MUSC W40 Cross-Training for Musicians. Do you struggle with anxiety when taking an audition, performing on stage or leading worship? Do you tend to avoid solo opportunities? Is your music-making hindered by physical weakness, perhaps having already led to chronic pain? Do you feel like your performances are stiff and do not communicate the full expressiveness of the music to your audience? Are you bored with your normal music routine and want to try something new? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this Interim course might be for you. Borrowing principles from athletic training, sports psychology, theater, the Alexander Technique and other sources, the class will explore methods to enhance musical performance in the context of a team (community). Students will explore a variety of concepts and activities - from theatric role play to training logs to water aerobics - and then apply those principles to performance in their own medium (instrumental or vocal). The course will include daily performance laboratory experiences for students to experiment with these ideas, culminating in the development of a personal performance model that is applied to a final concert. Participants need not be music majors or currently participating in a music ensemble at Calvin, but simply have a performance medium and want to grow in health, confidence, effectiveness and sense of purpose in doing so. This course may fulfill an elective in the Music major. D. Reimer. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MUSC W60 Canta Brasil! (MAY) Members of the Calvin Women’s Chorale participate in worship services, present concerts, and participate in workshops in the area of choral music in various cities in Brazil. The course is taught by the instructor through performance and by being a clinician in workshop settings. The instructor also leads group discussions with the ensemble and facilitates interaction with local musicians and church members. Students experience worship in a cross-cultural context and communion with other members of the Body of Christ through fellowship and song. The choir experiences collaboration with other local choirs via a choral festival under the joint direction of the class instructor and Maria Guinand, pre-eminent South American and world renowned choral conductor. Evaluations will be based on daily participation through performances, group discussions, individual presentations and a daily journal. The course will begin with intensive rehearsals and lectures on campus, followed by a twelve-day trip to Brazil. The sessions prior to the trip will include talks on global worship, the culture and choral music of Brazil, and the larger context of South America. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Prerequisite: Fall or spring enrollment in MUSC 191. Course dates: May 27-June 9. Fee: $4912. P. Shangkuan, L. Hoisington. Off campus.
MUSC W80 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. All assignments must be completed in order to earn a grade in this course. Professional behavior related to dress, attitude, and attendance is expected. This course may fulfill an elective in the Music major or minor and the Fine Arts minor. Prerequisite: Enrollment is limited to music education majors (BME), music majors and minors (BA), elementary fine arts minors (BA) or those with permission of the instructor. P. Hash. 8:30 a.m. to noon.