MUSIC221-18Y (HAM)

Chamber Music 2

15 Points

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Paper Description

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Development of chamber music skills that were introduced in MUSI 121.

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Paper Structure

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Voice students will primarily be taught in Te Whare with performances and dress rehearsals held in the Gallagher Concert Chamber. These teaching sessions will normally require all students to be present. During this session, Voice students will also look at the fundamental elements of working together in a production, with stagecraft and movement introduced.

Instrumental students will be taught as a member of a chamber ensemble, with each group receiving and performing in 8 masterclass or individual coaching sessions per semester.

Voice students and Instrumental groups are required to perform a minimum of twice per semester in the general Performance Hour held from 1-2.30 Fridays.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a range of chamber music skills

    These should include:

    - Ensemble skills such as listening/reacting to other group members with regard to ensemble, style, articulation, dynamic, intonation

    -Stylistic understanding of the chamber works studied, and the ability to portray this in performance

    -Basic understanding of group intonation

    -Individual technical skills including rhythm, tone, intonation, clarity, and articulation appropriate to the work performed.

    -The ability to give a competent performance of a chamber work

    For Voice students, extra skills will also include an understanding of stagecraft and movement in relation to other performers in your ensemble.

    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessments are made on the basis of student performance. This is either to judge progress from the previous session, or performance standard.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Progress Assessment 1
16 Mar 2018
No set time
2. Progress assessment 2
13 Apr 2018
No set time
3. Progress assessment 3
11 May 2018
12:00 AM
4. A semester concert performance
  • Other: Instrumental concert performance
5. Progress assessment 4
6. Progress assessment 5
7. Progress assessment 6
14 Sep 2018
No set time
8. B semester concert performance assessment
  • Other: concert performance
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Other Resources

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Extensive and intelligent listening to recordings and concerts is one of the primary tools for developing musicianship. Daily listening to RadioNZ Concert should be undertaken. Students should use the online resource Naxos Music Library and the library CD collection as well as attend Wednesday lunchtime concerts, NZSO concerts (Founders Theatre), and all Chamber Music New Zealand concerts. Students are encouraged to make an effort to attend NZ Opera performances (held in Auckland).

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Online Support

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Online communication with regard to this paper will take place through moodle, and the google calendar 'Music Student Information Calendar'. Please see the music administrator for access to this calendar.

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On a weekly basis, students should expect to attend a weekly coaching session (one hour for instrumentalists, three for singers), Friday Performance Workshop 1- 2.30. Instrumental students should have a minimum of two two-hour group rehearsals per week, and an additional hour of individual practice. Singers should expect to spend two hours per week on individual study.

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Prerequisite papers: MUSIC121 or MUSI121. Non-performance majors may be required to audition.




Restricted papers: MUSI221

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