MUS 1010 – Music Convocation
Description: As part of its accreditation through the National Association of Schools of Music, the School of Music is required to provide an ongoing schedule of cross-disciplinary listening experiences as an important part of the education process for each of its majors. To fulfill this curricular objective, the music school created Music Convocation 1010, a series of special music-related presentations required of all music majors. A committee of music faculty selects the events on the series. Some of these programs take place on Wednesdays from 1–1:50 p.m. This same schedule on Mondays is used for Area Recitals, which are not part of the Convocation requirement. Students need only attend those Area Recitals which pertain to their area(s) of study and only during the time they are enrolled in applied music. Seven semesters of Convocation are required of students in a Bachelor of Music curriculum; six semesters of students in a Bachelor of Musical Arts, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Science curriculum. Graduation will not be possible until this attendance requirement has been fulfilled. Multimedia Arts Technology students have alternative events available and should consult with the MAT faculty for instruction.
Attendance: The recommended number of attendance credits is 12 per semester. Each student is working to achieve an overall number of events (84 for Bachelor of Music; 72 for Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Musical Arts, Bachelor of Science) throughout their time as a student in the Irving S. Gilmore School of Music. A semester typically includes 10 to 12 Convocation Series performances on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. In addition to attending these required performances, students must also choose enough additional recitals or concerts from the Convo-Eligible Events category below to achieve 12 attendances. A student’s cumulative attendance is tracked, and any deficits or surpluses will be carried forward. Students who perform on a Convocation event at 1 p.m. on Wednesday may get credit for attending. Students who perform on other Convocation events may not.
Convocation attendance is recorded via card swipe as you enter the program. To be credited with Convocation attendance, each student must swipe their Western ID card at the beginning of the program and attend the entire program. Cards may not be swiped “after the fact,” nor may one student swipe another student’s card. Wednesday attendance swipes in should be completed no later than 1:10 p.m. Evening and weekend attendance swipes will not be collected later than 10 minutes after the program has begun. It is the student’s responsibility to swipe in at each event in order to obtain credit for attending.
Please Note: All entrances to the Recital Hall are locked during each program. One door (near the elevator) will be periodically opened from the inside for latecomers. Do not knock on the door or rattle the hardware, as it disturbs both the performers and the audience. Thank you.