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Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
Randal Rushing, D.M.A., Director
Room 123B, Music Building

Applied music courses are divided into three categories, individual lessons in vocal or instrumental performance, musical ensembles, and classes.

Individual lessons in vocal or instrumental performance are offered as INTRODUCTORY INSTRUCTION, LOWER DIVISION, AND UPPER DIVISION applied music (see explanation below). Individual lessons in vocal or instrumental performance are given by university faculty who are members of the relevant Applied Music Division.

All students who wish to enroll in applied vocal or instrumental performance must perform an audition for the members of the appropriate Applied Music Division or for a designee of the appropriate division. Because the number of students who can be accepted is limited, it is advisable that the student audition as early as possible to be assured a place with the requested teacher. Practice facilities are provided without charge, but there are additional fees for the individual lessons (see the explanation below under FEES), and a fee is required for certain practice room keys.

Examinations for courses in which the student is to receive credit for applied music in vocal or instrumental performance are called Board Exams. For Board Exams, each student performs musical selections and/or technical exercises of a grade of difficulty appropriate to the level of instruction in which the student is enrolled. The board hearing the exam is made up of the members of the appropriate Applied Music Division (for further information, see the explanation below under EXAMINATIONS).

Undergraduate music majors at the University of Memphis are required to participate in School of Music large ensembles as assigned during each semester they are enrolled in individual lesson applied music study; each degree program has specific or general ensemble requirements (see above under the various degree requirements). Non-music majors enrolled at the University of Memphis as degree-seeking students may audition and, if accepted, enroll for applied instruction where staff time is available. If accepted at the Lower Division or Upper Division level for applied instruction, non-music majors must simultaneously enroll and participate in a large ensemble sponsored by the School of Music.

Any student enrolled at the University of Memphis may audition for applied jazz lessons as space permits. Any student accepted for applied jazz lessons must concurrently participate in an appropriate jazz ensemble or combo. Jazz ensemble assignments are made following the jazz auditions during registration week at the beginning of the semester.

All jazz and studio bass majors must simultaneously be enrolled in classical bass, MUAP 1541 until a level of proficiency equal to entrance into upper division is attained.

All jazz and studio guitar majors must take six semester hours of classical guitar which is the maximum allowable for credit toward the degree. If a student can meet the requirements in less time, and wishes to discontinue classical study, the student may do so with permission of the instructor and consultation with the jazz and studio faculty. In the event a student cannot meet the requirements after six semester hours of study, it is the student's responsibility to pursue classical guitar as an elective or until such time as requirements are met to the satisfaction of the guitar and jazz and studio faculty.

FEES: In addition to the regular student fees, all persons taking applied music will be assessed $160 per semester for the half-hour lessons. Students registering for one (1) semester hour credit will receive one half-hour lesson per week. All others will receive one hour lesson per week regardless of credit hours at a fee of $320. The integration courses, Artist Recital and Senior Project in Music, are taught as applied and require a $320fee. The Senior Composition Recital and Senior Project in Music History are also taught as applied but do not carry a fee.


In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics courses: 
MUAP 4260-69. Special Topics in Applied Music. (1-3). Topics are varied and in the online class listings.



Instrument 1 hour 2-3 hours 2-4 hours 4000 level
1-2 hours 6000 level
Trumpet 1110 1111 4111-6111
Horn 1120 1121 4121-6121
Trombone 1130 1131 4131-6131
Jazz Trombone   1132 4132
Tuba 1140 1141 4141-6141
Euphonium   1142 4142-6142
Cornet 1150 1151 4151-6151
Sackbut 1160 1161 4161-6161
Piano 1310 1311 4311-6311
Harpsichord 1320 1321 4321-6321
Organ 1330 1331 4331-6331
Percussion 1410 1411 4411-6411
Ethnic Percussion 1413 1414 4414-6414
Jazz Mallets 1415    
Violin 1510 1511 4511-6511
Baroque Violin   1512 4512-6512
Viola 1520 1521 4521-6521
Cello 1530 1531 4531-6531
Bass 1540 1541 4541-6541
Guitar 1550 1551 4551-6551
Harp 1560 1561 4561-6561
Viola da Gamba 1570 1571 4571-6571
Voice 1610 1611 4611-6611
Flute 1710 1711 4711-6711
Oboe 1720 1721 4721-6721
Clarinet 1730 1731 4731-6731
Saxophone 1740 1741 4741-6741
Jazz Saxophone   1742 4742
Bassoon 1750 1751 4751-6751
Recorder 1760 1761 4761-6761
Jazz Trumpet   1112 4112
Jazz Piano   1312 4312
Jazz Percussion   1412 4412
Jazz Bass   1542 4542
Jazz Guitar   1552 4552
Jazz Voice   1612 4612

Applied Music Lessons consist of individual instruction on the above listed instruments as well as attendance at weekly studio classes run by the instructor for the individual instruments. Studio class attendance is required for music majors. Studio classes generally meet on Fridays at 12:35 p.m., but students should contact the instructor for the exact day and time their studio class meets. In addition, music majors enrolled in applied lessons must also attend the area workshops scheduled in their respective areas.

REGISTRATION: Students will register for lessons in the same manner and at the same time as they register for other courses; however, students may not be assigned to a course number until they have auditioned. Auditions are held in the Music Building on specific days throughout the year as posted on the School of Music website (http://www.memphis.edu/music). Auditions may be scheduled in the School of Music Admission Office, Room 125, Music Building. Any inquiries concerning credits or course numbers should be directed to the Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies of the School of Music.

CREDITS AND GRADES: Students earning more than two credits per semester in applied lessions will be assigned additional practice and material, and will be expected to perform at a higher level than those students registered for two credits.

REPETITION OF COURSES: MUAP courses in individual lessons, small ensembles, and large ensembles may be repeated for credit but not for the purpose of improving the grade originally earned.

EXAMINATIONS: For an examination in applied music, students will prepare and perform for members of the faculty of the School of Music suitable musical selections and technical exercises of a grade of difficulty appropriate to their standing. Examinations are held in designated rooms on days set aside for this purpose near the end of each semester. Credit for the course will not be awarded to any student who fails to take the examination.

INTRODUCTORY INSTRUCTION: Any student may audition for lessons at the one-hour level except in organ; organ students must have the ability to play the piano before beginning organ instruction. A student may not receive more than two hours credit in any one area of introductory level instruction. The fee for introductory level instruction will be the same as for one half-hour lesson per week: $160 per semester.

LOWER DIVISION COURSES: Applied music courses in the lower division include the study normally carried out during the freshman and sophomore years. Piano or instrumental students at this level should have had several years of intensive study prior to university entrance so that they have a secure, reliable, and well-grounded technique on the instrument. Organ students may begin at this level provided that they play the piano well and have reasonable ability in sight-reading. Those who do not meet this requirement will register for MUAP 1310. To be admitted to lower division study a student must first pass a qualifying examination.

Students who fall short of the requirements for admission to the lower-division courses will be advised to register for introductory instruction until deficiencies are eliminated. Course numbers will be repeated for each semester of study.

UPPER DIVISION COURSES: Promotion to the upper division does not follow automatically after the completion of four semesters of courses in the lower division but is made only on the recommendation of the upper division examining committee; such a recommendation will be made only if the student's proficiency as a performer bears promise of future artistic and professional qualities as a soloist. It is at this level that the student normally begins preparation for a recital.

JUNIOR RECITAL, ARTIST RECITAL, and SENIOR PERFORMANCE PROJECT: The Junior Recital is required for the Performance Concentration under the Bachelor of Music in Music degree. The Artist Recital is required for the Performance Concentration. The Senior Performance Project is required under the School of Music Concentration. The Artist Recital and the Senior Performance Project are integration courses for which the student must prepare both a public recital and a paper. To register for the Junior Recital and the Senior Performance Project, students must have successfully completed at least two years of credit in upper division lessons in their applied area. To register for the Artist Recital, students must have successfully completed at least four hours of credit in upper division lessons in their applied area. The Junior Recital must be approved by the appropriate applied music faculty through a hearing. Both the musical and the written portions of the Artist Recital and the Senior Performance Project must be approved by the appointed faculty committee through a reading and a hearing. Upon approval, the student may schedule a date for the public performance and make arrangements for the printing of the program. The public performance must be presented no later than two weeks after the date of the hearing.

ENSEMBLES: Music majors must register for all ensembles that are required under their curricular concentration for credit. After that requirement is met, full-time music majors may be accepted into any ensemble for zero credit by permission of instructor. All enrollees will be graded, with the grade appearing on the transcript as usual.

SMALL, CHAMBER, AND SPECIALIZED ENSEMBLES: Advanced students are encouraged (and for certain degree plans are required) to participate in the following groups. Selection for membership is based on audition; courses may be repeated with the approval of the student's advisor. Three one-hour meetings per week.

Chamber Music Strings
Chamber Music Keyboard
Brass Ensemble
Woodwind Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Double Bass Ensemble
Guitar Ensemble
Cello Ensemble
Trombone Ensemble
Trumpet Ensemble
Tuba Ensemble
Jazz Combo
Contemporary Chamber Players
Collegium Musicum
Chamber Choir
Opera Workshop
Sound Fuzion
Pep Band


All music students must take a minimum of eight (8) semesters of ensemble. The exact number of small ensembles is determined by each division and major concentration.  Therefore, it is necessary to consult with your advisor for the specific outline for your applied area and degree program. Transfer students lacking sufficient large ensemble credits should consult with their advisor and/or the department chair to determine a method of satisfying the ensemble requirement. Ensemble assignments are based on audition and may be repeated. Any exception to this general ensemble policy may be made after a review of petitions by the Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies, the appropriate ensemble director, and the applied studio teacher.

Wind Ensemble
Marching Band
Symphonic Band
University Band
University Singers
Collegiate Choir (Only for MUID students and others assigned by the Director of University Singers)
University Instrumental Jazz Ensemble
University Vocal Jazz Ensemble