Lessons, Studio Class, Departmental

Attendance is required at all studio classes, voice faculty recitals, and voice guest recitals and master classes.  

Students enrolled in MUAM and MUAC lessons should reserve 3:00 - 5:50 p.m. on Tuesdays for potential studio class or departmental recital times.  

LESSONS

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 or receive a grade of F.  MUAM and MUAC lessons are expected to be 50 minutes in length.  

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. Students should arrange make-up lessons owed as quickly as possible;  failure to communicate with the teacher about make-up lessons in a timely manner may result in forfeiture of those lessons.  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 F.

Lessons missed by the teacher are always to be made up, as well as lessons missed due to “University Excused Absences.”  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.  

Lessons that occur on official university holidays (e.g., Thanksgiving) do not have to made up by your teacher nor do lessons that were scheduled for a day that the university is closed due to inclement weather.

It is expected that voice students will seek appropriate outside employment singing and teaching voice once they are properly prepared to do so. Students are encouraged to get the approval of their teachers BEFORE accepting such employment. Students should consult with their teachers before accepting any public appearance, whether paid or not, or participating in any musical organization, either on or off-campus. The caution expressed in this position stems from the concern that a student may become overcomitted and hinder their academic and performance progress in doing so.

STUDIO CLASS 

Faculty studio classes are typically scheduled on Tuesdays from 3:00 - 3:50 p.m., though they may occasionally begin at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m.  A schedule of studio class room locations (classes are rotated in order to give each studio the opportunity to hold class in some of the larger spaces) will be given to each faculty member and teaching fellow at the beginning of the semester.  

DEPARTMENTAL RECITAL 

Generally, Division of Vocal Studies Departmental Recitals are held on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. in Voertman Hall.  Check the UNT Voice Students group on CANVAS for the most up-to-date calendar.  Attendance is required of all students enrolled in MUAM or MUAC applied voice lessons.  If students have an unavoidable conflict, they should discuss this with their teacher.  

Students must arrive promptly after studio class and must leave the back two rows clear for faculty and teaching fellows. The use of portable electronic devices is PROHIBITED during Departmental Recital.  All performances will be recorded and students will have access to their recording within the week of the recital.  

Students may sing with a pre-recorded track or with a pianist, and all performers must be available to perform for the duration of the recital.  If singing with a pre-recorded track, students must supply their own speaker.  No special requests for appearance order will be accommodated.  

The time limit for Departmental Recital performances is 6 minutes/person. 

To sing on a Departmental Recital, your form submission must be approved by your studio voice teacher.  Your form submission must occur no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Wednesday before the Departmental Recital on which you wish to sing in order to give your studio teacher sufficient time to read over and approve your submission.  The approval from your studio teacher must be confirmed by 11:59 p.m. on the Wednesday before the Departmental Recital on which you wish to sing.  It is therefore best to turn in your form at least 48 hours in advance.  

Sign-up Process:

1. The student fills out the Departmental Performance Request Form, found on a tab in the left column of this webpage.  

Note (from Ms. Linda Strube):  

When something is done by Bach, provide the BWV number
When something is done by Handel, provide the HWV number
When something is done by Haydn, provide the Hob. number
When something is done by Liszt, provide the S. number
When something is done by Mozart, provide the K. number
When something is done by Scarlatti, provide the K. number
When something is done by Schubert, provide the D number
When something is done by Vivaldi, provide the RV number

2. The submission goes to the Departmental Program Coordinator, who routes the submission to the studio teacher, with a cc: to the student.  

3. The studio teacher must respond to that email from voicedepartmental@unt.edu with the response of either Approve or Approve with edits, including any edits that should be made.  Note to faculty/fellows:  do not put the edits directly into the submission you received.  Type them out separately after APPROVE WITH EDITS.

4. After the approval is complete, the student will receive confirmation of their presence on the requested recital date.  

5. Approved submissions are added to the requested date on a first-come, first-served basis. 

GENERAL RECITAL ATTENDANCE 

The College of Music expects each student with a major in music to attend a variety of concerts and recitals in addition to required departmental recitals as a graduation requirement. Voice students are expected to attend 15 programs each semester, in addition to the Departmental Recitals. Specific requirements are set by each studio teacher.  Voice students who fail to meet these requirements will have their grade for Studio Voice lowered by one full letter grade. This policy is to be strictly enforced, regardless of major or instructor.