Fall 2010 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Rodriguez, Robert
Discipline and Number
MUSI 4V71 Section 029
T Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music

Description of Course:

Taught by an active composer/conductor, this class provides opportunities for undergraduate instrumentalists (strings, woodwinds, brass, keyboard, percussion, plucked string), singers, dancers, actors, composers, lyricists, visual artists and video/performance artists to perform and create music for small and larger ensembles, plus multi-media and theater works. Music for past concerts has ranged from Medieval and Renaissance dances and motets to standard repertoire to experimental new works written for and/or developed by the ensemble. Concerts have included an evening of jigs, an evening of tangos, French cabaret and mariachi songs, chamber opera, ballet and a fully-staged commedia dell'arte pantomime.

Students will perform in concert on campus, with additional off-campus opportunities, as available. Students selected for UTD's Musica Nova concert series perform along with faculty and other professional musicians. Musica Nova guest artists have included members of the Dallas Symphony and Dallas Opera Orchestra and singers from the Dallas Opera, New York City Opera and Metropolitan Opera.

Format: weekly rehearsal and coaching

Required Texts:

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR REQUIRED: New students please call 972-883-2766 or 972-238-8703 to schedule an audition/meeting.

Grading Criteria:
Attendance and Rehearsal Preparation – 50%
Quality of Performance – 50%

Specific Learning Objectives for Students:
1. Develop insights and techniques both for creating new works and for recreating composers’ intentions while acquiring interpretive insights in a variety of styles.
2. Integrate feedback from coaching into one’s performance.
3. Demonstrate an awareness of the structure and historical context of the music being performed.

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