Department of Music and Fine Arts

Northern Caribbean University

Music Student Handbook

All music students will receive a copy of the Music Student Handbook upon entering any of the music programmes. Current students will also receive an updated version at the beginning of each successive school year. The Handbook contains all the requirements and procedures, as well as general information that students need to know about the music facilities and the music degree programmes offered by the Department. Students are responsible for and required to be informed about its contents.


All majors, a ssociates and minors m ust participate in a departmental ensemble each consecutive semester (except when a student is teaching or on internship) until the ensemble degree requirements are fulfilled. Students may enrol in no more than two ensembles in any given semester. Large an d small ensembles include: The University Chorale, Chamber Ensemble and Concert Band.


Forums are seminars designed for majors, associates and minors to perform in a friendly environment and participate in scholarly discussions and performance. Att endance is required for all music majors. Solo Recitals All majors are required to present both a Junior and a Senior recital as graduation requirements. Each of these must be preceded by a pre - recital four weeks prior to the proposed recital date. (See Mu sic Student Handbook for further details.)

Piano Proficiency

Each major, including Teacher Education majors, is required to pass a Piano Proficiency Examination at the end of the sophomore year. Students who fail the exam will be required to register for Piano Proficiency courses until the examination is passed. (See Music Student Handbook for further details.)

Jury Examinations

All Music students who are registered for Applied Music for credit in any semester are required to appear before the music facul ty for a jury examination at the end of that semester. At the jury examination, the student will present the compositions, in their principal instrument, studied during that semester, but which have not been presented at a previous jury. The length of the jury is determined by the number of credits for which the student is registered that semester. (See Music Student Handbook for further details.)

Advancement to Candidacy

This mid-matriculation interview occurs at the jury at the end of the sophomore year (Sophomore Evaluation). This Evaluation examination is designed to ensure that students will be able to continue in the programme for which they are enrolled based upon their current levels of academic and performance skills. (See Music Student Handbook for further details.)

Concert and Recital Attendance

Attendance at all major concerts, recitals, and forums sponsored by the Department is required of all music students.

Applied Music

All students enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree programmes in music are required to register for fourteen (14) 60 - minute Applied lessons per semester in their primary performing medium in order to obtain credit. Students enrolled in the Associate degree programmes as well as minors in music are required to register for fourte en (14) 30 - minute lessons per semester in order to obtain credit.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities including: performance, teaching, music therapist, architectural acoustics consultant, arts management, music biographer, church musician, c omposer, conductor, musicologist, lyricist, music attorney, music industry (including radio, television, and publishing) and music librarian. Some of these will require graduate studies in their appropriate disciplines.