Fall 2012 University of Hawai’i – Mānoa Department of Music



Course Name: MUS 432P

Meeting time: as decided

Room: 313

Instructor: Paul Barrett

Contact info:, (cell phone) 808-292-5010 (home phone) 808- 263-0021

The Music Department’s full Applied Music Guidelines, with many more details re: repeatable credits hours, etc. can be found here. Students are responsible for the information presented on this PDF link.

Senior Level (Course #432)

This course addresses the Music Department's Performance Skills objective by developing both technical skill and the ability to express aesthetic judgment through technique; the Basic Musicianship objective by developing basic musical, theoretical, and aural skills in connection to performance; and the Knowledge of Literature objective through the intensive study of solo and chamber repertoire.

MUS 432 is reserved exclusively for music majors in their primary performance area. The performance requirements (repertory labs & boards) are explained below:

Study advanced techniques, methods, and etudes, solo and chamber music repertoire. Presentation of senior recital. MUS 432 may be taken a maximum of three times.

This syllabus is a contract between you and your studio instructor. Please discuss any questions you have with your instructor.


1. Private Lessons

Instruction is given in fourteen lessons per semester,  one full-hour lesson per week (3 credits). Lessons will be held on Mondays at 1:30, room 313 unless arranged otherwise. 

Students are expected to notify the instructor if a lesson will be missed for any reason. Students must notify the instructor and office if lessons must be discontinued.

Students will be expected to demonstrate weekly progress on:

  • Scales/rudiments (as appropriate to the applied level of the student) 
  • Etude/technical exercises (as appropriate to the applied level of the student) 
  • Literature (as appropriate to the applied level of the student)
    o Representative literature for each level of study can be found on pages 8-13 of the Music Department’s full
    Applied Music Guidelines.

2. Repertory Labs
Repertory labs are performances presented by students in their various performing areas (piano, voice and instrumental). All music majors are required to play in repertory labs after their first semester of applied music study in the primary field. Attendance at all instrumental repertory labs is fully expected, and  may be considered in determining a student’s final grade.

Repertory Lab dates/times for Fall 2012 (Thursdays 12:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium):

9/20 10/18 11/8 11/29

Reserving a repertory Lab Date
The repertory lab sign-up sheet is posted In the Music Department office. Instrumental students should first consult with their applied instructors early each semester and then reserve a performance date time slot.

Repertory Lab forms
In order for the office staff to have ample time to prepare the repertory lab programs, repertory lab forms must be completed and submitted by students TWO WEEKS prior to the planned performance date. These forms are available on the Music Department website and
here. The completed form must be proofread and signed by the applied music teacher, and then must be forwarded to the area chair at least two weeks prior to the performance date. The area chair will arrange the program and submit it to the Music Office at least five days before the performance date.

Repertory Lab rehearsal times
If time is available, the student may schedule a half-hour rehearsal in Orvis or Room 36 in preparation for the repertory lab performance. To schedule a rehearsal time, see the facilities coordinator, whose office is located in Orvis.

3. Board Examinations

All music majors taking applied music lessons in their primary field must perform a board exam at the end of each semester of study. The board exam is necessary to determine promotion to a higher level and to determine completion of applied music requirements.

The board should include the applied music instructor and two faculty members. Each board member submits a grade, and the results are averaged to determine the examination grade. The student’s applied music instructor gives the final grade for the course (see Assessment below)

The date for the Fall 2012 board examination is Friday, December 7. A schedule will be posted on the Music Department bulletin board.

Piano Accompanists
Instrumental students should arrange the services of piano accompanists for their board exams well in advance of the examination date. Consult your applied instructor for information on available piano accompanists.

Board Protocol:

  • Complete one Board Examination Sheet, available from the music office or here, for each
    faculty member. 
  • Submit two copies of the music to be performed. Photocopies are permissible provided you own the original.
  • Dress as you would for any professional audition.

Assessment will consist of an evaluation of mastery/improvement in technical & musical skills, mastery of assigned repertoire, quality of performance at Repertory Labs & Boards, attendance at all lessons, rep labs, etc., and other criteria as set forth by the applied instructor.

Board assessment rubric:
A - Excellent preparation of the music assigned. Control over all musical and technical aspects, including expressiveness, note accuracy and intonation, and pulse control. Evidence of all assigned material having received significant effort.

B – Very good control over most aspects of the music including technical demands and musicality. There may be small inconsistencies in tempo control, intonation, and/or note accuracy.

C – Evidence of basic preparation (or of concerted effort towards only a part of assigned material), including learning pitches and rhythms at a controlled tempo. Playing is very mechanical with little attention to consistent, mature tone production and intonation, little attention to details and realizing expressive aspects.

D – Serious problems with consistent tone production, note accuracy, and pulse control. Little evidence of attempt to realize expressive elements of the music. Minimal understanding of the music and its related components.

F – Little or no evidence of an attempt to master the assigned lesson material. Uncharacteristic sound concept, lack of acquisition and improvement of technique, complete insufficiency in understanding and effort towards affecting expressive elements of the music.



Lesson Grade of 4.0 - Superior

Lesson assignment is well prepared and technical delivery is excellent. A strong work ethic, good time management skills, initiative and dedication are clearly evident. Outstanding progress musically and technically has been made.


Lesson Grade of 3.5 - Excellent

Lesson assignment is prepared. A consistent, methodical pattern of practice is evident, and any repeated material shows improvement. Musicality is present but needs improvement. Good progress has been in technical areas.


Lesson Grade of 3.0 - Above Average

Lesson assignment shows some inconsistency in practicing, slight improvement in technical skills and assigned material is adequately prepared. However, the student is not working up to their fullest potential.


Lesson Grade of 2.5 - Satisfactory

Assigned material for the lesson is not adequately prepared. Performance includes frequent uncertainties, missed notes, and practice tempos. Gradual improvement is made during the course of the lesson, however, the technical and musical errors in addition to inconsistent practice habits have created a lesson delivery below expectations.


Lesson Grade of 2.0 - Poor

Lesson material is clearly not prepared and demonstrates little or no consistent practice. The student exhibits a lack of motivation and/or discipline. The student has not acted upon the requests made by the instructor.


Lesson Grade of 1.0/1.5 - Inferior

Repeated lesson material is again not prepared. The student struggles with basics, with no consideration for musical aspects. Poor quality reeds are seriously affecting the performance.


Lesson Grade of 0.0 - Failure

Unexcused absence.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is required at private lessons, seminar class, and all other studio events including chamber/large ensemble performances, faculty and student recitals, performances at Repertory Labs, and guest artist events. The music department events calendar is published on our website and updated regularly. Studio concerts will be listed no later than week one of fall semester. Student recitals and guest artist events are typically scheduled throughout the year and published immediately on the music department website. Discuss any conflicts with your studio teacher as early as possible.


Student recitals must be performed during the second or third semesters of applied music levels 432. Student recitals other than Junior and Senior recitals may be given. These are to be determined by the area applied music faculty. 


Weekly preparation for lessons 50% Board & Repertory Lab performance 40%

Attendance at all lessons/rep labs 10%


 More information on department policies can be found here.

Recital Length:

Senior Recitals (MUS 432): 45-minute minimum, 60-minute maximum. (55-minute minimum for pianists.) A ten-minute intermission is allowed.

Scheduling recital Dates and rehearsal times
After approval by the applied music teacher, the student should schedule the recital date during the registration period in the semester prior to the recital with the facilities coordinator.

Recital Repertory
No repertory performed in repertory labs or board examinations before the junior year may appear on the junior recital, and no repertory performed before the senior year may appear on the senior recital.

Recital Committee
Each recital will be graded by a committee made up of the applied music instructor and two faculty members The Recital Committee should be agreed upon at least one month prior to the recital hearing.

Recital Hearing
A preliminary hearing of the junior, senior, and graduate recital is required a month in advance to determine whether the performer will be ready for public performance. Prior to this hearing, the student, in consultation with the specific area chair, is to select a date in consultation with the Recital Committee.


  • Practice room assignments & keys: sign-out rooms with Byron Moon ( or 956-7786) at the beginning of each semester. 
  • Instruments may be rented via the UH Instrument Room as needed. Contact George Matsumoto at or 956-5207. 
  • Instrument lockers (intended for personal items) may be rented via the UH Instrument Storage room. Contact George Matsumoto at or 956-5207. 
  • Loaned items: Any loaned instruments, recordings, sheet music, etc. from UH or faculty must be returned as requested in their original condition. You are responsible for any lost or damaged items.