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Student Handbook

  1. Introduction
  2. Academic Information
  3. Applied Music
  4. Building Information and Policies
  5. Concerto Competition
  6. Curriculum Information
  7. School Organization
  8. Student Recitals
  9. Health and Safety

Appendices

Last updated February, 2013


I. Introduction

This handbook is provided by the faculty and administration of the School of Music as an aid and guide to your university experience.  We hope that we have anticipated questions and provided answers that will enable that experience to be productive and positive.

The policies and procedures contained in this handbook may change from year to year as curricula and other aspects of musical life change.  You are encouraged to review the handbook on a regular basis so that you are familiar with the aspects of your particular degree program that require your attention.

Students in the School of Music are expected to conform to a high standard of academic integrity and maturity.  It is your responsibility to read this handbook and the Graduate Catalog or Undergraduate Catalog thoroughly and make sure that your degree program is completed according to the stated requirements.

If you have questions and are unable to locate the answer in this handbook, please ask for assistance.  This handbook is not intended as an authoritative document concerning academic policy and does not supersede the Graduate and Undergraduate Catalogs or other official university publications.

University Communications

 Important communication is sent to students via regular mail and e-mail, and the university uses official student addresses on file and NIU-provided z-account e-mail addresses for these communications.  No other e-mail address is used, so you must check your NIU mail regularly. The university is phasing out the use of written communication in favor of e-mail, so this is very important.

Verifying Address(es)

 It is extremely important that the University Office of Registration and Records has your current permanent and local addresses and telephone numbers on file.  We invariably have students who experience problems because NIU has mailed important information to them at a non-current address.  To check your current personal data, logon to MyNIU.  You can also check/change information in person at Registration and Records (Williston 220) or via the telephone (815)753-0681

Accessing z-account e-mail

 Students can access their NIU z-account e-mail account from anywhere with Internet access by using the Student Webmail (NetMail) interface.  You will be prompted to enter your "User Name" (your Z-id) and your Novell account password.  If you do not know your Z-id or password, there are links on the Student Webmail site to help you.

Forwarding z-account e-mail

 You can forward your NIU e-mail to another account (e.g., yahoo, gmail) but it is not recommended.   Your NIU mail is the only address to which important information will be sent and accessing it directly is the best way to insure that you will receive such mail.  Information on account forwarding can be found at http://www.niu.edu/its/email/student/forward.shtml

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II. Academic Information

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  1. Absence from Class
  2. Academic Advising
  3. Academic Integrity
  4. Academic Overloads/Registration Policies
  5. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

  6. Change of Major/Emphasis
  7. Change of Private Instructor
  8. Convocation & Honors Convocation

  9. Declaring a Major in Music

  10. Faculty Evaluation

  11. Grade Appeal
  12. Graduate Recital/Thesis/Composition/Final Project
  13. Graduate Students' Final Term/Comprehensive Examination

  14. Incompletes
  15. Independent Studies
  16. International Student Employment
  17. Internships

  18. Late Drop/Add

  19. Minimum “C” Requirement
  20. MUSC 99 - Recital Attendance

  21. NIU Grading System

  22. Piano Proficiency
  23. Prerequisites and Corequisites

  24. Registering for classes on the Internet
  25. Repeating a Course

  26. Sponsored Admission Advisement

  27. Repeating a Course
  28. Transfer Evaluation

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III. Applied Music

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  1. Area Requirements/Juries
  2. Brass
  3. Ensembles
  4. Guitar
  5. Harpsichord
  6. Jazz Studies
  7. Organ
  8. Percussion
  9. Piano
  10. Strings
  11. Voice
  12. Woodwinds

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IV. Building Information and Policies

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  1. Choral Music Library
  2. Concert Hall Pianos
  3. Damage and Theft
  4. Duplicating and Copying
  5. Harpsichord Usage Policies
  6. Hours
  7. Instrumental Music Library
  8. Keys
  9. Lockers
  10. Lost and Found
  11. Music Stands
  12. Parking Permits
  13. Phones
  14. Piano Practice Rooms
  15. Policy on Smoking, Food, Drinks and Alcohol
  16. School Instruments
  17. Use of Rehearsal Spaces

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V. Concerto Competition

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  1. Eligibilty
  2. Audition Procedures
  3. Selection of Judges
  4. Expectation of Soloists
  5. Audition Dates

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VI. Curriculum Information

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  1. General Education Requirements
  2. General Education Checklist
  3. Master of Music Specializations Check Lists
    1. Music Education
    2. Performance - Instrumental
    3. Performance - Keyboard
    4. Performance - Vocal
    5. Individualized - Composition
    6. Individualized - Theory
    7. Individualized - Computer Music & New Media Technology
    8. Individualized - General
    9. Individualized - Jazz Studies
  4. Performer's Certificate
  5. Undergraduate B.A. and B.M. Degree Emphases Check Lists
    1. Bachelor or Arts in Music (B.A.)
    2. Composition (B.M.)
    3. Music Education - Instrumental (B.M.)
    4. Music Education - Instrumental+Jazz Studies (B.M.)
    5. Music Education - Vocal (B.M.)
    6. Performance - Instrumental (B.M.)
    7. Performance - Classical Guitar (B.M.)
    8. Performance - Jazz Studies (B.M.)
    9. Performance - Jazz Guitar (B.M.)
    10. Performance - Keyboard (B.M.)
    11. Performance - Vocal (B.M.)
  6. Teacher Certification Check List

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VII. School Organization

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  1. Administration, Area Coordinators, and Staff
  2. Community School of the Arts
  3. Faculty
  4. Fine Arts House
  5. Graduate Assistantships/Tuition Waivers
  6. MCL - Music Computer Lab
  7. NIUCMS - NIU Computer Music Studios
  8. NIU Libraries
  9. Scholarships
  10. Student Committees and Organizations

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VIII. Student Recitals

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  1. Scheduling a Recital
  2. Cancellations
  3. Time Slots
  4. Length of Recitals
  5. Programs
  6. Audio/Visual Requirements
  7. Audio/Video Recordings
  8. Recital Course Registration
  9. Miscellaneous

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IX. Health and Safety

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Appendices

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  1. Accompanist Request Form (pdf)
  2. Advising Form (pdf)
  3. Concerto Competition Audition Form (pdf)
  4. Graduate Student Schedule Change Request Form (pdf)
  5. Guidelines for Good Writing (pdf)
  6. Guidelines for Writing Music Research Papers (pdf)
  7. Independent Study Request Form (pdf)
  8. MUSC 699-799 Information Form (pdf)
  9. Procedures for Appealing Allegedly Capricious Semester Grades of Undergraduate Students
  10. Procedures for Appealing Allegedly Capricious Semester Grades of Graduate Students
  11. Recording Request Form (pdf)
  12. Research Involving Human Subjects
  13. Scholarship Application Form (pdf)
  14. Scholarship Recommendation Form (pdf)
  15. Senior Recital Registration Form (pdf)
  16. Student Recital Request Form (pdf)
  17. Undergraduate Student Schedule Change Request Form (pdf)
  18. University Policies for Grades of Incomplete 
  19. Waiver of Confidentiality Form (pdf)
  20. Waiver of Prerequisite or Corequisite Request Form (pdf)

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