|Document Title||School of Music Student Handbook|
Revised September 28, 2017
Welcome to the Fredonia School of Music! This Student Handbook has been prepared to help you in matters specific to the School of Music. We strongly recommend that you also review the Student Handbook and On-Campus Living Guide that are published by the Office of Student Affairs.
ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF
Office Phone: 716-673-3151
Office Fax: 716-673-3154
While the advisor is an important person to help you manage the requirements of a curriculum, there is no substitute for being personally informed. Refer to the appropriate edition of the University Catalog and to the various forms and documents found at www.fredonia.edu/music/online.asp.
It is the School of Music’s policy that attendance is required for all classes, studio instruction, rehearsals and other instructional activities. The penalty for absences is left to the discretion of individual instructors. Absence from final exams or juries without prior arrangements will result in an automatic “F” grade. If you are unable to attend a class, lesson, rehearsal or other activity, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INSTRUCTOR IN ADVANCE.
Every semester or year, string, wind, percussion and voice auditions are held for placement into the main auditioned ensembles of the School of Music. Participation is required per the Ensemble Requirement (www.fredonia.edu/music/ensembles.asp) of the School of Music. For more information about these auditions, please see Ensemble Auditions (www.fredonia.edu/music/eai.asp).
CAMPUS LIFE, OFFICE of
COLLEGE CORE CURRICULUM (CCC) – General Education
For more information, visit www.fredonia.edu/department/gened/.
COMMUNICATION - STUDENTS
Notices from Ensemble Directors are posted on the ENSEMBLE BULLETIN BOARD, located in the main lobby of Mason. Students should also check bulletin boards outside their Ensemble Director’s studio.
Theory Information is posted on the THEORY BULLETIN BOARD, adjacent to Mason 3164.
General notices from and for students are posted on the STUDENT BULLETIN BOARD, located in the Student Lounge (Mason 1004).
Announcements from and for members of student organizations are posted on appropriate student organization bulletin boards, located throughout Mason Hall.
NOTE: It is campus policy that postings are allowed on bulletin boards ONLY. Any postings found on doors, walls, windows, etc. will be removed immediately. Students wishing to post signs campus-wide must have the flyer approved by Student Association (Williams Center), and all postings must display the SA approval stamp.
COMPUTERS – MAC OR PC?
Of course, owning your own laptop allows you to make the most of your educational experience, enabling you to develop proficiency in using the same type of technology most often employed in the music community. Commonly used programs include: Microsoft Office, Finale, iLife, etc. Some areas such as Sound Recording Technology and Composition may have program specific recommendations.
CONCERT ATTENDANCE: MUS 120
Students are to obtain an MUS 120 slips from a faculty member prior to the concert, and the completed slips are to be gathered from the students only immediately after the event.
CONCERT DRESS (standard formal)
Men – black tuxedo, white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie, black cummerbund, black socks, black shoes.
There are three vending machines in the room next to the Student Lounge (Mason 1005). The machines accept cash, coin or FREDCard.
There are several dining options on campus including: Starbucks Coffee (University Commons); Centre Pointe (Williams Center); Tim Horton’s (Williams Center); and Cranston Marche (University Commons). Hours and menus are available at http://fsa.fredonia.edu/ .
You must use your Fredonia e-mail for University business. Official communications from the School of Music and the University will not be sent to other e-mail accounts.
Exemption from ensemble policy requires agreement between the ensemble director and the studio instructor, and may be appealed to the Director of the School of Music.
There is no cost to acquiring a FREDCard. See www.myfredcard.com for details.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Mason Hall Building Hours
Note: Building Hours are posted on all exterior doors to Mason Hall
School of Music Office Hours
Note: The Music Office is closed on weekends
Music Library Hours
Music Technology Labs
INSTRUMENT RENTAL (secondary classes)
ITS SERVICE CENTER
KEYS (assigned practice rooms – piano, tuba, harp, bass, etc.)
LOST AND FOUND
MAILBOXES - FACULTY
MASON HALL POLICIES
MUSICAL JOURNEYS PROGRAM
The Music Library is located up the stairway (to the left as you enter the library) on the mezzanine. Reed Library's Music Collection is the largest subject collection in the library, primarily supporting the curricular and research needs of the students and faculty of the School of Music. The collection contains over 12,000 books on music, ranging such topics as music history, theory, education, performance studies, criticism and biography. Over 30,000 scores and parts are available, including miniature study, full-size, and piano-vocal scores, as well as performance parts for ensembles up to 9 players. Sound recordings number nearly 7,000 compact discs, 15,000 LPs, and 1,000 cassettes of both music and spoken word recordings. Videocassettes and DVDs are available on many different aspects of music from full-length operas to music pedagogy.
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY LABS
Those students who can exhibit a high level of technical aptitude may choose to become a lab proctor. The student lab proctors maintain the labs, and help student lab users with software and hardware questions. Any student with previous Macintosh/MIDI experience who is interested in being a lab proctor should contact the lab director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Music offers a number of courses in the Mason Hall Music Technology Labs. These classes include MUED 291 and 292 (Technology in Music 1+2). Students interested in learning to use the software and hardware in the labs are urged to enroll for the classes offered there. The Mason Hall Technology Labs are music labs only, and may not be used for non music applications (word processing, email and internet). Students may use the numerous non music labs found throughout campus (and in the dorms) to send email and word process.
MUSIC THEORY INFORMATION
For more information on placement, policies, syllabi, and other materials, visit www.fredonia.edu/music/theory/theoryinfo.asp.
Parking lots and regulations. A campus map with labeled parking lots will help you locate the nearest parking. For a complete overview of parking regulations, visit the University Police website at www.fredonia.edu/upd/ParkingRegulations.asp.
PIANO LAB HOURS
PIANO PROFICIENCY EXAM INFORMATION
For more information on placement, policies, syllabi, and other materials, visit www.fredonia.edu/music/ppei.asp.
PRACTICE ROOM POLICIES
The Fredonia School of Music does not assume responsibility for lost or stolen property. Articles left unattended in a practice room may be removed by campus police and taken to the lost and found in the School of Music office.
Practice rooms are not to be used for general studying. There are other areas in the building and campus available for studying.
The director of the ensemble or event will receive a recording, and the student will receive a no-cost recording of his or her recital.
Recordings are available through John Caruso of the School of Music Recording Services. Students may order recordings of any recorded event by completing the Performance Recordings Request Form in the Music Office. (Charges apply).
It is the student’s responsibility to register for the appropriate section of a given course.
For detailed information about scheduling, transcripts, grades and more, log onto “Your Connection” at www.fredonia.edu. Students may also register online at “Your Connection.”
Note: there are late fees associated with adding and dropping courses after the deadlines published by the Registrar’s Office at www.fredonia.edu/registrar.
ROCK BAND REHEARSAL POLICY
ROSCH CARD ACCESS
If you have any questions about scheduling classrooms, rehearsal spaces or concerts in Mason Hall, see Marc Levy.
Student Recitals, studio recitals, non-curricular recitals
Students may schedule their recital in Rosch Recital Hall if they are performing one of the following: Graduate, Graduation, Honors Graduation, Senior Performance or 2nd Performer’s Certificate Recital. A student must schedule their recital in Diers Recital Hall if they are performing one of the following: Junior Performance, 1st Performer’s Certificate or any recital that is not curriculum-required. Pianists and percussionists may schedule any of their recitals in Rosch. Detail of policies are found in the Student Recital Handbook (www.fredonia.edu/music/recitalhandbook.asp)
Studio recitals are to be scheduled in Diers Recital Hall.
Student recitals occur during Fall and Spring Semesters. They may not be scheduled during breaks and holidays when classes are not in session, nor the following:
Exceptions with permission of the University, through the Director of the School of Music.
Practice Rooms – student access
Please see “Practice Room Policies.”
Rehearsal Rooms – student access
Students must submit a scheduling request form (available in the office) WITH FACULTY SUPERVISOR’S SIGNATURE to reserve rooms in Mason for larger ensemble rehearsals. The faculty supervisor is responsible for providing student access to the scheduled room. Scheduling requests will be confirmed or denied via email. It is the student’s responsibility to print the scheduling confirmation and keep it with them while using the scheduled space; failure to present printed confirmation may result in students being asked to leave the room and/or building.
Concerts, recitals, etc.
Scheduling for Mason Hall for the following academic year begins in October and is accomplished in several phases as listed below. (The following is excerpted from the Mason Hall Usage Policy for convenience. The full policy document can be found at www.fredonia.edu/music/bpolicies.asp.)
Scheduling will be completed in order of Priority Group according to their respective deadlines (I – V). A potential facility user may check availability in the Music Office by checking the EMS electronic calendar. To request a facility, the Mason Hall Event Scheduling Request Form must be completed. These forms must include the type of event, the purpose, dates and times of performances, rehearsal times, ticket prices if any, support space needs, and any additional information that will help the School of Music know more about the event, the audience or participants. Once approved, the event will be confirmed with the user via e-mail and the event will be entered onto the Campus Calendar. The Ticket Office must be notified if tickets are to be sold.
Priority Groups and Timelines
The following priority group listing will be used as a guideline for scheduling space allocation. Deadlines have been established to protect priority group’s standings. Scheduling request forms received after the published deadlines will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.
Priority Group I (October - ongoing)
Priority Group II (February 1 – ongoing)
Priority Group III (February 15 – ongoing)
Priority Group IV (March 1 – ongoing)
SA Constituted Groups: Percussion Guild, Student Opera Theatre Association (SOTA), Fredonia Jazz Workshop Major Service Groups: Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota
Priority Group V (April 1 – ongoing)
Priority Group VI (April 1 – ongoing)
It is not possible to “hold” a date. An event that is scheduled will be assumed to be firm and definite. Users are asked to make sure the School of Music is informed immediately of any cancellations. The user is to inform the Director of Facility Operations and the Scheduling Coordinator of any cancellations.
SMOKING, FOOD AND DRINK
STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES
The student lounge is an area for students to congregate. Student mailboxes, access tv, vending machines are located here. The FSA Café – Mason is adjacent to the lounge.
Please review the Student Recital Handbook (www.fredonia.edu/music/recitalhandbook.asp) for policies and procedures. The Handbook is provided to help students be proactive in their recital preparation, and for the student and applied studio instructor to work together toward a successful experience.
For students who excel in performance, the School of Music offers three awards: Honors, Concerto, and the Performer's Certificate. Students approved for Honors are entitled to list their senior recital as an Honors Recital. Winners of the annual Concerto Competition perform their works in concert with the College Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, or Wind Symphony. Exceptionally-gifted students may participate in the Performer's Certificate program, which entails two successful recitals, or a recital plus a concerto performance or major opera or oratorio role. Performer’s Certificates are presented at the annual Music Awards Convocation. Contact your studio instructor for more information about these opportunities.
All private instruction should be scheduled as regular weekly lessons as soon as possible during the first week of classes. The semester is approximately 14 weeks long plus a week for exams. At the very minimum, a student should be able to expect 12 weekly lessons during the semester.
The Learning Center provides drop in tutoring services in Mason Hall where music students can go to get help from student tutors. Each semester the tutoring schedule is posted at www.fredonia.edu/tlc/sched/mus.asp.
Your Connection (https://connect.fredonia.edu/yourconnection/twbkwbis.P_WWWlogin) provides you with a variety of helpful information regarding courses, grades, bills, etc. The log in screen for Your Connection will walk you through the process of obtaining the appropriate User ID and password for both Your Connection and eServices. The eServices username and password is required to access all of your newly created electronic accounts, including e-mail and ANGEL.
The School of Music website (www.fredonia.edu/music) includes information on many topics such as: Calendar of Events, Current Students, Faculty & Staff, Degree Programs, Ensembles, Community Programs, etc.
The Williams Center is the centerpiece of the Fredonia campus and a hub for campus activities. The Williams Center provides students, staff, faculty, and the local community a location to participate in various social, academic, and culturally diverse activities. Events held in the Williams Center include, but are not limited to: lectures, banquets, comedians, and music performances. The building provides meeting space for campus organizations and is home to Tim Horton’s, Centre Point and El Diablo Azul.