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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

This module features training the genre of string chamber ensemble and string chamber orchestra. An inherent part of any string playerÆs milieu is the art of ensemble playing. It must be constantly explored and used to be value as an artistic form and musical expression. Solo playing brings to bear the focus of individual decisions on the music itself. Ensemble playing requires a specialised skill and a particularly developed musical intelligence based on the ability to weigh musical options in the light of other individuals playing in the same continuum. Goals of the module include public performances and periodic interaction with professional members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.


The module is structured around two key elements / segments: 1. String Chamber Ensemble 2. String Chamber Orchestra The String Chamber Ensemble segment aims to develop and hone skills relative to the genre of string quartets, trios, quintets or larger ensemble pieces. Students are expected to work constructively in groups and take responsibility for their individual preparation and the organisation of group rehearsal times. The chamber groups are taught and coached in the context of laboratory work in forms of studio master classes with their respective teachers. The String Chamber Orchestra segment involves periodic interaction with members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. The presence of the Irish Chamber Orchestra on the university campus gives young string players an insight into the professional world and working experience of an internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble. The materials and repertoire of this module and the balance of the two key segments within each semester will be at the discretion of the programme director and studio teachers based on the distribution of instrumentalists within the student body and the available periods within the work schedules of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

1.Identify key values and attitudes relevant to the art of ensemble playing in the classical music tradition 2.Develop skills inherent in the genre of string chamber ensemble and string chamber orchestra performance practices

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

1. Differentiate between established practices for solo performance and ensemble playing in terms of the ability to weigh musical options in the light of other individuals playing in the same continuum

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

1.Form a string chamber ensemble and organise rehearsal schedules 2.Establish an effective routine for individual and group preparation 3.Perform selected repertoire aiming towards professional quality

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

The module is based on laboratory work in the form of master classes, coaching, group rehearsals and individual preparation. Students are expected to work constructively as part of a group or a team. The module may also include intense and concentrated periods of work for the students as directed by the course leader in line with the nature of performance projects.

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Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Summer - 09/10

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