Things to Do
Ensemble AuditionsIncoming Returning
Some ensembles require an audition:
Applied Lessons (MUSC 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, & 172) may have a scheduled meeting time, often WeFr 2:00PM-2:50PM. This does not mean your lessons will be at that time.
Instead, your lesson schedule is in multiple parts:
- Wednesdays from 2:00-2:50 are generally used as a studio class—a class meeting with your entire instrument/voice group. Attendance is expected.
- Fridays from 2:00-2:50 are used as Convocation—a meeting of the entire Challey School of Music. Attendance is expected.
- Your actual lesson time will be determined in consultation with your applied teacher.
The Monday 2:00 time is reserved for MUSC 189: Skills for Academic Success.
Students are expected to purchase scores and other materials necessary for applied music lessons.
Choral scores and Instrumental Ensemble parts are usually provided by the ensembles and should be returned after concerts are completed.
Additional for vocalistsStudents are required to purchase their own vocal score for Handel’s Messiah that is published by Oxford Music.
Students participating in NDSU Opera should purchase their own vocal scores.
Liszt/Challey.me AccessIncoming Returning
NDSU uses Liszt to handle assorted things like recital attendance, instrument and locker checkouts, and so on. This year, students will be self-enrolling in Liszt.
If you have already enrolled with the GSMB, you will need to re-enroll here.Here's how you do that:
- Click relevant button
- Sign in with Microsoft
- Sign in with your NDUS credentials (Email)
- Enter your Student ID # if empty
Instrument & Locker Checkout InformationIncoming Returning
For Instruments & Storage Lockers
- If you haven't already, self-enroll through Liszt/Challey.me.
- Fill out the Instrument/Locker Request Form.
- You will receive your locker checkout information through Challey.me
For Student Lounge Lockers
- Claim an unclaimed locker in the student lounge (unclaimed lockers have a card on the front)
- Fill out the card on the locker and submit it to the box in the Music Office (Music Education 115)
VocalistsAll new students enrolled in applied voice lessons will sing at the voice studio class on the first Wednesday of the Fall semester in order to be assigned a studio teacher.
- Students are expected to sing one song of their choice.
- An accompanist will be provided.
NOTE: The student’s studio teacher and academic advisor are not always the same faculty member. Academic advisors will be assigned in the first month of the Fall semester. Students entering a music degree in Spring semesters will be assigned a teacher and advisor based on their audition to the Challey School of Music.
InstrumentalistsYou will be contacted by your studio or area professor.
Registering and Dropping ClassesIncoming
Visit OneStop in the Memorial Union or visit their Campus Connection page.
Accompanist FeesIncoming Returning
VocalistsAll students enrolled in MUSC X67 Applied Voice Lessons are paired with collaborative pianists from our graduate program or from the community. This professional relationship develops musicianship and collaborative performance skills.
- Fees and guidelines for collaborative pianists are outlined in a collaborative pianist contract distributed with the syllabus for MUSC X67.
- The collaborative pianist attends all voice lessons and offers some rehearsal time outside of lessons as outlined in the pianist contract.
- The pianist also makes themselves available for ancillary projects such as NATS auditions, vocal competitions, local gigs, and other auditions.
InstrumentalistsIt is your responsibility to secure an accompanist if your assigned repertoire is with piano. Instrumental accompanying policies and procedures are available here.
Things to Know
Incoming students (except those who have taken a comparable class elsewhere) will be signed up for MUSC 189: Skills for Academic Success. This course meets Mondays at 2:00PM. As a once-weekly course, it's easy to forget.
Theory/Ear Training Class ShufflingIncoming
As the semester begins, you will be registered for a Music Theory/Ear Training class pair. During the first week, you may be moved to a different class section to make sure that all theory/ear training classes are balanced. All sections of theory and ear training are at the same time, so this will not impact your schedule.
Library ResourcesIncoming Returning
Printing is avilable in computer labs with GoPrint stations (cluster printing), or from your personal devices on campus. For more information, see NDSU IT's Printing page.
Practice room protocolsIncoming Returning
- Practice rooms are primarily for the use of enrolled music majors. Others may apply in the music office (Room 115) for permission to use practice rooms, but must relinquish them if needed by an enrolled music major.
- Practice rooms are available on a first come/first served basis.
- No sign-ups are required for practice times, but students are encouraged to sign up for regular practice times. Sign-up cards are outside each practice room.
- Piano majors will have access to the practice rooms with grand pianos. Piano majors should obtain a key for the grand piano practice rooms from the Administrative Assistant (Reineke 115) and will pay a $20 key deposit (refundable on return).
- Practice rooms are not to be used for teaching private students
- Practice rooms are not to be locked. Do not leave your personal belongings in a practice room.
Concert AttireIncoming Returning
Large Ensemble PerformancesIt is possible that you will need to purchase concert attire depending on your ensemble membership. Additional information will come from your ensemble director.
Solo/Ensemble PerformancesStudents are expected to dress professionally for all performances. Examples include a suit and tie, tuxedo, formal dress, or a pantsuit. Students should discuss their performance attire with their studio teacher or ensemble director if this expectation creates any hardship.
Juries serve as the final exam for each semester of applied study. Constructive feedback regarding the student’s performance is given with the expectation that students continue to improve on both their strengths and weaknesses in the following semester's study.
More information will come from your studio teacher.