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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1226

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Advanced Women Chorus, Year One

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

Catalog Description: This course provides group training in a variety of musical styles arranged for women's chorus. Enrollment in this course is by audition. Those registering are expected to participate in major activities of the department. This course is repeatable for credit.;

Semesters Offered: Fall, Summer
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1-3; Lecture: 1-3; 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. Vocal music majors are required to perform in a choral group each quarter of their program both at our institution and at transfer institutions. The choir credit transfers as an elective performance credit for both the major and the non-major.

General Education Outcomes:
5: A student who completes the GE curriculum can respond with informed sensitivity to an artistic work or experience. 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.

Student Learning Outcomes:
This music will represent a variety of historical periods and styles. Students will demonstrate their mastery of technical and stylistic demands through accurate performance in concert.  

Students will demonstrate their ability to respond more sensitively to a masterwork that they have rehearsed, having discussed text, dynamics, phrasing, conditions under which it was composed, by accurately performing the music selected by the director.  

A variety of choral music, written for women's voices, will be studied, rehearsed and performed. Correct vocal techniques will also be studied during the rehearsal process. Information on the historical setting and the style of the musical period will be given during rehearsals.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will show mastery by performing in concerts each semester. Prompt and regular attendance will be essential to a passing grade (40%-80% of the final grade). 

Students will be asked to write a short essay on how learning and performing has added to their knowledge of music performance practices, vocal techniques, and historical periods. They will be asked to comment on the experience as a whole (10%-30% of the final grade). 









Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 60
Optimum Class Size: 40