Preparing for a Degree Recital


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All degree recitals must be prepared under the supervision of a UAF private lesson teacher.

The Music Department has a responsibility to ensure that all performances are of a high quality. In order to ensure the successful presentation of a program, the Department requires that a number of preliminary steps be taken before any degree or other solo recital is presented[1]

  • Eligibility to give a degree recital.   Students may download a copy of the Solo Recital Application Form from this website.   Junior students must have completed all of their lower division degree requirements in first and second year music theory, ear training, and music history courses.   (Exceptions to this policy can only be approved by the Chair of the Department of Music.)   Students must have also completed minimal progress for the Piano Proficiency Requirement as defined in the description of that requirement. Graduate recitals may be scheduled only after the student has been advanced to candidacy in their program. All students desiring to present a recital must complete a residency of at least two semesters of private lesson study at UAF as a condition to be eligible to present a recital.
  • Recital scheduling. Students must plan their date well in advance of having learned the repertoire. Generally, any student planning to give a recital during the spring semester of the academic year should reserve the date by September or October of the previous year. Reservations must be approved by the student's applied music teacher through the Music Office.   Further, the Department Chair reserves the right to adjust recital dates to ensure optimum scheduling the recital calendar in the Davis Concert Hall.   All recital reservations are also considered tentative until the student has passed the recital pre-hearing and the Department Chair has confirmed that the student has completed the requisite parts of the Piano Proficiency requirement.   Publicity is not to be posted until after the pre-hearing has been successfully completed.
  • Approval of music repertoire. The selection of music literature for a degree recital program must meet the approval of the applied teacher. Any last minute changes in the proposed recital content can only be made with the concurrence of the applied teacher and the Department Chair.   Students are cautioned against selecting a program of excessive length.   Sometimes physical endurance requirements of a lengthy recital can cause the quality of performance to suffer for the final pieces on the program.   Students are also asked to be realistic in selecting dates for their recitals.   Postponements and cancellations of publicised  programs reflect poorly upon the student, the applied teacher, and the Department.
  • Recital pre-hearing.   Students are required to demonstrate that their performance is sufficiently learned to be performed as a department-sponsored recital.   When the student and teacher determine that ALL of the music recital repertoire is sufficiently well learned, they shall schedule a recital pre-hearing.   This pre-hearing must be scheduled at least two weeks (ten class days) prior to the date tentatively reserved for the degree recital.   To do this, the student must find a date and time when at least three members of the resident faculty can meet to hear the entire program played through.   One faculty member of the jury must represent a performance area other than the instrument used by the student for the recital.   All musicians performing on the recital (accompanists and other chamber musicians) must take part in this pre-hearing. It is the responsibility of the student soloist to coordinate the scheduling of this hearing prior to the deadline described above. It is also the responsibility of the degree student in charge to make sure that all participants are present for the pre-hearing. Failure to do so may cause postponement of the recital indefinitely, and in some cases, could delay graduation.   The student must provide each member of the jury with a written copy of the complete recital program.  
  • Graduate students in composition must ensure that all musicians performing on the recital are well prepared well and present for the recital pre-hearing.   The quality of the final performance of the student-composed works is equally important to the quality of the appearance of the music score.   Composition students must plan for a sufficient number of rehearsals to guarantee the high degree of quality expected by the faculty at the pre-hearing.   A poor performance of composed works that may be too difficult for the performers to perform well could result in a failed degree recital.   Composition students should be realistic as to the demands they are putting on their performers, both in terms of technical difficulty of the work(s), and the time needed to rehearse the works.
  • Preparation of the printed program.   The Music Department has created a printed program design template that all student degree recitals must conform.  This template may be obttained from the Forms page. The content of the printed program must be reviewed and approved by the applied teacher, prior to printing. It must not list any music repertoire other than was approved by the faculty at the recital pre-hearing.   Students may include brief supplementary program notes on separately printed insert to be included with the main program template.   Inclusion of student biographies is discouraged. These notes should be submitted in typed form to the applied teacher at least two weeks prior to the recital date.   The inclusion of extensive personal biographical content on the program is inappropriate and is discouraged.   Printing of the program must be done by the Music Department unless the Department Head authorizes an exception.
  • Required printed program acknowledgments. The recital program template on the website includes all of the required acknowledgements that must be included on the program.   Most importantly, your program must include the following text elements:
  1. 1) The program should begin with the program sponsors:   The University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Liberal Arts , Department of Music, presents.  
  2. 2) Degree programs must state that the program “ is a [specify Junior, Senior, or Graduate recital]   given in partial fulfillment for the degree of [specify degree title] under the direction of Professor ____________.”   Including additional acknowledgements of best friends, etc., etc., is inappropriate for a degree recital program and should not be included.
  3. 3) The program must include the following statement near the bottom of the program:   UAF is an AA/EO employer and educational institution.

If you have questions, please see your private lesson instructor, or contact the Administrative Assistant in the Music Office.

  • Publicity. Student recitals (graduate or undergraduate) must not be publicized until AFTER the student has successfully passed the required pre-recital hearing. (Such a policy serves to ensure an impartial pre-recital hearing.) There is little time between completion of the pre-recital hearing and the actual scheduled recital date, so it is recommended that all publicity materials be prepared for immediate release and distribution following the successful completion of the pre-recital hearing.
  1. Printed flyers be posted within the Department and on other campus bulletin boards are effective for getting the word out to students.   Some local radio stations may read public service announcements for upcoming concerts, depending upon their program format.   Broadcast media usually require such announcements at least ten days in advance of the recital date.   The Department will publicize the program on its website.
  2. Any information about the program should include the following information: who, what, when, where, time of performance, the fact that the recital is sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Music, the fact that there is no admission charge, as well as any other facts that would make the event attractive.
  3. Students may elect to use posters instead of flyers, but consider that the additional cost of printing posters may not be cost effective compared to flyers.  The Department cannot pay for the cost of printed posters, or reimburse students for other expenses related to the recital.  Posters and flyers must have the same sponsorship and AA/EO statements as previously described for the printed programs.
  • Recording the recital. The Music Department will arrange to make a recording of student recitals as a part of their regular departmental recording routine. Recordings will be put on file in the library. A student may check out the tape of his or her own performance to make a personal copy.  Students giving recitals should check with the department secretary as to the procedure for requesting recording technician assistance at their event.
  • Presentation of the recital. Student recitalists should arrange for ushers to be present prior to and during the performance if they wish. If a reception is desired, it must be done at student's expense and be arranged by fellow students students, families, or friends.
  • Grading the recital. For degree-required recitals, each member of the faculty in attendance will submit a letter grade to the Music Office. Technical proficiency, musicality, appearance, stage presence, and the degree of professionalism shown. The specific criteria for music performance are the same as described earlier for grading of jury performances.

[1] The Department will consider sponsoring elective recitals for music students pursuing degrees not normally requiring a recital for completion of the degree, but these sponsorships are limited to performers who have demonstrated exceptionally high performance ability. The following regulations also apply to those students.)