Course Policies - Functional Keyboard, Aural Training, Music Technology

Functional Keyboard Policies

Students in all music degrees take functional keyboard, a class designed to help students develop keyboard skills necessary to perform tasks required of musicians in any of the careers they may propose. Students will be placed into one of three sequences, determined by their incoming keyboard facility. The first is a two-semester course, the second is a three-semester course, and the third is a four-semester course. Students must enroll in Functional Keyboard every semester that the required course in a student’s keyboard sequence is offered at Stetson until they have completed the required sequence.

Aural Training Policies

Students must be enrolled in an aural training course until they have completed MUSC 274. On the recommendation of the instructor, a student failing Aural Training may be allowed to:

  • Drop the aural training course prior to the date referred to as the “last day to drop course without academic penalty,” and
  • Enroll in MUSC 170: Aural Training Review – and attend the aural training class most recently passed. MUSC 170 is a 0 credit course that is graded pass/fail and is repeatable. Upon completion of MUSC 170, the student will re-enroll in the aural training class most recently dropped.

Technology for Musicians Exemption Requirement

MUSC 259 Technology for Musicians is a course that introduces students to a variety of intersections between technology and music-making. In rare cases, a student may have sufficient prior experience to warrant an exemption from the course. Students should first consult their academic advisor to inquire about the likelihood of receiving such an exemption.

In order to receive an exemption for MUSC 259, a student must submit an electronic portfolio to Dr. Nathan Wolek. The portfolio must be contained on a single USB thumb drive or an alternate medium approved by Dr. Wolek. In order to receive an exemption for the upcoming semester, a student must submit his or her portfolio before the first day of registration for that semester.

The student’s portfolio must contain all of the following items to be considered complete:

  • One page musical score prepared by the student for at least 6 distinct instruments (i.e. cannot be all one type) in PDF.
  • One page musical score prepared by the student for SATB with lyrics in PDF.
  • Three to five minute mastered stereo recording of the same student performance saved in both WAV and MP3 formats.
  • Five or more minute original audiovisual presentation on a musical topic created using Powerpoint, Keynote or equivalent software. The presentation must incorporate images and excerpts of musical recordings, include an audio voiceover by the student and be saved in a QuickTime compatible format.

Music Fees

Music majors and minors are not charged additional fees for applied lessons required for their degrees. Students enrolled in instrumental techniques classes are charged a $15.00 instrument rental fee.