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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1166

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: A Cappella Choir, First Year

Semester Approved: Fall 2016
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2021
End Semester: Fall 2022

Catalog Description: Group training in a variety of choral music literature. Those registering are expected to participate in major activities of the department. No preliminary audition required, but each student will be given a placement audition during the semester. This course may be repeated for credit. (Additional fee required)

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1-3; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0

Justification: Besides providing training for the voice, the choir is an excellent venue for students to feel part of a group. The long-term working toward a mutual goal is almost unique to the study of music. The nature of this group allows those who have not had the opportunity to study music in their previous coursework the chance to learn good music, to join in a group, and to build good vocal health. Vocal music majors are required to perform in a choral group each semester of their program both at our institution and at transfer institutions. The choir credit transfers for both the major and the non-major

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will understand the music in its historical setting as well as the stylistic, expressive, and formal qualities associated with the particular era of music history. Upon completion of each semester of this course, students will be able to accurately perform the music selected by the director. 

They will understand the textual meanings of the compositions. The students will attempt to communicate the understanding which they have gained to their audiences. Students will demonstrate an understanding by being able to accurately perform the music selected by the director.  

Students will be able to respond more sensitively to a masterwork which they have rehearsed, having discussed text, dynamics, phrasing, conditions under which it was composed, and performing it to an appreciative audience. This will be assessed through classroom discussion and the final essay.  

Students will gain and apply a cultural and historical awareness to a variety of phenomena. Students will increase their knowledge of all musical periods and the social aspects of that time by studying this music and its composition. They will demonstrate this increased knowledge in an essay. 

Music will be chosen from all periods of music history and from all levels of difficulty within the ability of the current group. The skills of sightsinging and rhythmic reading will be taught through daily exercises and through rehearsal of the music. Proper vocal techniques will be discussed and applied.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will show their mastery of selected literature during concerts given each semester. (30-40 % of final grade) 

Regular sectional rehearsals will provide feedback on individual progress. (10-30% of final grade) 

Quartets will sing individually for the instructor to ascertain memorization and performance readiness. (10-20% of final grade). 

Regular and prompt attendance will be essential to a passing grade. Non-participation in rehearsals and concerts will lead to an unsatisfactory grade. (10-30% of final grade). 

Final Essay (10-30% of the final grade). 






Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Music for this ensemble will be taken from the Snow College choral library.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 120
Optimum Class Size: 100