String Techniques & Methods I

Course Number: 185*/3.0 3L, 1T (Course Code Explanation)

Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students

Area(s): Music Education

Instructor(s): Ms. Gisèle Dalbec-Szczesniak

Term(s): B

Day(s) and Time(s): M: 11.30-1.30, W: 11.30-12.30

Room: HLH 120

Calendar Description

An introduction to the orchestral strings through class instruction. Fundamental playing techniques will be emphasized. Includes the study of ranges, fingerings, bowings, transpositions, tunings, basic instrument maintenance, method books and teaching techniques. Rental instruments available. Enrolment is limited.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • NOTE Enrolment is limited to students in a MUSC Plan or the B.Mus. Program
  • EXCLUSION No more than 6.0 units from MUSC 180-189/3.0 (BMUS excepted).

Additional Information

An introduction to the violin through class instruction. Other instruments of the string family will be introduced throughout the term.

The student will learn to play the instrument and understand its workings well enough to assist in an educational string program. Attendance is essential and constitutes 50% of the mark. There will be a short written exam and playing exam at the end of the fall term.

Students will receive 24 hours of direct instruction plus 12 hours in a common lab period with students in MUSC 180* and 188* for a total of 36 class hours in one term. Students will have the opportunity to play in a tutorial/lab/choir/ensemble once per week. During this experience they will learn song leading, elemental conducting, e.g. breathing with the entry, down-beat, cut-off, how to solve problems in a class of beginning musicians, as well as using warm-ups and techniques learned in the class sessions.