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4.0 Performance Information 


4.1 Recitals

4.1a. Requirements

A recital hearing should be scheduled by the student at least two weeks before the recital. The recital hearing is evaluated by the faculty of the student's area. A recital hearing is required for all undergraduate and MM degree recitals and is optional for DMA degree recitals.

4.1b. Scheduling

Students may request spaces within the Music Building (MU) and Communication Fine Arts Building (CCFA) be emailing the Scheduling Coordinator.  All requests will be reviewed in the order that they are received.

This scheduling process is designed to establish student needs and communicate them in the most efficient way possible to the support personnel who will assist in the performance. Please note, degree recitals may not be scheduled after the last day of exams for Fall and Spring semesters nor at anytime during Summer Sessions.

  • Plan to book your chosen date at least 30 days in advance of the performance. If you are planning, you may check for available recital dates for Fall Semester beginning the Monday after Spring Break of the previous semester (about mid-March) and for Spring Semester you may check beginning the Wednesday after Fall Break of the previous semester (about mid-October).
  • All recital requests will be submitted via the SoM Recital Request Form.
  • Before submitting a recital request, review the Harris Hall Room Availability Calendar.
  • Weekday Undergraduate Recitals must be scheduled at 5:30 pm. On weekends and during exam period, undergraduate recitals may be scheduled at 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, or 7:30 pm.  Please note, graduate students will be given priority for the 7:30 time slot on a case-by-case basis.
  • By submitting your request you are putting a hold on your chosen date. Once the request is received along with your applied teacher's approval, and a completed Tech and Equipment form, it will be approved and confirmed. 
  • Dress rehearsals in the scheduled performance space cannot be guaranteed; however, every effort will be made to work with you and get one scheduled.
  • Only one date will be reserved per student and recital dates/times may not be traded or changed without permission from the Facilities Scheduling Coordinator.
  • All credit recitals must be submitted to the Scheduling Office, whether they are on or off campus.
  • Students may request space in University facilities for non-degree recitals. If a date is available and confirmed, they will be charged the standard $50 recital fee, regardless of venue or services declined. Any questions regarding scheduling can be emailed to scheduling_music@memphis.edu.

  • Plan to book your chosen date at least 30 days in advance of the performance. If you are planning, you may check for available recital dates for Fall Semester beginning the Monday after Spring Break of the previous semester (about mid-March) and for Spring Semester you may check beginning the Wednesday after Fall Break of the previous semester (about mid-October).
  • All recital requests will be submitted via the SoM Recital Request Form.
  • Before submitting a recital request, review the Harris Hall Room Availability Calendar.
  • Weekday Graduate Recitals must be scheduled at 7:30 pm. On weekends and during exam period, graduate recitals may be scheduled at 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, or 7:30 pm.  
  • By submitting your request you are putting a hold on your chosen date. Once the request is received along with your applied teacher's approval, and a completed Tech and Equipment form, it will be approved and confirmed. For DMA Recitals, each member of your committee must send an approval of the date before it is confirmed.
  • Dress rehearsals in the scheduled performance space cannot be guaranteed; however, every effort will be made to work with you and get one scheduled.
  • Only one date will be reserved per student and recital dates/times may not be traded or changed without permission from the Facilities Scheduling Coordinator.
  • Students preparing a doctoral degree recital will need to fill out a Doctoral Recital Form and submit it to the chair of their doctoral committee prior to the recital. (see DMA Recitals – Dissertation Equivalent)
  • All credit recitals must be submitted to the Scheduling Office, whether they are on or off campus.
  • Students may request space in University facilities for non-degree recitals. If a date is available and confirmed, they will be charged the standard $50 recital fee, regardless of venue or services declined. Any questions regarding scheduling can be emailed to scheduling_music@memphis.edu.

4.1c. Equipment Request

All keyboard needs (piano, prepared piano, harpsichord, or organ) must be included in set-up notes box of your VEMS request. You should also list any other items you may need for your performance (chairs, stands, audio playback, etc), as well as your recording requests (audio, visual, and/or livestream). Be sure to click "save changes" after typing in that box and moving on to "next step" when booking. Note: All three recording options are available for credit recitals held on campus at no additional charge.

4.1d. Accompaniment 

To request a staff pianist for recitals, please use the Collaborative Piano Staff Pianist Request form. (See Collaborative Piano Services for policy information.) 

4.1e. Program Information

School of Music program information should be emailed to the Program Coordinator three weeks before the event, . Program submissions should be in Microsoft Word format and use the program template, which can be downloaded here. Student programs should be proofread by the major professor before submission.

Once the program is ready for submission it should be emailed to one of the following music_marketing@memphis.edu. 

When the program is ready, it will be emailed to you for proofing. Send your approval or revisions to music_marketing@memphis.edu.

Electronic versions of event programs will be uploaded to both the Upcoming Events page and the Performance and Events Programs page for patrons to view digitally or download and print at home for a keepsake. Large ensemble performances will have a limited amount of hard copy programs printed. Please email the requested amount when submitting your program information. 

4.1f. Recording & Streaming

Recording and streaming procedures in the School of Music are overseen by the Facilities Manager. The School of Music produces digital recordings of performance events as follows: All student degree recitals, all student ensemble concerts, all faculty and guest artist recitals, Internet broadcasts, special recording projects and productions, and special events as determined by the Director. Off-campus recording requests or non-course related faculty projects are within the scope of the School of Music capabilities, however, are subject to separate fees and the availability of recording staff, facility and equipment, as well as approval of the Director of the School of Music.

All recitals will be streamed online privately using the followling link:  https://vimeo.com/event/329097/101f71cd3f 

Performer information will be updated no less than 1 hour prior to performance time. 

4.1g. Archived Recitals & Performances

The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music maintains a digital archive of all masterclasses, performances, recitals, and other recorded content. 

 The School is in the process of transitioning to Digital Commons. To access content users will need to create a Digital Commons account. Content is accessible to the public but only available for download by students and faculty using their memphis.edu email addresses.  As we transition, please email tech_music@memphis.edu for any events having taken place prior to the start of the fall 2020 semester. For events fall 2020 to present, please visit our School of Music Vimeo Archive

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about performances as we work through this transition. 

4.1h. Cancellation & Rescheduling Options

Students are required to notify the Scheduling Office at once if they need to cancel a scheduled recital to allow appropriate notice for Performance Management support staff. A suitable date for rescheduling will be determined for the following semester. Exceptions to this are students who must cancel due to a University closure (caused by weather or other types of emergency) or students who must cancel due to illness or injury. These students may be allowed to reschedule once within the semester if a suitable date is available. Please note that documentation will be required to accompany any request involving illness or injury. No recitals will be rescheduled more than once in a semester under any circumstances.

Recitals that are cancelled and given a grade of IP may not be scheduled during the summer or intersession in the winter, but must be rescheduled within the subsequent regular full semester (fall or spring).

4.2 Applied Lessons

Applied Lessons are specific to each degree program. Therefore, the requirements for each applied studio differ and are notated in the teacher's syllabus. Each student should receive an Applied syllabus at the first lesson each semester. Lessons are listed as TBA in the University schedule of classes. The Applied teacher should be in contact at the beginning of the semester to schedule a specific lesson time that is compatible with the student's class schedule. If a student wishes to take applied lessons, they must first schedule an audition through the Music Admissions Office. Students taking applied lessons must perform in an ensemble. In addition to weekly lessons, students are required to attend their applied instructor's weekly Studio Class.

4.3 Studio Classes/Master Classes

Most Applied Music one-on-one lesson courses require a weekly private lesson and a weekly Studio Class or Master Class. The time and location of this class should be listed on the Applied Music course syllabus, and students are expected to attend and participate.

In addition, students may be required to attend weekly departmental recitals, guest artist master classes and recitals, and other events. These requirements will be communicated directly to students by the applied music instructor.

4.4 Juries 

All music majors enrolled in Applied Music must pass jury examinations as prescribed by the faculty of their area. Students should consult their Applied Music course syllabi or major professor for complete jury requirements.

Normally, all music majors will perform either a jury or degree recital in each semester of Applied Music enrollment.

4.5 Ensemble Requirements & Placements 

Ensemble requirements are dependent on the degree program and scholarship status of each student. Please consult your advisor for specific ensemble requirements in your division/degree program. Ensemble placements are determined by audition and take place just before classes begin each semester. For more information, see the SOM's ensembles page

4.6 Ensemble Policies 

For ensembles policies, see 3.17 Ensemble Policies in the Faculty & Staff Handbook. 

4.7 Upper Divisional 

For Undergraduate Students Only
Undergraduate students enrolled in Music Education, Performance, Commercial Music Performance, and Jazz Performance are required to demonstrate proficiency on their instrument before advancing to upper-division instruction. This examination occurs at the end of the fourth semester for all Performance majors, and at the end of the sixth semester for all Music Education, Jazz Performance and Commercial Music majors. Check with your applied instructor for any additional requirements. Failure to achieve upper division status can result in the student being advised into a different major.

Music Education majors qualify for upper division academic courses by meeting the TEP requirements: 2.75 GPA, 21 or higher on ACT (or passing score on PRAXIS I Core), and completion of ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, MATH 1420 [or equivalent], EDPR 2111, and SPED 2000.