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What about using something like this for written studio projects? We could put a final draft of this in the student handbook and on the web page for next fall so our students have more guidance in their writing.

Studio Projects:
Each semester students will be required to complete three projects, assigned at the discretion of the instructor. Each project counts 5% of the studio grade. Possibilities can include but are not limited to:
Concert Paper/Review/Report
Article Report
Research Paper on a specific topic or topics assigned by the instructor
Listening Cards
Book Reports
Musical Composition

Concert Paper Guidelines (from Beth)
Open the paper with a paragraph stating the “who, what, when, and where” of the recital. Write as if you are telling someone that wasn’t there what took place. Choose four of the pieces that you would like to discuss and list them – title, composer and style period.

Each of the next four paragraphs talks about the musical elements of one of the four pieces. With regard to the element of sound – describe what instruments you heard, the range of the pitches, the dynamics and any other observations of sound. With regard to the element of rhythm – describe the tempo, the meter, the strength of the beat, and the predictability of the pulse. With regard to the element of melody – discuss its shape, its predictability, and its organization into phrases (or lack thereof). With regard to the element of harmony – discuss if it is major or minor, consonant or dissonant, and predictable or not. With regard to the element of form – discuss the organization of the piece and its sections. With regard to the element of texture – discuss how many layers of sound you heard and how they related to each other. You may not be able to address each of the areas mentioned, but write about what you heard and how it relates to what we have been studying in this course. Do not involve your opinion in these paragraphs.

The final paragraph of the paper is your opinion of the pieces and/or the performances and any additional comments you wish to make about the recital.
Writing titles of musical works: (taken from Writing About Music, by Richard Wingell).
If musical works have specific titles, those titles are set in Italics. Shorter individual pieces or sections of a larger work are cited in quotation marks; the title of the larger work is put in Italics. Examples –

“Caro nome” from Verdi’s Rigoletto



“The Great Gate of Kiev” from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

Generic titles are capitalized when they are titles of specific works, and left in lowercase when used as generic nouns. Examples –

Haydn’s Symphony No. 104

Haydn is best known for his symphonies.

Subtitles added to generic titles are places in quotation marks inside parentheses after the formal title of the work. Also, keys are written with a capital letter (hyphenated with “flat” or “sharp”) and major/minor are capitalized as well. Example –

Haydn, Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major (“Drum Roll”)




Sample Article Report (from Beth)
Justin Kolb – Crusader for Music

by

Elyse Mach



Clavier Magazine, September, 2006

Elyse Mach is a professor of music at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where she coordinates the piano and piano pedagogy programs. She also is a concert pianist and has appeared with the NBC Symphony and the Netherlandische Philharmonic Broadcasting Orchestra. She serves as a consulting editor of Clavier and writes the monthly column, “Practice Notes.” She is the author of nine books related to piano, including Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves. She has been awarded the Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Award for excellence in teaching.

Mach’s article entitled “Justin Kolb – Crusader for Music” appeared in the 2006 September issue of Clavier. Justin Kolb is a native of Hammond, Indiana. He studied piano as a young boy and even took some lessons from the famous piano pedagogue, Frances Clark. He later attended DePaul University in Chicago where he earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance in 1964. Two years later he went to Europe with the US Army and performed piano recitals as part of his assignment. He later returned to USA and began a graduate program at Northwestern University, hoping to pursue a career as a concert pianist. But by then he had a family and needed to make a living so he didn’t finish the degree. After 15 years in the marketing business, Kolb moved to the Catskill Mountains in New York and studied piano with German Diez in NYC. He soon had embarked on a career at the piano. Today he not only continues to perform but also speaks regularly as an ambassador for music to students, school boards, and other organizations.

The focus of this article is on what Kolb has identified as the benefits of music study. He believes that through music we become more able to learn and do well in other areas. As he meets with public school students, he presents talks about the benefits of music study and encourages his students to think of life skills that they are gaining through their music study. In his sessions, he and the students make a list which he then shares with school boards to make a case for keeping music in the schools. The lists include such skills as: listening; speaking clearly; paying closer attention to details; working well with others; managing time; disciplining oneself to finish a job; developing analytical skills; gaining respect for teachers, scores, and composers; learning to accept criticism; and developing confidence and poise.

Kolb explains that companies go to great lengths to provide workshops and seminars for their employees that help them to develop these exact skills. For instance, company executives believe that when listening skills improve, productivity improves, and even company safety improves! Kolb’s audiences realize that music study is giving students a head start in whatever career they choose – not exclusively a career in music.

I was attracted to this article because I strongly believe that through music we learn life skills that serve us well in many areas. I think I came to realize this first when I was teaching young children in Kindermusik or Suzuki Piano. For example, I believe that as students learn to take musical challenges one step at a time, they, too, will learn to deal with life’s challenges one step at a time. Sometimes I get put in situations where I deal with so much detail that I forget to look at the bigger picture. This article reminds me that music education, and specifically piano study, is full of picky details that demand patience and perseverance. But it is well worth the time and effort when the student is a better person for having met the musical challenges.

Mach, Elyse. “Justin Kolb – Crusader for Music.” Clavier September 2006: 19-22, 54-55.

Homepage. Sept. 18, 2006. http://www.neiu.edu/~music/Mach.html



Listening Cards

(from Tracy)

Each semester the student shall complete forms on ten (10) works from a minimum of five different recordings. The forms must be turned in to the jury before the student performs. The forms must be comprised from a minimum of five different recordings, of which only one work may be jazz or commercial, one work must be for solo instrumentation other than percussion, and one work (complete) must be an instructional percussion or percussion performance-oriented ethnic (world music) videotape. The remainder of the assignment must represent percussion performances from contrasting instrumentation, styles, and genre (e.g. solo, chamber, orchestral, etc.). Not more than five (5) works may be from the orchestral excerpt genre. Listening examples include: solo marimba and/or vibes, solo multiple percussion, drumset artists, percussion/timpani excerpt repertoire, percussion ensemble, steel drum group/artists, etc.

1 – work of solo instrumentation other than percussion
1 – instructional percussion or percussion performance-oriented ethnic videotape
1 – (optional) jazz or commercial work
Remainder (7-8 works): significant percussion performances from differing genres

Listening cards are worth the equivalent of one lesson grade (4). Therefore, for each one not completed .5 points will be taken off of the 4 possible points.

Book Reports (from Tracy)


At the conclusion of the semester, during the last studio class, students are expected to give an oral book report to the studio. The report should include a description of the book’s subject including a general outline of the book, information learned, critical impression, and overall recommendation. A brief written summary including title, author, and publishing information will accompany the oral presentation. Students are required to provide copies of the written summary for all students in the studio at the time of the presentation. The book’s will be assigned by the instructor.

Book reports are worth the equivalent of one lesson grade (4 points).

Examples of Books Covered:

The Art of Practicing - Madeline Bruser
A Soprano on her Head - Eloise Ristad
The Encyclopedia of Percussion - John Beck
The Inner Game of Music - Barry Green
The Percussionists Arts - Steven Schick 
Your Own Way in Music - Nancy Uscher
Making Music in Lookinglass Land - ellen Highstein
The Musician's Soul -James Jordan
The Art of Practicing - Madeline Bruser
My Lessons With Kumi - Michael Colgrass
The Percussionists Art - Steven Schick 
The Musicians Soul - James Jordan

All of these books are available in the UNCP bookstore.


Composition Project (from Tracy)

During the spring semester of each year students will work on creating anew piece for percussion. Each week the student must bring in to their lesson 10 completed measures of work which will eventually end the semester as a completed composition (or movement of a larger work) that will be performed in a public setting.


Final Research Project (from Tracy)
This project is in 3 parts that combine to make up the final project.

Instrument History
Research the history of the instrument you have selected.  You must provide a 2 page summary of the instruments history with important dates and musical works included.  Key performers on the instrument might also be needed on the list.  
 
Choose 1 from: Snare Drum, Marimba, Timpani, Xylophone, Multiple-Percussion
 
Historical Figures
Research the life and career of the performer you have chosen. You must have a 2-3 page paper that includes the person’s bio. as well as other significant work they might have contributed to the field of percussion.
 
Choose 1 from: Keiko Abe, Evelyn Glennie, Nancy Zeltsman, Cloyd Duff, Fred Hinger, Steven Schick
 
Works
Research the work you have selected.  Prepare a 2-5 page paper (minimum) including a description of the piece, a detailed analysis of the percussion parts and why they are significant to the percussion repertoire.
 

Choose 1 from:  Variations on Japanese Children’s Songs by Abe, Prim by Masson, Merlin by Thomas, The King of Denmark by Feldman, Zyklus by Stockhausen, Variations for Solo Kettledrums by Williams

 
All written projects must use a 12 point font and be double-spaced with 1 inch margins.  For all projects you must use at least three resources, only one of which can be an internet resource.  If you have a subject that you can’t find in a book (i.e. artist bios) come see me and we will discuss your options.  All papers must include a bibliography with the correct form of citation for all resources utilized.

MLA Citation Formats:

Book: Author. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year.
 
Author of Story. "Title of Story." Title of Book. Name of Editor. Edition (if given).
     City of Publication: Publisher, Year. Page numbers.
 
Book Article: Author of Article (if given). "Article Title." Title of Book. City of Publication:
     Publisher, Year.
 
Magazine: Author. "Title of Article." Title of Magazine Date: Page(s).
 
Website: Title of the Site. Editor. Date and/or Version Number. Name of Sponsoring Institution.
     Date of Access .
 
Online Periodical: Author. "Title of Article." Title of Publication Date: Page(s) or Section(s), if numbered. Date of Access .
 

Journal: Author. "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume number (Year): Page(s).




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