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Chamber Ensemble (MUSC 1330)

Total Credits: 1
Lecture Credits: 1

Description: This ensemble prepares and performs music in the Western Art and Folk music traditions. You will work in groups as small as duets and as large as the total class size, learning repertoire created for smaller ensembles. You will perform publicly at least once per semester. This group rehearses a minimum of two times per week or a minimum of 100 minutes per week.

Topical Outline:
1. Engage in interpretive performance
2. Critical listening skills for ensemble playing (tuning, volume, use of vibrato, pitch)
3. Performance techniques appropriate to given repertoire
4. Individual musicianship

Learning Outcomes:
1. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works within the context of Chamber ensemble repertoire
2. Demonstrate understanding of chamber ensemble works and arrangements as expressions of individual and human values within a variety of historical and social contexts
3. Respond critically to works written for chamber groups
4. Engage in the creative process by participating in chamber groups and performing chamber works with stylistic integrity
5. Articulate an informed personal reaction to works composed and arranged for chamber ensembles

Prerequisites:  Students must be able to read music at an intermediate level or better and provide their own instrument, with the exception of a piano. While it is not mandatory, an applied lesson on the student's instrument is highly recommended.

MnTC: Goal 6