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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1096

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Symphony Orchestra - 1st Year

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

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

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

Prerequisites: By audition and with permission of instructor

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. 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 be able to correctly perform various pieces using a proper musical style. This will be assessed through performances and individual reviews. 

Students are taught to perform in the proper historical style using class demonstrations from the teacher, audio and video recordings, and concert attendance at local and statewide performances. This will be assessed through performances and individual reviews. 

Students are also encouraged to study privately on their major instrument. Students are required to practice a certain number of hours per week. As part of fulfilling this requirement, students are allowed to listen to recordings of present musical literature in the library. Rehearsals are required to improve performance by providing feedback. This will be assessed through discussions and performances. 

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:
Performances (50-80% of final grade) 

Regular rehearsals (20-40% of final grade) 

Attendance (5-20% of final grade) 








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

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 80
Optimum Class Size: 60