Spring 2008

Performance Ensemble

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-28H


The Department (Section 00)


First and second semesters. This course entails the study of music from the perspective of ensemble or combo participation. Repertoire will include those compositions programmed by the director of a particular group in each semester. Work for the course will include thorough preparation of one's individual part, intensive listening preparation, and short analytical and historical projects. This course will culminate with a public performance. This course may be repeated. Students who wish to elect performance ensemble credit must meet the following criteria: 1.An instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Department. 2.Enrollment in one Music Department course, except Music 01, concurrently with the first enrollment of performance ensemble. Students with substantial background in music theory may petition the chair for exemption from this criterion. Music 28H may be elected only with the written consent of the ensemble directors and the Department Coordinator. This course may be repeated. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance ensemble at Amherst College: a.All performance ensemble courses will be elected as a half course. b.Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument (or in voice); though not strictly required, the Department urges that the two semesters be consecutive. c.A student electing a performance ensemble course may carry four and one-half courses each semester, or four and one-half courses the first semester and three and one-half courses the second semester. d.Only with special permission of the Department may students elect more than one performance ensemble in a semester