Approved by Faculty Senate
University Studies Course Approval
Department or Program: Music
Course Number: 240
Number of Credits 1 S.H.
Course Title: Percussion Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble is a select group of 5-12 musicians, who engage in the performance of
percussion performance literature. The repertoire ranges from classical transcriptions to
contemporary jazz and world music. Membership is open to all qualified students of the
university. Prerequisite: audition and permission of instructor. This course may be
repeated for credit.
This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2:
Department Contact Person for this Course: Rich MacDonald
USP Outcome a: explore the language, skills, and materials of an artistic discipline.
In this course, students explore the language, skills, and materials of
percussion music through performance. These performances may exhibit the subtleties of a
chamber ensemble as well as the exuberant improvisations of street musicians.
USP Outcome b: use the methods of an arts practitioner to actively engage in creative
processes or interpretive performances.
In percussion ensemble, students are actively engaged in interpretation
of varied repertoire in rehearsal and performance. Students also develop improvisation
skills, creating spontaneous, interpretive performances.
USP Outcome c: understand the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression.
By engaging in world music, percussionists come to understand the
cultural and gender aspects of musical expression of that culture group. Culture groups
explored in recent ensemble experiences include: Brazil, Cuba, West Africa, Indonesia,
Japan and various western European influences.
USP Outcome d: engage in reflective analysis of their own artwork or interpretive
performance and respond to the works of others.
Members of the percussion ensemble analyze their art by examining video
and audio tapes of theirs and other's performances.
College of Liberal Arts
Winona State University
Department: Music Date of Revision: Spring 2001
Course Number: MUS 240 Course Title: Percussion Ensemble
Number of Credits: 1 S.H. Frequency of Offering: offered each semester
Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor; audition
Grading: Grade only.
Course applies to: Fine and Performing Arts University Studies Requirements
1. Catalog description
Membership is open to all qualified students of the university. Prerequisite: audition and
permission of instructor. This course may be repeated for credit. This course may be
applied toward the Fine and Performing Arts University Studies Program Requirements.
2. Statement of the major focus and objectives of the course
This course fulfills the requirements for the Fine and Performing Arts category of the
University Studies Program by including learning activities that promote students'
a. explore the language, skills, and materials of an artistic discipline;
b. use the methods of an arts practitioner to actively engage in creative processes or
c. understand the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression; and
d. engage in reflective analysis of their own art work or interpretive performance.
3. Course outline of the major topics and subtopics: (letters in
parentheses refer to the University Studies Program Fine and Performing Arts Outcomes
1. Improving percussion performance skills (a, b, d).
2. Developing positive ways to interact with others in creating a final musical product
(a, c, d).
3. Improving rhythmic skills (a, b, d).
4. Improving technical skills required of the individual instruments (a, b).
5. Learning and practicing effective rehearsal techniques (a, b, d).
6. Improving sight reading ability (a, b).
7. Understanding the cultural, gender, and historical contexts of works performed (c).
8. Engaging in reflective analysis of the ensemble's performance (d).
4. Basic instructional plan and methods
Two rehearsals per week; 1 to 2 performances per semester.
5. Course requirements (papers, lab work, projects, etc.) and
means of evaluation.
Attendance at all rehearsals and performances.
Outside practice of ensemble repertoire.
Evaluation will be based upon:
Attendance and Participation.
Adequate preparation of ensemble repertoire.
Participation in discussions during rehearsals indicative of reflective analysis of
performance and understanding of the cultural, historic, and gender contexts of the works
6. Textbook(s) or alternatives:
Music will be provided by instructor. Repertoire will be selected from a variety of styles