Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Rodriguez, Robert
Discipline and Number
MUSI 4312 Section 001
T Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title

Description of Course:

Advanced Orchestra/Chamber Music Ensemble. 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, 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 plus historical/stylistic analysis

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Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

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.

Course Requirements:
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%

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.

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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