Frequently Asked Questions
Please indicate any interest in a second major when you communicate with Professor Jarman. As you select your courses, look for those that double count between areas in your liberal arts core (please see the table in the Handbook for music courses that double count). When you double count a course, you don't double the number of credits earned, but you satisfy the requirements in two categories. For example, MUSL 1111, Shakespeare and Music, satisfies both the English and Humanities requirements. You will earn 3 credits for the course, thus satisfying half of your English requirement and part of the Humanities category; you will then have 3 credits for an academic elective which applies to a second major.
Both majors require a minimum of 80 credit hours in music. However, in the performance major, lessons are a total of 32 hours (28 for voice majors), while in musical arts, lessons are a total of 16 credit hours. In musical arts there is a more equal balance among performance, music literature, and music theory, with 11-12 additional hours in music literature and theory electives, and 9-12 hours of other music electives.
Declaring as soon as possible will give you a better chance of enrolling in the classes you need to complete the second major or minor. Ask for an adviser in the department of the second major/minor and let them know you are interested in completing a second major/minor. After the second adviser signs your Blair Declaration of Second Major/Minor form , submit the completed form to the Blair Office of Academic Services. You will also need to complete paperwork in the second major department and submit it to that school (Peabody, A & S, or Engineering). Deadline is 5th day of classes during your final semester at Vanderbilt.
Bachelor of Music students are fortunate to have an academic adviser and a studio adviser. Your studio adviser can help you with questions related to your major area (ensemble choices, graduate school auditions, summer festivals, etc.), while the academic adviser helps you with course registration and gives you a musical and academic perspective beyond your major area. The advisers work together to provide the resources you need to successfully complete your degree requirements.
The Undergraduate Catalog is the binding document for all policies related to your curriculum and degree requirements. The Blair Student Handbook also provides detailed information and curriculum plans. Additional information and forms are at blair.vanderbilt.edu.academics.
GEO (Global Education Office) in the Student Life Center (or their website: vanderbilt.edu/geo) is your first stop for information about study abroad. Check out the information in the Blair Student Handbook about the specific programs that are affiliated with Blair, and feel free to talk with the Associate Dean. Students who wish to study abroad will need to meet with the Associate Dean to ensure that degree requirements can be completed in eight semesters.
First Year Writing Seminars are popular courses for first year students; they fulfill one of the English/Writing requirements courses, and many will double count within the Liberal Arts Core; search for "MUSL 1111" under Class Search in YES for a complete listing. These courses are optional for Blair students. Have 2–3 alternatives ready, since your first choice is not always possible. Your required writing course for the first year is MUSL 2200W, which you will take in the spring semester.
New Blair students should read the Blair Student Handbook carefully and select courses before communicating about their schedule with Amy Jarman, Head of Academic Advising (firstname.lastname@example.org; 615.322.7684). Professor Jarman is available for advising during the week before registration opens for freshmen. If you plan to do the pre-med track or a second major in science, you should plan to register as early as possible. You will have an advising hold on your YES registration account which is lifted when your course schedule is been approved by Professor Jarman. Log into YES to see your registration appointment windows, and to view YES tutorials for complete information on using YES. You will need 126 credits to graduate; plan to average 16 credits per semester.
The Blair Student Handbook contains sample curriculum plans and catalog requirements for your major. These samples are suggested as a guide, so students may take certain classes in different semesters. You can sketch out a sample schedule on a sample schedule worksheet. Using a Sample Curriculum Plan (in the Student Handbook)as a starting place, you can begin to get ideas for constructing a schedule for your first semester. Music Theory, Keyboard Harmony, Musicianship, Music Literature, Performance Class, private instruction, and ensembles are courses which should be taken every semester until requirements are fulfilled. Some students will be placed in the accelerated section of MUTH 2100, Syntax of Music. You will be notified by email if you are placed in that section.
If you have a preformed group, fill out this form: Chamber Music Enrollment Approval. If you need to be placed in a group, or if you need a coach, enroll in MUSE 2210 for strings, brass, woodwinds, or piano/harp. You may also talk with your studio teacher or the chamber music coordinator of your department if you have specific questions.
Check to see what kind of hold you have. Contact the appropriate office for that specific hold (for example, student accounts or financial aid for a financial hold). If you need additional help, contact the registrar's office.
Discuss this first with your studio teacher and/or the performance class instructor. You may waive performance class only if you have a required academic class for a second major or minor or pre-professional program (e.g. pre-med), and there is no other section available in that class. Complete this paperwork: https://blair.vanderbilt.edu/pdfs/performance-class-waiver.pdf.
You may register for section 02 only if you have a required class for a second major or minor or pre-professional program (e.g. pre-med) during the recital hour. Email the Blair Office of Academic Services and request permission to enroll in section 02.
You may enroll in one zero-credit ensemble beyond the 18 credit hours, with the Associate Dean's permission. YES will allow you to register in only 18 credit hours, so register for all courses except the one ensemble you would like to take as zero credit. If you are taking only one required ensemble and it is for zero credit, be aware that you may need to make up that hour later on so that you have a minimum of 80 hours in music to graduate. You must petition the Associate Dean for permission to take more than 18 credit hours in a semester, and the Blair Office of Academic Services will coordinate the enrollment for you, if approved. If you are a freshman petitioning for the second semester, you will need to make the request after final grades are posted for the fall semester.
You may choose to place yourself on the waitlist for the class (this will not happen automatically).
You must email the instructor and ask for permission to enroll—often they will assign you a specific code for registration. Sometimes you will need to forward their email with permission to enroll to the Blair Office of Academic Services.
If you are taking an elective instrument for the first time, enroll in the 00 section (TBA section for placement) of the instrument. For example, piano is PIAN 1100 section 00. You should follow the instructions listed for that section to audition/interview.
Will I always end up enrolling on the second day of enrollment for my class status (freshman, sophomore, etc.) for my classes?
No, the times will rotate each semester.
Some classes have seats reserved specifically for majors and minors during the appointment windows part of registration. Extra seats will be available only during open registration. If you are working toward a second major or minor, it is always best to declare as soon as possible so that you will have priority for enrolling in the classes you need.
Waitlist options are determined by Vanderbilt departments. If there is no wait list for a class you will need to check the class periodically for open seats.
No, it means that your action created an error. You should read the message carefully to see why there is an error. You might not meet the prerequisites for the class, or perhaps the class requires permission of the instructor. Check the message carefully. If you can't figure it out, contact the YES help desk ("Help" on the upper right corner of the page) before you panic!
The distance between Blair and main campus is about a 15-minute walk. Most Blair courses are housed at Blair, so travel time for those is negligible. Make sure all courses meet at times that are available in your schedule. Completing the Schedule Worksheet will assist you in identifying and avoiding scheduling conflicts.
Small time overlaps between two classes may be petitioned to enroll in both. Petition both instructors for permission using the petition form. Submit the completed form to the Blair Office of Academic Services.