As stated in the Wheaton College Catalog, the policy for attendance applies to all music courses: "Regular class attendance is expected of all students. The professor may excuse legitimate absences. It is the student's responsibility to report such excuses to the professor in writing. Verification of legitimate excuses may be sought by the professor from appropriate sources. Excused absences may count toward the total number of absences allowed."
The Wheaton College Catalog also outlines expectations for classroom demeanor: "Appropriate classroom demeanor is expected of all students. A faculty member may remove any student from a class if the student exhibits uncivil conduct, which includes behavior that is disinterested, disengaged, disrespectful, disruptive, defiant, or disturbing."
Cumulative Grade Point Average & "D" Policy
A cumulative grade point average of 2.00 must be maintained. A 2.00 average is also required for a major with a maximum of eight hours of D grades in major courses for the Bachelor of Music and Music Education degrees. For the Bachelor of Music Education degree, in order to qualify for student teaching, students must maintain a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.5 in both music education courses as well as in all non-music professional education courses.
The assessment of students’ work is an ongoing process and is addressed by examinations, papers, juries, recitals and other appropriate means, including an e-Portfolio. During the Introduction to Music Technology course (MUMS 115) taken in the freshman year, students develop the fluency to formulate their own e-Portfolios which will provide them with a selective summary of their Wheaton College education.
The ePortfolio is a requirement for graduation from the Conservatory of Music. Training for ePortfolio development and maintenance is provided through Introduction to Music Technology (MUMS 115). The long term goal for the ePortfolio is to encourage students to collect, assess and distribute artifacts from among their own performances and scholarly activities including video, still photos, audio and text based files. Seniors should register for Electronic Portfolio (MUMS 494) in Fall semester of Senior year.
The Conservatory of Music has a growing number of internship options available to music students both on campus and off. Address inquiries to Dr. Beth Bauer (firstname.lastname@example.org).