform off-campus as well, so be sure to read the syllabus carefully and make note of all time commitments in your personal calendar. Notify your instructors immediately if you discover a time conflict.
Large versus Small Ensembles. MUS 371, 372, and 373 are categorized as large ensembles for the purposes of ensemble requirements related to the various music degree programs. MUS 374 and MUS 375 are considered to be small ensembles; only certain music degree programs require small ensembles.
Large Ensemble Requirement for Music Degrees. Every music major must take six semesters (not merely six credits) of large ensembles (MUS 371, 372, or 373) related to their performing area. Vocalists must take MUS 371 or 372; instrumentalists must take MUS 373. Please check the Undergraduate Handbook to find further stipulations regarding the requirements for a specific degree. For example, Instrumental Music Education majors must take two semesters of Marching Band, three semesters of Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Band, and one additional semester of any large instrumental ensemble.
Two Credit-Option for Marching Band (MUS 373). Because of the significantly greater time commitments for the Marching Band, students have the option to enroll for the course for two credits rather than one. This option is made available primarily for non-music majors, but music majors may also enroll for two credits. However, taking Marching Band for two credits does not count double for the music major's large ensemble requirement (see below).
Zero-Credit Option (MUS 071, 072, 073, 074, 075). Ensembles are also available, upon request of the student, for zero credit. There is no other difference between these courses and for-credit sections in terms of expectations for performance, attendance, or assignment of grades. Zero-credit courses do not satisfy any music degree requirements or elective requirements for any other degree.
Transfer of Ensemble Credits. Music majors who transfer from another school may transfer any number of semesters of large ensembles from the previous school to meet the large ensemble requirement, up to the number of semesters of lessons that are accepted in transfer (based upon the student's audition). For example, a student who is placed into the second semester of MUS 207 (sophomore-level lessons) may satisfy up to three semesters of large ensemble requirement with transferred large ensembles. However, a student who is placed into the first semester of freshman-level lessons (MUS 107) will not be given any credit toward the large ensemble requirement from the previous school. Any transferred large ensemble courses not used to meet the large ensemble requirement may be used to satisfy general elective requirements.