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MUSC 1758

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Credit Hours 1
Course Title Chamber Ensembles
Prerequisite(s) Audition
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
(MUSC 1758A-G)
The Chamber Ensembles are designed for students who wish to participate in small-group performance of like and mixed instrumental and vocal ensembles. Students admitted by audition or with the permission of the instructor. This course is not to be counted toward fulfillment of the Performance Organization requirement in area F for music majors. Not every ensemble is offered every semester. Students may register for the following:
A = Brass Ensemble
B = Chamber Singers
C = Keyboard Ensemble
D = Percussion Ensemble
E = Recorder Ensemble
F = String Ensemble (includes Guitar Ensemble)
G = Woodwind Ensemble

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:
o Perform with correct posture
o Demonstrate the correct physical aspects of sound production on their instrument/voice
o Develop the ability to blend and balance with others in a small ensemble
o Identify musical aspects that are indigenous to the musical styles exemplified by selected repertoire
o Demonstrate proper stage presence for an ensemble performance
o Participate in at least one formal concert event

General Education Outcomes
As a result of completing MUSC 1758 A-G, the student will be able to:
1.    Demonstrate
§ Proper posture
§ Correct physical aspects of sound production on their instrument/voice
§ Musical responses and behaviors appropriate to the composition
§ Appropriate stage presence for public performance
2.    Perform
§ Standard repertoire in a small ensemble setting
§ Selected repertoire in a manner that is consistent with musical and stylistic elements
3.    Identify
§ Basic elements of a musical score
§ Markings in the score that affect musical expression and performance idioms.

Course Content
1. Correct posture
2. Physical aspects of correct tonal and sound production
3. Production for ensemble blend
4. Selected musical aspects of theory and/or ear training exemplified in course repertoire
5. Identification of musical aspects indigenous to the musical styles exemplified in course repertoire
6. Identification and demonstration of proper stage presence for ensemble performance
7. Participation in a formal concert event.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
o Class participation
o Rehearsal attendance
o Performance attendance
o Successful concert performance is reflected in skills attained in MUSC 1758 A-G.
o Continuation of enrollment in MUSC 1758 A-G is dependent upon successful performance each semester.
Evaluation of course and concert performance:
o Determine continuation of placement in advanced ensembles
o Prepare students for successful participation in senior institution ensembles as music major transfer students
o Provide a standard of comparison of appropriate difficulty level of repertoire for an audition ensemble format.
o Reveal repertoire standards that need revision, addition, or deletion from audition level ensemble format.

Last Revised: Aug. 10, 2011
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