MUS 491 Senior Recital

Requirements and Procedures for the Senior Recital

Once students are registered for the class (MUS 491), these procedures must be followed in scheduling a recital.

Students are expected to be fully aware of the full Policy on Senior Music Recitals.

Recital Requirements by Concentration

  • B.M. APPLIED/PERFORMANCE – Full Recital (register for 3 units of MUS 491)
  • B.M. JAZZ STUDIES – Full or Joint Recital required (register for 2 units of MUS 490)    
  • B.M. MUSIC EDUCATION – Joint Recital required (register for 1 unit of MUS 491)          
  • B.A.  LIBERAL ARTS MUSIC – Project or Joint Recital required (register for 2 units of MUS 490)

           Joint Recitals are approximately 30 minutes of music per performer
           Full Recitals are approximately 60 minutes of music
           No recital should exceed 90 minutes total (music, intermission, etc.)

The SENIOR RECITAL CHECKLIST is provided for your careful planning of this momentus capstone experience.

  1. Obtain a Request for Senior Music Recital form from the department office or print one here.
  2. Complete the form carefully.
  3. Clear the date with your assisting musicians.
  4. Obtain the appropriate signatures. Your recital is not considered officially scheduled until these are obtained in order.
  5. Due Date - Submit the completed form no later than the last day to drop classes.
  6. Recital Hearing - Repertoire must be ready to be performed for a jury of the faculty at 4 to 6 weeks prior to the recital date. Juries will take place during the repertoire classes, or at other times by special arrangement made by the student. Bring Two copies of scores, Program & Poster proofs using the online templates to the Recital Hearing. Make arrangements for your private lesson instructor and one other faculty to be present to jury the hearing.

When scheduling the recital, it is also wise to schedule the dress rehearsal, since it may not be possible to do so at a later date.


One to two jury members will receive evaluation forms at the time of your recital that they will fill out and submit to the Department Office. Your recital grade is an average of these two grades (if two are listening). The grading criteria can be found on the SENIOR RECITAL EVALUATION FORM. Various musical qualities will be considered (e.g. intonation, phrasing, memorization, etc.). All music degree recitals must be representative of the repertoire lists and academic guidelines set forth by the private lesson instructor and are in the catalogue course descriptions for applied study.

Other Factors

Promote your concert. Follow the Poster Guidelines.

You must follow this template to make your own program:

Program Template

You many wish to give brief descriptions of the historical background, performance practice, and stylistic, formal and harmonic traits of each selection on the your recital. If so, try to make your presentation exciting and appealing to your audience. You may also consider writing program notes for your recital. If so, musical examples are encouraged.