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MUSIC 4E09A Solo Performance

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Multiterm

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Studio Instructor


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 414

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27671

Office Hours: By appointment only

Course Objectives:

To bring the level of the student’s instrumental or vocal performance to the highest possible undergraduate level, as demonstrated in public performance.

Method of Assessment:

The final grade will be based upon the following:


a) Term Work:  includes level and consistency of preparation for lessons and progress demonstrated during the course (technical facility, expressiveness, increasing level of difficulty of the repertoire), as determined by the instructor.


25% for each term                                 50% total


The instructor will give each student an interim grade worth 25% of the final mark for the course prior to the sessional date published in the University Calendar under “last day for withdrawal without failure by default”.  This interim grade will be incorporated into the overall lesson/progress mark worth 50% of the final grade.  Instructors may choose to indicate the overall Term 1 mark to their students at the end of Term 1 to fulfill this requirement.


The instructor’s mark for all term work will be submitted to the SOTA office following the last lesson and before any public, juried performances have been heard.



b) Lesson Attendance: Scheduled lessons for which the student is absent without valid reason, will not be rescheduled.  In those instances where SOTA receives a valid reason for the missed lesson date, every attempt will be made to reschedule the lesson, but there can be no guarantee that this will be possible.  Rescheduled lessons will occur at times mutually agreeable to the instructor and student.


c) Recital:  At the end of Term II, each student will perform a final jury in the form of a recital presentation of approximately forty minutes, during which he or she will demonstrate technical ability and musicality appropriate to a Diploma in Music Performance.


The repertoire for the recital performance will be decided upon by the instructor, in consultation with the student, and the instructor may stipulate that some or all of the performance must be from memory.  After the last scheduled lesson of the course, and before the recital, students must present to the SOTA office a list of repertoire studied during the course, signed by both the student and the instructor.  These lists will be kept on file in the SOTA office.  No recital will be heard and no grade will be issued for the course until this document has been received by the SOTA office.  The student should keep a copy of all such submissions.


Students should schedule the final recital in consultation with the SOTA office.  Because of the high demand for events in Convocation Hall, the students’ initial request of a date and time may not be possible; students should be prepared to be flexible in this regard.


Prior to the recital, students should make the following available to the instructor and faculty member hearing the recital:

  1. a list of the selections to be performed during the recital and the repertoire studied during the year (2 copies).
  2. copies of the music for that day’s recital, which the adjudicators may follow during the performance; this music will be returned to the student at the end of the recital.


The recital will be heard by the student’s instructor, who will contribute a mark worth 30% of the recital mark, and by an assigned faculty member, who will contribute a mark worth 70% of the recital mark.  Together these marks will constitute 50% of the student’s final grade in the course.


If required, it is the responsibility of the student to obtain and pay for an accompanist for any public performance, and to ensure that the accompanist meets the performance standard of the instructor.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

The exact repertory and technical studies will be chosen by the instructor taking into consideration the level of difficulty appropriate for a Diploma in Performance.

Other Course Information:

Music 4E09 is open only to students pursuing the Diploma in Music Performance.  Please see listing in current Undergraduate Calendar for important details.