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Effective Term:
Winter 2020 through Summer 2024

Course Number:
MUS 169A
Course Title:
String Orchestra I
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
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Course Description

Provides the opportunity for string players to practice and perform at an elementary level in a conducted string orchestra, which includes violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Includes rehearsal and performance of repertoire from the 17th-21st centuries. Recommended for students with previous high-school level string experience or equivalent. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Instructor should assign repertoire according to individual abilities and available instrumentation. Works will be selected from the standard string repertoire.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Publicly perform elementary repertoire as a member of a string orchestra using musicianship skills and performance etiquette.
  • Individually prepare and rehearse elementary repertoire as a member of a string orchestra utilizing an understanding of music literacy.
  • Follow a conductor, annotate music, and be a contributing member of a string orchestra during rehearsal using an understanding of rehearsal techniques and etiquette.
  • Accurately interpret instrumental music in performance and demonstrate an understanding of stylistic differences in repertoire.
  • Use an elementary understanding of their instrument to continue to improve as a music performer.

Course Activities and Design

  • Rehearse string repertoire from the entire historical range of string music

  • Create and rehearse methods for practice and execution of string music

  • Address stylistic concerns in musical interpretation of string music

  • Rehearse and demonstrate performance etiquette in string music

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)

The following skills are expected to successfully meet the minimum requirement of "C" of "Pass" for the course.

  • Learn individual part(s) from printed music score.

  • Execute stylistic practices according to repertoire.

  • Work with other musicians to prepare and perform musical works.