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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 2106

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Chamber Orchestra 2nd Year

Semester Approved: Spring 2015
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2020
End Semester: Spring 2021

Catalog Description: The course provides training and practical playing experience in a wide range of works for chamber orchestra. Concerts and special programs are given throughout the year in which the students will be required to participate. This is a select, auditioned group. This course is repeatable for credit.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 2; Lab: 2
Clock/Hour Requirements: 0

Prerequisites: by audition

Justification: This ensemble serves both music majors and non-music majors by providing an opportunity for students to perform standard orchestral works. The National Association of Schools of Music requires that member institutions serve both of these student populations. Through quality performance of significant literature, students will share this art with fellow student musicians and the composers whose music they create and preserve. This group provides an opportunity for outstanding players to learn and perform challenging literature. Orchestra is required for all string music majors in each semester of their programs both at this institution and at transfer institutions. Non-majors are granted elective credit upon transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn to perform on their instrument in a variety of musical styles and with the proper techniques. Students will be able to perform one piece on a concert without a conductor. 

Concert repertoire will be chosen, rehearsed, and performed from each of the four major time periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary/Twentieth Century. Other topics will include using proper tone, variable dynamics and articulations, accurate intonation and rhythms, overall balance and blend, as well as following the conductor.

Key Performance Indicators:
Through performance, students will be able to interpret music using proper tone, bowings, dynamics, tempi and articulation from various historical pieces. Due to the performance nature of the course students will be graded on class attendance (30%), daily practice on concert literature (40%), and participation in scheduled performances (30%).











Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Music selections assigned by instructor

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 30
Optimum Class Size: 15