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Course Descriptions

MUS 151 - Music Performance and Lessons

2 Credits

Provides students with an opportunity to develop their music abilities through solo or ensemble performances before college audiences, through individualized private study of instrumental or vocal music under the supervision of qualified teachers. A recital is performed during the semester in class and a jury (musical exam) is performed for the music faculty during exam week. A minimum of twelve (12) one-hour lessons is required. Cost of lessons is not included in MCC tuition. Technology of recording is studied including selection and placement of microphones, mixing of tracks to a digital computer program, and conversion to MP3s to create an audio portfolio. (May be repeated 4 times for a total of 8 credits.).

Prerequisite: Music Department audition.

New SUNY General Education: SUNY - Arts

Retiring SUNY General Education: SUNY-A - The Arts (SART)

MCC General Education: MCC-AH - Arts and Humanities (MAH), MCC-TL - Technological Literacy (MTL)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate technical studies, etudes, and compositions assigned by private teacher on your primary instrument by analyzing individual components in a piece of music (melody, harmony, rhythm, phrasing, diction, articulation, pitch, tone) resulting in a performance in a recital in class.
2. Memorize at least one composition to be performed as one of three contrasting pieces to be performed in a jury in a formal music exam.
3. Listen, critique, and evaluate recording of recital with private teacher to show what has been accomplished and where there is need for improvement.
4. Interpret musical phrases with respect to dynamics, tempo, intensity, and other artistic as well as technical parameters of a musical performance by adding one's own individual stylistic ideas.
5. Communicate individual expression and feelings by thorough examination and practice of a piece of music, adding emotional content resulting in a refined technically accurate and spiritually moving performance culminating in a complete experience for the listener.
6. Choose an appropriate microphone(s) for recording specific instruments or set input levels to digital recording software for CD quality recording.
7. Mix down (balance volumes, edit, add EFX to recital tracks) to stereo and convert to MP3.
8. Dub a copy of the MP3 onto CD or flash drive for future college auditions or audio portfolio.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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