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College issues: Recital attendance requirements for music majors



Hello! Below is a compilation of the responses I received in regards to
my question of Recital Attendance Requirements for Music Majors. Thanks
to all who offered assistance!

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Don't know what you're currently using, but from my undergraduate
days... Phi Mu Alpha (music fraternity) members collected pre-printed
computer cards from those attending recitals. It was pretty much an
honor system. (Are we to the days when students might need to show an ID
when handing in a card?) In our case, almost everyone in the music
school knew one another.

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NOTE: The above response was the most commonly received. Slight
variations on the above idea include Faculty signing and collecting the
cards after a recital, letting students drop them in a box left in the
lobby afterwards, and requiring students to turn in a card before and
after a recital to insure they attended the entire event.
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...We are on a Pass/Fail system for recital, if you are anything but a
minor or theatre major, you are required to go to 18, otherwise, you
have to go to 9. We have recital workers w/ a list of everyone that is
supposed to go that can get credit for doing so. If you have other
programs or recitals/concerts that have been accepted by the Recital
advisor, then you can turn those into him for credit, it does not hurt
or help [your] gpa, but if you do not pass, there's an F on your
transcript. This system seems to work really well, and we have a...
recital every thursday..., so it's easy to get credit

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One thing they did to us when I was in school was to have us write up
a
short review on the concert - (1 page typed)... it sort of helped keep
folks
honest, as some people would show up, get their program and then leave
before the concert started.
One school had a relationship with the local symphony, and had you stop
by
the ticket booth to get your program stamped.

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Music majors, scholarship recipients, and other applied music students
must attend a minimum of concerts/recitals each semester, and get
credit
for those in which they participate. Failure to attend the minimum
number results in the lowering of their applied music grade. To
ensure
credit for attendance, students sign and turn in recital attendance
cards.
The attendance system works well, but some of our applied music
instructors are reluctant to lower the grade of students who do not
attend. We have revoked scholarships on occasion. We have discussed
the possibility of requiring a separate course for recital attendance.

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We are going through a similar dilema as you on our recital attendance.
I
have just sent a list of optional proposals to the faculty for input.
Ours right now is: 7 (seven) semesters required of all music majors.
They enroll in a '0' level course and must attend a minimum of the
Wednesday recitals to receive an 'S'.
We are in the process of putting teeth in the requirement - too many
are sneaking through the requirement with little or no attendance. We
will put it in the catalogue and therefore the degree check at the end
of the degree will catch them if they have not taken enough or passed it
enough times. It will still be a '0' level course, but since it will be
in the catalogue and on their degree programs they will be required to
have it before they graduate.

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We require minimum attendance at both recitals and weekly student
convocation programs. Students are issued a small orange card at the
beginning of the semester, and must get X number of punches (by an
attending faculty member with a punch holer) by the end of the
semester.

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When I was in college, we had to maintain a stamp booklet each
semester.
There was someone to stamp the booklets at each "stamper" (event that
counted toward the requirement). You got one stamp going in (not
counted
if coming in after the second piece), one coming out (at the very
end).

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Jerry Myers (myersg(a)wlu.edu)
Washington and Lee University
Associate Director of Choral Activities
Instructor of Applied Voice
Department of Music
(540) 463-8697
FAX: (540) 463-8104
on July 21, 2003 10:00pm
To all students out there. Don't just do the minimum.

I worked full time supporting a family and barely made the minimum recital attendance requirements for my school each semester. Now 16 years later I wish I had taken the opportunity and gone to more recitals. The quality of performances is something you may never be able to enjoy again.
on January 30, 2004 10:00pm
Each semester music majors are required to attend 12 recitals. This includes the ones where we are also performers. Students must enter the recital early in the program and fill out and sign a piece of paper which we hand back in as we leave (only counting if it's after the concert is over).
on December 3, 2004 10:00pm
At the college I will be attending in the fall ( as a choral and vocal Music major) all Music majors Have to attend 15 concerts a semster
40 per year I tink