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Course Number:
MUP 178C
Course Title:
Applied Music/Bass
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Course Description

Provides individual private bass instruction. Develops applied performance skills at the music major/minor level. Draws repertory and technique methods from classical and/or jazz traditions. Includes training in performance practice and stylistic interpretation through focus on tone production, technique, articulation, sight-reading and other aspects of musicianship as applied to bass performance. Prerequisites: MUP 178B.

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

  • Use an understanding of beginning/intermediate-level musicianship and performance etiquette to prepare and rehearse intermediate solo bass repertory.
  • Use an understanding of beginning/intermediate music literacy to prepare and rehearse intermediate-level solo bass repertory for performance.
  • Use a basic understanding of stylistic distinctions in intermediate solo bass repertory to accurately interpret music in performance.
  • Use a basic understanding of the bass to improve as a performer.

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 beginning/intermediate 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

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)

  1. First Year Required Materials (MUP 178): String Bass

    The first year of study focuses on the development of fundamental technique and basic repertoire. 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.

    • Fundamentals: Tone production, basic bowings, shifting, thumb position

    • Skills: All Major and minor scales (two octaves)

    • Sight-Reading: Selected excerpts appropriate to student level

    • Etudes and Methods: Simandl, New Method I, Bille, New Method I, Hrabe, Etudes or similar work

    • Suggested Repertoire: Selected works by: Marcello, Telemann, Eccles, Cupruzzi or other appropriate pieces.

    • Demonstrate fundamental technique: Good tone production, Basic bowings,
      Basic shifting, Beginning thumb position, Major and minor scales and arpeggios (two octaves)

    • 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 appropriate difficulty.