Student Handbook 2018-2019
This handbook of departmental policies, regulations, and requirements
is designed for students majoring in music at the University of North Florida.
It is not intended to supersede information contained in the University
catalogue but to consolidate and supplement that information.
The University of North Florida (UNF) School of Music brings a focused
commitment to excellence and the artistic and intellectual preparation of
students for the diverse and challenging world in which we live. It aims to
provide a high level of professional musical training as well as a sense of
relevance regarding the value of music to our society through an active,
pluralistic musical environment encompassing western European traditional art
music through contemporary music including world music and jazz. The UNF School
of Music faculty, excellent instructors evidenced by their innovative pedagogy,
scholarship, and research in their respective fields, serve as artist-teachers
working with students in large and small performing ensembles as well as
through individual applied instruction. Our comprehensive program is
complemented by the Ira M. Koger Eminent Scholar Chair in American Music that
provides an additional focus on jazz. Our school continues to achieve national
and international recognition as a distinguished comprehensive center for the
study, creation, and research in music, with emphasis on the contemporary.
The School of Music provides
music majors and non-music majors alike the opportunity to develop their
knowledge, understanding, and ability in all aspects of music at a level
relevant and appropriate to their needs and interests, and to prepare music
majors for careers as performers, teachers, composers, arrangers, and
professionals in the music industry and its supporting fields. It is our hope
to provide transformational learning opportunities within the scope of engaged
self-reflection via practice and performance. The primary focus of our mission
is the artistic enrichment of the lives of all UNF students and faculty, while
promoting the University and greater Jacksonville area as ambassadors
throughout the region, the nation, and the global community.
Program Entrance Requirements
Any student who has fulfilled university admission requirements may
register as a music major providing that he or she has passed an audition.
- All prospective music students, new and transfer, are
required to perform an audition to be accepted into the UNF School of Music.
- Dates for auditions are advertised well in advance
through local print, electronic media and university correspondence.
- Prospective students should contact the music office
to schedule their audition time on one of the announced dates. An audition date
requested aside from those advertised will have to be arranged well in advance
with the professor coordinating auditions in his/her area of specialty. It is
recommended to schedule your audition well in advance of the audition
- CDs or tapes are accepted on case-by-case basis,
although live auditions are preferred.
- The audition panel will provide the school director
with recommendations as to an accepted/not-accepted status for each
auditionee. In addition, a scholarship
stipend range recommendation will be provided if the auditionee is also
pursuing a music scholarship.
- Auditionees will receive notification of the audition
panel’s recommendations within 6-8 weeks following the audition.
For audition requirements by degree, see here.
Accompaniment at Auditions:
- Generally, UNF School of Music does not provide an
accompanist for voice auditions.
- Students are required to make their own piano
accompaniment arrangements, or if a student cannot find an accompanist, they
are required to contact the UNF School of Music at least two weeks before the
audition to coordinate with a staff accompanist. This service is available for a fee of $25 per audition.
- All costs associated with piano accompaniment for
vocal auditions are responsibility of the prospective student.
- Students auditioning for Jazz Voice with pre-recorded
accompaniment are required to provide an accompaniment CD that can be played on
standard audio equipment.
Audition by Mail: A live audition is highly recommended, but a CD or DVD
is permitted on a case-by-case basis, although live auditions are preferred.
All recorded material must be playable on standard audio/video equipment and
will not be returned after the audition process is over.
While the faculty
recognizes that each student is an individual with unique talents and
achievements, there is no guarantee that scholarship awards will be renewed at
the same level each semester. Scholarship awards are based on the audition
process and the belief that there is a strong potential for musical growth and
contribution. Future awards may be adjusted up or down depending on the factors
online Student Handbook provides all enrolled and prospective
students with information regarding their rights and responsibilities as
members of the UNF School of Music community. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and to adhere
to all academic and University policies, procedures and deadlines included in
the Student Handbook and other sources including, but not limited to, the
University catalog. A list of additional student responsibilities is available
instruction is open to music majors and non-music majors that have earned
admission into and are participating in a major ensemble. All assignments to
applied music teachers are made through the School Director or designated
representative. If a second applied area is requested, it will be assigned only
after all other assignment priorities have been met. Music majors must earn a
letter grade of “B” or above to receive applied lesson credit and to progress
to the next level of study. Students who do not meet this requirement may be
terminated from the music program as a major.
Performance Laboratory and Concert Attendance
is a weekly forum in which students perform for their peers and colleagues as
well as UNF faculty and administration. All music majors must enroll and
successfully complete eight semesters of performance laboratory, and no
official credit is received beyond the transcript notification. Each applied
studio has specific performing requirements for each semester. Students must
sign up in advance to perform in performance lab by turning in the appropriate
form to the designated professor. In addition, each student has a Concert
Attendance requirement of eight approved
concerts per semester. This is verified by the applied teacher then submitted
by the student to the designated faculty member by the last day of classes each
semester. The Concert Attendance form is available here.
All music students
will achieve a proficiency level on the piano equal to four semesters of Class
Piano. Those not passing the Piano Proficiency Exam must enroll in the
appropriate level of Class Piano until successfully passing Class Piano IV.
Students with no prior keyboard training should enroll in Class Piano I. The Piano Proficiency Exam will only be
administered during the first week of the Fall Semester. Contact Dr.
Bennett for further details about exam contents and scheduling. Exam contents
may include technique (scales, arpeggios, cadences), repertoire, harmonization,
sight-reading, transposition and score reading.
New music majors must
arrange to take a theory placement test to advance to higher levels of written
and/or aural theory. Transfer students must arrange to take a theory placement
examination to determine the appropriate theory course in which to enroll. This
includes students who have completed four levels of music theory at another
institution or who have equivalency credit from advanced high school courses
(i.e. AP Music Theory). Placement tests
are given during the first theory classes of the semester.
Music majors must perform a juried
examination at the end of each semester on their primary instrument. The
material performed on the jury will reflect the student’s work during the
semester as determined by the applied professor. Juries for non-majors and
majors on non-primary instruments will be at the discretion of the applied
teacher. For more information about the procedure, see here.
Music majors are required to present a
senior recital during the last semester of applied study. Candidates for
graduation must perform a pre-recital screening for select faculty members to
assure that the student is ready to proceed with the senior recital. This may
take place in conjunction with the juried examination prior to the semester of
the senior recital. For more information about the procedure, see here.
Students are expected
to attend all of their scheduled university classes to satisfy all academic
objectives as outlined by the instructor. The instructor, who reserves the
right to deal with individual cases of non-attendance, determines the effect of
absences upon grades. No absences are allowed for quizzes or exams. Absences
from ensemble rehearsals, sectional rehearsals or performances will result in a
failing grade and/or expulsion from that ensemble.
Incompletes will be given only after
consultation with the professor and only in the case of emergencies such as
illness or death in the student’s immediate family. Outside employment is not
acceptable as justification for an incomplete. In order for an “I” to be
assigned, the student must have completed a majority of the course with a
passing grade. The time limit for removing the “I” is set by the instructor of
the course; however, this time limit may not exceed one calendar year or
graduation, whichever comes first. If no final grade is issued, the “I” will
change to an “F.”
Probation music students are expected to maintain at least a “B” in
applied lessons and a “C” in all other music courses. Failure to meet these standards will
result in being placed on probation and the student will be required to repeat
the course. A grade of “D” in non-music courses will be viewed negatively. All failed music courses can only be
repeated once. Should a student not make satisfactory progress following a
semester on academic probation, the student may be expelled from the program. Inappropriate
conduct is also grounds for immediate probation and dismissal. After being
placed on probation, each student has one subsequent semester to improve in the
Each year the School of Music faculty
recognizes students who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and
musicianship. Awards are presented each spring during the University’s Annual
- The Outstanding
Scholarship Award is presented to the graduating senior that holds the highest
cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the school.
- An Outstanding
Musicianship Award is presented to one student at each academic level who has
made significant contributions to the UNF School of Music.
- An Outstanding
Service Award is presented to one student who has made significant
contributions and positively represents the school as a whole.
Musculoskeletal and Vocal Health
Health and safety depend in large part
on the personal decisions of informed individuals. Institutions have health and
safety responsibilities, but fulfillment of these responsibilities can and will
not ensure any specific individual’s health and safety. Too many factors beyond
any institution’s control are involved. Individuals have a critically important
role and each is personally responsible for avoiding risk and preventing
injuries to themselves before, during and after study or employment at any
institution. This set of advisory information on hearing health and
institutional actions taken under their influence or independently do not alter
or cancel any individual’s personal responsibility, or in any way shift
personal responsibility for the results of any individual’s personal decisions
in any instance or over time to any institution, or to NASM, or to PAMA.