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MUS 291
Chamber Music Workshop Spring 2021

Class Details

Classical and Jazz Chamber Music and other small departmental ensembles (including Chamber Choir, Percussion Ensemble, Chinese Music Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble) coached by faculty on a weekly basis culminating in a performance. Offered as a partial credit fifth course. Students are encouraged to take this course for a letter grade, but as with all fifth courses, pass/fail is also an option. Students in ad hoc groups organized each semester by the director of the chamber music or jazz programs are required to prepare for 10 one-hour coaching sessions during the semester. It is recommended that each group rehearse a minimum of 2 hours each week in preparation of the coaching. Each ensemble is responsible for keeping a weekly log of rehearsal times and attendance. The logs are to be handed in to the coaches at the end of the semester. In addition students are expected to practice the assigned music individually and are required to perform on the Classical or Jazz Chamber Music concert at the end of the semester. For students in continuing departmental small ensembles, students are expected to practice the assigned music individually and keep a log of their practices, attend all rehearsals, and participate in all concerts presented during the semester. To register for the course, a student must contact the Chamber Music Performance Coordinator, and fill out a registration contract to be signed by the Coordinator, the coach, and the student. Information on the registration process is available on the Music Department website https://music.williams.edu/courses under “Chamber Music Workshop.” The ensembles will be organized based on skill levels and the instruments represented.
The Class: Format: lesson
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 5513
Grading: yes pass/fail option, half credit fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: preparation for weekly coachings
Prerequisites: permission of the Chamber Music Staff; enrollment limits will depend upon instructor availability
Enrollment Preferences: more advanced students, to be determined by audition as necessary
Unit Notes: students should register for 291 for their first semester enrolled in this course and should use the numbers 292-298 for subsequent semesters; registration is through the Music department
Distributions: No divisional credit

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