Please see Autumn Nova in the Music Office to receive a copy of the 2008-2009 student handbook.  Check your mail boxes for updates to the music school calendar. 


 Requirements and helpful information from the Nyack Music Department Handbook:

 “The BA in Music Program affords students the opportunity to study music primarily from a liberal arts perspective.  It provides a strong foundation in music literature and history, theory, and ear training, and consistent studies in performance areas, both individual and ensemble.  This program is designed to serve students having solid intellectual interests and a commitment to aesthetic and artistic values.  Students may also pursue significant studies in other liberal arts areas such as English, Psychology, Philosophy, Religion, or History.

“Depending upon the secondary areas of concentration, graduates of this program are prepared for careers in music-related fields, such as church music ministries, music business, management, marketing, public relations, recording, radio and television, music theater and communications.  Students may also pursue graduate studies in musicology, music education, and other music-related fields.”  (Make sure you know your career goals and plan for them.  Be ready to earn a living or go on to graduate studies when you leave Nyack!)

“An audition is required to enter the Music BA program.  Students should prepare a selection which reflects their interests and abilities and demonstrates their potential readiness for the music major.” 


When you enter the B A in Music program, and advisor will be assigned to you.  Please keep this quotation from the Nyack catalog in mind, however:  “It is the primary responsibility of the student to maintain comprehensive files of academic progress while at college and to accept full responsibility for the advisement process towards the completion of the undergraduate degree.”  Office hours are posted and faculty advisors will gladly make themselves available to talk with you about your program.  If you have not fulfilled the requirements of the BA Degree in Music, it cannot be granted. Do not forget your foreign language requirement. It can sometimes be fulfilled through accredited testing if you are fluent in a second language.  Be aware that you need to know and fulfill the requirements for your program, as outlined in the college catalogue.  This is especially important for those who work and have unusual schedules; it is easy to slip in this regard. 

These items should be in your student folder:

                 ·        Pre-registration forms

·        Intention to declare a music major

·        Grade reports from each semester at Nyack

·        Any and all in-house documentation and correspondence affecting course of study

·        Projections for course completion at Nyack College leading to graduation

·        Documentation regarding recital attendance on or off campus

·        Junior and Senior Recital programs

·        All documentation, if any, as a transfer student to Nyack College, including a copy of the transcript from the former school.

Copies of the items above will be kept at the Music Office at NCNYC and at the Rockland campus.  Please help your advisor to compile these forms and keep them up to date.

 About Applied Music (Private Lessons)

1.  By signing up for lessons, you agree with the College to abide by certain guidelines, and to receive, in return, certain assurances:

    1. You are to buy or download any required sheet music.  A list of music stores is attached for your reference.
    2. You are expected to adhere to the schedule of lessons as stated at the beginning of the semester.  If you miss a lesson for any reason (including illness) without notifying the teacher 24 hours in advance, the lesson is not made up. This strict policy is for the protection of the professor who might otherwise come a long distance just for a “no-show” lesson. Kindly call the Music Office (X300) if you know you are going to be late.  The professor should not have to wait more than fifteen minutes for the student.  Professors are likewise to be prompt in starting the lessons.
    3.  If you are excused because of illness, a snow day, a field trip, etc., the teacher will reschedule a lesson with you. The teacher must also reschedule must miss the lesson. 13 lessons are given during the semester.  One Master Class, or group lesson, may be scheduled in the place of a private lesson.
    4. A lesson cut will result in a “0” grade.
    5. “Left-over” lessons may be scheduled during finals week when necessary.


  1. Guidelines for Practice.

Students are expected to practice for their lessons for approximately these amounts of time:

 1 credit per semester:  3 hours of practice per week

2 credits per semester (1 hr. lessons): 6 hours of practice per week

3 credits (for a Junior or Senior Recital only): 9 hours of practice per week

These times are minimal and are similar to the suggested study times for any other subject.  It is strongly suggested that you practice some each day, and do not try to “cram” just before your lesson.  As in the case of many subjects, cramming doesn’t work.  Piano students: In order to get in any significant amount of practicing, you must have an instrument available to you, preferably in your home.  A piano or other keyboard with 88 weighted keys and a good piano tone is essential.  Practice facilities at the College are very limited and the Music Office is not a practice roomYou may, and should, speak to the Music Secretary about scheduling a practice time when the classroom is not otherwise in use.  After lessons and coachings, music majors have priority for the use of the pianos.  If you are working with a student coach, please schedule your time with the Music Secretary.

 Junior and Senior Recital Times and Auditions: 

         Performance majors should plan for Junior and Senior Recitals and register for them the semester in which they are to be given. Junior recital programs should be a minimum of 30 minutes in length, senior recitals 60+ minutes in length. It is imperative that all work in preparation for the recital be complete during the allotted time as the jury will be looking for a polished performance. Should the student be unprepared for this recital jury, the student runs the risk of having the recital postponed to a later date due to lack of preparation. The student should be reminded that this can be very problematic from a scheduling standpoint.

         The recital audition should be scheduled one month prior to the junior or senior recital. The playing time in the audition will be limited to 20 minutes for junior recitals, and 30 minutes for senior recitals. The student must be prepared to perform at at least 2/3 of the pieces on the program by memory; the faculty will select the pieces to be performed during the recital audition. Students are to provide the auditioners with copies of the program which has been finalized with the private instructor.

         Recital programs should be submitted to the Music Office for printing no later than one week before the recital jury. The Department of Music will provide the appropriate number of printed programs to the student. If a student prefers a specially printed program, he or she will need to cover the additional costs. The Department of Music must approve all programs and materials before they can be duplicated and distributed. 

         Good attendance at the recital is a direct result of good publicity (e.g., posters, announcements, personal invitations, etc.). This publicity is the responsibility of the student, although the Department of Music is ready to assist whenever possible.

 Recital Date:

        In consultation with the private instructor, a date will need to be determined which will afford the best possible audience. In some cases, this date should be set one semester before the actual recital to take advantage of the available openings of the college calendar.


        Instrumentalists and vocalists requiring accompanists for their recital are personally responsible for arranging one. Arrangements for accompanists should be made at least three (3) months in advance of the recital. Use of non-college persons as accompanists. assisting artists, etc. must be approved by the Department of Music. The Department of Music will assist in arranging for an accompanist when necessary.

        It is essential to work out a rehearsal schedule with the accompanist and private instructor at least two (2) months prior to the recital. Since the accompanist will be giving both time and professional expertise, it is customary to offer remuneration for the services.

Departmental Recitals: 

         This valuable experience will give the student the opportunity to learn about stage presence and stage pressures. The student will learn how to program pieces at various stages of development, to communicate effectively with the audience, to become more relaxed with the physicality of performing, and other important lessons in the art of performance. 

         The Department of Music, NCNYC requires that every music major perform in one of the regularly scheduled departmental recitals on their major instrument each semester during their tenure at Nyack College.  

Preparation for Departmental Recitals: 

•       Private teachers must sign up their students for recitals.

•       Teachers will make sure to hear students with their accompanist before the recital.  The    accompanist is to be coached as part of the learning experience.

•       Once the program is submitted, teachers only may make changes or cancellations.

•       Vocalists and instrumentalists who are performance majors are required to memorize recital music. Other students are normally expected to perform by memory as well.  If it doubt, as your teacher regarding memorization.

•       Teachers will coach students concerning stage etiquette (e.g., attire, entering and exiting, bowing, acknowledging accompanist, etc.)

Recital Attendance 

           All music majors are expected to attend departmental and faculty recitals unless there is a class or work conflict.

 Reference materials, recordings, repertoire, and even a listening center may be found at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza (212) 870-1630 http://www.nypl.org/  This is a wonderful resource, but not a substitute for the student developing a music library of his or her own.  Any person residing or attending college in New York may request and receive a free public library card.  The school library also has some good resources.  See your librarian to secure interlibrary loans from Nyack, Rockland, as well.

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