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Registration FAQs

New students will register for (or be registered for) classes during the summer. You will be able to view the current status of your class schedule on the Student Information Online website http://www.cmu.edu/hub/sio

Important – while registration is in process, your class schedule may change.

If you’re a new undergraduate student, Sharon Johnston will register you in July and August for all of your classes for the first semester. You will register yourself for each subsequent semester.

If you’re a new graduate student, Sharon Johnston will register you in July for most of your required courses, if you have not already registered for them; you will register on Student Information Online http://www.cmu.edu/hub/sio for the rest of your courses. Note that you can start the registration process now and you can continue the registration process until the add and drop deadlines of the applicable semester.

You’ll have a full schedule of required classes, so taking another class would mean taking an extra class. We recommend that you wait to take extra classes until after your first semester, after you’ve adjusted to the demands of university study and demonstrated that you can satisfactorily pass your required classes.

If you have a specific reason for wishing to take an additional class this fall, please contact Sharon Johnston.

To complete your class schedule, you will need to select a music support course and/or an elective course or courses. Voice majors, you will also need to select a language course.

To select a music support (a graduate history or theory) course, see information about them on the insideMusic website: http://music.cfa.cmu.edu/. Look under Registration and Scheduling Information especially at the Schedule Information link and the Class Information link. You will register yourself for your preferred course or courses.

To select an elective (any music or non-music graduate) course, see information about them on the CMU Schedule of Classes: https://enr-apps.as.cmu.edu/open/SOC/SOCServlet. You will register yourself for your preferred course or courses. Note that you may take up to 12 units of undergraduate credit (restrictions apply) towards your elective requirement. Voice majors, to select a language course, please contact Sharon Johnston.

See the list below, or contact Sharon Johnston if you have questions about your class schedule.

If you are an undergraduate music and technology major, or a graduate music education or music and technology major, or a graduate music certification student, your class schedule will be determined individually. Please contact Sharon Johnston during July.

If you are an undergraduate transfer student, your class schedule will be based on a tentative assessment of the eligibility of your previous college credit for transfer to Carnegie Mellon. Please plan to see Sharon Johnston as soon as possible after you arrive on campus to discuss your schedule and the procedures for a final confirmation of the transfer of your credit.

If you are an undergraduate double major, your class schedule will be based on an assessment of the best combination of the highest priority class requirements for both majors. You will need to discuss your schedule with Sharon Johnston, your music advisor, and also with your advisor for your other major. Please contact Sharon Johnston during July.

If you have completed academic courses or have relevant experience (for example, an AP theory class) that you believe might qualify you for placement in an advanced level of a class or beyond the first level of a class, you will need to discuss your schedule with Sharon Johnston, your music advisor. Please contact Sharon Johnston during July.

New undergraduate students: If you are interested in taking a class in addition to your required classes, your class schedule will need to be approved. An additional class during your first semester is usually not approved unless you need to take it for admission to a minor or an additional major. You will need to discuss your schedule and the procedures for requesting an overload with Sharon Johnston, your music advisor. Please contact Sharon Johnston during July.

New graduate students: If you are interested in taking more than 48 units, your class schedule will need to be approved. You will need to discuss your schedule and the procedures for requesting an overload with Sharon Johnston. Please contact her during July.

Watch for email messages with general information about registration and specific information about classes that may be of interest to you. Messages with specific information are identified by their titles so that you may read, save, and/or discard them depending on whether or not they are applicable to you.

Also watch for email messages about registration from the university. Additional information about registration, including your registration time during registration week, is published in SIO.

Read all of the registration instructions (start with the "registration information" message).

Prepare a draft class schedule (using the information listed in the “registration information” message and in other registration messages). Bring it (on your laptop or on paper) to your appointment or to the Q&A session.

Sign up for an appointment with Sharon Johnston if you’re an undergraduate student, or Natalie Ozeas, if you’re a graduate student. and/or

Attend a Q&A session with Sharon Johnston (Monday-Wednesday of registration week from 5- 6pm in CFA 108).

Be sure to read the Registration Class Instructions. Undergraduate students, especially note the instructions about Keyboard Studies, Designated Computer Classes, Designated History Class, and Designated Writing class.

See the latest curriculum checklist for your major at the bottom of the Registration page. Note that 3 units equal 1 credit.
To request that an undergraduate course count towards your graduate requirements other than towards up to 12 units of electives (certain restrictions apply), please complete and submit an undergraduate credit petition to Natalie Ozeas BEFORE you register.
You may take a graduate course with the permission of the instructor if there is an available space in the class after graduate students have registered.

Search the Music Schedule of Classes the Music Course Schedule page.

Look in two places:

1. in the column on the left-- that's where you'll find if the course is defined as music support, and whether or not it's for some majors or for all majors;

2. in the course number columns--that's where you'll see if the course is for undergraduate students only, for graduate students only, or for both, depending on if you see an undergraduate course number, graduate course number, or both.

See also the Music Schedule of Music Support Classes under Schedule Information and Music Support Courses Two-Year Rotation under Class Information.

Music support courses can only be academic courses inside of the School of Music. (Note that undergraduate students may register for some graduate classes as music support with the permission of the instructor. Graduate students must register for graduate classes as music support.) 

Search the CMU Schedule of Classes. https://enr-apps.as.cmu.edu/open/SOC/SOCServlet

General Studies courses can only be academic courses outside of the School of Music

Search the CMU Schedule of Classes. https://enr-apps.as.cmu.edu/open/SOC/SOCServlet and the Music Course Schedules page. 

Elective courses can be courses inside or outside of the School of Music.
(Note that undergraduate students may register for physical education classes or applied classes in another College of Fine Arts school as electives but not as general studies. Graduate students may register for up to 12 units of undergraduate classes as electives – certain restrictions apply.) 

Search the CMU Schedule of Classes by keyword. https://enr-apps.as.cmu.edu/open/SOC/SOCServlet

Returning undergraduate students only: If this requirement is applicable to you and you intend to complete it during this coming semester, you must fulfill it by registering yourself for a space in Computing @ Carnegie Mellon (99-101). To find this course look on the CMU Schedule of Classes under the Carnegie Mellon University-Wide Studies department. https://enr-apps.as.cmu.edu/open/SOC/SOCServlet

Returning undergraduate students only: If this requirement is applicable to you and you intend to complete it during this coming semester, you must fulfill it by registering yourself for a space in Global Histories (79-104). To find this course look on the CMU Schedule of Classes under the History department. https://enr-apps.as.cmu.edu/open/SOC/SOCServlet

Other courses may also fulfill this requirement. See Registration Class Instructions.

Returning undergraduate students only: If this requirement is applicable to you and you intend to complete it during this coming semester, you must fulfill it by registering yourself for a space in Interpretation and Argument (76-101). To find this course look on the CMU Schedule of Classes under the English department. https://enr-apps.as.cmu.edu/open/SOC/SOCServlet

Course descriptions for the sections are available at http://www.cmu.edu/hss/english/first_year/index.html

If there is a 1 [1st half fall], 2 [2nd half fall], 3 [1st half spring], or 4 [2nd half spring] after the section letter, the class is a mini.

All undergraduate music majors will be assigned to the applicable major ensemble (Major Instrumental Ensemble [Orchestra/Wind Ensemble] or Major Vocal Performance Ensemble/Chorus).

If you are an undergraduate or graduate instrumental music major, you will be assigned to Major Instrumental Ensemble [Orchestra/Wind Ensemble/Contemporary Ensemble*]. All positions will be assigned by faculty. Some instrumental areas will have ensemble auditions. If your area will have an audition, you will be informed. Principal strings and Concertmaster auditions will take place after the opening concert.
* Contemporary Ensemble is for graduate students only.

If you are an undergraduate voice major, you will audition for Major Vocal Performance Ensemble.

If you are a undergraduate bagpipe, composition, guitar, organ, or piano major, you will audition for Chorus. If you wish to be considered for assignment to Major Instrumental Ensemble, please inform Sharon Johnston.

Graduate degree students: if you are not an instrumental major, you may choose to audition for Chorus for elective credit. If you wish to be considered for assignment to Major Instrumental Ensemble, please inform Sharon Johnston.

All music majors who are required to take Chamber Music will be placed in a Chamber Music group. If you are not required to take Chamber Music, you may choose to audition for Chamber Music for elective credit.

You may not be able to register for one of two reasons:

1. The School of Music put you on registration hold. (See Sharon Johnston if you have a question.)

2. Enrollment Services coded you as ineligible to enroll or put you on registration hold. (See The Hub if you have a question.)

You may not be able to register for a class you need for one of seven reasons:

1. Your home department or class level may be coded incorrectly. (Check SIO to confirm your department and class status. See Sharon Johnston if you discover a discrepancy.)

2. You may be attempting to register for a class which is coded as having a prerequisite that you either haven't fulfilled or have fulfilled in a nonstandard manner; or which is coded as being for a different class level than yours; or which is coded as requiring special permission from the instructor. (See Sharon Johnston for assistance.)

3. You may be attempting to register for a class that requires a permission form (Chamber Music/Sonatas, Collaborative Piano, Independent Study, Keyboard Studies (Studio), or Performance for Composers).

4. You may be an undergraduate student inadvertently attempting to register for a class by using the graduate course number, or a graduate student inadvertently attempting to register for a class by using the undergraduate course number. This results in your being placed on a wait list. (Check the course number.)

5. You may be attempting to register for a class for which you have insufficient free units. If you anticipate registering for an overload class schedule (over either 70 or 58 units [which number applies to you depends on whether you did or did not have a 3.00+ average last semester] for undergraduate students or over 48 units for graduate students), please complete and submit a registration worksheet to Sharon Johnston, if you’re an undergraduate student, or Natalie Ozeas, if you’re a graduate student, BEFORE you register.

6. You may be attempting to register for a class that partially or completely overlaps with the scheduled time for a class for which you’re already registered. You will need to either drop the first class, or see Sharon Johnston for information about how to negotiate the class time conflict.

7. You may be attempting to register for a class that is coded in error. (See Sharon Johnston for assistance.) 

See the university class schedule at https://enr-apps.as.cmu.edu/open/SOC/SOCServlet See the School of Music class schedule, music support courses, course description, and course syllabi information on the Registration page.

See your class schedule at http://www.cmu.edu/hub/sio

Returning students and new graduate students: You may add and drop classes yourself on the SIO website http://www.cmu.edu/hub/sio. New undergraduate students: You may not change your schedule yourself until registration for your second semester.

What you should do now or later depends on the reason:

1. The wait list is real; There are no more seats in the class. (You'll have to wait for a space to open.)

2. The wait list is semi-real; for example, for multiple-section classes like eurhythmics, solfege, and theory. The capacity for each of these classes is set low to allow for more flexibility is managing the balance of the number of students in each section. In most cases, you'll get in the section for which you're wait listed; in some cases, you'll be asked to register for a different section. (You'll have to wait for a space to open.)

3. The wait list isn't real; for example, for studio. Either the capacity is set too low, or you're an undergraduate student who inadvertently attempted to register using a graduate course number, or vice versa (See Sharon Johnston if you have a question.) 

These reasons can also apply to wait lists for classes in other departments. (Contact that department for assistance.)

For undergraduate students: transfer credit may be granted according to Carnegie Mellon University guidelines for courses completed at another accredited university with a grade of “C” or better. For some music requirements, transfer credit is granted by special permission only. Submission of an official transcript is required.

AP/IB credit may be granted according to Carnegie Mellon University guidelines for AP/IB test scores as received by the university. The transfer credit process is completed during the first semester.

For graduate students: all transfer credit is granted by special permission only.

For more information, see the Degree & Enrollment Verifications website https://www.cmu.edu/hub/registrar/student-records/verifications/