Fall 2013 Incoming Student Information
Freshmen & Transfers
Incoming Students will be enrolled in courses by the School of Music. Stars 101 enrollment days are NOT required for music students. You can make an individual advising appointment at any time over the summer, or meet with an advisor during orientation week. Contact Greg Aldridge (firstname.lastname@example.org, 405-208-5634) to make an advising appointment, or to discuss any questions you have about enrollment.
- If you scored a 4 or a 5 on an AP test, you will receive college credit for the corresponding OCU course. However, if you have not received your official AP test score yet, you should NOT change the suggested enrollment.
- Students who have scored a 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory Exam are still required to take the Theory Diagnostic Exam during new student orientation week.
- A composite AP score of 4 or 5 will exempt you from Music Theory I and Aural Skills I.
All new vocalists will be enrolled in choir. However, all vocalists must do a choir placement audition during freshmen orientation week.
Choral placement auditions will be held in the Bass Center B207 on the following dates:
- Monday, August 12, 2013, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (6:00–9:00 p.m. for music theater students)
- Tuesday, August 13, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to noon (1:00—3:30 p.m. for other music majors enrolled in choir)
You will be assigned an individual 10-minute audition. There will be a prepared example for you outside the audition rooms.
Included in the audition will be general vocalizing and sight-reading.
ALL incoming vocalists must complete the choir audition before the first day of classes, Monday, August 19, 2013.
Greg Aldridge will contact you over the summer with your choral placement audition time. See Ensemble Placement Auditions for Incoming Students and the Choral Program Newsletter.
All new music theater students are required to attend dance leveling during new student orientation week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, in Gaylord Center, Studio R.
Students will level in ballet, tap and jazz. The School of Dance & Arts Management will enroll students in dance classes, based on leveling, before classes begin.
You must attend all three levelings:
- ballet, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
- tap, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- jazz, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Also, please download and read this document on what to wear. There are no exceptions to the dress code.
Instrumental Ensemble Chair Placement
All instrumentalists must participate in chair placement auditions for Symphony Orchestra and Wind Philharmonic. Auditions will be held Sunday, August 18, 2013.
The Instrumental Newsletter will provide more detailed information. See Ensemble Placement Auditions for Incoming Students.
Matriculation Choir Rehearsal
ALL new music majors enrolled in choir must participate in Matriculation Choir Rehearsal on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Kirkpatrick Auditorium and perform at Matriculation Convocation on Wednesday, August 14. Attendance will be taken. BRING A PENCIL!
All Vocal, Choral and Instrumental newsletters will be posted here after May 30th, 2013.
All incoming students will be placed in Class Piano I. If you believe you do not belong in beginning class piano, please contact Greg Aldridge at email@example.com.
The placement exam will take place during new student orientation week on Thursday, August 17, 2013, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Bass Center A309.
For the exam, you will be asked to play scales, arpeggios and harmonization. You will also need to prepare one piece. The piece does not need to be memorized.
All incoming freshman music majors are required to have a laptop computer. The Bass School of Music is an Apple Digital school and suggests our students purchase MacBooks. Apple computers may be ordered through the OCU Custom Apple Store.
Students who purchase a MacBook must also purchase AppleCare Protection Plan. By purchasing AppleCare, you will receive an additional discount when purchasing your computer through the OCU Custom Apple Store at OCU Custom Apple Store.
Log in to the OCU Custom Apple Store using your OCU username and the password that was sent to you by OCU Admissions for access to BlueLink and the OCU Campus Network. When you receive your Apple computer and AppleCare, register both immediately.
Students may choose to purchase a PC if desired, but in-class faculty demonstrations and technology support will be for Apple computers, not PCs.
It is highly recommended that all students purchase a computer lock and carrying case.
Computer notation software is also a crucial tool for your coursework at OCU. There are a few software packages that are very important to have prior to your arrival on campus.
- Please purchase and install the latest version of Sibelius notation software on your laptop and take some time to get familiar with the software prior to beginning your coursework.
- If you are an experienced Finale user, you may continue to use that platform. However, we will not be able to provide additional support for problems that you may encounter while using Finale for class assignments.
NOTE: While you are welcome to invesitgate freeware material online, we require that you purchase Sibelius 7. You may purchase Sibelius 7 Academic Student. The less expensive versions lack many functions you will need for courses and will not be adequate.
Students using PCs are required to have the sequencing software Cakewalk Music Creator 5. Apple computers have sequencing software (GarageBand) and many other applications already included. OCU students have access to download Microsoft Office free of charge from the OCU Technology website.
Should you wish to finance your purchase through a student loan, you must fill out a Request for Additional Financial Aid for Education-Related Expenses form. Please mail your completed form to the Financial Aid office or fax it to 405-208-5466.
If you have any questions concerning technology, please email John Cross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All freshmen music majors will be enrolled in Theory, however, all freshmen who are not receiving AP credit for Music Theory I MUST complete the Theory Diagnostic Exam on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 9 a.m. in Petree Recital Hall. BRING A PENCIL!!
Transfer students must contact Dr. Erik Heine to discuss the appropriate class assignment for Music Theory. In order for credits to be evaluated, you will need to provide syllabi for Theory and Aural Skills and copies of exams if you have them.
Transfer students who were not previously music majors, or who have never taken Music Theory, must take the Diagnostic Exam.
Dr. Heine may be reached at email@example.com, 405-208-5219, or in FA 321.
See here for study suggestions on how to prepare for Music Theory at the collegiate level. Click here for more information: Theory Diagnostic Exam.
Important Orientation Events for Music Students
Monday, August 12, 2013
Choral Placement Auditions for music theater majors – 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Bass Center B207 (YOU WILL BE ASSIGNED A TIME)
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Dance Leveling – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Gaylord Center, Studio R. All new music theater majors are required to attend.
Choir Placement Auditions for all music students enrolled in choir who are not music theater majors – 10:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., Bass Center B207 (YOU WILL BE ASSIGNED A TIME)
Matriculation Convocation Choir Rehearsal – 5 to 6 p.m., Kirkpatrick Auditorium. All vocalists are required to attend. Attendance will be taken. Please bring a pencil.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
All vocalists meet at 8:00 a.m. for final rehearsal and choir robe distribution. Attendance will be taken. Kirkpatrick Auditorium.
All students meet at McDaniel University Center Patio at 8:30 a.m. to prepare for procession.
Matriculation Convocation at 9:00 a.m., Kirkpatrick Auditorium
Bass Music School Orientation – 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Petree Recital Hall, Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center
Attendance required for all new music majors. Parents are welcome.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Theory Diagnostic Exam – 9:00 a.m., Petree Recital Hall. All new music majors are required to take this exam. Attendance will be taken. Please bring a pencil.
Piano Placement Exam – 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Bass Center A309
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Instrumental Chair Placement Auditions – All students enrolled in Wind Philharmonic and/or Symphony Orchestra will be scheduled for chair placement auditions by Brian McQuade, ensemble librarian. Audition music will be available online August 1. Directions for accessing the music will be available in the Instrumental Newsletter.
Monday, August 19, 2013
All day – classes begin
Opera/Music Theater auditions for Fall 2013 shows (required for all incoming vocalists)
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Mandatory Meeting for All Music Majors – 1:00 to 1:50 p.m., Petree Recital Hall
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