Spring 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Rodriguez, Robert
Discipline and Number
MUSI 4312 Section 001
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 symphony orchestra, 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 on Friday, April 24 (MUSICA NOVA), 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.

This course is now open both to musicians and to non-musicians. Non-performing students will examine the process required for creating and performing and will acquire skills for understanding and verbalizing the non-verbal phenomenon of music. Work for non-performing students will center around readings and individual scholarly research/analysis or creative projects.

Format: weekly rehearsal and coaching plus historical/stylistic analysis

PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR REQUIRED: New students please call 972-883-2766 or 972-238-8703 or e-mail [email protected] to schedule an audition/meeting.

Required Texts:

Rented or UTD library music will be provided for students.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance at class rehearsals and agreed-upon occasional extra rehearsals.
Maintenance of highest artistic quality in rehearsals and performance.

Grading Criteria for Performing Students:

Attendance and Rehearsal Preparation – 50%
Artistic Quality – 50%

Grading Criteria for Non-Performing Students:

Quality of Selected Project – 100%

Specific Learning Objectives for Students:

1. Develop insights and techniques for recreating the composer’s intentions and developing interpretive insights in a variety of styles. (performing students)

2. Integrate feedback from coaching into one’s performance. (performing students)

3. Demonstrate an awareness of the structure and historical context of the music being performed (performing students)

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the terminology and techniques of music criticism. (non-performing students)

5. Demonstrate an understanding of music in an interdisciplinary context, relating examples of music to other arts and to the historical context in which it was written. (non-performing students)

6. Completion of special research/analysis projects related to music (non-performing students).

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