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MUS 184

On-Campus Extended Studies Course

An on-campus course offered during the Winter or May term. May be offered for .5 course credits or as a co-curricular (0 credit). Counts toward satisfying the Extended Studies requirement.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits

Winter Term information

Orcenith Smith

184A: DePauw Opera: The Coronation of Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi

Course Fees: None
Prerequisites: Audition
Meeting Times: TBD. 9-noon, 1-5pm, 6:30-8pm, MTWRF; some Saturdays and Sundays
Location: Kresge, GCPA

Onstage production preparation for the 2015 DePauw Opera. This course is available to those by special permission only. Instructor: Orcenith Smith

This project involves research, rehearsal and performance. There are a number of very significant roles for various voice types. Students will be selected to participate in the production by late September auditions and will be admitted into the course by special permission from the instructor. During the course of the Winter Term, participants will be involved in daily musical coachings, and onstage blocking rehearsals.

Musical rehearsals will begin on the first day of Winter Term and run through the entire term. In addition to musical rehearsals, students will be involved in staging. These activities will be to prepare both the soloists, chorus and back stage personnel. By the end of the Winter Term the entire show will be fully staged and memorized. Even though it is a Winter Term project, on-campus performances will not be until February 5-8, 2015. The production will be treated as much like a professional production as possible. All rehearsals, from musical coachings to blocking rehearsals, will be tightly scheduled to make the best use of everyone's time. To pass the course, all students must attend all scheduled rehearsals and work assignments. Any absence is to be approved by the instructor. Performers must also meet deadlines for memorization of music and text. Failure to meet course requirements will adversely affect the student's grade.

Scotty Stepp

184C: Musical Instrument Repair and Adjustments

Course Fees: $100 for repair kit
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 9-noon, MTWF
Location: GCPA 1115

The class will provide the student with a basic understanding of how instrument repair will impact them as teachers and professional musicians. A basic understanding of the music business with regard to repair contracts, instrument nomenclature, what to look for when purchasing new instruments, and repair techniques will be discussed. By the end of the course, the student will be able to determine if the instrument is working properly, and the proper course of action needed for repair. All woodwind and brasswind instruments will be covered. Each student will become skilled with basic tools and comfortable working on musical instruments.

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Define nomenclature of musical instruments;
  2. Analyze mechanical condition of instruments by inspection and play testing;
  3. Use problem solving techniques to locate and repair musical instruments;
  4. Demonstrate pad replacement, adjustment and regulation;
  5. Demonstrate key straightening and alignment;
  6. Recognize construction methods of brass instruments;
  7. Complete routine maintenance of instruments.