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Examinations and Goals in Practical Subjects

Examinations and Goals in Practical Subjects

Different levels of achievement are required of students depending upon the program of study for which they are registered. These levels are defined in part by the difficulty of material and length of program required at the various examinations, and in part by the examiners’ assessment of how well the student plays this material.

In general, there are five categories of practical study: Concentration Study, Major Study, Licentiate Study, Postgraduate Study, and Elective Study.

Concentration Study

Concentration Study

A student in the Faculty program or specializing in Composition, Music Education, Music History, Music Technology, or Theory is obliged to present one examination in order to fulfil the practical requirement of these programs: the Concentration Final Examination (MUIN 283).

The sequence would normally be:

Concentration Study Sequence
MUIN 180 BMus Practical Lessons 1
MUIN 181 BMus Practical Lessons 2
MUIN 280 BMus Practical Lessons 3
MUIN 281 BMus Practical Lessons 4
MUIN 283 BMus Concentration Final Examination
BMus Concentration Final Examination (MUIN 283)

Purpose: To determine that the student is sufficiently accomplished to qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Music. In the event that the student is inadequately prepared, the panel may recommend to the department in which the student is registered that: a) the student be asked to withdraw from the program; or, b) the student be permitted to redo the examination.

Panel: A minimum of two staff members (not including the teacher), one of whom must be from the area. The panel is appointed by the Chair of the Department of Performance. At the discretion of the Departmental Chair, the teacher may be included on panels of three or more examiners.

Distribution of Marks: For students registered in practical lessons through the Schulich School of Music, the teacher submits a term mark which is included as 50% of the final mark. In instances where the student’s teacher is on the panel, the teacher’s global evaluation will nevertheless be equal to 50% of the final mark. This grade will also be entered in the student’s current or most recent term of practical instruction. When a student is not registered for lessons through the Schulich School of Music, the final mark will be the average of the marks submitted by the examination panel and will also be entered in the most recent term of practical instruction.

Major Study

Major Study

A student majoring in Performance (B.Mus. or L.Mus.) must show talent for this field before being admitted to the program. The practical requirement for these programs comprises examinations and recitals as specified in the programs.

B.Mus. Major in Performance, Major in Early Music Performance, and Major in Jazz Performance

B.Mus. Major in Performance, Major in Early Music Performance, and Major in Jazz Performance

The sequence would normally be:

 
MUIN 180 BMus Practical Lessons 1
MUIN 181 BMus Practical Lessons 2
MUIN 280 BMus Practical Lessons 3
MUIN 281 BMus Practical Lessons 4
MUIN 282 BMus Performance Examination 1
 
MUIN 380 BMus Practical Lessons 5
MUIN 333 Piano Techniques 2
MUIN 381 BMus Practical Lessons 6
MUIN 382 BMus Performance Examination 2
 
MUIN 480 BMus Practical Lessons 7
MUIN 433 Piano Techniques 3
MUIN 481 BMus Practical Lessons 8
MUIN 482 BMus Performance Examination 3
 
MUIN 369 Concerto (mandatory test for pianists)
BMus Performance Examination 1 (MUIN 282)

Purpose: To assess the student’s progress in the practical area and determine whether or not the student may continue in the program. The panel may recommend to the Department that the student be: a) asked to withdraw from the program; b) permitted to continue to the BMus Performance Examination 2.

Panel: A minimum of three staff members, one of whom may be the student’s teacher. The panel is appointed by the Chair of the Department of Performance.

Distribution of Marks: The teacher submits a term mark, which is included as 50% of the final mark. In instances where the student’s teacher is on the panel, the teacher’s global evaluation will nevertheless be equal to 50% of the final mark. This grade will also be entered in the student’s current or most recent term of practical instruction.

BMus Performance Examination 2 (MUIN 382)

Purpose: To assess the student’s ability to perform a program of sufficient length and suitable repertoire as specified in the requirements for each instrument.

Panel: A minimum of three staff members, one of whom may be the student’s teacher. The panel is appointed by the Chair of the Department of Performance.

Distribution of Marks: Each member of the panel submits a mark for the examination, with the final mark being the average. This grade will also be entered in the student’s current or most recent term of practical instruction.

BMus Performance Examination 3 (MUIN 482)

Purpose: All recitals are to be performed in public before a jury and are intended to demonstrate technical mastery of their instrument/voice as well as an understanding of different musical styles appropriate to their level of study.

Panel: A minimum of three staff members, one of whom may be the student’s teacher. The panel is appointed by the Chair of the Department of Performance.

Distribution of Marks: Each member of the panel submits a mark for the examination, with the final mark being the average. This grade will also be entered in the student’s current or most recent term of practical instruction.

Licentiate Study

Licentiate Study

Students must show talent for this field before being admitted to the program. Grades of A- in all practical requirements are mandatory for continuation in the program.

L.Mus. Performance

L.Mus. Performance

The sequence would normally be:

 
MUIN 250 L.Mus. Practical Instruction 1
MUIN 251 L.Mus. Practical Instruction 2
MUIN 252 L.Mus. Performance 1 Examination
 
MUIN 350 L.Mus. Practical Instruction 3
MUIN 333 Piano Techniques 2
MUIN 351 L.Mus. Practical Instruction 4
MUIN 352 L.Mus. Performance 2 Examination
 
MUIN 450 L.Mus. Practical Instruction 5
MUIN 433 Piano Techniques 3
MUIN 451 L.Mus. Practical Instruction 6
MUIN 452 L.Mus. Performance 3 Examination
 
MUIN 369 Concerto (mandatory test for pianists)
L.Mus. Performance 1 Examination (MUIN 252)

Purpose: To assess the student’s progress in the practical area and determine whether or not the student may continue in the program. The panel may recommend to the Department that the student be: a) asked to withdraw from the program; or b) permitted to continue to the L.Mus. Performance 2 Exam.

Panel: A minimum of three staff members, one of whom may be the student’s teacher. The panel is appointed by the Chair of the Department of Performance.

Distribution of Marks: The teacher submits a term mark, which is included as 50% of the final mark. In instances where the student’s teacher is on the panel, the teacher’s global evaluation will nevertheless be equal to 50% of the final mark. This grade will also be entered in the student’s current or most recent term of practical instruction.

L.Mus. Performance 2 Examination (MUIN 352)

Purpose: The recital is a public presentation, before a jury, intended to demonstrate competence in public solo performance. Non-keyboard performers and singers must use appropriate accompaniment.

Panel: A minimum of three staff members, one of whom may be the student’s teacher. The panel is appointed by the Chair of the Department of Performance.

Distribution of Marks: Each member of the panel submits a mark for the examination, with the final mark being the average. This grade will also be entered in the student’s current or most recent term of practical instruction.

L.Mus. Performance 3 Examination (MUIN 452)

Purpose: All recitals are to be performed in public before a jury and are intended to demonstrate technical mastery of their instrument/voice as well as an understanding of different musical styles appropriate to their level of study.

Panel: A minimum of three staff members, one of whom may be the student’s teacher. The panel is appointed by the Chair of the Department of Performance.

Distribution of Marks: Each member of the panel submits a mark for the examination, with the final mark being the average. This grade will also be entered in the student’s current or most recent term of practical instruction.

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate Study

Artist Diploma candidates must present a number of public recitals and fulfil various special performance requirements (concertos, chamber music, orchestral passages, etc.). Grades of A- in all practical requirements are mandatory for continuation in the program.

M.Mus. candidates should consult the Programs, Courses and University Regulations publication for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements of their program (available at www.mcgill.ca/study).

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Professional Performance should consult the Programs, Courses and University Regulations publication for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements of their program (available at www.mcgill.ca/study).

Artist Diploma

Artist Diploma

The sequence would normally be:

 
MUIN 460 Artist Diploma Practical Instruction 1
MUIN 461 Artist Diploma Practical Instruction 2
MUIN 462 Artist Diploma Recital 1
 
MUIN 560 Artist Diploma Practical Instruction 3
MUIN 561 Artist Diploma Practical Instruction 4
MUIN 562 Artist Diploma Recital 2
MUIN 563 Artist Diploma Recital 3

In addition, the Artist Diploma program in orchestral instruments, piano, and voice requires the candidate to present two concertos:

 
MUIN 469 Artist Diploma Concerto 1
MUIN 569 Artist Diploma Concerto 2

Applications for Artist Diploma Concerto hearings must be submitted to the Department of Performance Office five (5) weeks prior to the proposed date. The concerto examinations may be planned for any time during the academic session subject to the availability of examiners and facilities.

Artist Diploma Recital 1 (MUIN 462)

Purpose: Recital programs are intended to demonstrate that the student is qualified to engage in professional performance activities, and has attained the high level of performing ability required for the Artist Diploma.

Panel: The panel consists of the Chair of the Department of Performance or delegate, as well as two staff members from the area concerned (in Voice recitals, one voice teacher plus one staff member from another area).

Distribution of Marks: Examiners judge the recital independently and submit their evaluation without consulting the other examiners. All of the examiners must judge the recital to be satisfactory for the candidate to pass. This grade will also be entered in the student’s current or most recent term of practical instruction.

Artist Diploma Recital 2 (MUIN 562)

Purpose: Recital programs are intended to demonstrate that the student is qualified to engage in professional performance activities, and has attained the high level of performing ability required for the Artist Diploma.

Panel: The panel consists of the Chair of the Department of Performance or delegate, as well as two staff members from the area concerned (in Voice recitals, one voice teacher plus one staff member from another area).

Distribution of Marks: Examiners judge the recital independently and submit their evaluation without consulting the other examiners. All of the examiners must judge the recital to be satisfactory for the candidate to pass. This grade will also be entered in the student’s current or most recent term of practical instruction.

Artist Diploma Recital 3 (MUIN 563)

Purpose: Recital programs are intended to demonstrate that the student is qualified to engage in professional performance activities, and has attained the high level of performing ability required for the Artist Diploma.

Panel: The panel consists of the Chair of the Department of Performance or delegate, as well as two staff members from the area concerned.

Distribution of Marks: Examiners judge the recital independently and submit their evaluation without consulting the other examiners. All of the examiners must judge the recital to be satisfactory for the candidate to pass.

Artist Diploma Concerto 1 (MUIN 469)

Purpose: The Artist Diploma program in orchestral instruments, piano, and voice requires the candidate to present concertos which are normally examined only by a jury. The concerto examinations may be planned for any time during the academic session subject to the availability of examiners and facilities.

Panel: A minimum of three staff members, one of whom may be the student’s teacher. The panel is appointed by the Chair of the Department of Performance.

Distribution of Marks: Examiners judge the concerto independently and submit their evaluation without consulting the other examiners. All the examiners must judge the concerto to be satisfactory for the candidate to pass.

Artist Diploma Concerto 2 (MUIN 569)

Purpose: The Artist Diploma program in orchestral instruments, piano, and voice requires the candidate to present concertos which are normally examined only by a jury. The concerto examinations may be planned for any time during the academic session subject to the availability of examiners and facilities.

Panel: A minimum of three staff members, one of whom may be the student’s teacher. The panel is appointed by the Chair of the Department of Performance.

Distribution of Marks: Examiners judge the concerto independently and submit their evaluation without consulting the other examiners. All the examiners must judge the concerto to be satisfactory for the candidate to pass.

Elective Study

Elective Study

Students may elect to pursue further practical study in addition to their curricular requirements. The student is not expected to follow a specific program. Additional fees apply.

Schulich School of Music—2012-2013 (last updated Nov. 7, 2012) (disclaimer)