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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.

May Term information

Eric Edberg

184A: YoYo Ma's Silk Road Project: Cross-Cultural Creative Learning and Collaboration in Music and Life

Fees: DPU students accepted as musician participants in the workshop: $615
DPU students not participating in workshop but serving as auditors/documentarians: $300
Room and Board: $285

Yoÿ­Yo Ma's Silk Road Project is a leader in crossÿ­cultural creative collaboration on the highest level, bringing together worldÿ­class musicians from around the world for performances, outreach activities,and educational projects. The Silk Road working model is being applied to business initiatives as well,with projects and presentations at the Harvard Business School and other institutions. In this course,students will study the history of the Silk Road Project, its artist performers, its underlying philosophy, case study of Silk Road performances and outreach activities, and develop proposals for how the Silk Road model of members of a community learning from each other and combining elements of each other's cultures in new creative projects could be used in furthering efforts to develop a more inclusive campus climate at DePauw (and similar initiatives elsewhere elsewhere).

The course will include participation in the Silk Road Global Musician Workshop (ÿ­musicianÿ­workshop) at DePauw June 8ÿ­12 either as performing musicians or as observer/documentarians who will write about, photograph, and make video recordings of the workshop to post online.

Before June 8, students will study not only the Silk Road Project itself, but also participate in a community drumÿ­circle facilitation workshop (based on past successful "Drum Circle Spirit" WT courses) that presents a model of leadership and community that is congruent with the Silk Road principles, and will host an opening "welcome" drum circle event for the faculty and other participants of the Global Musician Workshop.

Once the Global Musician Workshop begins, students accepted as musician participants will participate as players or singers in the workshop, while nonÿ­musicians (and those not accepted as musician participants) will work as journalist/documentarians, writing about, photographing, and posting videos of the workshop