Heather Buchman, Department Chair
315-859-4568 (fax)
Office: List 233



SOLO PERFORMANCE is a college level course for which a letter grade is given and a defined level of expertise and a certain number of performances are required.

A. Mus 225: 1/2 hour lessons for 1/4 credit
B. Mus 226: 1 hour lessons for 1/2 credit
C. Student must be performing at an intermediate level.
D. Letter grade given
E. Public performance required (see details below)
F. Mus 110 (Music Theory for Non-Majors) or Mus 210 (Fundamentals and Chromatic Harmony) must be taken within the first 3 semesters of Solo Performance Study. Students may place out of Mus 110 by passing the Music Theory Placement Exam.
G. Consent of Instructor required.
H. Solo Performance students may revert to an Applied Music course at any time.


Grades are based on:

A. Improvement in

1. Technique
2. Musicianship
3. Performance

B. practice

1. Five 30-minute practice sessions per week required for 1/2 hour lessons
2. Five 60-minute practice sessions per week required for 1 hour lessons
3. An unprepared lesson is considered an unexcused absence

C. Lesson Attendance

1. two unexcused absences result in a midterm warning
2. three unexcused absences result in course failure

D. Concert Attendance (programs on which the student is not performing;  one of which must be the Student Concert)

1. Hour lessons:  five concerts required per semester
2. Half hour lessons:  three concerts required per semester
3. Other events as required by the teacher
4. Failure to meet concert attendance requirement will result in a grade reduction.
5. Students are expected to purchase any necessary materials for this course.


Beginning or early-level students who are studying an instrument or voice at Hamilton College may enroll in Applied Music study. In order to enroll in Solo Performance they must reach an intermediate level of performance skill. The Adjunct Faculty Committee has unanimously adopted the following statement in clarification of what constitutes intermediate level performance:

Students enrolled in Solo Performance must be able to perform solo repertoire of at least intermediate level in a creditable manner before a live audience. Intermediate level work should approximate the kind of performance expected of a high school senior who is auditioning for general admission to a school of music. Teachers who are familiar with NYSSMA guidelines may refer to grade 5 listings for suggestions as to what might constitute appropriate repertoire prerequisites for enrollment in Hamilton College's Solo Performance classes.

A student may NOT enroll in a Solo Performance class unless that student has reached intermediate level as defined above.

Students enrolled in Applied Music are encouraged to move to Solo Performance when they are ready, in consultation with their instructor.

Intermediate/advanced level students who begin their Hamilton College instrumental/vocal study already at such levels ought to be enrolled in Solo Performance, NOT Applied Music, which is designed for beginning level students.
Back to top

Performance Requirements

Students in Solo Performance must perform on at least one Weekday Musicale. This requirement is waived for students performing on a List Musicale during that semester of study.  Students may choose to audition for the Student Concert.  A student who fails to participate in any one of these required performances will automatically fail the course.  Click here for more information about these performance opportunities.
Back to top