Students are required to schedule their private lessons with their assigned teacher no later than the first full week of classes, or risk being dropped from lessons for the semester.
The College of Music has established THIRTEEN as the normal number of lessons per semester, and EIGHT as the minimum number of lessons a student must attend to receive a passing grade. Therefore, students who have missed a total of six lessons, either excused or unexcused, will be asked to drop voice for the semester.
If you must miss a lesson, your teacher should be notified by text, phone, or e-mail with at least 24 hours notice. If this notice is not provided, your teacher is not obligated to make up your missed lesson, unless there are unavoidable and extenuating circumstances. Lessons missed by the teacher are always to be made up, as well as lessons missed due to “University Excused Absences.”
Lessons that occur on official university holidays do not have to made up by your teacher (Thanksgiving, for instance) nor do lessons that were scheduled for a day that the university is closed due to inclement weather.
Students should respond to attempts of their teacher to make-up lessons in a timely manner. Students who feel that their teachers are missing an excessive number of lessons, or that make-ups are not being offered in a timely manner, should contact the Division Chair immediately.
If a student misses two lessons without notification, the student will receive a “Notice of Unsatisfactory Progress” report. If an additional lesson is missed without notification, the student will be dropped with a WF.
Faculty studio classes are scheduled on Tuesdays for 50 minutes at either 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00. A master schedule for both Studio Class and Departmental will be posted prior to the beginning of the semester. While individual studio attendance policies may vary, students should not ask to be excused from these classes, as they are considered an essential component of voice training.