Curriculum Guideline

Percussion Ensemble II

Effective Date:
Course
Discontinued
No
Course Code
MUSC 1287
Descriptive
Percussion Ensemble II
Department
Music
Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits
1.00
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
PLAR
No
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
15
Contact Hours
2 hours per week
Method Of Instruction
Tutorial
Methods Of Instruction

Coaching and rehearsal of the instrumental ensemble.

Course Description
Students will study and perform repertoire for percussion instruments of both definite and indefinite pitch. They will also study selected rhythmic systems of music cultures such as African, Brazilian and Cuban drumming. Emphasis is placed on the development of sight-reading ability, ensemble skills and musical style. The group will perform at least once per semester.
Course Content
  1. Knowledge of ensemble repertoire, appropriate to the group’s level
  2. Basic rehearsal discipline, preparation of parts, concentration and attention to the conductor or leader
  3. Ensemble listening skills
  4. Basic skills in music handling, set up, page turning, appropriate part marking
  5. Efficient use of rehearsal time
  6. An ability to work well in a group
  7. An ability to work with a variety of personalities in a compatible way
  8. Proper stage dress and deportment     
Learning Outcomes

Through the exploration of appropriate repertoire, the successful student should be able to:

  1. Develop sight reading skills
  2. Acquire the ability to establish a group tempo through a pick-up or beat indicated by the leader
  3. Develop rhythmic accuracy and control of tempo
  4. Acquire a sense of group dynamics including:
    • the overall dynamic of the ensemble
    • balance and the relative importance of the various parts
  5. Develop clarity of articulation
  6. Control tone production
  7. Establish an awareness and development of style and performance practice regarding the various styles of percussion music.
Means of Assessment
Assigned excerpts (minimum of four) 50%
Contribution to ensemble (tone, dynamics, balance) 25%
*Participation (attention and attitude) 25%
  100%

*Grades are based on the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s regular preparation for rehearsals, attentiveness and effort during rehearsals, and musical contribution to the ensemble. Frequently during the semester, certain passages of music will be assigned to be learned for an upcoming rehearsal and will be heard by the instructor. Students are graded on their achievement on these assignments.

Textbook Materials

Course materials will be provided by the instructor

Prerequisites
Which Prerequisite