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Upper Level Competency Review Music Studies

INFORMATION FORM  (To be completed and submitted by ALL Major in Music Studies, BM students going through the review process for the first time in Fall 2017 and all students currently on deferral from the Spring 2017 review.)

Download the concentration appropriate Information Form above, complete electronically or in pen only, no pencil, and return to Krystyn Jensen in MUS 111, no later than Monday, November 27th at 5pm if you are in the Choral Concentration or Friday, December 1st at 5pm if you are in the Instrumental Concentration.

If your Information Form goes onto a second page, be sure your first and last name is on both pages, print one-sided only and do not staple them together!

 

*Finding your GPA's*: Log on to Self-Service Banner and click on the Student link. Next, click on Degree Audit (review of your current academic progress towards degree completion). It should take you directly to your degree audit. At the top, under the maroon bar entitled Student View you will find your Overall GPA and right beneath that is your Texas State GPA.

 

*Finding your total number of Core Hours Completed*: On your Degree Audit scroll down until you come to the maroon bar entitled Core. You will find your total Credits Earned already calculated for you on the right hand side of the maroon bar.

 

*Finding your Individual Core Course Grades*: On your Degree Audit scroll down until you come to the maroon bar entitled Core. Under that section, you will need to search for the individual courses and indicate the grades you received for the courses listed. NOTE: If you are in progress of completing a class, indicate IP in the box on your form.

 

*Finding your Music Course Grades*: On your Degree Audit scroll down until you come to the maroon bar entitled Major in Music Studies, BM. Under this section you will find Departmental Recital, Aural Learning, Music Theory, Applied Lessons, and Major Ensembles. Next, scroll down until you come to the maroon bar entitled Conc in Instrumental/Vocal Emphasis. This is where you will locate your grades for Piano Techniques or your Secondary Instrument/Voice classes. NOTE: If you are in progress of completing a class, indicate IP in the box on your form.

 

*Institution Column*: Enter the Community College or University (abbreviations are accepted) where you took each music course.

 

*Major Ensemble Entries*: Along with the name and grade for your four major ensembles, you must circle the semester you took that ensemble and the institution (see above) where you were enrolled in that course. NOTE: Use your Degree Audit for this entry, the section will say Major Ensemble and will list the courses by First Semester Freshman (aka Freshman I on the form), Second Semester Freshman, etc.

 

WHEN IN DOUBT, DO NOT FILL OUT! 

(INSTEAD, SEE KRYSTYN JENSEN)


REFLECTIVE POSITION STATEMENT (To be completed by ALL Major in Music Studies, BM students going through the review process for the first time in Fall 2017 and deferral students instructed to re-submit their statement after their Spring 2017 review.)

500 to 750 word essay, typed (Times New Roman, 12 pt font), and double-spaced.

  • Place your first and last name in the header, making sure it appears on all pages submitted.
  • Print one-sided only.
  • Do not staple.
  • Use complete sentences.
  • Use proper paragraphs.
  • Check your spelling and grammar for errors.
    • Take your paper to the campus writing center or have another individual review it before you submit it.
  • Include responses to all items below.
    • Why do you want to enter the profession?
    • What is your current teaching philosophy?
    • What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses?
    • What are your goals for your career and your ultimate contribution to the profession?

Complete and return with your Information Form to Krystyn Jensen in MUS 111, no later than Monday, November 27th at 5pm if you are in the Choral Concentration or Friday, December 1st at 5pm if you are in the Instrumental Concentration.


SPRING 2018 SCHEDULE  (To be completed and submitted by ALL Major in Music Studies, BM students going through the review process for the first time in Fall 2017 and all students currently on deferral from the Spring 2017 review.)

Print a copy of your Concise Student Schedule for Spring 2018 from CatsWeb Self-Service and return to Krystyn Jensen in MUS 111, no later than Monday, November 27th at 5pm if you are in the Choral Concentration or Friday, December 1st at 5pm if you are in the Instrumental Concentration. If you have not yet registered for some or all of your Spring 2018 classes, be prepared to discuss with the committee the classes you intend on registering for and why you have yet to officially register for them.


INTERVIEW (To be completed by ALL Major in Music Studies, BM students going through the review process for the first time in Fall 2017 and deferral students instructed to re-interview after their Spring 2017 review.)

A sign-up sheet will be available in Krystyn Jensen's office, MUS 111, but you must have all of your paperwork (Information Form, Reflective Position Statement - if needed, and Spring 2018 Schedule) submitted before you will be allowed to sign-up for an interview time.

Choral Concentration Interviews will take place on Monday, December 4th beginning at 1:00pm in Dr. Brinckmeyer's office, MUS 144.

Instrumental Concentration Interviews will take place on Friday, December 8th beginning at 9:00am in the Music Building Conference Room, MUS 135.

For the interview, wear professional/business attire and be prepared to summarize your experience with teaching and how that has influenced you up to this point. “Teaching” could include private lessons, drum corp, summer camps, girls scouts, swimming, church activities, etc.

Note, the Music Studies ULCR Committee members will consider the Dispositions for the Teaching Profession in making their final decisions on each student's Upper Level results. 

Students in teacher certification programs are preservice teacher candidates who are expected to exhibit professional dispositions and behaviors that are appropriate to the school environment and that support learners' academic success. These dispositions and behaviors include professional attitudes, values, and beliefs demonstrated through both verbal and non-verbal behaviors as candidates interact with students, families, colleagues, and communities.

A candidate who does not meet the expectations for the behaviors and dispositions for the teaching profession will be identified by a professor, supervisor, cooperating teacher, or principal and will meet with an administrator in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and/or the Office of Educator Preparation to discuss the case. If further action is necessary, the candidate's case will be reviewed by the chair of the appropriate department with input from faculty, as appropriate, to determine eligibility for the Educator Preparation Program. Appeals regarding the candidate's eligibility should be made to the Dean of the College of Education whose decision is final.


GPA REQUIREMENT (Located under the general information at the top of your Degree Audit)

Per the College of Education, you must have a 2.75 overall GPA in order to proceed into the Teacher Preparation courses. Therefore, this GPA will be evaluated and is a factor in the final decision made by the committee members.

 

DEPARTMENTAL RECITAL (Located under the Major in Music Studies, BM section of your Degree Audit)

Satisfactory completion (CR) of 3 semesters, for native students.

Satisfactory completion (CR) of 1 semester, for transfer students.

 

PIANO PROFICIENCY (Located under the Special Music Requirements section if Proficiency is complete or under the Major in Music Studies, BM section if Piano Techniques courses are still in progress.)

Instrumental Concentration students must have taken and passed the Piano II Proficiency or be enrolled in Piano II at the time of review and successfully complete the course, with a grade of C or better. If enrolled in Piano II during the semester of the review, students must take and pass the Piano II Proficiency at the end of that semester in order to be considered for upper level courses.

Choral Concentration students must have taken and passed the Piano IV Proficiency or be enrolled in Piano III or IV at the time of review and and successfully complete the course, with a grade of C or better. If enrolled in Piano IV during the semester of the review, students are highly encouraged to take and pass the Piano IV Proficiency at the end of the semester to ensure the highest rate of passing.

Piano Majors must have taken and passed the studio Piano Proficiency at the time of the review.

Transfer Students who are unable to enroll in a class piano section during their first semester of study, they may be given probationary status, with the approval of the Music Studies Committee, that will allow them to take select upper level classes while they work to fulfill the missing requirements.

  

MAJOR ENSEMBLES (Located under the Major in Music Studies, BM section of your Degree Audit)

Students must take and complete 4 semesters of a major ensemble (ensembles may vary as long as they're considered a major ensemble per your area and degree audit) in order to pass the ULCR. Note, for Instrumental (non-string) Music Studies majors, Marching Band is only considered your Major ensemble in your first semester of your freshman year.