Jury Examination

Requirements & Procedures
All students registered for applied music lessons are required to perform a jury examination. The purpose of the jury examination is the objective evaluation of an applied music student’s ability and artistry in performance.

Normally, students will perform for a jury composed of at least three music faculty members.

Each jury member endeavors to express, by a grading process, a considered opinion of student performance, based upon applicable criteria. For example, the following categorical listing might be applied for students of Voice. (Judgment of work in fields of keyboard, string, wind or percussion instruments may follow similar lines.)

Technique: Tone quality, accuracy, agility, legato, resonance, etc.

Breath Control: Tone support, phrasing, intensity

Musicianship: Rhythm, tempo, note values, intonation and dynamics

Interpretation: Facial expression, dynamics, tone, color, style

Diction: Pronunciation of language, enunciation, text projection

Presence: Entrance and exit, posture, personality, applause acknowledgment

Memorization: With complete comprehension of text and musical content

Jury Grading System

The jury members will indicate, by means of numerical grading, a considered opinion of the student’s performance. (Numerical grading is easily translated into a more accurate letter grading.)

94 to 100 A
90 to 93 A-
87 to 89 B+
84 to 86 B
80 to 83 B-
77 to 79 C+
74 to 76 C
70 to 73 C-
67 to 69 D+
64 to 66 D
60 to 63 D-

Three jury members’ grades of 85, 81, and 93 average to 86.3, a final jury grade of B.

The necessity for memorized performance in examination is a matter to be determined by each individual teacher.

The grading sheets with the jury member’s numerical grade and written comments about the performance are turned in to the Music Office after the jury day is over. The grades are then compiled and the written results and comments from the applied music faculty are placed on the student shelves in the music office for students to pick up.

Important: Only the jury grade will appear on these sheets. Your final grade for your applied music lessons will appear on your regular grade sheet along with all of your other classes.

Scheduling the Music Jury

Scheduling a jury performance time is the student’s responsibility. Watch for posted notices (usually three weeks prior to finals week) and come in to the Music Office to sign up. Music juries will take place during finals week.

Juries are scheduled at intervals, as follows:
For students enrolled in 111-412 track or 161-462 track (other than Voice):
BM (Music Ed) – 10 minutes
BM (Elec. Studies in Business) – 10 minutes
BA (Music) – 10 minutes
BM (Performance) - 10 or 20 minutes, as assigned by the instructor

For students enrolled in Voice:
(111/112; 161 tracks) - 6 minutes
(262 track) – 20 minutes (two 10-minute slots)
(211-412; 162; 261; 361-462 tracks) - 10 minutes


Students seeking an accompanist for their jury performances should not wait until the last minute. Refer to the Music Office to request an accompanist. Either a contracted accompanist or a keyboard scholarship student will be assigned to accompany you. It is your responsibility to contact the accompanist once they have been assigned. Please allow an adequate amount of time for your accompanist to learn the piece. You are entitled to two rehearsals (which will be during your lesson time, if possible) in preparation of your jury. At least three weeks before your final jury performance, you should contact your assigned accompanist in order to schedule a practice time.

Repertory Cards

Applied music lessons are kept on record in the Music Office by means of a repertory card. Applied music instructors will go over these cards with students prior to music juries. Each term a section of the card must be completed by each student, who should also obtain the signature of their applied music instructor. Instructors will then return the cards to the Music Office prior to jury time. Jury grades and final grades for applied music study will be entered onto the cards.

Appropriate Dress

Concert formal wear is not necessary, but attire appropriate for a job interview is a good guideline. Check with your teacher if you have questions.