W10 Asian Communion in Song. This course is open to all members of the Calvin Women's Chorale in the Fall 2006 semester and former members of the choir who took part in the East Coast tour (spring 2005) and recording of the “Music Down in My Soul” CD in the 2004-5 and 2005-6 school years. Members of the Calvin Women's Chorale will participate in worship services, present concerts, and provide workshops in the area of choral music in Beijing , China and Seoul , Korea . Students will experience worship in a cross-cultural context and communion with other members of the Body of Christ through fellowship and song, and get a glimpse into gender issues in that part of the world. The course will begin with a few days of rehearsals and lectures on campus. The sessions prior to the trip will include lectures by Calvin professors in worship, Asian music, religion, and gender studies. The choir's repertory will include a significant portion of music from Asian countries in addition to standard Western repertory. In addition to performing in various contexts, the students write daily journal entries on their experiences as they relate to the pre-trip lectures and participate in designated discussion times. They will be evaluated on the basis of daily participation and journaling and a final reflective paper. NOTE: DATES FOR THIS INTERIM ARE MAY 21-JUNE 10. Fee: $3567. L. Hoisington, P. Shangkuan . Off campus.
CANCELED W11 Introduction to Music Therapy. Music therapy is the skilled use of music by a trained therapist to affect positive changes in the psychological, physical, cognitive and/or social functioning of individuals with health problems. This course will introduce participants to music therapy both theoretically and experientially through class lectures, on-site field observations, specified readings and in-class demonstrations.Students will be expected to attend all classes, submit required written reports, prepare a demonstration activity and take a final exam. No prerequisites are required to attend this class. Sister Mary Margaret Delaski. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W40 Music Theory Fundamentals. This course introduces the student to the rudiments of music theory: rhythm, scales, key signatures, intervals, melody, chords and tonality. These rudiments are learned by extensive drill, both in and out of class, for the purpose of developing an understanding of and facility in using the fundamental building blocks of tonal music. Drill includes singing, playing at the keyboard, analyzing, writing musical notation, ear training, and computer lab drill. Progress is evaluated by dialing recitations, daily written assignments, music lab practice sessions, quizzes and a final examination. Class size is limited with priority given to those requiring the course for their program of study. Prerequisite: ability to read notation in either the treble or bass clef. J. Varineau. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W41 J. S. Bach. When J.S. Bach died in 1750, his music died too. But it was resurrected in the early nineteenth century and has held an honored place in the canon of Western music ever since. This course is designed to acquaint students with Bach, a devout Christian and one of the greatest musicians of all time, whose decidedly pre-modern music still speaks to millions in a postmodern world. Lectures, guided listening, videos, and student reports are used in class. Daily readings and listening assignments are required. Student evaluation is based on listening quizzes and two tests. This course could serve as an elective in the music major and/or minor programs. C. Stapert . 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W80 Music In Urban Schools. Students in this course will explore and experience teaching music in Urban school settings. In addition to course lecture, readings, journal entries, and assignments, participants will be placed into a Grand Rapids Public School where they will assist the music teacher(s) in working with general music, instrumental, and/or choral instruction. Expenses include a reading packet ($10-$20) and transportation to field placements. Through this course, students will develop an understanding of the unique challenges associated with urban education, examine classroom management strategies used in urban schools including Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports [PBIS], Character Counts, etc. Students will also learn to overcome obstacles to teaching music in schools with limited resources and facilities, develop techniques and arranging skills that will allow the teacher to create the best possible musical experiences for children in spite of limited instrumentation and multiple ability/grade levels in one classroom and examine materials appropriate for urban education. Finally, students will learn to write grants and utilize outside resources such as arts agencies, symphony leagues, etc. and also learn to reflect on the Christian music educator's role in acting as an agent of change in challenging educational settings while exploring the possibility of using their musical gifts to teach in an urban school setting. This course will fulfill an elective in the BME program requirements. Prerequisite: Enrollment is limited to music majors and minors or those with permission of the instructor. P. Hash. 8:30 a.m. to noon.