Consult the appropriate programs and departments for specific requirements respectively. The policies written here are general to all students.
Students must meet all the curriculum requirements for their enrolled program(s) as well as the specific requirements determined by the department of their private study instrument. These include the technique, theory, musicology, repertoire, performance and testing requirements for each of the levels in the Core Curriculum, the Young Artist Program and the Music Appreciation Program.
The requirements are different for each program, for each instrument and for each level within the programs so all sections of the handbook must be consulted in order to understand fully what is needed to make successful progress at KMI.
Students must meet all the requirements for their current level as specified in the most recently published handbook in order to be advanced to the next level. In the event that a change in requirements results in the addition or deletion of any required courses, the faculty will provide clear guidelines regarding coursework equivalence so that continuing students will be able to advance without unreasonable delay or undue hardship.
PRIMARY INSTRUMENT STUDY
All students must enroll for study on one primary instrument. The student’s enrolled level and program eligibility is determined by the primary instrument. Students who switch primary instruments may be reclassified by the faculty to a different level (usually lower) for purpose of academic standing and requirements. The student’s academic requirements are determined by the department of the student’s primary instrument.
Students must enroll in private lessons of at least 30 min. in length on the primary instrument. Additional lesson length may be required depending on the student’s enrolled program. Study on a secondary instrument is in addition to the required 30 min. for the primary instrument, except in the case of voice which requires piano at all levels (see below).
SECONDARY INSTRUMENT STUDY
Many students may have interest in studying another instrument especially piano students who wish to perform in a large ensemble, or are very serious about music study. Students must enroll for a minimum of 30 min. weekly lessons on their primary instrument even if they are also studying a secondary instrument (except in the case of voice).
KMI offers secondary study on all the instruments we offer for primary study, and students can enroll for as little as 15 min. weekly lessons on the secondary instrument, providing they have their secondary lesson with the same teacher as their primary instrument. Otherwise, the secondary lesson must also be a minimum of 30 min. so as not to complicate the secondary teacher’s schedule.
Secondary study of piano by all non-piano students is strongly encouraged, and is required by some departments (voice and composition) and the Young Artist Program. The study of piano provides a better understanding of certain musical concepts such as chords, intervals, harmony, polyphony and reading other musical clefs. Usually 2 years piano study is sufficient.
The faculty will make every effort possible to schedule the student’s primary and secondary lessons together, but as the KMI student body and faculty grow, it may not always be possible.
Recorder: The recorder is taught primarily as a beginning student instrument, and is usually considered a starter for another woodwind instrument such as flute, clarinet, oboe or bassoon. Students under age 12 may take recorder as a primary instrument, and students ages 12 or older can only take recorder as a secondary to another primary instrument.
Voice and Piano: All voice students must also study piano. Voice students under age 12 must take piano as their primary instrument and voice as secondary, and voice students age 12 and over may take either piano or voice as primary and the other as secondary. Since piano is a requirement at all levels, voice students under age 12 may take a 30-minute weekly lesson that combines both voice and piano. Students between ages 12 and 18 must enroll for a minimum of 45-minute weekly lessons and either piano or voice is the primary for at least 30 min. and the secondary is for the remaining time. Adults over age 18 may take voice-only lessons, but only with great reluctance of the faculty. Students studying only voice must know how to read music, or must be willing to learn how to read music.
Composition: All students who wish to study composition may do so as part of the Theory component of their regular piano lessons or if the student is serious about composition, the student may enroll for composition specifically as primary or secondary (starting at Level 1 of the piano curriculum). All students who study composition as a primary or secondary must also study piano as either a primary or secondary instrument and their academic standing is determined by their progress in the piano curriculum (see Composition Department).
Young Artist Program: All students in the Young Artist Program are encouraged to study one or more secondary instrument. Voice and composition students are required to study piano as a secondary instrument. Piano students are encouraged to study voice or an orchestral instrument as a secondary. Students who are considering the possibility of a career in music education or conducting are strongly encouraged to study two or more secondary instruments, and may wish to study a different one each year or so.
STUDY AND PREPARATION
Practice and Study Expectations: Students are expected to practice from 15 min. to 4 hours daily depending on their level and enrolled program. Please consult each specific program for actual practice time guidelines. In general, practice time may vary according to the student’s progress and study habits. If the achievement goals for all assigned pieces and exercises are reached before the expected time specified, the student can certainly stop practicing for the day. Time required to complete assignments in theory, musicology, or solfeggio is not included in practice time, and these assignments must also be completed on a weekly basis. The practice time guidelines are for the primary instrument, and each secondary instrument requires practice time in addition to the program requirements for the primary instrument.
Lesson Arrival: Students are expected to arrive for lessons about 5 minutes before the scheduled lesson time to insure that the lesson starts on time. Time lost due to late arrival is not made up. The student may even be instructed to come 15 minutes earlier or stay 15 minutes later in order to take a test or to complete undone homework. Because of this possibility, please schedule your lesson times to allow for early arrival or late departure. Upon arrival, the student should ring the doorbell once to alert the faculty of his/her presence, but then the student should immediately enter the building. Outer garments must be removed and hung in the entry hallway on the designated hooks. The student (and parents) may proceed to the waiting area (dining room) and the student should get all materials ready for the lesson. This includes removing books from their carrying case, removing and assembling the instrument and tuning (if applicable). Everyone must be quiet at all times when lessons are in progress.
Lesson Conduct: Students’ finger nails must be trimmed to an acceptable length (not visible above the fingers when looking at the flat palm), and parents are advised to trim the student’s nails just before the lesson or the night before. Parents are advised to be present for the lesson, especially with children under age 10. Behavior at the lesson must be courteous and attentive the entire time, and parents will be informed of any behavioral issues. Students must bring all materials to every lesson. A second warning about finger nail length, behavioral problems or coming to the lesson without all materials is each sufficient grounds to send the student home and the lesson time forfeited!