Curriculum Guideline

Beginning Instrumental Ensemble I

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
No
Course Code
MUSC 1135
Descriptive
Beginning Instrumental Ensemble I
Department
Music
Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits
1.50
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
PLAR
No
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
20
Contact Hours
2 hours per week
Method Of Instruction
Tutorial
Methods Of Instruction

The instructor will present concepts, demonstrate techniques and patterns, and lead the ensemble.  Practice exercises and pieces will be rehearsed and/or performed by the whole class, small groups and individuals.

Course Description
Through the rehearsal and performance of appropriate music, this course will introduce the basic skills of ensemble playing, including balance, proper technique, phrasing, and dynamics. Special emphasis will be placed on technical development and reading skills.
Course Content

Using suitable ensemble music, students will study rhythmic notation, phrasing, dynamics, group discipline and interpretation of aural and visual signals by the instructor.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will be able to solve problems arising from performance of ensemble music with emphasis on rehearsal techniques and conductor-performer relationship.

Means of Assessment

 

Rhythm tests 30%
Midterm playing test  30%
Research assignmrnt 10%
Final playing test 15%
Ensemble skills (including performance at dress rehearsals and scheduled concerts) 15%

*NB. In a performing group, regular attendance is vital to the learning of ensemble skills and the achievement of high performance standards. Absences affect every member of the ensemble; therefore 5% of the final mark will be deducted for each unexcused absence, to a maximum of 30%. Students who miss 30% or more of scheduled class time will receive a final grade of UN (unofficial withdrawal).  Excused absences will include illness and urgent family or personal matters.

Unexcused absence from a dress rehearsal or a concert will result in a failing grade.

Textbook Materials

All music for ensemble will be provided by Douglas College.

Prerequisites

Acceptance into the Basic Musicianship program

Corequisites

None

Equivalencies
Which Prerequisite