Music Department

Resources for Current Music Students

The following information and forms pertain to current music students at IU Southeast.



All students majoring in music at IU Southeast are required to complete 7 semesters of MUS-X 095 Performance Class with a grade of "S" in order to graduate. Students working on a second degree ( please note, a second degree is not a double major) or transferring into IUS with substantial college music credits may have that requirement adjusted depending on their class status in music, but this is a faculty decision. All music majors are encouraged to participate at any time. The course is listed for 0 credits only so that students do not have to pay for the course. Nevertheless, grades in the class will appear on your transcripts and both the faculty and dean will require completion of the requirement prior to graduation. Students cannot enroll in more than two Performance Class sections per semester. Only one section of Performance Class will be offered during the summer.

Students must attend at least 4 of the scheduled 9 performance class sessions listed below.

Instrumental Performance majors and Vocal Performance majors are required to perform at least once during the semester. All other music majors are invited to perform and/or present technology or music-business projects. Students wishing to perform during a Performance Class session must send an e-mail to Mr. Haertel at least one week before the desired class date.

Students are responsible for signing the Attendance Sheet at each session they attend. Arriving late or leaving early will be considered non-attendance unless you have an excused reason.

Attendance at 4 of the Performance Class sessions is only half the requirement to pass the course. Students must also attend 6 professional or college level concerts and present the ticket stubs and concert programs to Mr. Haertel NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MAY 1 at 12:00p.m.

Topics for each class will be announced at a later date, but performances are welcome during any/all of the sessions listed below.


All Performance Class sessions take place in the Stiefler Recital Hall unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday classes meet from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
classes meet from 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.

JANUARY 27 - Tuesday

FEBRUARY 11 - Wednesday
Stem Concert Hall

FEBRUARY 17 - Tuesday

MARCH 11 - Wednesday

MARCH 17 - Tuesday

APRIL 8 - Wednesday

APRIL 14 - Tuesday

APRIL 21 - Tuesday

APRIL 22 - Wednesday


The IU Southeast Music History Research Award is a newly designed prize intended to honor superlative writing and research. This award shall be presented each spring to the student whose paper is deemed to be of exceptional quality in terms of research, construction, and originality. Such a paper would need to go above and beyond the regular criteria expected of an undergraduate student work.

Guidelines and Criteria:

  • Any student enrolled in one of the four upper-level music history or literature classes (M201, M202, M403, or M404) is eligible. The student need not be a music major.
  • The students must have a current cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • In order to be considered for this award, the student shall submit two copies of the research paper. No other application or essay need be completed.
  • A student may not receive the award more than twice.
  • The best papers from both fall and spring semesters will be considered and turned over to a committee for judging. The judges will not know the identity of the students in order to ensure a fair and unbiased decision. Only the instructor of the music history course will know the authors of the papers in order to keep track of the contestants.
  • The winner, as deemed by the committee, will win a $150 scholarship prize which will be deposited directly into his/her Bursar account. In the event of a tie, the amount will be split evenly by two students. In rare cases, a first prize of $100 and a second prize of $50 will be awarded.
  • The judges reserve the right not to select a winner if no entry is deemed to be of a high caliber.
  • The decision of the judges is final.
  • These rules are subject to change.

For more information, contact Dr. Ann Glazer Niren.


This is not intended to be a complete list of policies and procedures. Students should also consult the Indiana University Southeast Bulletin and their academic and music advisors.

Course Requirements for your Major/Concentration – The list of courses required for your major will be found in the IU Southeast Bulletin current at the time you were admitted to the music program. For example, if you were admitted to IUS/music in 2001 you will find your course requirements in that Bulletin. If you were admitted to IUS in 2001 but not admitted to IUS/music until 2002 your requirements for academics will be in the 2001 Bulletin and requirements for music courses will be listed in the 2002 Bulletin. Generally, you will adhere to the requirements in your Bulletin. Should courses be discontinued or the curriculum altered in some way that is helpful to you the music faculty may choose to make some exceptions for you, but this is a faculty decision. Advice and information from student colleagues may not be correct since they may have entered under a different Bulletin. Always see your faculty advisor if you have a question.

Music Programs traditionally have requirements in addition to the list of courses you need to study.
These specific Music Major Requirements are explained below.

Performance Class (X095) — All music majors must pass 7 semesters of this course in order to graduate (exceptions may be made for students acquiring a second degree or students who transfer to IUS with substantial college music credits). This is a 0 credit course, so you do not have to pay tuition for it. However, it is required. The specific requirement of the class is attendance at 4 Performance Classes and attendance at 6 concerts in which you are not a performer (no pop music concerts). Typically, eight different Performance Classes are scheduled through the semester (four on Tuesday's from 4-5 PM and four on Wednesdays from 12:20-1:10) from which you may select 4 to attend. Performance majors must perform a minimum of once per semester. Others are encouraged to perform or present projects. The schedule of classes will be posted early each semester. Students should save programs and ticket stubs from the concerts they attend and hand them in to Dr. Goldstein at the end of the semester.

Ensemble — All music majors are required to participate in major university ensembles for 4 credit hours and 3 additional semesters at 0 credit hours (Exceptions to the additional 0 credit requirement may be made for students acquiring a second degree or students who transfer to IUS with substantial college music credits). You are welcome and encouraged, of course, to participate in additional semesters or for multiple ensembles. If you are a pianist or guitarist and there is no ensemble for your instrument or if you are a tech or business concentration student and your instrumental skills are not appropriate for orchestra or one of the bands, you must participate in one of the choirs. There is no alternative service. All students must perform in an ensemble. Guitar Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble are not considered "major" ensembles. performance in Guitar Ensemble or Percussion Ensemble does not count toward fulfilling the ensemble requirement.

Ensembles for credit — X040 — Orchestra, Brass Band, Concert Band / X070 — Concert Choir and Community Chorus

Ensembles for 0 credit — X001 — there is a section for each ensemble mentioned above

Gateway Exam — All music majors must pass a Gateway Exam prior to registering for 400 level music classes. Students should sign up for these exams during Jury Week. Sign up for two adjacent jury times but please check with Drs. Goldstein and Stem as well as your major applied music instructor (e.g. Mr. Haertel for music tech/production majors) to ensure that they are available for that particular time.

Performance majors – extended jury during which faculty will also ask the student theory and history questions related to the repertoire presented.

Composition Majors – portfolio review including questions relating to theory, history, style, and instrumentation.

Sound Engineering Majors – portfolio review including questions that relate to production decisions to theory, history, genre or style.

Music Business Majors – extended jury including a formal interview related to business interests and experiences as well as an essay of no less than 500 words detailing area of interest in music business.

Senior Recitals and Senior Projects — All music majors have a capstone project that relates to their concentration. These should be completed in the senior year.

Performance Majors – Senior Recital. Recitals should include at least 50 minutes of actual performing time. You must schedule a Recital Hearing in the Recital Hall 3 weeks prior to the formal recital date. Your applied music instructor must be available for this hearing. The faculty will hear the recital in its entirety but in an informal setting. You should have a draft of your program notes prepared for the Hearing. You cannot give your recital until you pass the Recital Hearing. The Recital will be juried by a panel of 3 music faculty, including your major applied instructor. You are responsible for preparing the program, all PR, all invitations, as well as a reception should you want one. Students are responsible for finding their own accompanists.

Composition for the Concert Stage – You will produce a CD of your entire portfolio of compositions - a minimum of 32 minutes (about 8 minutes of music per semester of composition study) that you worked on during your study at IUS. The CD recording can contain recorded performances of your work, MIDI representations, or a combination of the two. One large orchestral, band, or choral work must be part of the portfolio. Composition students are required to present an analysis of one work at a Performance Class as part of their Capstone Project.

Composition for Film & Media – You will produce a CD of your entire portfolio of compositions - a minimum of 20 minutes (8 minutes of music per semester of study) that you worked on during your study at IUS, and at least one project that highlights composition with Film and/or other media. Composition students are required to present an analysis of one work at a Performance Class as part of their Capstone Project.

Sound Engineering – Students will produce a CD portfolio of at least 5 recorded and edited works that represents diverse styles and instrumentation. All students must have at least one classical work on the CD. In addition to compiling the CD, students will be required to write a paper (minimum 5 pages) that describes, in detail, the process and technologies used for recording and editing each work represented on the CD. Finally, students will be required to present their CD portfolio at a performance class (maximum allowed time: 30 minutes).

Music Business – Completed paper that is a business or marketing plan or similar project related to your internship. Please see the Music Business advisor for approval of the topic.

Advising — The School of Arts & Letters, of which the Music Dept is a part, now has its own academic advisor, Greg Roberts. He will have an office in Knobview Hall beginning this fall semester. Music majors should advise with him on general academic subjects and advise with either Dr. Goldstein, Dr. Stem, or Mr. Haertel with regard to music classes. It is required that students advise with these faculty and staff prior to registration each semester or, at a minimum, annually if they have received information for the entire academic year.

Instrumental/Vocal Performance and Pre-Music Therapy majors – advise with Dr. Goldstein

Music Business and Sound Engineering majors – advise with Mr. Haertel

Composition majors — advise with Dr. Stem

In your senior year, in the semester prior to graduation, you will need to advise with the Dean of the School of Arts & Letters, Dr. Earley, in order to ensure that you have completed all requirements for graduation.

Grades — All music majors are required to achieve a minimum grade of C- in all music classes. In Music Theory and Ear-training you cannot continue on to the next level of the course until you achieve that minimum grade.

Scholarships — Auditions for music scholarships for incoming students or current students who have never received a scholarship take place in February and March. Contact Music Dept. Office for scheduled audition dates. With exception to the Stem Scholarship, all scholarships last for one year only. Students interested in renewing a scholarship must fill out the appropriate forms and apply by no later than March 1st. All scholarships, including renewals, are competitive and based on the availability of funds. The faculty cannot guarantee continuation of a scholarship or continuation of specific amounts of scholarship. All scholarship students are required to participate in ensembles and participate in the deptartment as stipulated in their scholarship contract. Please see the Music Department office staff if you need additional information or the necessary forms. You can also retrieve the forms from the music department's website at


All music majors must complete a Sophomore Assessment Gateway (SAG). This is an interview/jury that takes place during Finals week at the end of the student's second year of full-time study or its equivalent (approximately 60 credit hours or completion of sophomore level theory and music literature classes and studio). It allows the faculty the opportunity to assess your progress as a music major and to ascertain the likelihood for successful completion of the degree. It also affords you an opportunity to assess your own goals and progress. Passing the Gateway enables you to begin upper level studies that pertain to your concentration. These are listed by concentration below:

Performance Majors—admission to 400 level courses

Composition Majors—admission to 400 level courses

Music Industry: Sound Engineering Majors—admission to studio techniques or applied coursework

Music Industry: Music Business Majors—recommendation for continued degree studies/internship

Sophomore Assessment Gateways (SAGs) must be completed before enrolling in any music courses beyond the Sophomore year. The SAG is generally taken in place of the student's regular semester jury during the regular jury week of the spring semester. There is no need to fill out an additional jury form for the SAG. Students taking the SAG should sign up for two adjacent jury times and complete a Gateway Evaluation form, available in the Music Department office, prior to their exam.

Evaluation Criteria
The committee will review the following points for ALL music majors:

Review of the student's academic record, including writing skills

Evaluation of the student's participation in and commitment to ensembles

Evaluation of the student's progress and commitment to applied or technical study including knowledge of the repertoire/literature

Progress in functional music skills (sight singing and ear training) as required for the chosen degree concentration

The student's ability to express how the various areas of their musical studies relate and influence each other

The student's aptitude for success in his/her chosen field as demonstrated in the student interview and the successful completion of pertinent coursework

Preparation for the Sophomore Assessment Gateway
All students should prepare their Gateway interview/jury with the advice of their advisor and applied instructor. All students should be prepared to discuss the following points with the committee:

Plans for your final two years at Indiana University Southeast

Professional career and/or graduate study plans: What do you hope to do after graduation? Will/do you feel prepared to reach your goals?

What do you hope to improve upon during the remainder of your studies?

In addition to the above, students should also prepare the following according to their degree concentration. All repertoire must be approved by the student’s applied instructor prior to application.

INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE: Non-keyboard Prepare two contrasting pieces drawn from solo literature or concerto movements. These works must be accompanied by piano. Students should also prepare one excerpt from orchestral repertoire and an etude or study selected by your applied instructor. Students should also be prepared to perform any major or minor scale spanning two octaves. Percussionists should select repertoire demonstrating facility in snare, timpani, and mallet technique.

INSTRUMENTAL PERFOMANCE: Organ Students should prepare three works, one of which should be performed from memory. One work should be a hymn written in four-part chorale style, presented with an introduction, one stanza employing standard part-playing techniques, and an (optional) second stanza which employs a re-harmonization or descant or other appropriate treatment. The second piece should be a work by J. S. Bach which was originally conceived for the organ. The third work should be contrasting in style to Bach, preferable from the 19th or 20th centuries, originally conceived for the organ. Sight-reading and manual and pedal scales will be examined.

INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE: Piano Prepare a minimum of three works drawn from various stylistic periods, including one work each from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic repertoire. Pieces should be performed from memory unless otherwise instructed by your teacher. For each work, the student should prepare program notes to submit to the committee prior to the Gateway. Students should be prepared to play any major or minor scale/arpeggio spanning four octaves.

VOCAL PERFORMANCE Prepare at least four songs by memory in at least three different languages. At least one of the songs must be in English. For each song, the student should furnish a translation and program notes about the composer and/or work (see your applied teacher for direction in this). The Gateway Committee will select a minimum of three songs at the time of the Gateway.

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Music Business Since Music Business students are required to take two years of applied study, there will be a music performance aspect of their SAGs. The content and scope of the performance portion of the SAG should be determined by both the student's applied instructor and his/her faculty advisor. The remainder of the SAG will be spent reviewing the student's academic performance in music, business, and general education courses and evaluating his/her writing skills. Prior to the scheduled SAG, the student should submit an essay (no less than 500 words) detailing his/her area of interest in music business. The essay should describe the value of past experiences and address short and long‐term goals as they relate to the student's career plans. The essay will be evaluated for the clarity of its content and its adherence to proper grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Sound Engineering (formerly Music Technology) Sound Engineering students are not required to perform on an instrument for their Sophomore Assessment Gateway; however, they must complete an interview and present a portfolio of their work. This material may be drawn from music theory assignments, music history papers, and/or projects completed in music technology courses like A101, A301, and A302. Students must present at least one CD recording of their work in sound engineering for their review. A transcript should be included with the portfolio. Although not required, sound engineering students are strongly encouraged to incorporate some aspect of music performance into their SAG. Please confer with your faculty advisor prior to scheduling.

MUSIC COMPOSITION: Film & Media Composition; Composition for the Concert Stage The student should perform one selection on his/her chosen instrument and present a portfolio of past work in music theory and composition. Students should submit at least two scores with recordings, if possible, of works completed while in residency at IU Southeast. Students should be prepared to discuss their music in depth with the members of the committee. A transcript should be included with the portfolio.

Results of Assessment
The student will be notified of the results of the SAG within two weeks. Based on the student's performance one of the following four evaluations will be given:

Pass with Distinction. Reserved for the student who has demonstrated exceptional academic and musical ability and has excelled in all areas of the SAG. This is a rare evaluation given only to students who have not only met, but also surpassed all standards set by the committee for admittance to upper division study.

Pass. The student has successfully completed all requirements of the SAG and shown through the high quality of the student's academic and musical performance that he/she is ready to begin upper divisions study.

Not Admitted-Probationary Status. This evaluation is given to students who have not satisfied one or more of the requirements set by the committee for admittance to upper division study. In such cases, the student will receive an evaluation as to the deficiencies in question. The student will be placed on probationary status and be allowed to reapply for the SAG in one year. Those students receiving this evaluation should arrange to meet with their faculty advisor to determine the best course of action for the year to come. Students not passing at the end of their probationary year will be dismissed from the music degree program.

Dismissal from Music Degree Program. This evaluation is given to those students who, over the course of their studies, have not demonstrated satisfactory development and/or commitment to the degree program both in academic and musical areas. In such cases, the committee will dismiss the student from the music program and recommend that the student pursue interests in other degree programs offered at Indiana University Southeast.

When the SAG has been passed, admission to upper division study is effective at the beginning of the fall semester (or in the case of some transfer students, the beginning of spring semester).

Special Circumstances Affecting the Sophomore Assessment Gateway
Students are required to take the SAG at the end of their second year as a full-time student at IU Southeast. Occasionally, however, certain circumstances arise which call for adjustments in standard procedure. These are listed below:

Transfer Students, Newly Declared Majors and the SAG
Students are normally required to take the SAG at the end of their second year of study as a music major. Occasionally students will transfer into our program from another school, or will be accepted as a music major after matriculating in another department at IU Southeast for a year or two. Such students are eligible to take the SAG after one semester of study as a declared major only if they can provide a record of completion of at least three of the following categories:

2 years of applied study in the student's primary instrument
1 year of Theory and Counterpoint
1 year of Music History
1 year of Ear Training (Aural Perception)
1 year of Ensemble

If the above requirement is met after one semester, the student may take the SAG. Special fall SAGs are given to transfer students on a case-by-case basis. Students have two years from the time of acceptance to complete the SAG or to file a Petition for Extension . If neither of these is done, the student's file will be forwarded for Status Review.

Petition for Extension
Occasionally, extenuating circumstances warrant a semester or year extension so that the student can better prepare for the requirements of the Gateway. In all cases, the student should discuss the situation with his/her faculty advisor and applied instructor, and a petition form must be filed with the Music Department. There are no automatic extensions. Students must have the approval of their applied instructor and faculty advisor prior to submitting the petition. The form must have signatures of the applied instructor and the student's faculty advisor and be submitted no later than one week prior to the scheduled SAGs.

Illness and the SAG
It is to the student's benefit to make every effort to complete the SAG as scheduled. If a student is sick during his/her scheduled time, he/she needs to submit a written excuse accompanied by a note from a doctor. A make-up SAG must be scheduled at an agreeable time with the members of the committee—usually within two weeks. (*N.B. A student who has not successfully passed the SAG will not be admitted to upper division status).

Change in Degree Concentration
Some students find that their interests change within the first two years of study at Indiana University Southeast. If they decide to change their concentration they may continue with their SAGs as scheduled so long as they meet the evaluation criteria for their new concentration specified above. Remember: all degree concentration changes or additions must be approved through the faculty. A letter approving the change must be on file in the Music Department office. In most cases, a student will be asked to audition or interview for the new concentration prior to the approval.

Concentrations in More than One Area
When a student is pursuing more than one concentration, there is no need to take two separate SAGs (unless it is desired by the student for a specific reason). In such cases, one SAG will be used to evaluate the student in both areas. Students who are using one SAG to satisfy two concentrations should follow the criteria for both concentrations listed in 4.2. They should also alert their faculty advisor so that arrangements can be made to accommodate the extra time.

The Part-time Student and the SAG
Students who are working on their music degree part-time are also required to take the SAG prior to upper division study. Because progress is not measured by the number of years in the program, but rather the credit hours earned toward their degree, part-time students are considered eligible for the SAG when the criteria outlined above is met.

Status Review for Third Year Students
Students who have not petitioned for an extension to the SAG by the beginning of their third year as a full-time student or students who have not completed their SAG by the end of their third full year will have their music major status reviewed by the committee. In most cases, the student's music major status will be rescinded. Students who are under review have the right to appear before the committee in person, or to submit their reasons for their delay in writing before the decision is made. In rare cases, extenuating circumstances may warrant the granting of an additional extension.

Sophomore Assessment Gateway FAQs

How do I arrange a Sophomore Assessment Gateway?
First, discuss the Gateway with your private instructor and/or music advisor (Dr. Goldstein, Dr. Stem, or Mr. Haertel). When the sign-up sheets for juries are posted at the end of the semester, sign up for two consecutive jury times; your Gateway will be your jury. Complete a Sophomore Gateway Evaluation form and bring it to your Gateway Exam.

Who needs to take a Sophomore Assessment Gateway?
Any full-time or part-time student who has been declared a music major must complete a SAG prior to advanced level study.

Why does IU Southeast require a Sophomore Assessment Gateway?
Most college and university music programs require some sort of mid-point evaluation of the student's progress in the study of music. The music faculty has a responsibility to ensure that IU Southeast music graduates possess the skills and academic achievement needed to be competitive in the field of music. The SAG helps us maintain the standards set by our program and the NASM (National Association of Schools of Music) and also motivates the student to work consistently toward short and long-term goals. When the student begins the third year of study, he/she can take pride in the rewards of a successfully passed Gateway exam and can build upon the experience in the remaining portion of his/her degree program.


Scholarship Forms

Music Scholarship Application for new scholarship applicants

Scholarship Renewal Application for current scholarship recipients

Room Reservation Request
To request time in Stem Concert Hall, Recital Hall, Orchestra Rehearsal Room, Theory Classroom, or the Performance (Movement and Dance) Classroom, you must submit a Room/Hall Reservation Request Form.

Applied Instructor Evaluation
Students enrolled in an applied music course should submit an Applied Music Instructor Evaluation Form at the end of each semester.

Fast Facts for Music Majors
A brief description of some primary policies and procedures for students majoring in music.

IU Southeast Bulletin
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