Skip to Content
Apply Request

Professional Expectations

Program Standards

Young artists in the Artist Certificate program are held accountable to high standards of professionalism and artistry as a collegial member of the community of musicians at APU. This includes, but is not limited to, demonstrating an exemplary work ethic, making every effort to communicate clearly with performing colleagues and faculty, prompt and regular attendance at rehearsals and Art Reflection Seminars, and a professional approach to the musical and ethical obligations of playing a leading role in the musical life of the School of Music.

Because of the nature of music making, these standards may be higher than those described in the university’s Graduate Catalog, which every Artist Certificate participant agrees to abide by when they enter the program.

Participants who do not fulfill these Artist Certificate requirements satisfactorily according to the faculty responsible for any given area may be put on probation in the program. In extreme circumstances, participants may be dismissed summarily from the program without warning.

Probation and Dismissal Procedure

  1. If a participant does not respond to reprimands by any faculty member directly supervising the AC musician in any capacity, the faculty member will contact the AC director.
  2. The AC director will outline the situation in a letter to the AC participant, which will be copied to the primary instrument faculty member, department chair, and dean of the School of Music. The letter will explain that the AC participant is now on probation as it gives the grounds for doing so.
  3. If the situation continues, following consultation between the AC director, dean, primary instrument faculty, and department chair, the AC participant will be dismissed from the program in writing.
  4. If the circumstances warrant, an AC participant may be summarily dismissed without a notice of Probation, on the recommendation of the AC director, department chair, and the dean.
  5. International students will be required to leave the country immediately upon dismissal, as they will be “out of status” for U.S. Immigration, or re-apply for reinstatement according to the requirements of the Immigration and Neutralization Service Department.

International Student Standards

International students are held accountable to the standards set by the APU International Center and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. All international students are required to:

International students who do not fulfill the standards mentioned above to satisfaction will be put on probation in the program. In extreme circumstances participants will be considered “out-of-status” and may be dismissed summarily from the program without warning.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.