Master's Program Recitals
Each master's performance major must perform one or two recitals, the number depending on the degree program. Master's programs in Choral Conducting, Orchestral Conducting, Wind Conducting, Jazz Studies, Computer Music Composition, and Composition are also required to complete a public performance. General recital requirements are provided below. For specific information on recital requirements, students should review the information for their degree and check with their department chair.
For information regarding recital guidelines and scheduling, review the JSoM Scheduling Office homepage, or contact the JSoM Scheduling Office ( musched [at] indiana [dot] edu or 812-856-8200).
Master's performance majors are eligible for the Performer's Certificate, awarded as special recognition of musical understanding and technical proficiency demonstrated in recital.
Master's students are encouraged to register in their recital course(s) in the first semester of enrollment to get the registration out of the way. You do not need to perform your recital in the first semester, but it will simplify your later recital scheduling if the registration is completed early in your program.
Recitals must take place in public spaces in Bloomington, announced to and open to the public.
Recitals ordinarily take place during the fall or spring semesters according to deadlines specified in the scheduling policies. Recitals may take place during the second summer session if a hearing can be arranged and if faculty members are available to attend the recital.
A pre-recital hearing is required for all master's recitals, except for composition recitals. At the discretion of the faculty, other recitals may also be given a hearing. A hearing must be scheduled so that it can be completed and the recital performed within the published deadlines; it is the student's responsibility to arrange a hearing and to meet the deadlines. Students may perform a hearing in the summer with the approval of the department chair if faculty members are available. A hearing is valid for 60 days.
Recital repertory is subject to approval by a student's teacher following any guidelines published by the department. Appropriate repertory for chamber music recitals is specified by departments. Recital repertory may not be repeated for degree.
The grade for a master's recital is assigned by the teacher, who hears the recital in person. An organ recital grade is based on a recital hearing, and a composition recital grade is based on an average of the grades of the faculty members who attend the recital. A jazz recital grade is based on an average of the grades of Jazz Studies Department faculty members who attend the recital and the teacher with whom the student is enrolled in performance study.
All recital grades are reported in writing to the director of graduate studies. A grade of at least a "B" must be achieved on the recital(s).
Recitals may include the participation of no more than 13 assisting performers and a conductor. All must be available for a hearing, if required. Participation by assisting performers must not interfere with their lessons, ensemble assignments or academic responsibilities. Chamber music credit is available to the assisting performers only if they have registered and arranged specifically for that credit. Special rules apply to conducting, composition, and jazz studies recitals that use Jacobs School of Music ensembles or specially-assembled groups; consult the appropriate department for information.
Recitals have minimum and maximum lengths, which are displayed in the Jacobs School of Music Bulletin, and in the JSoM Scheduling Office.