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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 3196

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Brass Chamber Music

Semester Approved: Fall 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2025
End Semester: Summer 2025

Catalog Description: In this course students participate in a group ensemble experience on brass instruments. It is designed for capable brass players. This course may be repeated for credit.

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

Prerequisites: By permission of instructor only

Justification: Music majors in general and performance majors in particular are required to participate in a chamber music experience. Playing in this kind of ensemble provides a focus on intonation, articulation and style that is not possible to achieve in a larger ensemble. Most four-year institutions with music programs offer chamber music opportunities for undergraduates.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of each semester of this course, students will be able to accurately perform the rhythms, melodies and harmonies of the music selected by the director This will be assessed in formative assessments through performance and rehearsal.

The student will perform essential skills as part of a section, including, proper intonation blend and balance and show improvement in both speed and accuracy of literature learning as measured by small group assessment. This is assessed through performance and director and peer feedback.

The student 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. This will be assessed in summative formal assessments at midterm and finals.

The student will communicate the understanding which they have gained to their audiences. This will be assessed through performance at concerts.

Members of the ensemble will learn and perform appropriate literature as selected by the instructor. Content includes study of:
• Intonation
• Balance
• Blend
• Articulation
• Historical Context
• Performance Practice

Key Performance Indicators:
Participation Rates - Attendance at class sessions  10 to 30%

Written Assignments  10 to 20%

Presentation/Performance - sectional rehearsal participation and performance  20 to 40%

Presentation/Performance - Concert participation and performance  20 to 40%

Group Project - Participation in concert recording review and critique 20 to 40%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Literature is taken from the Snow College score library.

Pedagogy Statement:
This course will be delivered via direct instruction, demonstration, modeling, and student collaborative work.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 16