What are the requirements for the Pre-ABC course MUS 615.001 Recital

All new candidates to the ABC program and Central Washington University are required to complete the following with guaranteed delivery to: ABC, 407 Terrace Street, Ashland, OR 97520 by June 1.

The candidate is required to submit a video, either on a DVD or a flash drive, of live performances by the candidate's band according to the guidelines on page 11 in the ABC Handbook-Catalog. Here are some helpful guidelines as you prepare the project:

VIDEO (Required)

  1. Video Quality must be clear.
  2. LABEL on any media.
  3. Titles, composers' name(s), school.
    • GRAPHICS for introduction/navigation screen.
  4. PLACE camera in the rear of the band facing the conductor, if possible.
  5. DOES not need to be from a concert or festival performance. Can be done in band room.
  6. PLAY 3-5 pieces in 3 contrasting styles, ie. march, chorale type selection, something else such as overture, something with mixed meter, etc. (Prefer 3 pieces if possible but include 10 minutes of music.)
  7. USE a baton.
  8. DRESS professionally.
  9. Video should play continuously, do not stop so icons/buttons have to be clicked each time a new composition appears.
  10. PLAY entire video before submitting (make sure it works).
  11. DESIGN professional labels for all media being submitted.
  12. EDIT out anything not pertinent to the project.
  13. Combine all videos into one video track.
  14. It is okay to include chapters for the video track, but do not separate videos.
  15. Add a title screen or title overlay before each piece.
  16. Edit videos so the project has a professional look. This is a master's level course.
  17. Videos should be one of these common video formats (look for extension at the end of the document name):
    • .m4v
    • .mov
    • .mp4
    • dv

WRITTEN (Required)

You must also include demonstration of proper English writing skills on self-evaluation of the MUS 615.001 video project. Include the professionally formatted PDF/document (500-750 words) on the media which is submitted. Communicate what you have done and evaluate what you see in your video submission. This is to be written with proper English usage and grammar, not in texting abbreviations.

This written portion of the MUS 615.001 video project will also be submitted to CWU during your online admission application under the Statement of Objectives section.

In addition, the candidate must upload the required mp3 (audio file) to MY ACCOUNT at as well as a current personal photo and a baby photo.

Faculty evaluations between June 2 and the start of ABC will determine a course grade as well as define a conducting level for second year projects. It will also serve to determine special work the candidate must do to improve conducting style and rehearsal technique. A REQUIRED meeting with the faculty member will be arranged beginning June 20 at the ABC facility at Ashland High School.

DEADLINE: Materials must ARRIVE by midnight, June 1! (If the required materials are late or do not arrive, the candidate will not be admitted to the ABC program, will not be able to receive higher than a C in the class and will be required to pay a $125 late fee.)


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