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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1850

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: String Workshop and Pedagogy II

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

Catalog Description: Building on skills acquired in the prerequisite course, MUSC 1840, this course focuses on more advanced playing techniques of stringed instruments including violin, viola, cello, and string bass. The course will be taught every other year alternating with Brass Pedagogy. This course is required for instrumental music majors.

Semesters Offered: Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 2; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: MUSC 1840 or permission of instructor

Justification: The instrumental music major, regardless of ;his/her main instrument, must attain a playing proficiency on all of the other instruments in the band and orchestra. On alternate years the student will learn the brass instruments and ;will continue with the woodwind and percussion families. Courses of this type are taught at all 4-year schools in Utah that grant degrees in ;Music Education.

Student Learning Outcomes:
While it is understood that complete mastery of any of the string instruments would be impossible in a year's time, the class will stress familiarity with each of the members of the string family over the course of the semester. Students will be assessed and able to perform with a proper playing position, show a basic understanding of the parts and history of each string instrument, demonstrate intermediate level playing skills, and present string related lessons in a classroom teaching situation. For further proficiency on an instrument, it is suggested that a student study privately with an expert on that particular instrument. 

Building on skills acquired in MUSC 1840, the class will focus on intermediate playing skills on a stringed instrument and on string classroom teaching. The course will continue to address such playing issues as left and right hand techniques, finger patterns, vibrato, shifting, bowing definitions, and instrument set-up. Lectures will also focus on creating classroom assignments, discipline, course content, and recruitment.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will perform playing tests (20%), present lessons in front of the class (20%), practice on a daily basis (20%), complete written assignments (20%) and take quizzes (20%). Percentages are approximate.











Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Teaching Strings by Robert Klotman. Current Edition

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 15