MUEN 1141, 1142, 2141, 2142

Panola College Chorale

MUEN 1141, 1142,  2141,  2142 – Panola College Chorale

  • State Approval Code: 5009035726
  • Semester Credit Hours: 1
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Develop the ability to make aesthetic judgments.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.

Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts

  • To demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  • To respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • To engage in the creative process or interpretive performance and comprehend the physical and intellectual demands required of the author or visual or performing artist.
  • To articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

1. To hone the skill of performing choral music in a variety of styles at the highest level of artistry.

Specific Course Objectives

1. To sing a balanced set of repertoire that spans the different historical periods of choral music in order to give our students experience with a variety of styles.
2. To teach students to sing using a Classical based technique that will allow them to sing any style of music that can be performed in a healthy manner.
3. To instill in the students the importance of teamwork-that choir involves balance, blend, and LISTENING, and is not designed to suit the individual-choir is indeed a team sport.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

This course is performance based and will focus on the precepts involved in singing in a choir-listening, blend, vocal tone, style periods, vocal technique, and diction.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

Each class period consists of a rehearsal where music is prepared for upcoming performances. Performances are mandatory and there will be tests occasionally where students are gathered into quartets and will sing a portion of music in front of their peers.

Assessment

Each class period consists of a rehearsal where music is prepared for upcoming performances. Performances are mandatory and there will be tests occasionally where students are gathered into quartets and will sing a portion of music in front of their peers.
• 12.5%-Random score markings check (Usually twice per semester but variable, the instructor will check students’ musical scores for markings that he has asked them to write in their scores)
• 12.5%-Quartet tests (Usually twice per semester but variable, the instructor will give students one week’s notice. Students will be placed in random quartets and will sing an excerpt from their music for a grade)
• 75% participation

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

• Each singer will be issued a folder of music at the beginning of the semester. Fees will be assessed for lost music/folder. All music must be turned in by the Friday before Dead Week or the student will receive an F until the materials are returned.
• Each member will be issued a uniform for concert attire. It is the student’s responsibility to care for the uniform. If attire is returned in an unsatisfactory manner, students must pay for the damage. Uniforms must be returned by the Friday before Dead Week or the student will receive an F until the materials are returned.
• Students who arrive at performances with no music are not allowed to sing and will lose their scholarship

Attendance policy
• All students are expected to attend ALL rehearsals and performances. Students are allowed three absences without penalty. Beginning with the fourth absence, the semester grade will drop one letter with each successive absence. Tardies count as one half absence. Missing a performance will result in a failing grade and non-renewal of your scholarship. Obviously, there are situations where absences will be excused: illness, death in family, family emergency, school activities, etc.
• According to the Panola College Student Handbook, any student who misses more than 5 rehearsals or amasses enough tardies and/or absences to equal 5 absences will be eliminated from choir and will lose their scholarship.
• The only reasons for Dr. Petzet to excuse an absence are a death in the family or an extended illness. In the case of a death, students must provide an obituary or funeral bulletin. Regarding an extended illness, students must drop the class. Other scenarios may arise that might warrant an excused absence. These will be evaluated by Dr. Petzet.
Illness and Tardiness Policy
• Excessive absences due to illness require a doctor’s written verification. Unless absolutely impossible, singers should attend rehearsals to take notes, even if they are not singing during the rehearsal. Excessive absences due to prolonged illness may cause the singer to be dropped from the ensemble, as a student who missed drastic numbers of rehearsals cannot blend nor execute ensemble singing – in these cases, the student must drop the class.
• PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE-In the event that a singer will miss rehearsal, it is required that they contact Dr. Petzet before that rehearsal.
• It is the responsibility of the students who arrive after the rehearsal has begun to inform Dr. Petzet of their tardy, otherwise, the grade remains an absence. Once the next choir rehearsal begins, the grade will not be changed. Please use the restroom before/after class, turn your phones off so they do not distract our rehearsal, and please no texting.
• Because this is an ensemble, productive practice with the group is essential for
every performing member. When you are not here, you not only affect your performance, but that of your fellow classmates. For this reason, excessive absence from class is not acceptable. The choir cannot build solidarity as a group much less within each voice section when you are not present; therefore, attendance is essential.