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  • Objectives
    The development of performance skills as soloist and ensemble performer of Western European art music is provided by private study, ensembles, and repertoire courses, and is aided by the study of history and theory. Public performance is required.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music with Specialization in Music Performance Studies
  • Course description
    Specialization in Music Performance Studies — 66 credits

    Courses may include:

        * Aural Perception II
        * Theory II
        * Choir
        * Music History

    MPER 201 Orchestra I (3 credits)
    Students enrolled in this course participate in the Concordia Orchestra.
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.

    MPER 231 Choir I (3 credits)
    Students enrolled in this course participate in a Concordia choir.
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for MPER 221 may not take this course for credit.

    MPER 298 Special Topics in Music Performance (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Music. A study of a selected area not available in other courses in music performance.

    MPER 301 Orchestra II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: MPER 201. A continuation of MPER 201.
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for this course as MPER 498 or MPER 300 may not take this course for credit.

    MPER 321 Chamber Ensemble I (3 credits)
    A study, through performance, of selected works from a broad range of repertoires. The works studied are determined by class needs and the particular skills of each student. Participation in public performances is required.
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.

    MPER 322 Chamber Ensemble II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: MPER 321. A continuation of MPER 321.
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.

    MPER 331 Classical Vocal Repertoire I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: MUSI 200; MUSI 231 in voice previously or concurrently. A chronological study of the repertoire available to the solo singer. Vocal repertoire from the late Renaissance to the present is examined and performed by students. This seminar/workshop is based on a bibliography of selected readings, covering such topics as stylistic features, treatment of poetry and text, recital preparation, programming, vocal ornamentation, and recitative.
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for this topic under an MPER 498 number may not take this course for credit.

    MPER 332 Choir II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: MPER 231. A continuation of MPER 231.
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for this course as MPER 498 or MPER 420 may not take this course for credit.

    MPER 370 Musical Performance Skills I (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: MUSI 200; INMS 209. A seminar/ workshop on specific problems in learning, teaching, and developing musical performance skills. Included is the analysis and organization of practice technique, reading, memory, performance practices, style, interpretation, accompaniment, and recital preparation. Particular attention is given to the integration of skill with musical understanding.

    MPER 390 Advanced Private Study I (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: MUSI 230 or MUSI 231 and 232; enrolment in the Specialization in Music Performance Studies; written permission of the Department of Music. This course offers intensive vocal or instrumental instruction for students specializing in performance. A juried examination is required.
    NOTE: Students are required to bear part of the cost of private lessons.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for MUSI 330 may not take this course for credit.

    MPER 398 Special Topics in Music Performance (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Music. A study of a selected area not available in other courses in music performance.

    MPER 399 Special Topics in Music Performance (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Music. A study of a selected area not available in other courses in music performance.

    MPER 401 Orchestra III (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: MPER 301. A continuation of MPER 301.
    NOTE A/See §200.3
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for this course as MPER 498 or MPER 400 may not take this course for credit.

    MPER 421 Chamber Ensemble III (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: MPER 322. A continuation of MPER 322.
    NOTE A/See §200.3
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.

    MPER 422 Chamber Ensemble IV (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: MPER 421. A continuation of MPER 421.
    NOTE A/See §200.3
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.

    MPER 431 Classical Vocal Repertoire II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: MPER 331. A continuation of MPER 331.
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for this topic under an MPER 498 number may not take this course for credit.

    MPER 432 Choir III (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: MPER 331. A continuation of MPER 331.
    NOTE A/See §200.3
    NOTE: This is a full-year course.
    NOTE: Students who have received credit for this course as MPER 498 or MPER 420 may not take this course for credit.

    MPER 441 Performance Practice/ Documentation (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Music. A study of historical sources applied directly to performance. Topics covered include ornamentation, improvisation, figured bass, "The Doctrine of the Affections", early notation, and bibliography.

    MPER 442 Performance Practice/ Documentation (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: MPER 441. A continuation of MPER 441.

    MPER 470 Musical Performance Skills II (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: MPER 370. A continuation of MPER 370.
    NOTE A/See §200.3

    MPER 471* Independent Study I (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Music. A student-designed course of study that focuses on an approved area(s) of performance practice, performance theory/analysis, pedagogy, and/or related disciplines, and involves consultation with an advisor. When appropriate, the study may include a demonstration/performance.
    NOTE C/See §200.3
    *Students may count a maximum of nine credits in independent studies towards their degree program.

    MPER 472* Independent Study II (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Music. A student repeating MPER 471 registers for MPER 472 for credit.
    *Students may count a maximum of nine credits in independent studies towards their degree program.

    MPER 490 Advanced Private Study II (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: MUSI 330, or MUSI 331 and 332, or MPER 390; enrolment in the Specialization in Music Performance Studies; third-year standing*; written permission of the Department of Music. A continuation of MPER 390. An approved public recital may be substituted for the juried examination.
    NOTE A/See §200.3
    NOTE: Students are required to bear part of the cost of private lessons.
    *33 or fewer credits remaining in degree program.

    MPER 498 Special Topics in Music Performance (3 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Music. A seminar/workshop in performance. Selected problems in the development of performance skills. The areas covered are, whenever possible, determined by the specific interests of the students. Topics in any given year may include technique, practice, style, interpretation, accompaniment, ensemble, teaching children, the adult student.
    NOTE A,C/See §200.3

    MPER 499 Special Topics in Music Performance (6 credits)
    Prerequisite: Written permission of the Department of Music. A seminar/workshop in performance. Selected problems in the development of performance skills. The areas covered are, whenever possible, determined by the specific interests of the students. Topics, in any given year, may include technique, practice, style, interpretation, accompaniment, ensemble, teaching children, the adult student.
    NOTE A,C/See §200.3

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