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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1036

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Select Choir

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

Catalog Description: This course provides group training in a variety of serious literature written for smaller vocal ensembles. Students enrolling in this course are expected to participate in major music events within the department. The group is auditioned from the A Cappella Choir. Repeatable for credit.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1-3; Lecture: 4; Lab: 0

Prerequisites: By instructor's permission

Corequisites: A Cappella Choir (MUSC 1166/2166)


Justification: This course is designed for the vocal student/vocal music major that wishes to perform more difficult literature in an auditioned group. Much of the choral literature of the early music periods, pop music or jazz was written with smaller ensembles in mind. It is not suitable for larger choirs, nor is it within the abilities of non-auditioned groups to perform it. All of the four-year colleges in the state offer a similar performing group, which is most often auditioned from one of their larger ensembles. At an institution of our size, it is necessary that the members of the Select Choir retain their membership in A Cappella Choir.

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 the musical periods and the social aspects of that time by studying this music and its composition. They will demonstrate this increased knowledge in performances that will be recorded for analysis. Quartets will sing individually for the instructor to ascertain memorization and performance readiness.


Student Learning Outcomes:
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 music in its historical setting as well as the stylistic, expressive, and formal qualities associated with the particular era of music history. Quartets will sing individually for the instructor to ascertain memorization and performance readiness. 

They will understand the textual meanings of the compositions. The students will communicate the understanding which they have gained to their audiences in concert. Students will show their mastery of selected literature during concerts given each semester. 


Content:
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 (40% -60%). 

Regular sectional rehearsals will provide feedback on individual progress (20%-30%). 

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

Regular and prompt attendance will be essential to a passing grade (10%-20%). 

Non-participation in rehearsals and concerts will lead to an unsatisfactory grade. 

 

 

 

 

 



Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Music will be supplied through the Snow College Choral Library


Pedagogy Statement:


Maximum Class Size: 40
Optimum Class Size: 36