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Student Information & Forms

Advising/Registration/Course Sequences

  • All students must meet with their academic advisor at least once per semester prior to registration.
  • Please print out a copy of the Music Programming Sheet (Course Selection Form) and complete your list of courses prior to your advising meeting.
  • To find your advisor, click here.
  • Each student should follow the course sequence that corresponds to their catalog year. Course Sequences are linked in the chart below.

Course Sequences for 2012-2013
Course Sequences for 2013-2014

Teacher Licensure: Instrumental 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22
Teacher Licensure: Vocal 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22
Teacher Licensure: General Music 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22
Performance: Instrumental 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22
Performance: Keyboard 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22
Performance: Vocal 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22
Performance: Composition 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22
Performance: Jazz Studies 14-15 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22
BA in Music: Open Studies NA 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22
BA in Music: Music Theory/Comp. NA 15-16 16-17 17-18 18-19 19-20 20-21 21-22
BA in Music: Audio Recording Tech. NA NA  NA NA   NA  NA 20-21 21-22

Accompanist Information

Please observe the following Accompanist Request instructions and deadlines. All scores may be turned in to the Music Office or directly to Dr. Cayres.

  • Degree Recitals
    • Fall Semester: Piano scores, schedule, and repertoire list due no later than noon on September 3, 2021.
    • Spring Semester: Piano scores due no later than noon on Monday, January 24, 2022.
  • General Recitals
    • Students requesting accompaniment for a General Recital should submit their piano scores at least three weeks before the recital.
  • Advanced Study & Voice Jury Accompaniment
    • Fall Semester: Students requesting accompaniment for an Advanced Study Jury or Voice Jury should submit their scores no later than 4:30pm on Friday, November 12, 2021.
    • Spring Semester: Students requesting accompaniment for an Advanced Study Jury or Voice Jury should submit their scores no later than 4:30pm on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Advanced Study Jury Information

All B.Mus. students must demonstrate performance skills sufficient to allow study at the advanced level. A satisfactory assessment in the advanced study jury will allow continued pursuit of the degree and must be achieved to enroll in Advanced Applied Study (MUS 3310 - 3363) and to schedule junior and senior recitals. The advanced study jury is generally completed after the fourth semester, but must be completed by the end of the sixth semester. Two attempts are permitted. Students who fail to achieve advanced standing after two attempts will not be permitted to continue in a B.Mus. program, but may change their major to the Bachelor of Arts in Music.

Advanced study juries are scheduled during the final week of classes or during final exam week. All students must perform repertoire that meets requirements set by the division of their enrollment. All students must sight read and play or sing scales. The examining committee consists of at least three faculty members of the Division (Instrumental, Voice, Keyboard, Jazz Studies). If the area is comprised of less than three faculty, other faculty will serve on the examining committee. All aspects of the exam (repertoire, scales, sight reading, etc.) must be performed satisfactorily. In addition, minimum academic standards set by the department must be maintained.  

Degree Recital Scheduling

If you are planning to present a recital during the upcoming semester, make sure you register for the appropriate recital course on PAWS. In order to reserve a recital date, complete the appropriate Recital Request Form linked below. Recitals will be scheduled according to student seniority. All required degree recitals will be scheduled before any non-degree recital. 

  • Recital Scheduling for Spring 2022 recitals will begin in September following the schedule below:       
    • Friday, September 24, 2021 Required Graduate Recitals and Senior Recitals
    • Friday, October 1, 2021 Required Junior Recitals
    • Friday, October 8, 2021 Required Sophomore Recital
    • Friday, October 15, 2021 Non-Degree Recitals
    • Recital Request Form for Spring 2022

Degree Recital Jury and Program Procedures

No fewer than two weeks prior to the recital, a recital jury must be performed. The piano technician must receive notification of time and place for the recital jury so that the piano to be used can be properly prepared. A committee of three faculty members, which must include the applied teacher, will hear the recital jury. Students must perform all recital material. The approval of the committee is required for a public performance to take place. The approval of the committee and the public performance are necessary for the requirement to be fulfilled. Program notes are also required for all degree recitals. These notes are submitted to and printed by the students’ applied teacher. During the recital jury, committee members provide written comments, assign letter grades and authorize the performance of the recital. Those who perform degree recitals after midterm may be exempt from Juries.

If permission for public performance is given, complete program content must be submitted to the Performance Area Coordinator, by the student’s applied teacher, within 24 hours following the jury. Electronic submission is required. Program notes must be submitted to the studio teacher and filed with the music department office. 

The recital program document should include:

  • Names of all performers, including accompanists, and students’ instruments or voice parts
  • Date/Time/Location of Recital
  • Title of all works to be performed, including the titles of movements, where applicable
  • Names and dates of composers
  • Minimal formatting

Department Events

The Music Department's Events Calendar is now maintained online in the Concerts and Events Menu.

Division and General Recitals for 2021-2022

For students requesting a General Recital, please note that the deadline to submit piano scores is three weeks prior to the recital. Scores may be submitted to the music office or directly to Dr. Cayres.

ESO Concerto Auditions: Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021

General Information for Music Students


Students who feel they have legitimate grievances concerning policies or persons connected with the Department of Music should follow the steps listed below. If the grievance lies in the area of a grade appeal, please consult the EIU Grade Appeal website.

  • Schedule an appointment with the faculty member and talk with him or her directly about the issue.
  • If the issue remains unresolved, bring your complaint to the department chair.
  • If not satisfied with the outcome at the departmental level, you may address your complaint with the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.


Health and Safety for Music Students

The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS) can schedule a fitting for custom-made musician ear plugs for a fee of $52 each.  You could choose one or two.  To schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Heidi Ramrattan, the audiologist in CDS, to schedule an appointment.

Honors Recital Auditions - Spring 2022

Honors Recital Auditions will be held on Monday, March 7, 2022 beginning at 6:00 pm in the DFAC Recital Hall. Audition winners will be featured on the Honors Recital that will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 6:00 pm. Please download the following document for further information and the entry form. Entries are due to the Music Office no later than noon on Friday, February 4, 2022.

Independent Study

All students interested in completing an Independent Study project should complete this online form no later than the first three days of the semester.  Please discuss your Independent Study proposal with your faculty sponsor prior to completing the form.

Internship Information for BA in Music:  Audio Recording Technology Program

  • Students in the Audio Recording Technology program will complete 6 credits of internship (MUS 4275).
  • Please see the Internship website for information on this degree requirement.
  • The EIU Career Services Office may assist in securing an internship.

Locker Check-Out Procedure

  • Find a locker without a lock on it that will fit your instrument(s) appropriately.
  • Put a lock on it. The lock must be a combination lock, not a keyed lock.
  • Complete this online form.

If you put a lock on a locker and do not fill out the online form, the lock will be cut and your belongings will be confiscated. The first locker inventory sweep will begin on Monday morning of the second week of classes.

Instrument Check-Out Procedure

  • Pick up the Instrument Rental forms outside of the Band Office (DFAC 0352) and fill them out.
  • See David Martins in the Band Office during her office hours to finalize the paperwork.
  • Pay the Instrumental Fee as needed--see below.
  • For more information see:

Note: School owned instruments must be in their assigned lockers (not a personal locker) immediately following juries in the spring semester so a full inventory sweep may be completed.

Instrument Rental

The Department of Music has a limited number of wind and brass instruments available for rental to students interested in participating in music ensembles. The non-refundable fee for rental of the instrument will be as follows:

  • $225 per year for Music Majors renting their primary instrument.
  • $60 per semester for Music Minors renting their primary instrument and for Music Majors renting a secondary instrument.
  • $40 per semester for Non-Music Majors or Non-Music Minors, and for all Athletic Bands.

The rental fees are designed to cover the cost of routine maintenance and repairs due to wear-and-tear on the instrument. If an instrument is damaged due to negligence or carelessness on the part of the renter, the renter will be responsible for covering the repair cost. Please contact Dr. Alicia Neal for additional information.

Payment for instrumental rental will occur online using the EIU Cash Net system.  he payment link will be made available on August 1st and will be open until October 1st of each academic year. Payment must be received prior to October 1st.   If not received, the student will no longer be permitted to use the instrument. Payment by check or cash is also available. Please contact Dr. Neal for additional information.  

Portfolio Assessment

All students will submit a portfolio of their work at EIU during their final semester in residence on the EIU campus. Click here for additional information.

Teacher Licensure Students

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Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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