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Course Number:
MUP 176A
Course Title:
Applied Music/Viola I
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Course Description

Provides first term of individual private viola instruction. Develops elementary-level performance skills at the music major/minor level. Draws repertoire and technique methods from classical traditions. Includes training in performance practice and stylistic interpretation through focus on tone production, technique, applied knowledge, sight-reading, and other aspects of musicianship as applied to the viola.

Addendum to Course Description

All applied music students are required to attend weekly lessons, attend weekly performance classes, participate in public performance, and complete a music jury. A substantial amount of out-of-lesson practice time is required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Perform elementary-solo and elementary-ensemble viola repertoire using an understanding of elementary musicianship and performance etiquette.
  • Prepare and rehearse elementary-solo and elementary-ensemble viola repertoire for performance using an elementary-level understanding of music literacy.
  • Demonstrate stylistic distinctions in elementary-solo and elementary-ensemble viola repertoire to accurately interpret music in performance.
  • Demonstrate an elementary-level understanding of the viola to continue to improve as a performer.
  • Meet learning outcomes specific to this project as mutually agreed upon by the student and instructor in advance through a written learning contract, and as appropriate to the credit awarded for this course

Aspirational Goals

Public performance of assigned repertoire demonstrating solid technique, musicianship and proper performance practice. (minimum of two area recitals in addition to final performance.)

Sightread excerpts of basic level repertory.

Participation in final recital and jury.

Successful completion of material assigned by private instructor.

Course Activities and Design

The material for the course will be presented in a one-on-one hands-on format.

Students will be required to perform in a final student recital and must pass
a performance jury at the end of every term before moving on to the next term of study.

Students are expected to participate in chamber ensembles and are required to perform a minimum
of two times per term in the weekly music performance area recitals.

Students will demonstrate good tone production, solid technique, rhythmic precision, proper
performance practice, good musicianship and perform scales and arpeggios at required tempi.

Students will learn and perform from memory representative works from
contrasting styles and eras.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The individual instructor will submit the grade to the Department Chair. Evaluation will be based upon the student's effort and progress. A letter grade or "Pass/No Pass" will be issued.

Public music performance of material covered in lessons.

Completion of music jury at the end of the term - featuring qualitative and quantitative demonstration.

Attendance and participation in applied performance sessions.

Participation and preparation of material assigned during lessons.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


The first year of study focuses on fundamental technique and repertoire development.
Instructors should assign exercises, etudes and repertoire according to individual student
need and ability. A minimum of at least one etude and two works from contrasting
stylistic periods should be assigned each term.
Areas of Study

  • Fundamentals: Establish solid foundation
  • Skills: Major and minor scales
  • Major and minor arpeggios
  • Sight-Reading: Viola
  • Etudes and Methods: Instructor discretion
  • Suggested Repertoire: Representative works from contrasting stylistic periods. (a minimum of two works each term, one memorized)

Students must pass music jury and meet all requirements before advancing to next term

Demonstrate solid technique, musicianship and proper performance practice
in performance of assigned repertoire.

  • Playmajor and minor scales (two octaves, quarter beat values at 78 BPM).
  • Play root position triad arpeggios (two octaves, quarter beat values at 60 BPM).
  • Sightread viola music as assigned.
  • Learn and perform contrasting stylistic works as assigned by instructor (minimum of one from memory).