MUS 130, Section 204
12:30 – 1:45 PM, Tuesday/Thursday
Room 1080 (Instrumental Rehearsal Room)
Daniel C. Johnson, Ph.D.
Cultural Arts Building, Room 1056
MTWRF: 8:00 – 9:00 AM by appointment
1. Two ensemble rehearsals each week, one coached (usually Tuesdays) and one independent (usually Thursdays).
2. Individual preparation of music.
3. Attendance and punctuality is mandatory for each rehearsal. Each absence will lower your grade one full letter. Three tardy days will lower your grade one full letter.
4. Each student will be required to own a metronome and a tuner, and to bring them to all rehearsals along with any materials and printed music.
The only required materials are your own instrument, and any printed ensemble music. Your instructor will provide copies of the parts. You are responsible for bringing all required materials to each rehearsal.
The study and performance of chamber music, transcribed as well as written for brass ensemble, from various style periods in music history.
1. To demonstrate various music performance practices by performing music of varying styles & genres for brass ensembles.
2. To develop ensemble performance skills, such as intonation, tonal blend, dynamic control, rhythmic accuracy, and instrumental roles within the ensemble.
3. To perform music with a satisfactory level of performance ability, skill competency, and musicianship.
The corresponding course objectives are to study the assigned repertoire, perform on a regular basis, and analyze musical performances with respect to the above learning goals. These objectives and goals will be accomplished through regular listening, analysis, and performance of various compositions during weekly rehearsals and individual preparation between rehearsals.
á The ensemble will perform on at least one of the Student Seminars on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 4:45 PM.
á In addition, the ensemble may audition for the Honors Recital this term.
á Also, the ensemble may perform off-campus. In that case, at least two weeksÕ notice and complete instructions will be given by the instructor.
Attendance is required at all rehearsals and performances.
á Each unexcused absence from a rehearsal lowers your final grade by one-third of a letter grade.
á Each unexcused absence from a performance lowers your final grade by 2 letter grades.
á Each tardy will count as one-half of an absence as does leaving a rehearsal early.
Excused absences/tardies do not count against your final grade. Absences are excused for illness, emergencies, or pre-approved academic obligations (i.e. tests).
For an absence to count as excused, you must email Dr. Johnson before the scheduled rehearsal. Include in your email:
á Your name
á Date of anticipated absence
á Reason for absence
In emergency situations where email is not possible (e.g. car broke down on the way to rehearsal), please call Dr. Johnson at 962-7559 and leave a message.
If you talk to Dr. Johnson about an absence, you must also send a follow-up email. Documentation is important.
Each rehearsal will be graded (A – F) including +/- grading. The final grade for the course will be an average of each rehearsal grade. In addition, the course grade will be lowered if requirements such as concert attendance and other course requirements have not been met.
The student will earn an A if he/she:
The student will earn a B if he/she:
The student will earn a C if he/she:
The student will earn a D if he/she:
The student will earn an F if he/she:
Short-comings in any of these areas (e.g. under-prepared, non-responsive in rehearsals, or persistent performance errors) will be reflected in the overall course grade.
Randall Library for print and audio resources, in particular, recordings of brass ensembles are very helpful listening and study resources.
**Please turn off all cell phones and pager devices during seminar and rehearsals.**
Religious Observance Policy
The above syllabus for this course is subject to change by the instructor. In the event of any alteration, written changes to the syllabus will be provided at least one week before they take effect.