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F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music Undergraduate Student Handbook:Section Three: Getting Through

Applied Music Requirements

Accompanist Policy

The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music does not provide accompanists to students. Students needing accompanists may either collaborate with students studying keyboard at Old Dominion, or may negotiate a fee with an accompanist from the Department's Approved Accompanist List, which is posted in the department, or with anyone approved by the Piano Chair. Failure to abide by this regulation will result in an Applied Music grade of F for the semester.

Students needing accompanists may not negotiate directly with Department keyboard students. Requests for student accompanists should be made through the student's Applied Music instructor, who in turn should contact the Piano Chair.

Students working with accompanists from the Department's Approved list will not be allowed to give any performance unless the approved accompanist has scores no less than 3 weeks in advance of the performance. In addition, the student must arrange at least one accompanied coaching session with their applied teacher.


Accompanists are required for all lessons, juries, and performances. Accompanists must have scores at least 3 weeks in advance of any performance; see your teacher for more specific guidelines.

Wind/Percussion/String Instruments

Accompanists are required for all juries and performances.


All keyboard students are expected to accompany at least once each semester on a Student Performance Hour or jury after they have attained the Applied Music level of 241 and above, and after they have studied keyboard at Old Dominion for a minimum of one semester. Assignments will be made only through the student's respective applied teacher. Students needing accompanists may not negotiate directly with department keyboard students.

Student Performance Hour (SPH)

Applied music students will perform on SPH at least once each term; precise requirements are given below. Performance majors may be required to perform more than once at the discretion of their teacher. All students are encouraged to perform early and often to develop mastery and ease with the rigor of solo performance. Your applied teacher must schedule these performances with Mike Hall via email. They should be representative of literature studied in the applied studio that semester. Regular, solo performance is the goal of this requirement. To that end, should all programs fill leaving no opportunity to perform on SPH, the requirement can be satisfied with any public, solo performance approved by the applied teacher.

Students should keep Wednesdays at 3:30p.m. and 4:30p.m. free for SPH whenever possible. Support your colleagues and earn Recital Attendance Credit toward graduation by attending as audience members. Performers should dress appropriately for afternoon concert performance. The final applied music grade will be lowered two letters for any student who fails to meet the SPH requirement. Performance majors who fail to meet the requirement will receive a final applied grade of F.


Repertoire will be decided by individual teachers. Freshmen may be required to perform on SPH; check with your individual teacher. Memory, while not required, is strongly encouraged for all students. All voice students are required to attend all voice studio events. Non-attendance can affect your Applied Music grade.

Wind/Percussion/String Instruments

All applied music students taking an hour lesson at the 142 level or above must perform at least once each semester and are encouraged to perform more than once, early and often.


Students who have reached a numbering of 152 and above or 241 and above are required to perform on SPH or keyboard studio session at least once each semester.


All Composition majors registered at the 331 level and above, as well as all Composition Minors registered at the 439 level and above, are required to produce a performance of one of their works on an SPH or comparable venue approved by their teacher, at least once each semester.

Jury Examinations

Applied music students taking hour lessons at the 142 level or higher must play a jury examination each semester. Failure to perform a required jury will result in a final applied grade of F. The jury grade counts as 50% of the final applied grade. The remaining 50% is based on progress in lessons and is determined by your teacher. Students auditing Applied Music take juries in the first semester in which they are enrolled for credit. Audit status is normally allowed for one semester only and is granted on the auditioning committee's recommendation that the student will likely be ready for credit study after one semester of audit study. A student with audit status will audition for credit study during the jury examination period at the close of the audit semester.

Any student missing five or more lessons in one semester will fail applied music that semester. Any student who fails two consecutive semesters of applied music is required to re-audition for applied music placement and may be advised to choose another degree program that does not require applied music. An audition is required to re-enter applied music after an absence of two consecutive semesters or more.

Adjunct teachers are required to attend the jury of their students. All juries and recitals, undergraduate and graduate, will be performed before a representative committee of the faculty.

Students are not required to give a jury performance in any semester they perform a recital or concerto performance. This waiver does not include recital approval hearings or the Honor Recital.


Repertoire will be two selections assigned by the teacher. Memory is required; no music scores are allowed to be used by the singer. Use of scores will result in the grade of F for the semester. Sight reading may be required.

Wind/Percussion/String Instruments

Scales and arpeggios (selected from the student's current repertoire (jury) sheet) will be required. Repertoire will consist of two selections in contrasting styles or periods. Solos with accompaniment parts must be accompanied. BM Performance and Music Education Majors must perform one of these selections from memory. The memory requirement is waived for all other applied music students. Sight reading is optional; individual teachers must bring sight-reading material to the jury if desired.


Students should be prepared to demonstrate appropriate technique. A minimum of two contrasting pieces/movements will be heard; at least one selection must be from memory. Sight reading may be required.

Ensemble Requirements

Each degree program has specific ensemble requirements, which can be seen in the University Catalogue. For detailed ensemble information click here...

To fulfill large ensemble requirements, students may use only Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, or Concert Choir.

Tof fulfill small ensemble requirements, students may use only Madrigal Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Choir, Brass Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, String Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Opera Workshop, or Piano Ensemble.

Numerous other ensembles are offered for credit, including Trombone Ensemble, Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, Pep Band, Woodwind Quintet, Brass Quintet, String Quartet, Saxophone Quartet, Barbershop Quartet, and other vocal chamber ensembles. These ensembles are put together when instrumentation allows and each group is coached by a faculty member. Students should be aware of the necessity for ensemble diversity, and are encouraged to participate in as many different ensembles as their schedules and advisors will allow.

Students are expected to be prepared, prompt and regular for ensemble rehearsals.

BME Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Music Education program are required to participate in five semesters of large ensemble and two semesters of small ensemble. The large instrumental ensemble requirement will be met through participation in wind ensemble, symphonic band, and orchestra as assigned by the ensemble directors; keyboard and voice majors will elect Concert Choir. Those pursuing instrumental certification are also required to participate in one semester of marching band.

BM Performance Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Music in Performance program, with the exception of keyboard majors, are required to participate in fours semesters of large ensemble and four semesters of small ensemble. Keyboard majors have a six semester requirement, two of which must be in large ensemble and two in small ensemble.

BM Composition Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Music in Composition program are required to participate in three semesters of large ensemble and two semesters of small ensemble.

BM Sound Recording Technology

Students in the Bachelor of Music Sound Recording Technology program are required to participate in seven semesters of ensemble. These can be either large or small ensembles.

BA All Concentrations

Instrumental, voice and keyboard majors are required to participate in two semesters of ensemble, large or small. Additional credits for participation in ensembles can be used as elective credit.

Ensemble Auditions

Most ensembles hold auditions during the first week of each semester, with the exception of the Monarch Marching Band; Visit the Ensembles page for more information.

Piano Requirements

All courses of study leading to the Bachelor of Music degree have specific piano requirements. Unless otherwise specified by the program of study, students may fulfill piano requirements by taking MUSC 101-102 courses (piano class), enrolling in Applied Music courses at the half-hour, hour, or performance level, or by attempting to receive Advanced Placement credit. Students seeking Advanced Placement credit should refer to the Piano Placement section of the Handbook.

Recital Attendance Policy

all BM and BA Music Majors

pass six semesters of MUSC 311+

This is a pass/fail course; minimum attendance requirements -->

New Student Orientation: FOUR in the first semester of matriculation only, Wednesdays 3:30-4:20 or 4:30-5:20

Diehn Series Events: TWO per semester; ONE must be a concert

Student Performance Hour (SPH): TWO per semester

Internal, approved School of Music Approved recitals, concerts, events: FOUR per semester

all Music Minors

pass six semesters of MUSC 311+

This is a pass/fail course; minimum attendance requirements -->

Diehn Series Events: ONE per semester, concert or master class

Student Performance Hour (SPH): ONE per semester

Internal, approved School of Music Approved recitals, concerts, events: TWO per semester

Transfer Students see Chair to determine requirement same as above depending on degree

Records are kept through a system using your ODU student ID card. Students are to see the usher at each event to "swipe" the ID into the card reader before and after each performance for credit. Those who arrive late or leave before an event's close will not receive attendance credit.

A list of Department sponsored events qualifying for recital attendance credit is posted at the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music Performance and Event Calendar each semester. Students will not receive recital attendance credit for any program in which they perform.

The official record of recital attendance is kept in the Music Office and listed in the student Degree Works record. Listening to recordings to make up deficiencies is not acceptable. The requirement is fulfilled only by attendance at live programs. Graduation is dependent on completion of the requirement for your particular degree, no exceptions.

The Department encourages you to attend recitals early in your college career and to attend beyond the required number. See what works on stage and what does not. Use this experience to shape your own stage presence and artistic sense.

The following may be used to fulfill recital attendance requirements:

Internal School of Music Approved recitals, concerts, events

  • All student and faculty recitals, including Student Performance Hours
  • F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music ensemble concerts (attending, not performing)
  • Master Classes
  • Diehn Concert Series events, concerts and master classes

Off-Campus Events

No off-campus event can be used to fulfill Recital Attendance Requirements with the exception of events posted to the left that may occur off-campus. All approved events are designated with an asterisk on the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music Calendar: *Recital Attendance Credit.

Concert Etiquette

Students are expected to display proper etiquette when attending recitals and concerts. Strive to set a positive example for those around you, especially for those who are not experienced students of music.

  • Arrive a few minutes early, so that you have adequate time to find a seat.
  • If you happen to arrive late, do not enter the hall during performance. Wait outside for a break in the performance, applause, then enter as quietly and quickly as possible. Sit in the closest available seat to avoid disturbing the audience.
  • During the recital, give the performer your full attention. Whispering, doing homework, or reading anything except the program is disrespectful to the musicians on stage. Of course, food and drink are absolutely prohibited inside the hall. Cell phones should be silenced.

When to applaud:

  • Entrance of recitalist or conductor to the stage
  • End of a composition (instrumental) or longer work (vocal)
  • End of a "set" of short compositions by the same composer or in the same language (usually vocal)
  • After a solo section within a composition (jazz only)

When not to applaud:

  • After each movement of a multi-movement work
  • After each short song in a "set" (vocal)
  • Anytime the conductor's arms or the recitalist's instrument is still raised.

Usher Policy

All Music Majors and Minors must usher during their degree program. Sign up at Monarch Music, linked on the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music pages.

  • BM Music Education and BM Performance, Composition, Sound Recording Technology: at least 6 events
  • Music Minors: at least 3 events

Professional attire is required when ushering. Jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sandals, or sneakers are not appropriate. As an usher, you represent the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music as well as yourself. Show pride and respect by dressing appropriately.

  • Men: jacket and tie are recommended
  • Women: business casual, dress or pant suit

Failure to usher after signing up, failure to arrive 30 minutes prior to the event, or failure to dress properly will result in the loss of 2 Recital Attendance Credits and 1 Usher Credit, and will require you to usher an additional event. Failure to attain the required number of Recital Attendance Credits and Usher Credits will prevent you from graduating.

Before the Event

  • Arrive at venue 30 minutes before event begins.
  • Pick up programs and ID Card Reader from main office (afternoon events) or backstage (evening or weekend events).
  • Distribute programs and "swipe" ID cards into the ID Card Reader before and after the performance. Ensure that no food, drink or gum enters the house.
  • Display professionalism in dealing with the general public at all times. Be polite and courteous. If you encounter an emergency or situation you cannot resolve yourself, call Public Safety at 683-4000.

During the Event

  • Close doors when event begins; open doors when event concludes.
  • Sit outside during event, opening door to latecomers only at appropriate moments in the program (during applause).
  • Open and close doors at intermission.
  • Students who arrive after 5 minutes late or leave early will not receive Recital Attendance credit. These students should not be "swiped" into the card reader. This is a policy of the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music. If there are immediate problems or concerns, turn to the nearest available faculty member or Department Chair.

After the Event

  • "Swipe" ID cards of all music majors and minors upon exit, into the card reader.
  • Immediately return the ID Card Reader and remaining programs to the drop box outside of the Music Office, Room 2123. If you are ushering an off-campus event, return the card reader the following day. Do not hold onto them.
  • It is important that you return the card reader to the Music Office. Don't expect someone to return it for you. Doing so may result in other students not receiving credit.

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