Music 435

MUSC 435

Catalog Entry

MUSC435. Percussion Ensemble
Three hours rehearsal (1).

Prerequisite: Audition

Performance of contemporary percussion/marimba ensemble literature. Presents programs throughout the year on and off campus. Open to all students by audition each semester. A maximum of one credit may be used to meet the large ensemble requirement for music majors. May be taken again for credit.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The percussion ensemble provides an opportunity for students to perform music written for that particular instrumentation. In addition to that body of literature, transcriptions of large orchestral works and smaller chamber ensembles are often included in the programing for the semester, allowing percussionists the opportunity to participate in the performance of music that does not require percussion, but that would be a valuable vehicle in the development of the student's musical awareness of form, style, interpretation, etc.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

1. Auditions to determine part assignments.
2. Sight-reading of potential or selected concert music, although after the parts are assigned, students should have the music prepared for rehearsal.
3. Detailed rehearsal of concert music. These rehearsals may include full ensemble participation, smaller sectionals, and/or sectionals outside of the regular class time.
4. Dress rehearsal(s) in the concert hall for continuity and sound balance.
5. Concert performance(s).
6. Sight reading for the remainder of the semester with a look ahead to the following semester's program if appropriate.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course, the student will have presented music for public performance at the highest possible level of artistic expression. As a result of the instruction towards this performance goal the students will have developed increased skills in ensemble performance, listening, technique, and a greater sense of self‑confidence in their individual musicianship. Performance at a more advanced level of musical and technical ability is expected of students registered for graduate credit.


Assessment Measures

Grades are based upon class attendance, conditional upon your active participation; participation in all scheduled rehearsals, and attendance at concerts. Due to the small size of this chamber ensemble, an absence of one person in a trio for example creates an unacceptable rehearsal situation for the other players. Therefore, one unexcused absence is all a student is allowed. Beyond that amount the teacher may revoke parts assignments to that student and/or drop the student from active participation in the ensemble resulting in a grade of F for the semester. Excused absences will be made for the following: hospitalization, doctor-ordered bed rest, or a death in the immediate family. Written confirmation is required within 1 week of the absence.


Other Course Information


The student is responsible for the care of all music assigned. This includes replacement of lost/stolen music/materials. If all music and materials are not turned in at the end of the semester a grade of I will be awarded. The grade will be changed when the materials are returned or purchased by the student. I's revert to F's if not cleared. The use of alcohol or drugs prior to concerts or rehearsals is prohibited. By accepting admission to Radford University, each student makes a commitment to understand, support, and abide by the University Honor Code without compromise or exception. Violations of academic integrity will not be tolerated. This class will be conducted in strict observance of the Honor Code. Refer to Student Handbook for details.


Approval and Subsequent Reviews

May 2006 Reviewed E. Fellin, Chairman