Curriculum Guideline

MIDI Ensemble II

Effective Date:
Course Code
MUSC 1236
MIDI Ensemble II
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Start Date
End Term
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
2 hours per week for 12 weeks
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

Students will be placed into ensembles of varying instrumentation depending upon the instrumental makeup of class enrolment.  A total of 2 hours of coaching/instruction per week will be given by music faculty. After each performance, the members of each ensemble, aided by the instructor, will evaluate the performance and the preceding rehearsals to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the group’s performance, and discuss means of improvement.

Course Description
Designed primarily for students in the Music Technology Certificate Program, this course provides an opportunity for musicians to rehearse and perform together using MIDI and electronic based instruments under the guidance of the music faculty. Students will be placed into ensembles of varying sizes and instrumentation, and will rehearse on their own as well as receiving instruction. All ensembles will perform in department recitals and concerts.
Course Content

Students will learn to make group decisions on all matters of technology issues, ensemble rehearsal and performance.

  • Development of cooperation in rehearsal – identifying and agreeing upon matters of tempo, dynamics, intonation, articulation, phrasing and interpretation, etc.
  • Ensemble listening skills – hearing oneself within the group setting, relating aurally/musically to others in the ensemble
  • When to lead, when to allow others to lead (allowing solo expression within the ensemble)
  • Non-verbal communication during performance
  • What to do when the performance comes apart (when musicians get lost or make mistakes that derail the performance)
  • Using technology to create sounds and mix proper volume balances during the live performance
  • Understand the role of MIDI sequencing and how to set up the flow of digital information between instruments and computers
  • Comprehend the challenges of MIDI communication during rehearsals and performance
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students should possess an increased understanding of rehearsal and performance issues related to MIDI ensembles, in particular, how to listen to and to communicate with each other.  Students should be able to identify problems related to technology within the ensemble, and have an understanding of how to address those problems to improve the performance.  Students should be able to make group decisions on various matters during rehearsal, including musical interpretation and expression.

Means of Assessment
Assigned excerpts (minimum of four) 50%
Contribution to ensemble (tone, dynamics, balance) 25%
*Participation (attention and attitude) 25%

*Grades are based on the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s regular preparation for rehearsals, attentiveness and effort during rehearsals, and musical contribution to the ensemble. Frequently during the semester, certain passages of music will be assigned to be learned for an upcoming rehearsal and will be heard by the instructor. Students are graded on their achievement on these assignments.

Textbook Materials

Instructors will provide materials for the course, or will provide a list of materials to be purchased.