Senior Project Checklist

  • When you’ve reached 75% or more of your degree completion, the Office of the Registrar will input an expected graduation term (which is one year away); students will receive an email notification from the email address evaluations@calpoly.edu informing them of this expected graduation term.
    • Check the Registrar’s Office website for details/forms  
    • IF there are justifiable reasons to extend a graduation term, complete a Change of Degree Completion Form in consultation with your faculty advisor      
  • BEFORE you can submit your senior project proposal, double-check that you:
    • Are current in concert attendance
    • Have passed all Midpoint requirements (piano proficiency, 150 jury, theory and musicianship examinations)
    • Have passed into MU 350 (450 is recommended if you are giving a recital)
  • Develop a project proposal in consultation with your senior project advisor (this does not have to be your academic advisor, but must be a full-time professor) and submit paperwork two quarters before you intend to finish the project/give the recital.  (Please note that no “TBA” information can appear on the paperwork)
    • For a spring recital/project, submit paperwork by the middle of fall quarter
    • For a winter recital/project, submit paperwork by the middle of spring quarter
    • For a fall recital/project, submit paperwork by the middle of winter quarter
  • Sign up for MU 461 one quarter before you intend to finish the project/give the recital (permit number will be released once the faculty has approved your proposal)
    • For recitals, sign up concurrently for MU 400 to work on program notes with Dr. McLamore or Dr. Russell (be sure to discuss it with them first!)
  • For non-recital projects, develop a timetable for completion with your project advisor and follow it. AVOID PROCRASTINATION!  (To participate in the department’s June graduation ceremony, your project must be completely finished by noon on Monday of the spring quarter final exam week)
  • For recitals:
    • Enrollment in applied lessons is required during the quarter that a major is presenting a senior recital (as fulfillment of the senior project requirement)
    • Your pre-recital date will be assigned by the faculty; pre-recitals usually occur 4-6 weeks before a recital date
    • Submit the final draft of your program notes, including program order and acknowledgements (and texts and translations for vocal recitals), to your program notes advisor at least one week before your pre-recital or you will lose your pre-recital date (and potentially your recital date)!
    • Bring 3 copies of your printed program to your pre-recital (with finalized order/titles of performance pieces), along with at least 1 copy of the music scores you’ll be performing for the committee’s use during the pre-recital
    • Pass your pre-recital
    • Submit an electronic copy of your program notes to Michele by the Monday immediately following your pre-recital with any changes recommended by your pre-recital committee
    • Proof-read the hard copy of your program as soon as Michele gives it to you and return it to her immediately with any necessary changes
    • Publicity materials are optional. Check the Senior Recital Guidelines on the Senior Project/Recital form for more details, and check with Music Department staff for requirements.
    • Schedule the piano tuning [REQUIRED if you are using a piano]
    • Designate an experienced friend (who is NOT the recital proctor nor the recording engineer) to act as stage manager (who will also be responsible for distributing programs at the recital)
    • Because you are now well-prepared, ENJOY YOUR RECITAL!
  • After your recital/project is complete, submit a Senior Project Requirement Form (available on the library website) and State Cashier’s receipt for $12 to the department office for signatures and submission to the library. It is your responsibility to submit a digital copy of your project (for a recital, your program and digital sound files) to the library via their website. Check with Music Department staff to coordinate this requirement.