W80 Beethoven. From Hollywood film scores to the aftermath of 9/11, Beethoven’s music speaks to the contemporary world in unique ways, giving expression to what are felt to be universal human values. In this course students will encounter Beethoven’s music and Beethoven himself through the sounds, words and images of his day and our own culture. Students will listen to Beethoven’s music, watch performances on DVD, and view recent films, including Immortal Beloved, that offer contemporary interpretations of Beethoven’s life and the meaning of his music. Readings will include recent biographies and studies of the reception of Beethoven’s music in romantic, modern and postmodern culture. The student who completes this course will show familiarity with the incidents of Beethoven’s life, acquaintance with his music in a variety of genres, will be able to describe Beethoven’s significance in western cultural history, and be able to assess his importance in the contemporary world. Student evaluation will be based on a listening journal, two five-page papers, and a final exam. This course may fulfill an elective in the Music major and minors. Prerequisite: Any three-credit course in music, or permission of the instructor. The ability to read music and rudimentary understanding of technical musical concepts will be helpful, but neither is required. T. Steele. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W81 String Chamber Music. Chamber Music is a delight to musicians, combining the benefits of playing music within a community with the relative logistical simplicity of only two to five players. This course will explore the various aspects of string chamber music, from study, rehearsal and performance to entrepreneurial, social and spiritual issues. Evaluation will be based on projects within each of these areas: assessment of progress in performance, public relations assignments (entrepreneurial), and relational assignments (social and spiritual). This course may fulfill an elective in the Music major and minor. The only prerequisites are that a student have at least intermediate skills in violin, viola, cello or bass; we’ll do our best to team each one with an appropriate ensemble. Pianists and wind players may also apply, pending an appropriate ensemble to place them in. D. Reimer. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W82 Teaching Music in Urban Schools. Students in this course explore and experience teaching music in urban school settings. In addition to course lecture, readings, journal entries, and assignments, participants work in a Grand Rapids Public School where they assist the music teacher(s) in working with general, instrumental, and/or choral music instruction. Through this course, students develop an understanding of the unique challenges associated with urban education, examine classroom management strategies used in urban schools, and learn to overcome obstacles to teaching music with limited resources and facilities. Students also 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. Assessment in this course involves daily written reflections, journal reflections, and reviews of articles and other readings related to urban music education. Students will write one grant proposal. Professional behavior related to dress, attitude, and attendance is expected. 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.