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Effective Term:
Summer 2014 through Summer 2024

Course Number:
MUS 158B
Course Title:
Chamber Ensemble
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:

Course Description

Provides an opportunity for instrumentalists to practice and perform. Includes conducted and coached rehearsals for public performance. Covers performance practice and repertory for chamber orchestra and small ensembles. Requires the ability to read music. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use an understanding of beginning musicianship and performance etiquette to publicly perform basic repertory as a member of an instrumental ensemble.
  • Use an understanding of beginning music literacy to individually prepare and rehearse basic repertory as a member of an instrumental ensemble.
  • Use an understanding of beginning rehearsal techniques and etiquette to follow a conductor, annotate music, and be a contributing member of an instrumental ensemble during rehearsal.
  • Use an understanding of stylistic differences in basic repertory to accurately interpret instrumental music in performance.
  • Use a basic understanding of their primary instrument to continue to improve as a performer of music.

Course Activities and Design

  • Learn individual parts outside of class. Instructor will assign repertoire and coach regular rehearsals. Coaching will include stylistic interpretation, assistance with individual parts and instruction in proper performance etiquette.
  • Prepare musical work(s) from printed score for performance. 
  • Accurately interpret distinctive musical styles.
  • Perform musical work(s) in a public recital.
  • Work with other musicians to prepare musical works.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course letter grade should be made clear by the instructor at the beginning of the course. The individual instructor will determine the method of assessment. Assessment methods may include:

  • Rehearsal attendance
  • Musical interpretation
  • Public recital
  • Successful knowledge and execution of individual part(s)

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Instrumental repertoire from the renaissance to the modern era
  • Stylistic concerns in musical interpretation
  • Performance etiquette