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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 3186

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: String Chamber Music - 3rd Year

Semester Approved: Fall 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2022
End Semester: Fall 2023

Catalog Description: This course is intended for small chamber ensembles comprised of capable string and piano players. It will include primarily trios, quartets, and sonates. May be repeated for credit.

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

Prerequisites: By permission of instructor

Justification: Music majors in general, and performance majors in particular, are required to participate in chamber music performance.These groups allow a focus on individual intonation, articulation, style and expressivity that is not possible with larger ensembles. Chamber ensembles also serve to teach students the literature associated with the genre. This course also allows more mature students to work with sophisticated repertoire. This course will transfer as a performance credit. This course is most like MUSC 4430, Chamber Music, at the University of Utah.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of a correct tone and articulation by playing with a proper amount of bow, bow weight, and attack.  

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of correct dynamics and balances by playing passages with a variety of loud and soft timbres as indicated in the music, and by adjusting to the style of other players as needed.  

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of correct rhythms and following the conductor, by playing in unison with other players and by periodically looking at the conductor for cues. Each of these musical elements will be assessed by the instructor during in class rehearsals and public performances. 

Students will practice individually, and collectively, with the coaching of an expert faculty member, the literature chosen for each semester. Literature will be chosen from one of the four major musical periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Contemporary. Each ensemble will give at least one public performance each semester.

Key Performance Indicators:
Each student will be evaluated on the following:

Satisfactory participation in each rehearsal: 40-60% of final grade.  

Satisfactory participation in each performance: 4060% of final grade. 









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

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 16
Optimum Class Size: 12