Degree Resources

There are five main resources through which it is expected students can handle most issues pertaining to their academic programs at the School of Music.

Academic Bulletin

The Bulletin under which a student matriculates serves as the authority for that student’s degree requirements. Each degree program at the University has an explanation in the Bulletin of which courses, exams, and projects must be completed to graduate.

Degree Advice

Students can get a summary of their degree progress through the online software Degree Advice. This resource explains which courses, exams, and projects are required for the degree, which have been completed, and which are still left to finish. If the Bulletin and Degree Advice disagree, the Bulletin’s information serves as the authority. Degree Advice is supplemental to the services provided by a student’s academic adviser.

Music Forms & Procedures

The Music Student Resources portal houses all School of Music specific procedures, forms, policies, and internal matters. The Bridge is a good resource for clarifying the “how-to” when completing the requirements of your degree program, and serves to provide up-to-date information on SOM student events and deadlines.

Change of Program Application

Current SOM Graduate Students who wish to apply to a different or additional program than their current enrollment must do so within twelve months of matriculation in their original program. Students who register for classes for a third semester in their original program are no longer eligible to apply to a new program. In that case, the student must complete the current program and then, if desired, apply separately for admission to another program. Access the Change of Program Application.

Student Link

The BU Student Link is a University resource that covers those areas centralized by the University, including: course registration, grades, student accounting, and loans. The Student Link also enables students to directly change their directory information and address University compliance issues.

Hub Advising Resources for Undergraduates

Looking for Hub course ideas outside your major? Check out the Curated Hub Course list for Fall 2022.

Hub advising resources can be found here, including Hub Requirements and the useful Course Descriptions search tool.

Hub advising worksheets

How to use the Hub worksheet • Find helpful hints on how to choose a Hub course and Hub unit abbreviations.

Jury Examinations

Jury Examinations (juries) are ten to twenty-minute performance evaluations which take place at the end of each semester. All freshmen and sophomores enrolled in required Applied Music lessons must take end-of-semester juries, and each undergraduate major has specific evaluation requirements for the junior and senior years. First-year MM students in voice and certain DMA candidates are also required to perform juries. Please see the ML Applied Lesson Syllabus for more details.

Passing a jury examination signifies that a student as attained a new Applied level. The final sophomore jury examination (SO2 level) is used as the final level for clearing students for Performance-level proficiency.

Date Time Room
Piano 12/13/2022 11:00am – 1:00pm Concert Hall
Voice 12/13/2022 1:30pm – 5:00pm Concert Hall
String 12/14/2022 9:00am – 6:00pm Marshall Room
WW 12/13/2022 9:00am – 12:00pm Marshall Room
Brass 12/14/2022 10:00am – 1:00pm Concert Hall
Date Time Room
Piano 5/4/2023 11:00am – 1:00pm Concert Hall
Voice 5/4/2023 1:30pm – 6:00pm Concert Hall
String 5/5/2023 9:00am – 6:00pm Concert Hall
WW 5/4/2023 12:00pm – 3:30pm Marshall Room
Brass 5/6/2023 2:00pm – 5:00pm Concert Hall

*Please be in contact with your studio teacher for instructions.


The sign up document has been sent to all eligible students (and is linked here); please note that you will need to use your BU account to enter your information. Students who will take a jury may then begin signing up for slots. The last day of classes is the last day to register for jury examinations. Please verify the availability of your accompanist, if any, before committing to a time.

Each student taking a jury must bring a completed Applied Music Examination Form to their jury. These forms are available under Forms & Documents. This document ultimately serves as proof of jury completion in each student’s Applied Music file.

Students may forward additional questions about jury procedure to the Applied Department Coordinator.