Calculating Credit Hours

Formulas for Calculating Credit Hours

a. Institution

(1) One semester credit hour will be awarded for a minimum of 750 minutes of formalized instruction that typically requires students to work at out-of-class assignments an average of twice the amount of time as the amount of formalized instruction (1,500 minutes). It is acknowledged that formalized instruction may take place in a variety of modes.

While awarding semester credit hours typically occurs for instruction delivered in accordance with an institution's standard semester calendar, it may also occur for instruction that may not follow the typical pattern of an institution's standard semester calendar as long as the criteria for awarding such credit is met. State of Ohio Semester Definition

b. Music Unit

(1) The School of Music uses the definition above as a guiding principle in its academic courses. However, due to the complex nature of the School’s course structure, it is necessary to further explain credit hours from the perspective of certain classifications of the School’s courses.

a. Applied lessons. For all applied lessons in the School, each major receives one 55-minute lesson per week and two additional studio/master class hours per week. Applied lesson credit is determined by program, with the vast majority of our programs having applied lessons for 2 credits. Applied study in our performance programs are for 4 credits. Due to student concerns about overall credit loads (please see italicized note in part b), the School is reviewing the 4-credit requirement in our performance programs.

b. Ensemble classes. Large ensembles are variable credit .5-2.0. The amount of credit that the student enrolls in is the student’s prerogative, but normally is dependent upon the student’s total credit load for a particular semester. Small ensembles are variable credit .5–1.0 and the amount chosen is again the student’s choice. Note: Students at Ohio State are charged an additional fee for any credit amount over 18 credits per semester and the variable credit option is intended to assist them with their financial need to stay below the cap as well as have multiple varied ensemble experiences. The over-18 policy is also under review. There is also potential for the higher credit amount for each ensemble registration to be for students in the Honors Program.

c. Academic courses. The Board of Regents’ definition of a credit hour is the rule that the School follows for its academic courses. Examples of academic courses in the School are courses which can come from music theory, music education, musicology, composition, and jazz studies.

d. Other skill-based courses. Many other courses in the School that focus on developing a skill on secondary instrument, like instrumental techniques or keyboard skills, meet two or three times per week for 1 credit. The School’s conducting courses are also in this category of courses.

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