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Undergraduate Studies Handbook

2019-2020 Edition



Welcome to the Setnor School of Music! It is our hope that this handbook will facilitate a productive and enjoyable educational experience. The Setnor School of Music is a small community of faculty and student musicians whose passion is music. In order to ensure a positive experience for everyone, it is important that all members of the community interact with goodwill, generosity and awareness that individual actions have a great effect on the community. All community members should treat others with respect, free of racial, ethnic, religious, gender, or sexual orientation-based discrimination. In addition, respect for others is shown through basic courtesies such as punctuality, preparation, making expectations clear, and participation in those activities that strengthen the community.

Community members should be aware of the building and facilities, and realize that each member  is  responsible  for  their  daily  care  and  monitoring,  including  locking  doors,

closing windows, returning equipment, picking up after oneself, and normalizing rooms after use.

No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium, classrooms or practice rooms.


Office Directory 2019-2020

Department of Applied Music and Performance

Department of Music Composition, Theory, and History

Department of Music Education

Department of Music Industry and Technologies

Jazz Studies

General Information


The SETNOR SCHOOL OF MUSIC WEBSITE includes a wealth of information that is regularly updated. The resources portion of the site, SETNOR RESOURCES, provides access to the Setnor Undergraduate Studies Handbook, Advising Check Sheets, and Student Recital Forms and links to other student services. Plan to use these resources often!

Program Fees

Setnor students are charged  a  music  program  fee  that covers a variety  of expenses such as guest artists, master classes,  travel, classroom supplies, musical instruments, equipment, technology, lessons, and so forth. The music program fee covers principal and secondary performance area lessons  required  by  Setnor’s  BA  and  BM degree programs and a 1-credit lesson per semester for students in the BS program.

Any other elective lessons a student takes beyond those required for their degree program requires an additional lesson fee. Additional fees are also charged for courses requiring rental, replacement, or repair of instruments.

Alcohol Policy

No alcohol is to be served at any Setnor School of Music reception, regardless of location, or any event held in Setnor Auditorium, or elsewhere in Crouse College. This prohibition is School of Music policy, and stands even when  Campus Catering may be willing to provide alcohol. It is recognized that  we  share  the  building  with  the administrative offices of VPA, who may have different policies.

Diagnostic Examinations for Transfer Students

Undergraduate transfer students desiring to transfer music theory credits taken elsewhere may take the music theory diagnostic examination a maximum of two times and achieve a minimum score of 60%. Those not passing the examination after two attempts will take the appropriate undergraduate music theory courses as advised.

Diagnostic examinations are administered prior to the first day of classes each semester for all students who wish to transfer credits in music theory and/or ear training (aural skills). This includes credits  from other  institutions.  The  examinations include basic music theory and aural skills covered in a typical undergraduate music program.

Prior to registering for theory classes, students review the results of the examinations with their academic  advisors  to  determine which theory and ear training courses to take. Those failing  the theory  and/or  ear training  portions may either  enroll in MTC 540 Survey of Basic Theory or complete the appropriate music theory and ear training coursework  at  Setnor  with no credits transferred from their previous institutions. Those opting to take  MTC  540 will  have  their  previous coursework in theory and ear training transferred upon successful completion of the course.

Successful completion of the diagnostic theory examination or the course MTC 540 Survey of Basic Theory is required prior to enrollment in any theory courses beyond the  first  semester  of  music  theory,  ear  training and  keyboard  skills (MTC 145, MTC 147, PNO 121).

Diagnostic examinations are typically held on the Thursday and Friday prior to the first day of classes and are not rescheduled.

Technology Requirements for First Year and Transfer Students

Students in the Setnor School of Music use computers to access course materials, research music concepts, strengthen music theory and aural skills, collaborate with classmates, and communicate with faculty. Student computers should be capable of word processing, e-mail, internet browsing, music notation, and audio/midi/video editing. The Setnor School of Music supports

student use of both Macintosh and PC platforms. It is strongly recommended that students consider purchasing a 15 inch MacBook Pro laptop computer model tailored for use at Syracuse University. Detailed information, including specifications and ordering information for the preferred laptops, is available online at the SU Bookstore or SU IT Services.

All students are encouraged to have a computer running Microsoft Office or Office 365. Active SU students can download and install Microsoft Office desktop applications on up to five computers (PC, MAC) and five mobile devices (iOS, Android) – and it's FREE while you're an active student! For details, visit

New  Student Checklist

Ensemble Auditions

Every student pursuing a BA or BM degree must be in a large concert ensemble, and all students must audition for each          at the start of each fall semester. (Piano majors may either audition for a choir or speak to a conductor of an ensemble to accompany). The rehearsal times for the large ensembles are as follows:



ENI 510

Wind Ensemble


12:45 - 2:05

Dr. Ethington

(Audition Required)


ENI 540

University Orchestra


3:45 – 5:05

Dr. Tapia

(Audition Required)


ENV 510

University Singers


2:15 - 3:35

Dr. Warren

(Audition Required)


ENV 510

Oratorio Society


7:00 - 9:30

Dr. Warren

(Audition Required)


ENV 510

Setnor Sonority


3:30 - 4:50

Dr. Calvar

(Voice Screening for Placement)


ENV 510

Crouse Chorale


3:30 - 4:50

Dr. Ridgley

(Voice Screening for Placement)

Once you are placed in an ensemble, you must register online for it. THE DEADLINE FOR ADDING CLASSES ONLINE IS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019. Make sure that you are registering for 1 credit.

Applied Music Lessons

All students will be registered for lessons on their primary instrument. DO NOT CHANGE  OR  ADJUST  YOUR  LESSON REGISTRATION!!! If you need adjustments see  Megan  Carlsen  in  the  School  of Music office, Room 208. You will need to set up your lesson time and location directly with your instructor.

Schedule Adjustments

Students needing schedule adjustments should see their  advisor  during  opening  weekend,  or  schedule  an appointment with him/her during  the  first  week  of  classes. You  may  drop/add  classes on your own  during  the  first  week  of classes. It is best to know and work with the 5-DIGIT CLASS number when doing this. The CLASS number is easy to remember because it has 5 digits (just like the word, class). THE DEADLINE FOR ADDING CLASSES ONLINE IS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019.

Weekly Student Convocation

All Setnor School of Music students must be registered for Convocation each semester they are in residence. In the first year fall semester Student will be registered for AMC 100 SEM to fulfill this Convocation requirement. They must attend both the AMC 100 meeting and Convo. Convocation will occur on Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:50 in Setnor Auditorium or in another designated location. Convocation is a time for student and faculty performances, guest artists, master classes, and studio classes. Everyone must attend the first Convocation on Thursday, August 29, where the semester Convocation schedule will be presented.

Music Education Academy, Music Composition Seminar, Music Industry Forum

Advanced Theory Placement Examination

This exam is for students with theory training who wish to place out of the first year (fall/spring) of theory (Diatonic Harmony I and II). This exam will be given during the first week of classes.  Note: you must be able to pass out of the entire first year   of Diatonic Harmony, not just the first semester. Please contact Dr. Downing ( for information.


Lockers are available for storage of music and instruments for music majors on their primary instrument. Students should check in the Operations Office, Crouse 301, for assignment of a locker. Space is extremely limited, so additional lockers, or lockers for non-music majors may not be available. Students can request to be placed on a waiting list at Please be reminded that the school is not responsible for lost or stolen items, including musical instruments.

Practice Room Keys – Music Majors

Practice rooms are re-keyed  each fall.    In order to obtain a working practice room key, you must follow these steps:

Practice Room Keys – Non Music Majors

Practice rooms are re-keyed  each fall.    In order to obtain a working practice room key, you must follow these steps:

Classroom and Auditorium Keys

ID Activation for Access to Building After Normal Hours

Students should use their SUID for access to Crouse College when locked. New students’ SUID #s will be entered into the system, enabling the person to use the card reader at the south entrance of the building. If you have any problems, visit the Operations Office in 301 or e-mail

Assistance Services

Musician Health and Wellness

The university provides a number of services to support student health and wellness. It is also important to note that musicians should be aware of particular health concerns that can be a part of the study, performance, listening, teaching, and other areas of music education and the industry. These concerns can include vocal, hearing, repetitive strain injuries and musculoskeletal issues, respiratory issues, along with mental health issues. Preventative care, such as ear protection and proper practice techniques and self-care can be of great help. For more information, talk with your applied teacher, department chairs, or the music school director. Although many of these issues may be discussed in lessons, classes, and ensembles, it is important to seek medical or counseling advice for any concerns. For resources, including assistance regarding mental health, substance abuse, and sexual assault and relationship violence-related services visit Setnor Musician Health and Wellness.

Career Development


Email:  ;

Phone:         315.443.2517

Where:         200 Crouse College

Career development and professional practices are integral to curricula throughout the College of Visual and Performing Arts, as well as such special opportunities as workshops, lectures, internships, and study abroad. In addition, the college belongs to the Career Services Network at Syracuse University and works in partnership with SU’s Career Services to meet the needs of VPA students. To make an appointment with your assigned Career Advisor, please visit Handshake, Syracuse University's newest career development tool. Contact the VPA’s Office of Student Success for assistance, and watch for career and professional development opportunities on the VPA undergraduate listserv (emailed to all VPA UG students via

Office of Disability Services (ODS) Web: Email: Phone: 315.443.4498

Where:         804 University Ave. - Suite 303

The Office of Disability Service’s (ODS) mission is to engage the University Community to empower students, enhance equity and provide a platform for innovation and inclusion. We achieve this by mitigating competitive disadvantages and environmental barriers that impact learning; by supporting faculty in the classroom and our colleagues across the university to strive for universal design and full inclusion. We provide individual academic adjustments when environmental barriers cannot be eliminated and assistive technology that fosters independent, self-determined learners.

Center for Learning and Student Success



Phone: 315.443.2005

Where: Bird Library - Room 014

The Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) provides and facilitates academic support services for SU students, including one-on-one tutoring, small-group tutoring and workshops, and academic integrity education and training. Through collaboration with academic departments and offices, the Center coordinates programs and disseminates information about campus-wide academic resources available to students.

The Writing Center



Phone:         315.443.5289

Where:         H.B. Crouse Hall - Room 101

The primary aim of the Writing Center is to help you become a stronger, more accomplished writer. No matter which form of support you choose, writing consultants will work with you at any stage of your writing process.


General Information

Academic Information

Academic information is available in a variety of publications.   Consult the appropriate one based on the question you wish   to answer.

General Degree Requirements and Adequate Progress for all B.A. and B. M. Music Majors

The following policies apply to all BA and BM students and are designed ensure that all members of the Setnor community are progressing toward satisfactory completion of their degree requirements.


Every student in the Setnor School of Music is required to register for Weekly Student Convocation each semester in residence. Convocation meets each Thursday from 12:30-1:50 pm. As part of Convocation, undergraduate students are required  to  attend a certain number of recital and ensemble concerts throughout each semester, with attendance being taken at each. Specific requirements will be stated in the course syllabus, to be handed out at the first class meeting. Students wishing to perform on convocation should complete a request form, which will require a faculty sponsor signature and brief program notes.

Applied  Music Policies


All freshman and sophomore BA/BM music majors are required to register for  an  hour  lesson  on  their  principal  instrument. BM Composition majors are also required to register for an hour composition lesson. Performance majors and those with Performance Honors continue to have hour lessons in the junior  and  senior years, while all other music majors  take half-hour lessons (in the case of Music Education, Music Industry, and Sound Recording Technology majors, lessons conclude following the first semester of the senior year). BM Composition majors are required to take only composition lessons in the junior and senior years. Students wishing to take additional elective lessons are welcome to do so for an additional fee.

Secondary or Elective Instrument Registration

Required secondary lessons will be covered by the Student Program Fee and there will be no extra charge. Students should review with their academic advisor whether they need to register for lessons on a secondary instrument. Students are always welcome to take additional elective lessons; however, should note that there will always be a fee charged for elective or non- required secondary lessons. THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2019.

Should you wish to take either required, secondary, or elective lessons, you would need to go to the Setnor School of Music website and DIGITALLY complete and SUBMIT ONLINE a PRIVATE MUSIC INSTRUCTION REGISTRATION

FORM. Once the form has been submitted, a copy will come to the School of Music and you will be assigned an instructor and registered for your lesson(s). If there are any issues with your form, someone from the School of Music will contact you.

Assignment of Instructors

In areas with multiple instructors (e.g. flute, piano, voice, etc.), a student’s request for a specific  instructor  will  be  considered based on that instructor’s availability. The request for a specific instructor should only  be  made  to  the  appropriate Area Coordinator. Changes are generally only approved between semesters. In unusual cases where a student  seeks a change of studio instructor during the course of a semester, these steps should be taken, in the following order:


  1. The student should attempt to resolve any problem/conflict directly with the instructor.
    1. If the conflict is not resolved, or  if  for  any  reason  the  student  is  uncomfortable  discussing  the  issue  with  his/her instructor, the student should consult the appropriate Area Coordinator.
    2. If the Area Coordinator, in consultation with the Chair  of the Department of Applied Music and Performance and   the Setnor School of Music Director, believe that the conflict cannot be satisfactorily resolved, the student may be moved to another studio.


A semester of applied study consists of fourteen private lessons.  Hour lessons may be given in two weekly half-hour lessons  at the discretion of the instructor, but regularly combining lessons from different weeks may  only be done by petition.   Missed lessons must be made up prior to the end-of-semester jury; lessons missed by the instructor should be made up, and lessons missed by the student may be made up at the discretion of the instructor. If an instructor feels that student has accumulated an excess of absences by the end of the semester, the student may:

Jury Examinations

All Music Majors enrolled in applied music will be required to perform a formal jury examination  at the  end  of each semester as scheduled on their principal instrument, regardless of the number of credits for which they are enrolled. Jury  exams are not required in secondary performance areas, if lessons  are  taken  as  an  elective,  or  of students who are not music majors, but may be taken at the discretion of the instructor. The smallest allowable jury consists of the instructor and two other faculty members.

The combined (average) grade of the jury counts for 25% of the final  grade. Repertoire  requirements  vary  from  area  to  area and can be obtained from the area coordinator. Students may be required to present a score of the piece or pieces played/sung at the jury; check with the area coordinator concerning these possible  requirements. The  student  is  given  written evaluations of the performance by each juror following the jury. No late or make-up juries are given. If  illness  forces the cancellation of a jury, it must be documented  by  a  medical  practitioner;  the instructor’s semester grade then stands as the final grade. If a student misses  a  jury  for  any  other  reason,  the  jury grade will be 0, and that 0 counted as 25% of the final grade. It is to be noted that receiving a grade of less than 70 automatically places the student on academic probation by the Setnor School of Music for the following semester.

Grading Procedures

Each primary lesson instructor will submit (as requested) end-of-semester grade forms for each of their primary instrument/voice students that includes a grade for each of the following areas:  one  for  lesson  work,  one  for  the  jury,  and a composite grade of the two, weighted 75% lesson work and 25% jury.  While only the composite appears on the grade  report, all three remain on record in the student’s permanent file.  All  grades  are  numerical,  and  converted  to  a  letter grade. There is no  lower  limit  to grades assigned for either lesson work or juries.  Students must achieve a grade of 70 in  both lesson and jury each semester after the first semester of study. Any student falling below that grade is put on academic probation by the School of Music. Students who  fail to  meet this standard  after one semester of  probation  will be referred  to the Director for advisement and may be required to leave the School of Music. This  standard  applies  to  all  music students, regardless of major. The following chart shows the conversion of numbers to letters for undergraduate students:

Numeric Grade

Letter Grade

Numeric Grade

Letter Grade





















New Music Requirement

In the hope of ensuring that all BA and BM students develop knowledge of music of the present time, it is required that:

  1. All students perform a work composed within the last 100 years on at least one jury per year. A different contemporary compositional style must be represented on each successive jury.
  1. 2.    All Performance and Performance Honors students must perform one work composed within their lifetime, or a    work by a living composer on one recital, OR
  1. Performance and Performance Honors students may elect, instead of #2,  to  perform  at  least  one  work  by  a  School of Music student composer either as part of a solo recital, or on a school-sponsored concert of student compositions. To substitute #3 for #2, approval must be obtained both from the composition  professor  and the applied professor involved.

Students will be asked to indicate on their end-of-semester jury repertoire sheets which work will fulfill their New Music Requirement for the year. Student recitalists will be asked to indicate on their PRJ Form how they are fulfilling their New Music Requirement for the academic year.

Performance Honors


Performance Honors is an upper division program for non-performance major B.A. music/B.M. students that wish to meet performance requirements at or near those required of performance majors. Students are eligible to apply for the program during the sophomore year, with an approved jury serving as  the  program  audition.  Once  admitted  to  the  program, students receive one hour of applied instruction per week while continuing to register for one credit of lessons.

Students accepted into the performance honors  program  must  give  both  a  junior  and  senior  recital  commensurate with the requirements for degree recitals in the performance major.

Official recognition of Performance Honors program participation and completion appears as a milestone on student transcripts but does not appear on the diploma.

Auditions for Performance Honors occur during the sophomore year. Most students audition during the spring semester jury. Students interested in pursuing Performance Honors should discuss the requirements with their private lesson instructors prior to auditioning. Performance Honors should not be used only as a means to continue with hour-long lessons.

In order to audition, students sign-up for two jury time slots and bring the Application for Performance Honors form to the jury. If the student is denied admission to Performance Honors, the Area Coordinator may petition the Chair of the Department of Applied Music and Performance for a re-audition.

For those students going abroad in the spring semester of their sophomore year, the fall semester jury will act as the preliminary audition for PH. Should the jury feel they are qualified and worthy, a conditional acceptance will be given, and a brief 10-minute audition will be required in the first week of the fall  semester,  junior  year, once  they  return  to  campus.  Due  to  registration restrictions, this audition must happen in  the  first  week  of  classes,  no  exceptions.  Those students  not  accepted conditionally in the fall will still have the option to take an audition at this time, but will play a full 20-minute audition for acceptance into PH.


Juniors and seniors majoring in Music Performance, and those students awarded  Performance  Honors will  perform one recital in the junior year and one in the senior year.  The junior recital will consist of a half recital (35 minutes of actual  music). The student performing a half recital will share the time slot with  another junior giving a half recital.  Seniors         will perform a recital consisting of 50-60 minutes of actual music, one student to a time slot. Composition students will perform one recital in the senior year.

Some students may opt to do an ‘Elective’ (non-required) recital. This type of recital does not receive a grade, however must be approved via the same faculty pre-recital jury process as all other required recitals.

All recitals will take place in Setnor Auditorium. Requests for recitals to take place in locations other than Setnor Auditorium must be made in the form of a petition. Students presenting a lecture recital may wish to do so in a classroom. Recital forms, information, and program templates are located at SETNOR RESOURCES. See Scheduling a Student Recital, page 21.

Recital Lottery

During the second or third week of classes there will be a recital lottery held during Convocation (Thursdays 12:30, Setnor Auditorium), wherein all students needing a date for a required recital will choose a number and go in numerical order to reserve a time in the Auditorium for a recital. Second-year graduate students are given first choice, followed by first-year graduate students, seniors, etc. Those students who will be off campus in the spring may be contacted in advance of the lottery to arrange for fall dates.  Be in communication with your lesson instructor and pianist as to a recital date.  This date should be considered a contract. Moving the date for any reason, other than emergency or cancelation may not be possible within the same semester.

Recital Repertoire

Recital repertoire selections typically should represent what the student studies in lessons on their primary instrument (i.e. classical repertoire for students who take traditional lessons and jazz/commercial repertoire for students who take jazz/commercial lessons). Students who want to be assured that their recital repertoire is appropriate are welcome and encouraged to bring their planned repertoire list to their Area Coordinator for review. Students who arrive to the PRJ with performance material deemed unsuitable by the faculty jury will risk having the works in question eliminated from the recital and replaced.

When choosing recital repertoire, please be sure to keep in mind the New Music Requirement found on page 11.

Recital Jury Panels and Recital Responsibilities


Recital Jury Panels are required for all undergraduate and graduate degree-required and elective recitals. The only exception to this is the music education graduate lecture recital, which requires no jury panel.

A minimum of 3 faculty members are required for a recital jury panel. This includes the student’s primary instructor, an instructor from their immediate area, and a third instructor either from, or outside of their area. Faculty members chosen for a student’s recital jury must be present at the student’s Pre-Recital Jury (PRJ) and should agree to be present at the recital. Typically, Pre- Recital Juries should not last more than one hour.

Students giving a recital must complete a PRJ form. PRJ forms are located at the following link: PRJ FORM. In order to provide the Setnor Operations Office adequate time to prepare for the needs of each recital, PRJ Forms must be completed and submitted online no later than 2 months prior to the PRJ date.

The completed PRJ FORM will need to be printed by the student and brought to the pre-recital jury. All faculty jurors will need to sign the PRJ form following the successful completion of the jury. As soon as the PRJ is passed, the student should be prepared to visit 301 Crouse in order to arrange for the recital dress rehearsal date and time.

Pre-Recital Juries are held approximately 3 weeks prior to the date of the student’s recital in order to allow adequate time for incorporation of suggestions, or if necessary, a second jury for material that did not pass. Students will be given an approximate PRJ date once they have chosen their recital date. The actual PRJ date should fall within 3 days before or after this date. If this date falls during a vacation, then plans should be made to do the PRJ prior to the vacation time. If a chamber group is planned for the recital and all performers cannot attend the PRJ, then at minimum, a recorded performance must be submitted prior to the scheduled PRJ date for faculty evaluation.

Students should consider the PRJ as the date in which their recital is as close to performance ready as possible.

Recital Jury Waiver

If an undergraduate student has played a recital in the second half  of  the  semester  (thus  leaving  inadequate  time  to  prepare new repertoire) they may  have the jury  waived  for that semester.  In  this case, the  recital grade  will stand  as 25% of the final grade, with the instructor’s grade counting for the other 75%. That student may, however, elect to play a jury,     and in that case, either the recital grade or the jury grade can be used  as 25%,  whichever is higher. A student  who  has  played  a recital in  the first half of the semester must play  a jury, but that student may  also  choose either the recital grade    or the jury grade, whichever is higher.

Majors and Advising

The Setnor School of Music offers Bachelor of Music degrees in composition, music education, music industry, performance, and sound recording technology as well as the Bachelor of Arts degree in music.

Students are assigned an advisor based on their intended major.


Students in the B.A. and  B.M. degrees share  the  lower  division  program  for  the  first  two  years  and  confirm admission to a specific major at the end of the sophomore year.

The lower division music degree programs consist of four semesters each of: ear training, theory, history, principal instrument private instruction, keyboard skills, and large ensemble participation.

 No student will be allowed to continue as a music major if the following courses have not been passed by the end of their second year as a music major: MTC 145, MTC 146, MTC 147, MTC 148, PNO 121, PNO122, and at least two of the following music history courses: MHL 185, MHL 267, MHL 268.

In addition, lower division students take two semesters of writing and selected academic courses (including several special courses that are degree specific for Composition, Music Education, Music Industry, and Sound Recording Technology majors).

Admission to the upper division programs is based on the following criteria (commonly referred to as a Sophomore Evaluation):


Large Ensemble Participation Requirement

 Students in the B.A. and B.M. degrees in the School of Music are required to participate in a large concert ensemble on their major instrument every semester they are in residence as a full-time student. They must participate  in  the  ensembles  to which they are assigned. The large concert ensembles include the following: University Orchestra, Wind Ensemble,  University Singers, Oratorio Society, Crouse Chorale, and Setnor Sonority. Most large ensembles require auditions. Students may elect to participate in other large or small ensembles as their time permits.

Literature and Pedagogy Requirement (B.M. Performance ONLY)

All students pursuing Bachelor of Music degrees in performance are required to take at least one literature course and one pedagogy course, for a minimum of five (5) credits, as part of the “area specialization” requirement of their degree programs. Students fulfill this requirement by selecting appropriate courses within their areas of applied emphasis through advising. Table 1 contains the list of courses offered in each area.

Table 1. Literature and Pedagogy Courses per Area of Applied Emphasis


Area of Applied Emphasis

Literature Courses

Pedagogy Courses

Brass Emphasis: Trumpet, Horn

Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba

MHL 448; MHL 545

MUE 326; MHL 648

Guitar Emphasis

GTR 521; MHL 545

GTR 524

Keyboard Emphasis: Organ, Piano

MHL 525; MHL 526; MHL 545; MHL 500

(Organ Lit)

PDG 527

Percussion Emphasis

MHL 545

MUE 423

Orchestral String Emphasis: Violin Viola, Cello, Bass

MHL 535; MHL 536; MHL 545

PDG 530

Voice Emphasis: All voice majors

MHL 546; MHL 557; MHL 558

PDG 519

Woodwind Emphasis: Flute, Oboe

Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone

MHL 448; MHL 545

MUE 327; MUE 328; MHL 648

Undergraduate Music Minors

The Setnor School of Music offers minors in the following areas:

•      Jazz Studies

The Minor in Jazz Studies is designed for students from any degree program on campus, including music majors, who want to develop and improve their knowledge and skills in instrumental or vocal jazz. This 18-credit program draws from the entire array of the jazz offerings in the Setnor School of Music including jazz performing ensembles, jazz history, jazz arranging and theory, jazz applied lessons and jazz education. For more information click here. To enroll in the Jazz Studies minor contact Dr. John Coggiola (

•      Music Industry

Setnor offers two minors in music industry available to music majors and non-music majors who wish to learn     about the creative, business, and legal aspects of the music industry. To enroll in either music industry minor,  students must apply to the chair of the Music and Entertainment Industries  Department.  Auditions for  private lessons and ensembles may be required for acceptance into Minor Plan II. The minor program is highly competitive, with a limited number of spaces, and application is encouraged before the beginning of the  sophomore  year,  and     is required before the beginning of the junior year. Click here for more information. To enroll in one of the music industry minors, contact Professor Bill DiCosimo (

•      Music Performance

The minor in music performance presents an opportunity for students across the entire Syracuse University community to avail themselves of the diverse and rich performance culture offered by the Setnor School of Music. The minor consists of 18 credits, functioning as a performance-based minor that is intended to engage students in degree programs in all schools and colleges at SU. The minor in music performance is open to all SU undergraduates not pursuing a degree in music. Click here for more information. To enroll in the music performance minor, contact (for instrumental performance) Dr. Tim Diem ( or (for voice performance) Dr. Peppie Calvar (

•      Private Music Study

The Minor in Private Music Study is designed for students from any degree program on campus, except those in the Setnor School of Music, who want to study music privately on guitar, drum set, piano or organ. Students who perform other instruments may petition to be accepted into the Minor in Private Music Study. Please click here for more information, or contact Dr. Anne Laver (

Auditing a Course


A student may audit courses with instructor approval. A student must submit the audit option by the grading option deadline, and cannot rescind the option after the deadline. Audited courses are non-credit, do not meet any degree requirements, and are not counted toward enrollment status. Instructors may record a grading symbol of NA instead of AU if the student never attends the class. The student may have limited access to Syracuse University library resources if he or she is auditing a class and is not registered for any credit classes for the term. Courses that require a Proposal for Independent Study, studio art or applied music courses offered by the College of Visual and Performing Arts cannot be audited. Additionally, these types of courses taken through Syracuse Abroad cannot be audited: Signature Seminars and courses required for a Syracuse Abroad program (exceptions may be made for graduate students) and courses taken through partner universities abroad.

To audit a course, do the following:

  1. Enroll for the course as you normally would.
    1. During the schedule adjustment period, pick up a Grading Option application in the VPA Office of Student Success (200 Crouse College).
    2. Fill out the form, and have it signed by the instructor to show they approve the audit.
    3. Submit the completed form to the Registrar, Student Records Office (106 Steele Hall) within the first two weeks of the semester.

Independent Study/Experience Credit


Independent study/experience credit is available to students who wish to explore a special problem or area of study for which a formal course does not exist.

Independent study is usually a research project or academic work guided by a faculty sponsor.

 Experience credit is associated with fieldwork or other work experience in your program of study.

 The following guidelines apply:

Experience credit and independent study courses may be elected for one to six credits, depending on individual arrangements with the participating faculty member. In selected topics courses, students may earn one to three credits. Students are advised to check carefully with their faculty advisors and the dean of their school or college before registering for an All-University course to be sure that the course will be accepted toward the completion of their degree requirements.

To apply for independent study/experience credit, you need to submit a proposal:

Collaborative  Piano Guidelines


Pianists play an essential role in facilitating performance at music schools. Their skills and services are required  for playing  in orchestra and wind ensemble concerts; chamber music; special events, and approved instrumental  and vocal  degree recitals.

Given the dual constraints of an expanding non-pianist student population coupled with severely limited resources for maintaining a collaborative keyboard staff, the School has set priorities for facilitating repertoire preparation at the highest level for upper-division and graduate students, in juries and in performance.

All vocal and instrumental students are responsible for procuring capable pianists for their lessons, juries, and any other performance events. It is advised that students be proactive and plan accordingly, in  consultation  with  their  applied  teachers. Students are free to choose whomever they  wish  to  engage  and  all  terms  should  be  established upfront with their pianist. Some collaborations may arise with fellow students who may or may not be piano majors. An updated list of recommended SU and Syracuse area pianists will be maintained with the Office Coordinator in Room 301 and on the Keyboard Department’s bulletin board outside of Room 310.

The only exception to the above guidelines is that the Setnor School provides support for qualifying upper-division and graduate degree recitals. Graduate performance majors are awarded this support when they are accepted to the school. Undergraduates must pass their performance or performance honors jury (normally at the end of the sophomore year). Collaborative support for this group of students is provided mainly in two ways, as described below.

Instrumental Recitals

Required Graduate and Senior Instrumental Recitals (Performance and Performance Honors)

*Required Junior Instrumental Recitals (Performance and Performance Honors)

Non-Degree Recitals

Vocal Recitals


For Required Junior, Senior, and Graduate Vocal Recitals (Performance and Performance Honors):

Other Accompanying

Non-Degree Recitals

Collaborative Courtesies


Building Access, Practice Rooms, Lockers, Equipment, Use of Facilities


24- Hour Access to Crouse College

Students should use their SUID for access to Crouse College when locked. New students’ SUID #s will be entered into the system, enabling the person to use the card reader at the south entrance of the building. For any problems, visit the Operations Office in 301 or e-mail

Practice Room Rules and Regulations

Non-music Majors

Music Majors pay a fee for the use of practice rooms which is used for instrument purchase, tuning, and maintenance. Practice rooms are for the exclusive use of music majors, students taking  private  lessonsand students  participating in ensembles or classes within the School of Music. A list of students participating in each major ensemble or class will be provided by the conductor/professor of that ensemble/class to the Assistant Director of Operations by the end of the second week of the semester.



Use of Facilities - for activities outside of university assignments:

Student Recitals

Degree recitals are scheduled as follows:

BM Composition - Composition Recital: Senior recital - Spring semester of Senior year.

BM Composition Performance Honors- Fall or Spring of Junior year; Senior recital - Spring of Senior year. BM Performance: Junior recital - Spring of Junior year; Senior recital - Spring of Senior year.

BA Performance Honors: Junior recital - Fall or Spring of Junior year; Senior recital - Spring of Senior year.

BM Music Education Performance Honors: Junior recital - Fall or Spring of Junior year; Senior recital - Fall of Senior year. BM Music Industry Performance Honors: Junior recital - Fall or Spring of Junior year; Senior recital - Fall of Senior year unless internship is in the fall, in which case the recital will be in Spring of Senior year.

The following procedures are to be followed by all students performing recitals – updated information is available on the website:

  1. Arrange a Setnor recital date at the Recital Lottery and complete the recital forms on the Setnor School Music website.


  1. Select a recital committee (jury) consisting of:
    1. Your major teacher
    2. Another teacher from your area
      1. A third faculty member from a different area.

NOTE: You may have more than three jurors. All the jurors MUST be able to attend the recital.

  1. Set a pre-recital jury date (no later than 3 weeks before recital). You are responsible for scheduling this with your jurors. You must book room/date/time and arrange for keys with Bryan Watson in 301 Crouse (
  2. Submit your PRJ form with these dates and your selected jury noted


  1. If you need a harpsichord, you MUST arrange for tuning with Bob Lee four weeks in advance and arrange for additional help in your recital.
  2. Your recital will be listed on the website



  1. Perform a Pre-Recital Jury, bringing with you:
    1. STUDENT PRE-RECITAL JURY FORM (PRJ), which must be signed by the committee at your PRJ!
    2. Four typed copies of your recital program
    3. After the successful completion of the pre-recital jury:
      1. Return the signed Student Pre-Recital Jury Form (PRJ) and one copy of the program to Dr. Jill Coggiola in 108B Crouse
      3. If requesting Audio Amplification, provide a copy of the Student Recital Services Request Form with payment to Marie Luther in Room 204 Crouse College.
      4. Schedule Dress Rehearsal; 1 hour is allowed, if available, and arrange for keys with Bryan Watson in 301 Crouse – this is your responsibility – if you do not make arrangements in advance, you may not be able to access the hall!


  1. You may post a maximum of 10 posters announcing your recital no sooner than 2 weeks before the recital. Posters cannot be placed on glass or in classrooms, elevator, restrooms or offices (they will be removed). They may only be posted on bulletin boards and lockers. Please remove them immediately afterward or they may be removed and discarded..
  2. Email your completed PROGRAM TEMPLATE available at SETNOR RESOURCES to Michelle Taylor at – if not received on time, programs cannot be produced by the office and student will have to provide on their own. Please be sure to check the program with your professor, and include all collaborators, composer years, etc.

6.      ALL FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED ON TIME Agreement for Building and Auditorium Use

The School will provide

*If stage set up requires any of the following, you as the performer will be responsible for the set up and tear down