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Percussionist performing on the conga drumsACCOMPANISTS: Vocalists will need to find an accompanist for private lessons and for practice as needed (typical accompanist time is 1-2 hours weekly). Instrumentalists need an accompanist for performances and rehearsals. A list of student and professional accompanists will be posted on the MyBelmont student e-board. Your applied teacher may also be able to recommend an accompanist. Accompanist fees vary, and are usually negotiated on an individual basis with typical rates around $15-$20 per half-hour.

ADVISING: You will be assigned a temporary music advisor during the Foundations orientation program who will meet with you and help you plan your schedule of classes for the Fall semester. You must meet with an advisor before you can register for classes.  A permanent advisor will be assigned to each new student by mid-term.

APPLIED TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS:  You will be assigned to a teacher in your applied area during the first week of classes. You will receive an email with your applied instructor and his or her contact information. It is your responsibility to contact your teacher to set up a lesson time that fits around your class schedule and the teacher's schedule.

COURSE FEES: Course fees are charged to cover the additional costs of private music instruction. A list of fees can be found at the Belmont website. Private lessons have a course fee of $150 per semester for half-hour lessons and $300 for an hour lesson.

COURSE SELECTIONS: During your June Orientation, you will meet with an academic advisor who will help you select a schedule of courses for the Fall Semester. A typical fall semester schedule for an incoming freshman includes:

  • Private lessons in your applied principal area (voice, keyboard, or instrument),
  • Music Theory
  • Aural Skills
  • Private lessons or classes in your applied secondary area (usually piano)
  • An ensemble
  • Oratorio Chorus
  • First Year Seminar and First Year Writing
  • A physical education course

Belmont Chorale performing

ENSEMBLES: Ensemble assignments for freshmen will usually be one of the following: University Singers, Women's Choir, Band, Orchestra, or Oratorio Chorus. Pianists and Guitarists may have other options.

INFORMATION: Please make it a habit to check your MyBelmont account every day for personal messages and announcements pertaining to the School of Music and the University. Also, look at the bulletin boards on each floor of the Wilson Music Building and in Massey Performing Arts Center for important information including class changes, important meetings, job opportunities and student activities.

KEYBOARDS:  Music students are strongly encouraged to own a portable electronic keyboard for personal use and study.  Students will benefit in many classes from having access to a keyboard.  Theory classes often have keyboard assignments, and teachers expect that students will have access to a keyboard for doing homework and reinforcing class activities.  Portable keyboards are available for less than $150 at music stores and other retailers.  We recommend a keyboard with full-size keys and a 5 octave range (approximately 61 keys). 

MUSIC: You are required to purchase music for your applied lessons, just as you are required to buy textbooks for other classes. The amount of music you need will depend upon your present stock of music and your level of training. Your private teacher will help you determine what you will need.

MUSIC THEORY AP CREDIT:  All students WILL be granted 3 hours of college credit in Music Theory at Belmont for a score of 4 or 5 of the Music Theory AP Test.   The exact course credit will depend a new student’s score on the Belmont Music Theory Placement test which will be administered during Orientation the summer preceding a student’s matriculation at Belmont.  If a new student scores high enough on the Belmont Music Theory Placement Test to place into Music Theory II (or higher), he/she will get credit for Music Theory I.  If the score indicates the student needs to begin in Belmont’s Theory I here at Belmont, the student will get credit for a 3-hour elective course in Music.  No credit is given for Aural Skills; however, students are welcome to take the Belmont Aural Skills Placement during Orientation.  If a student places into an upper level of Aural Skills, the lower level would be waived (that is, the student would not have to take the course, but no credit is given.  The student would take an elective hour instead of the aural skills course).

PERFORMANCE ATTIRE: All majors and minors will participate in performances throughout the year that will require them to wear formal black attire.

  • WOMEN - Measurements will be taken for women's dresses during the first few weeks of classes (watch for signs about time and place). Women should be prepared to pay approximately $150 (checks should be made to Belmont University) at the time measurements are taken. This will pay for a dress, jewelry, and shoes.
  • MEN - If you have a tuxedo, pleated shirt, black cummerbund, standard black bow tie, studs and cuff links, you may bring them and have your ensemble director look at them to see if they are acceptable. If you do not have a tux or if your tux is not suitable for School of Music performances, we have arranged for the men to purchase tuxedos through a local vendor, Ambassadors Formalwear by Gilda. Measurements will be taken for tuxedos during the first few weeks of classes (watch for signs about time and place). The cost for a full tuxedo (everything mentioned above) is approximately $285 plus tax.  If you need items a la carte, you may order as needed. Half of payment will be required at the time of measurement, and the balance will be due upon delivery.  Men will also be required to wear black socks and black dress shoes with their tuxedos and should be prepared to have those by the first performance.

PLACEMENT TESTS: You should take the music theory placement test and the secondary piano placement test before you meet with an academic advisor. These music placement tests are scheduled during each of the Towering Traditions sessions.

Watch the video below for an overview of Theory Fundamentals.

REGISTRATION: Once you have met with a music advisor during June Orientation, you will be able to register on-line for your fall classes. You will receive more details about this after you arrive on campus.

SCHOOL OF MUSIC OFFICE:   When you have questions about something to do with the School of Music, someone in the SOM Office in the Wilson Music Building should be able to assist you. Please e-mail or drop by the SOM Office in the Wilson Music Building and speak to April at the front desk. For more general questions, visit Belmont Central or call 615-460-5402.