|Instructor Info:||Becky Miller|
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This workshop will focus on acoustic music (e.g. traditional, folk, classical, and other non-electric genres) and musical performance. Students will read various styles of music journalism, fiction, and literary non-fiction. They will also prepare, rehearse, and perform an original and/or traditional piece of acoustic music in class for their classmates who will, in turn, write an essay or article on the performance. Each essay/article will be written in a style consonant with music journalism or literary non-fiction and will be based on the music, its performance, and from ideas presented during a talk-back session between performers and audience. We will then workshop the writing assignments using peer review.
A writing intensive workshop open to all students, we will read various authors in different styles who write on music and we will practice writing about music ourselves. Another objective is to learn how to better perform acoustic music in a formal setting and learn how to critique performances.
Requirements include a willingness to carefully prepare and perform a piece of acoustic music; complete all writing and reading assignments; and actively participate in class discussions and activities. While this is not a course (and does culminate in an evaluation), students can receive 15 hours of CEL-I credit.
Reading Assignments: Daily required reading assignments can be found on this Moodle page. Please print out each assignment and bring to class as we will work directly from the text.
Written Work: Because this is a writing intensive workshop, you will be working on several assignments simultaneously. All work MUST be double spaced and typed using an 11 or 12 pitch font. Print out work using ONLY black ink and be sure to include 1” margins on either side of the paper.
Performance: There will be several performances every day. Each student must perform at least once solo. You can have a second person perform with you as an accompaniest but that person’s role is secondary to yours. In other words, the spotlight will be on you! We will take notes on your performance practice and after, we will discuss the aesthetics of the presentation and performance in a talk back session. Each student will then write a short piece based on their notes and the talk-back session that will be due in class the next day. These in turn will be workshopped in small groups. On the day(s) that you are scheduled to perform, you must be prepared to play with your instrument and memorized music and text (no cheat sheets on stage allowed!)
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