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Applied Music Program Guidelines


The Applied Music Program (AMP) is a series of private instrumental and vocal instruction courses at the intermediate and advanced levels (MUSC0810 & 1810 respectively). Restricted to trained musicians of demonstrated skill and commitment, the program enables students to continue applied musical studies while at Brown.


General policy for the AMP is made by the Music Department faculty, subject to approval by the Administration and Corporation. The Chair of the Department of Music, Butch Rovan, is the director of the program and responsible for its administration. Kathleen Nelson, Student Affairs Coordinator, is available in Orwig 101 or at x3-3236 to help students with the administrative details of the program.

Division administrators, appointed annually and reporting to the Chair, are responsible for administration of their divisions. The following are division administrators this year:

Arlene Cole

Strings, Plectra
Lois Finkel

Frederick Jodry

Winds, Brass, Percussion, Jazz
Matthew McGarrell



Instruction is given by professional musicians selected by the division administrators and hired as teaching associates by the University. Students wishing to study with a teacher other than a regular teaching associate should petition the division administrator in writing. Petitions will be granted only in exceptional cases.


Admission to a course in the AMP is gained by successful audition with the appropriate division administrator. Auditions are designed to ascertain placement within the program. Students are requested to prepare two pieces from different historical periods. Auditions (5-10 minutes) are held each semester usually during the first week of classes. A sign-up sheet is posted in the hallway on the first floor of the Orwig Music Building. Admission for undergraduates begins with MUSC0810. Admission for graduate students begins with MUSC1810 .

Admission is determined by the skill of the applicant. The department faculty reserves the right to assign priority among equally qualified applicants to declared music concentrators. The suggested course load per semester is one instrument. After consulting with the appropriate division administrators, students may register for a maximum of two instruments per semester and will be assessed a fee for each course.


All students must follow the following steps to enter and receive credit (if applicable) for the program:

  1. Sign up and attend auditions.
  2. Look for your name on the list of accepted students. This list can be found posted on the bulletin board in the lobby of the Orwig Music Building, or it can be found on the Music Department website.
  3. If you have been accepted, go to Orwig 101 prior to September 18, which is the last day to register for a course without incurring a fee. See Kathleen Nelson to complete the following steps:
    1. Sign your contract
    2. Receive a slip to give to your instructor.
    3. Ask for contact information for your instructor if you don’t have it.
    4. Register online for the course before your first lesson.
  4. Piano students should sign up for lessons on the sign-up sheets in the Orwig lobby. All other AMP students should contact their instructors to arrange lesson times.
  5. When you register for your class, pay special attention to the number of courses you are carrying. If your AMP class is dropped because you have too many classes, you will still be charged for your lessons, but you will not receive credit.
  6. Bring signed form stating that you have signed a contract (part 3b above) and give to your instructor during your first lesson.

A fee of $720 per semester is charged for registration in the Applied Music Program. This fee, or any part of it, will not be refunded should the student fail to complete the semester's lessons. Music concentrators on financial aid receive additional scholarship awards to cover the AMP fee. Non-concentrators on financial aid have the fee covered with supplements to their loans. Please contact a counselor in the Financial Aid Office at x3-2721 for more information.


Students are expected to attend the twelve (12) lessons offered per semester and are required to attend at least eleven (11) of them. Failure to do so will result in a grade of NC and ineligibility to continue in the program. Lessons missed without at least 24 hours' notice to the consultant or without a dean's or physician's note will not be rescheduled. Instructors may establish further policies regarding the number of times students may reschedule without consequence, including its impact on grading (see Part H).


The study of music theory is an essential aspect of training for any musician. Undergraduates enrolled in the Applied Music Program are therefore required to take one semester of college-level theory. To receive credit for MUSC0810, students must complete satisfactorily one theory course, either MUSC0400 or 0550. The theory requirement must be completed by the end of the fifth semester.

AMP students with extensive background in music theory can test out of MUSC0400 or 0550 by passing the Department's theory exam, which is administered at the beginning of the each fall semester. Students who pass this exam may substitute any full-credit music course (or two half-credit music courses) for the required music theory course.


Grades are assigned by the division administrator on the basis of:

1. A final jury examination or AMP recital or performance

2. An evaluation completed by the consultant

3. The attendance record


Generally, formal auditions are held in the Fall. If you want to join the AMP in January, please contact the appropriate Division Administrator (listed above).


We encourage all students (pianists and singers included) to participate in ensemble performance as part of their program of study.


We have attempted to provide clear and comprehensive guidelines concerning student rights and obligations in the Applied Music Program. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Kathleen Nelson at x3-3236. All grievances should be sent in writing to the appropriate division administrator or to the Chair.