Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

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Music Major FAQ

The schedule of classes lists the Major Instrumental Ensemble as T-F 8:30-9:50am, T-F 3:30-5:50pm.

The Contemporary Ensemble rehearses every week in the morning. The Orchestra and Wind Ensemble alternate rehearsal periods in the afternoon. A detailed Rehearsal/Concert Calendar is available on the Inside Music website.

Orchestra and Wind Ensemble
The official dress code for the Philharmonic and Wind Ensemble is concert black. Men: black tuxedo (not tails), white shirt, black bow tie, black socks and shoes. Women: long black gowns or two piece ensemble, long sleeves, black shoes (no open toes). Student concerto soloists may wear appropriate professional performance outfits.

Concert Choir and Repertory Chorus
For men, a tuxedo. For women, a special dress, usually costing approximately $80.00.

Dance
Instructors will determine if any attire is unsuitable for the specific class. For safety considerations, jewelry and gum chewing are not permitted.
Ballet, Modern, Fundamentals, Pilates, Partners & Props – tights or yoga/jazz pants (any color), leotards, unitards, or solid-colored form-fitting tops
Jazz, Tap, Stage Combat – form-fitting dance/yoga pants and tops
Ballet, Tap – Appropriate shoes are required
Hair/Jewelry – Hair should be secured

For more information, see the university Student Employment website. https://www.cmu.edu/career/student-employment/

For more information, see the university Graduate Housing website. http://www.cmu.edu/housing/graduate-students/index.html

If you have questions about what health history and health insurance forms you need to submit or how you can request a waiver of the university health insurance charge, for more information, see the university Student Health Insurance website. http://www.cmu.edu/health-services/student-insurance/index.html

For more information, see the university Parking & Transportation Services website. http://www.cmu.edu/parking/

On the insideMusic website, under Academic Information, click on Undergraduate or Graduate Curricula and Information, then on the latest version of your curriculum.
There is no required computer for the School of Music. You have the option of using the computers that are available in the computer clusters across campus or of bringing a computer of your own. On this completely wireless campus, a laptop is particularly versatile and increasingly preferred. Both Apple and Windows computers are used by faculty, staff, and students in the School of Music. If you are a music and technology major or you are interested in music technology, note that the vast majority of music studios, producers, electronic musicians, etc. use Apple computers. So if you're interested in music production, or working on software for musicians, an Apple computer makes good sense. There are other areas of the industry where some PC-only software is used, i.e. CAD software for music instrument manufacturing - so it depends on the area in which one is most interested.

Yes. Go to http://www.cmu.edu/computing/email/cyrus/index.html >Client Configuration and Basics>Email Tools and follow the directions. (If your CMU email account is not Cyrus, you will be redirected to the correct page.)

School of Music lockers are available in the locker room on the ground floor of the College of Fine Arts. Early locker registration is available before the semester begins.

The Procedure:
If you need a regular size locker ... pick a locker in the ground floor locker room put your own lock on it complete a locker registration form (available in CFA 108) put it in Sharon Johnston’s inbox

If you need an oversize locker (or two lockers) ... pick two lockers, or an oversize locker with a blue and chrome Master lock on it (that’s a School of Music lock; the locker is actually unregistered) put your own locks on the two lockers or exchange the School of Music lock for your own lock complete a locker registration form (available in CFA 108) put it in Sharon Johnston’s inbox

School of Music practice rooms are available in the hallways at each end of the mezzanine floor of the College of Fine Arts. They are accessed by use of a Carnegie Mellon student id card that has been authorized to work in the card lock for the door to each hallway. If you have received your Carnegie Mellon student id card, you should have access to the practice rooms. If your id card doesn’t work in the card lock, email Rich Kawood rkawood@andrew.cmu.edu for assistance.
All students are initially charged full-time tuition. Your tuition charge will be adjusted after the 10th day of class.

For more information, see the Billing & Payments website. http://www.cmu.edu/hub/billing/faq.html If you anticipate difficulty in paying your bill, contact the Assistant Directors of Enrollment Services at The HUB for counseling prior to the deadline.

Yes, there are fees that may be applicable to you: Student Activities, Technology, Transportation. In addition, if you don’t qualify for a waiver of the university health insurance charge, that fee will be applicable to you.
No, there is no additional tuition charged for additional units above 36.

If you need financial aid or student account counseling or assistance, please contact the Assistant Directors in the HUB. The HUB is located in the basement of Warner Hall. The Assistant Directors can be reached via phone at 412-268-8186 or via email at thehub@andrew.cmu.edu. You can also go to the HUB Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-4:30 and Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30-4:30 for walk-in assistance.

Please note the graduate website link listed below: Graduate Student Financial Aid: http://www.cmu.edu/finaid/basics/graduate/index.html

All graduate students are required to attend the orientation meeting scheduled on the morning of the Friday preceding the first day of the fall semester.

You are invited to attend the university graduate orientation meeting. Please see the following website for more information. http://www.cmu.edu/graduate/programs-services/orientation/index.html

If you are unable to attend this meeting, note that a member of the Graduate Student Assembly will be present at the School of Music orientation meeting to introduce you to the university graduate student activities. If you are an international graduate student, you are required to attend the international graduate orientation meeting. Please see the following website for more information. https://www.cmu.edu/student-affairs/orientation/orientation/international.html

For more information, see the Department of Modern Languages Placement Testing information website. https://www.cmu.edu/dietrich/modlang/undergraduate/index.html > Placement Testing
You will meet with the Keyboard Studies instructor on the Friday of undergraduate orientation week to discuss placement. You will be required to sightread and you will be interviewed about your piano experience. Preparing and playing a piece of your choice is optional.

All new graduate degree students must take placement tests in music history and music theory (harmony and counterpoint) before the beginning of the fall (or their first) semester. Voice majors must also take placement tests in French, German, and/or Italian. If deficiencies exist, you will be asked to take the applicable course or courses during your first and/or second semester(s). These courses do not count towards your degree requirements. If you wish to do independent work this summer to review for these tests, especially note the following information:

History

 This test determines whether new graduate degree students possess sufficient knowledge of music history at the undergraduate level to successfully pursue their graduate curricula, to be completed in 90 minutes. Students who fail are required to enroll in Music History for Graduate Students I, Music History for Graduate Students II, or both. Results of the test will be emailed to each student.

Listening IDs: You will hear six excerpts of music characteristic of a composer or style and be asked for 1) the first and last name of the composer, 2) date of composition, and 3) stylistic reasons for your answer. Each excerpt will be played only once. 2 points each, 12 points total.

Score IDs: You will be shown four score excerpts and asked for 1) the first and last name of the composer, 2) date of composition, and 3) stylistic reasons for your answer. 2 points each, 8 points total.

Essays: You will write two brief essays, selected from given essay topics and write detailed responses. Budget 10 minutes per essay (20 minutes total). 10 points each, 20 points total.

Multiple Choice: You will answer 60 multiple choice questions that test composers’ stylistic characteristics, musical innovations, common compositional techniques, basic repertory and genres, terms associated with all of these, and broader knowledge of history and culture in which these musical developments occurred. Budget 1 hour. 1 point each, 60 points total.

For review, studying Richard Taruskin and Christopher Gibbs, The Oxford History of Western Music (College Edition) and/or another major music history textbook and/or online resources, is suggested.

Theory. This test determines whether new graduate degree students possess sufficient knowledge of music theory at the undergraduate level to successfully pursue their graduate curricula, to be completed in two hours. Students who fail are required to enroll in Music Theory and Analysis for Graduate Students. Results of the test will be emailed to each student.
You will be asked for a complete harmonic analysis of a piece of classical music.

For review, studying the current edition of Piston’s harmony text and/or another major music theory textbook and/or online resources, is suggested.

Language (voice majors only) These tests determine whether new graduate voice degree students possess sufficient knowledge of French, German, and/or Italian, to be completed in two hours for each test. You must take the tests for the languages (French, German, Italian) that you have not chosen to take during your graduate program. Students who fail are required to enroll in the applicable language course. Results of the test will be emailed to each student.
Each test contains a translation exercise. Dictionaries may be used.

For review, practicing with texts of your choice is suggested.