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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 3096

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

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

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.

General Education Requirements: Fine Arts (FA)
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. This course is similar to MUSC 4440, University Campus Symphony, at the University of Utah. Non-majors are granted elective credit upon transfer.

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 demonstrate how to perform in a proper historical style. This will be taught using class demonstrations from the teacher, audio and video recordings, and concert attendance at local and statewide performances. Proper historical performance will be assessed by the instructor during in-class rehearsals and public 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:
Each student will be evaluated on the following:

Satisfactory participation in sectional and full ensemble rehearsals: 30-40% of final grade.  

Satisfactory participation in each ensemble performance: 30-40% of final grade.  

Daily practice record of assigned literature: 30-40% of final grade.  








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

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 80
Optimum Class Size: 60