TU Arts Programs Student Handbook
All students participating in Tiffin University music, dance, theatre, visual arts, media arts, and concert and event production activities must read the following department information and policies, and indicate their understanding and agreement at the bottom of this page.
ARTS PROGRAMS' MISSION
The TU Arts Programs' mission is to (1) serve Tiffin University and positively represent it to the community and other constituencies, (2) foster ideals of a strong work ethic, professionalism, maturity, humility, teamwork & service, (3) achieve highest level of performance excellence for all students and ensembles, (4) challenge students to develop skills and exceed their current potential, and (5) provide students with real-world experience and life skills that are broadly applicable to any career.
Students are expected to: (1) be positive and hardworking; (2) maintain satisfactory attendance & punctuality; (3) communicate clearly, thoroughly & proactively; (4) always be respectful and supportive of fellow students, TU staff, organizations, and the institution itself; and (5) be prepared to help others in any way needed, always putting service above self.
STAFF EXPECTATIONS & ROLES
Music staff are expected to (1) maintain a positive and professional image as representatives of Tiffin University, (2) set the example of work ethic and professionalism, (3) challenge students to highest potential, (3) engage in active teaching in all rehearsals, (4) support student input in the creative process, and (5) collaborate with staff, groups & students. Students must understand in transitioning from a traditional music classroom to the more collegial and professional orientation of a university music program, that Music Department staff members serve many different roles, including Director, Conductor, Professor, Facilitator, Mentor, Advisor, Colleague. Students should therefore be aware that working relationships between students and staff members may differ from situation to situation.
FALL 2017 REHEARSAL TIMES
Marching & Concert Band -- MTWRF 3:30-5:30pm
University Choirs -- TWF 2:00-3:15pm
Dance Team -- MTWRF 6:00-7:30am, W 4:00-5:00pm, and Thursdays 3:30-5:15pm with the band
Small Groups -- Times TBD, 3-6hrs/wk, between hours of 2-7pm, and/or evenings
Other Ensembles -- Times TBD
2017-18 MAJOR PERFORMANCES (rev. 9/1)
Revisions to this calendar may be made frequently. Major revisions will be communicated via email and social media, and all students are responsible for regularly checking with their ensemble directors for revisions and updates.
In order to fully participate in all music department ensembles or activities students are required to meet the minimum GPA of 2.0 for Freshmen & Sophomores and 2.5 for Juniors & Seniors. Students that do not meet this requirement will be limited to 5 hours per week participation.
Students must also check their TU email accounts daily, meet all other specific requirements of each ensemble in which they participate, and serve in support of all TU music department activities and ensembles.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Failure to abide by all rules outlined in the TU Student Handbook may result in being suspended or dismissed from any and all TU music and arts department ensembles and activities. These policies include but are not limited to: academic dishonesty, illegal drug and alcohol use and activities, harassment, bullying, inappropriate public or online behavior, or any other behavior that may adversely impact the student, TU organizations, or the reputation of the program or institution.
At the end of each semester, members of each large and small ensemble will receive a written evaluation of their attendance, performance, and professionalism. Unsatisfactory grades will result in being expelled or suspended from an ensemble.
In order to ensure academic success, students are required to complete academic progress reports two times each semester, in addition to the mid-term grade report. These progress reports are required of all student musicians, athletes, dancers, and those participating in theatre, art team, media team and concert production team.
ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION
The success of any ensemble or team depends on full participation by all its members, and team effectiveness and productivity suffer when people are not present. Therefore, your consistent and regular ensemble attendance is required, and is an obligation you have not to your directors, but to your fellow ensemble members. Missing or being late for rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances will affect your individual evaluation. An unsatisfactory evaluation may result in your being expelled or suspended from an ensemble.
FACILITIES & EQUIPMENT
All students are expected to put away equipment, instruments, chairs, stands, etc., after every rehearsal. Because multiple ensembles and individuals regularly share the same equipment and gear, please do not move or 'borrow' equipment within the department without getting permission from the music office, and all other concerned parties. If equipment is moved, please promptly return equipment to its place after use. Any equipment leaving department must be officially checked out. The borrower takes full financial & legal responsibility. All students are expected to help maintain the security of all equipment. No food or drinks in rehearsal rooms.
Students may audition for one of several small ensembles that specialize in popular styles of music and serve as a recruiting and publicity tool for TU. In addition to their principal role touring, recording, and giving community performances, these small groups also serve to (1) give students a higher musical challenge, (2) give students experience learning to perform in diverse commercial music styles, and (3) allow students to hold different roles than they would in a traditional large ensemble. Small group members must meet the minimum academic eligibility requirements, as ineligible students are not allowed to travel off campus for performances. If a student fails to meet the GPA requirement for either semester GPA or cumulative GPA, but not both, his or her participation in travel ensembles is at the discretion of the music department staff and directors.
ProMusic and Music Industry majors are required to be registered for MUS100, and required to attend the weekly Music Department Convocations each Wednesday at noon.
FULL-TIME INTERNSHIPS & STUDY ABROAD
Students are not be eligible to retain their Arts Scholarship if they are away from Tiffin for an extended period of time due to study abroad or full-time internships. However, students may be allowed to retain a portion of their grant if they fulfill other work or responsibilities in support of TU Arts Programs. Students must inform the Director of Arts Operations of such a situation in writing at least one semester in advance of their absence (January notification for August absence, August notification for January absence), and the student's supplementary assignments must be completed before their time away. Students missing either semester are not eligible for participation in any small ensembles during that academic year.
Failure to abide by the policies and rules of the TU Arts Programs or its ensembles and activities may result in loss or reduction of scholarship, or being expelled or suspended from an ensemble or other department activities.
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