The Large Ensemble Policy

THE LARGE ENSEMBLE POLICY

To fulfill minimum degree requirements, BM students must have 8 semesters of large ensemble, BME students must have 7, BA students must have 6, and Music Minors must have 4.

CONNECTION TO APPLIED STUDY

Lessons and large ensembles are linked. All full-time (12 credit hours or more) undergraduate students taking applied music at UNL must audition and enroll for 1 credit in a large ensemble under its MUDC call number (MUNM for elective students) during each semester of applied study unless their instructor determines that they are not qualified to do so.

Part-time students who are taking applied lessons are not required to co-enroll in a large ensemble.

This linkage of lessons and large ensembles is a rule in effect for all majors, minors, and non-majors, with the exception on occasion of piano, organ, and guitar students. Piano, organ, and guitar students may earn some of their required large ensemble credits by participation for a letter grade in chamber ensembles using the MUDC 352 call number (see below).

Further, there is a stipulation that narrows the choice of ensemble. If students taking applied music are on a School of Music scholarship, then they must perform in an appropriate large ensemble appearing on the List of Approved Ensembles (for which, see below) that is specifically related to their applied area. (BA students taking applied piano, organ, and guitar are an exception, for which, see below.)

After music majors have completed the minimum number of semesters of lessons and MUDC ensembles required for their degree, it may be that they will continue taking lessons, and if so, they must continue to co-enroll in a large ensemble. Further, note that BME students need a minimum of 7 semesters of MUDC ensemble but only a minimum of 6 semesters of lessons.

If students stop taking lessons at any point after meeting the minimum degree requirements, they still may participate in any ensemble listed below in the List of Approved Ensembles. There is an exception that narrows the choice of ensemble: if a student is still on a School of Music scholarship, that student has to participate in an ensemble related to their performing area as long as they continue to take lessons.

CREDITS FOR ENSEMBLES

The first ensemble must be taken for credit. Thus all undergraduate students participating in one or more ensembles in a given semester (whether the students are full-time music majors, music minors, or non-majors, and whether or not taking applied studio lessons) must register for a minimum of 1 credit of ensemble at the 200 or 400 level, whether using the MUDC or MUCO or MUNM alpha-prefix.

Ensembles may be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters.

Credit for more than one ensemble in a given semester: All music majors and minors may enroll in their second and any additional large ensembles in a given semester for 0 credits under the MUCO 00-level number or for 1 credit under the MUCO 400/200-level number. Non-majors may enroll in their second and any additional large ensembles for 0 credits under the MUCO 00-level number or for 1 credit under the MUNM 400/200 number.

Excess ensemble credit: Credit for those ensembles (MUDC or MUCO) taken by music majors and minors in excess of minimum degree requirements will normally count outside the music portion of the degree. They will simply be free elective credit toward the university's 120-credit requirement.

There is an exception that applies only inside the music requirements of the BM degree: In the BM degree, a maximum of two excess MUCO credits may be applied towards that degree's Music Elective requirement.

The two MUDC problem: Students must never enroll for two MUDC ensembles in the same semester. If a student accidentally does this, the second credit is not counted towards any degree requirement. Therefore, this is a mistake with financial consequences, and it needs to be corrected promptly by changing the second ensemble to MUCO.

CALL NUMBERS FOR ENSEMBLES

200- and 400-level numbers

The 200-level ensemble numbers are to be used by first and second year students. The 400-level numbers are to be used by undergraduates in their third year and above. The 00-level numbers may be used by students at any time for second and additional ensembles.

MUDC or MUCO or MUNM or MUEN

There is the potential for confusion or outright error when self-registering for ensembles using MyRed, the UNL on-line class registration system. It is essential for every student to take special care to register for the right level of ensemble under the correct alpha-prefix and call number and credit level. Particular care must be taken over the alpha-prefix.

Ensembles for undergraduates are designated as MUDC, MUCO, or MUNM, and have course numbers at the 00, 200, and 400 levels. Thus each ensemble may have up to seven call numbers for undergraduates (MUCO 00-level, MUDC/MUCO/MUNM 200-level and MUDC/MUCO/MUNM 400-level).

Note: There is also a MUEN prefix, but this is for graduate students only, at the 800 and 00 levels.

The MUDC call number prefix (Music Ensembles for Degree Credit) is exclusively for use by music majors and minors. It is used to identify the ensemble that is being used by a student to fulfill their large ensemble degree requirement in music in a given semester.

Music majors and minors must register for one and only one MUDC ensemble per semester, until they have reached the required minimum number for their degree (i.e., 8 semesters for the BM 6 semesters for the BA, 7 semesters for the BME, 4 semesters for the minor). If a student accidentally takes two MUDC ensembles in the same semester, the second is not counted at all.

The MUCO call number prefix (Music Ensembles for Elective Credit Only) is also used by music majors and minors, and also, on occasion, by non-majors. Music majors and minors use the MUCO alpha-prefix for their second ensemble and any additional ensembles in which they enroll in a given semester. They may also use the MUCO prefix to enroll for credit for ensembles in semesters late in their program after their minimum required number of large ensembles has been reached. The MUCO prefix is used by non-majors for second and additional ensembles at the 00 (zero-credit) level.

MUCO ensembles may be taken for 1 credit at the 200 or 400 level by majors and minors. The second ensemble and all additional ensembles taken in a given semester may instead be taken by majors, minors, and non-majors for 0 credit under the MUCO 00-level call number.

The MUNM call number prefix is used by all undergraduate students who are not music majors or minors when enrolling for their first ensemble. These students must enroll at the 400/200 level for 1 credit for their first ensemble. Non-majors may take their second and any additional ensembles for zero credit under the MUCO 00-level number.

SPECIFIC LARGE ENSEMBLE ASSIGNMENTS FOR MUSIC MAJORS

The Universal Large Choral Ensemble Requirement

All music majors must sing in a large choral ensemble for one semester, and they must use the choral ensemble that semester as their primary large ensemble, enrolling under its MUDC 200-level call number. (During this singing semester, instrumentalists must also enroll for their large instrumental ensemble; for this second large ensemble they must use the MUCO alpha-prefix.) As a general rule, music majors should accomplish this vocal music requirement in their first year of study if at all possible, as detailed below.

Fall Freshman Year Music Major Ensemble Policy for MUDC ensembles

In the fall of their freshman year, all music majors who are applied voice students---and all music majors who are applied piano, organ, guitar, and composition students---must register for Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) if they are men and University Chorale (MUDC 246) if they are women.

Any student facing an irremediable afternoon time conflict (such as, but not limited to, overlapping ensemble rehearsal schedules, science labs, or athletic practice) may take All Collegiate Choir-City Campus (MUDC 241) instead.

In the fall of their freshman year, all majors who are applied string students must register for Symphony Orchestra (MUDC 247).

In the fall of their freshman year, all majors who are applied wind and percussion students must initially register for the UNL Symphonic Band (MUDC 248B), or the Cornhusker Marching Band (MUDC 248E), or the UNL Jazz Orchestra (MUDC 253A), or the UNL Big Band (MUDC 253B). This assignment will usually be made at the time of New Student Enrollment (NSE) during the summer.

All freshmen who initially enroll in the Cornhusker Marching Band must also initially enroll in a second large ensemble. This additional assignment will usually be made at the time of New Student Enrollment during the summer.

Fall first semester BME applied wind and percussion students who anticipate being in the Cornhusker Marching Band must enroll for that group for one credit as their MUDC ensemble. They must then also enroll in Symphonic Band or one of the jazz large ensembles for one credit as a MUCO ensemble.

Fall first semester BM and BA applied wind and percussion students who anticipate being in the Cornhusker Marching Band must enroll for one credit in Symphonic Band or one of the jazz large ensembles as their MUDC ensemble, and they must enroll for one credit in Marching Band as their MUCO ensemble.

IMPORTANT NOTE: CHANGES OFTEN HAVE TO BE MADE TO ENSEMBLE ASSIGNMENTS during Week 1, on account of audition results, fall repertoire choices, the need to balance instrumentation, and the option for some students to take their second ensemble for zero credit. This drop/add process is the responsibility of the student and must be done promptly, before the close of Late Registration on MyRed in Week 2.

---If a wind or percussion major is re-assigned in Week 1 to a different primary large ensemble (for example, to Wind Ensemble or Symphony Orchestra), that student must immediately drop their original MUDC or MUCO ensemble on MyRed and re-enroll for MUDC or MUCO credit in the other ensemble.

---Students who are eligible to enroll in their MUCO ensemble for zero (0) credit have to change from 1 credit to 0 credit in Week 1 via a drop/add on MyRed, using not just the correct new class code but also an individual permission code received from the ensemble director.


Spring Freshman Year Music Major Ensemble Policy for MUDC ensembles

In the spring of their freshman year, all majors who are applied voice students must continue to register for Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) if they are men and University Chorale (MUDC 246) if they are women.

In the spring of their freshman year, all majors who are applied wind, string, and percussion students should register for Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) if they are men and University Chorale (MUDC 246) if they are women, making this semester their "singing semester." During this singing semester, instrumentalists must also enroll for their large instrumental ensemble, using the MUCO alpha-prefix.

Any student facing an irremediable afternoon time conflict with their required choral ensemble (such as, but not limited to, overlapping ensemble rehearsal schedules, science labs, or athletic practice) may take the Thursday evening All Collegiate Choir-City Campus (MUDC 241) instead.

In the spring of their freshman year, all majors who are applied piano, organ, guitar, and composition students should enroll in the MUDC ensemble appropriate to their performance area, as outlined below.

Requirements for for all Music Majors registering for large ensembles after their first year

Once beyond the particular requirements of the freshman year, every full-time music major (12 credit hours or more) enrolled in applied music lessons in a given semester must also perform in an ensemble from the List of Approved Ensembles that semester, using the MUDC prefix. (BA/BM piano, organ, and guitar players may also use MUDC 440A, 440B, 352.) The ensembles listed below are the only ensembles that will fulfill the degree requirements. Remember, also, that students on music scholarships must enroll in an ensemble specifically appropriate to their area of performance studies.

Students in the music education degree program are exempt from large ensemble participation during the semester in which they student teach.

Registering for large ensembles after the first year

During the spring semester of the freshman year, at the time of Priority Registration for the fall of year two, music majors should enroll in one of the Group I large ensembles appropriate to their performance area. If this enrollment then needs to be changed on account of preferences and circumstances (including the recommendations of ensemble directors and studio teachers, and the results of auditions), the student should promptly drop the current ensemble and enroll for another by the end of the first week of classes in the fall.

Chamber Music and the Large Ensemble Requirement

Majors who are applied piano, organ, and guitar students may earn some of their required large ensemble credits by participation for a letter grade in chamber ensembles using the MUDC 352 call number. No other music majors or minors may use chamber music to fulfill their large ensemble requirement. All students must initially enroll in chamber music under the MUCO 52 call number. The switch to MUDC 352 for applied piano, organ, and guitar students is handled administratively on their behalf by the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to work with the course instructor for chamber music to make sure that they have been correctly enrolled into the proper section of the chamber music class.

SPECIFIC LARGE ENSEMBLE REQUIREMENTS
FOR THE BM, BME, AND BA DEGREES

Bachelor of Music, 8 semesters

 SPECIAL RULES for everyone in the BM program:
No more than one credit Marching Band as an MUDC ensemble;

no more than two credits Varsity Chorus or University Chorale
or Big Red Singers as an MUDC ensemble.

            1a. Vocal Emphasis, Option I

            Freshman year: 2 credits Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246).

            Option I: after the freshman year, 6 credits from Group I or IA

            1b. Vocal Emphasis, Option II

            Freshman year: 2 credits Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246).

            Option II: after the freshman year, 4 credits from Group I or IA, and 2 credits from Group II.

            2a. Instrumental Emphasis (winds, percussion)

            1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246).

            4 credits minimum from Group I or IA (wind & percussion majors: min 3 cr in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Symphony Orchestra).

            3 credits from Group I, IA, or II.

            2b. Instrumental Emphasis (strings)

            1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246).

            4 credits minimum from Group I or IA (min 3 cr in  Symphony Orchestra).

            3 credits from Group I, IA, or II.

            3. Piano Emphasis

            1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246).

            2 credits Group I or IA on instrumental or vocal list of approved ensembles.

            5 credits in Chamber Music Ensemble (MUDC 352) and/or Accompanying (MUDC 440A and 440B).

            4. Organ Emphasis

            1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246).

            4 credits from Group I or IA on the list of approved vocal ensembles.

            3 credits in Chamber Music Ensemble (MUDC 352)
            and/or Accompanying (MUDC 440A and 440B).

            5. Guitar Emphasis

            1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246).

            2 credits from Group I or IA on the instrumental or vocal list of approved ensembles.

            5 credits from Vocal or Instrumental Group II or MUDC 352 (Chamber Music)

            6. History Emphasis

            1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246).

            5 additional credits: Students will select an applied emphasis based on the performance area of their applied audition [Vocal, Instrumental, Piano, Organ, or Guitar (#1-5 above)] and complete 5 credits from the List of Approved Ensembles.

            7. Theory Emphasis

            1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or Un iversity Chorale (MUDC 246).

            5 additional credits: Students will select an applied emphasis based on the performance area of their applied audition [Vocal, Instrumental, Piano, Organ, or Guitar (#1-6 above)] and complete 5 credits from the List of Approved Ensembles.

            8. Composition Emphasis

            1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246).

            7 credits selected from Group I, IA, or II on the instrumental or vocal list of approved ensembles. How composers fulfill their large ensemble requirement should be worked out in consultation with their composition studio teacher. If they are on a School of Music scholarship, then during their semesters of minor applied lessons they are expected to perform in an ensemble appropriate to their applied area if at all possible.

Bachelor of Music Education, 7 semesters

 SPECIAL RULES for everyone in the BME program:

No more than one credit of Marching Band as an MUDC ensemble;
no more than three credits of Varsity Chorus or University Chorale
or one credit of Big Red Singers as an MUDC ensemble.

Symphonic Band and Campus Band count in Group II as a secondary area only (for string and voice majors); and Symphony Orchestra counts as a Group II for vocal majors only.

Students in the BME program are exempt from ensemble participation during the semester in which they student teach.

            1. Vocal Emphasis

            2 credits Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) or University Chorale (MUDC 246).

            3 credits from Vocal Group I or IA

            1 credit from Instrumental Group II (opposite area rule)

            1 credit from Instrumental or Vocal Group II

            2. Instrumental Emphasis (winds, strings, percussion)

            1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) for men and University Chorale (MUDC 246) for women

            4 credits from Instrumental Group I or IA (wind and percussion majors:  min 3 crs. in Wind ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Symphony Orchestra; string majors: min 3 cr. In Symphony Orchestra)

            2 credits from Vocal or Instrumental Group II (but only one credit maximum from Marching Band)

            3. Piano, Organ, Guitar, Composition Emphasis

            1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) for men and University Chorale (MUDC 246) for women

            4 credits from Vocal or Instrumental Group I or IA

            1 credit from Vocal Group II

            1 credit from Instrumental Group II

Bachelor of Arts, 6 semesters

SPECIAL RULES for everyone in the BA program:

No more than one credit Marching Band as an MUDC ensemble;

No more than two credits Varsity Chorus or University Chorale
or Big Red Singers as an MUDC ensemble.

1. BA Vocal

First year BA vocal majors: 2 credits Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) for men
and 2 credits University Chorale (MUDC 246) for women.

Then 3 credits from Group I or IA in applied area

and 1 credit from Group I, IA or II.

2. BA Instrumental

First year BA instrumental majors: 1 credit Varsity Chorus (MUDC 243) for men and University Chorale (MUDC 246) for women.

Then, for BA instrumental majors: 4 credits from Group I or IA.
wind & percussion majors: in applied area; min 2 cr in Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, or Symphony Orchestra;
string majors: in applied area; min 2 cr in Symphony Orchestra;
piano, organ, and guitar majors may use any Group I or IA large ensemble,
and may also use MUDC 440A, 440B, or 352.

Then, for all BA instrumental majors: 1 credit from Group I, IA or II.
Wind, string, and percussion majors must participate in an ensemble in their applied area. Piano, organ, and guitar majors may use any Group I or IA or II large ensemble, and may also use MUDC 440A, 440B, or 352.

SPECIFIC LARGE ENSEMBLE REQUIREMENTS FOR MUSIC MINORS

Every Minor in Music must perform in a large ensemble from the List of Approved Ensembles during each semester of enrollment in applied music lessons. A total of 4 credits (taken in four separate semesters) from the List of Approved Ensembles from Group I, IA, or II in an ensemble related to the student's applied area fulfills the large ensemble requirement for music minors. Students with piano, organ, or guitar emphasis may select from either vocal or instrumental large ensemble options or chamber music (MUDC 352).

The Music Technology Minor has no ensemble requirement.

GROUP I, GROUP IA and GROUP II

Students registering to fulfill Group I large ensemble requirements must audition for and participate in a Group I ensemble. If it is not possible to accommodate the student in a Group I ensemble, the student must audition to participate in a Group IA ensemble and fulfill the Group IA requirement. Certain I and Ia ensembles count as Group II ensembles in the secondary area for BME students (for details of which, see the policy above, the Checksheet elsewhere in this Handbook, and individual Degree Audits).

 APPROVED ENSEMBLES FOR THE LARGE ENSEMBLE REQUIREMENT

LARGE INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES

Group I                                               Group IA                                       Group II                                           

Symph Orchestra 247/447 (001)                                                           Campus Orchestra
Wind Ensemble 248A/448A         Symphonic Band 248B/448B   Campus Band 248D/448D
Jazz Orchestra 253A/453A            Jazz Big Band 253B/453B          Marching Band 248E/448E

LARGE VOCAL ENSEMBLES

Group I                                           Group IA                                         Group II                                 

University Singers 245/445        All-Collegiate Choir 241/441      Varsity Chorus 243/443
Chamber Singers 249/449                                                                    Univ. Chorale 246/446
                                                                                                                     Vocal Jazz 253E/453E
                                                                                                                     Big Red Singers 251/451