This course deepens students' understanding of diatonic harmonic practice with exposure to techniques for analysis and composition of popular and classical genres. We extend the study of musical form, exploring chromatic extensions of the diatonic practice. Students will engage in analytic and compositional projects. The music studied will be chosen in collaboration with students and Music Department colleagues. Includes continued training in tonal sight singing, listening, and keyboard skills: introduction to chromaticism, related key modulations, modes, seventh chords; continued study of chord progressions and rhythmic studies.
Meeting times:
Chamber Music (Music 129) ensemble participation is highly encouraged.
Tuesdays 12:10 - 1 pm in-person
Thursdays 12:10 - 1 pm in-person (Music 129 will use this time for chamber music)
Thursdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm weekly Orchestra in-person [first meeting will be September 2, 2021]

Location:
Music Tent in front of Thorne Hall for Thursday evening rehearsals (630 pm setup time)

Course Objectives
Create an orchestral community at Occidental College which is inclusive and supportive of each of its members. Explore Orchestral repertoire through rehearsal, analysis and performance.


Learning Outcomes
Become aware of the structural inequities in the institution of orchestra and classical music.
Better understand the perspective and environment of another person from a different background and race.
Be empathetic to a different point of view and be willing to listen to another person.
Identify and devise solutions to inequities in the orchestral world.
Explore ways of collaborating and making music Online.
Develop a critical way of reflecting upon one’s own practice and performance.

Diversity Statement
Openness to ideas/interpretations from another perspective.
The course will provide a safe environment in which everyone is respected and can express their own opinion.
We will be a community of learners who give each other constructive feedback /criticism towards a common goal of the orchestra.

This classroom is a place where you will be treated with respect, and I welcome individuals of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, national origins, political affiliations, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, abilities, and other visible and nonvisible identities. The wide array of perspectives that each of us contributes to this class is a resource that will strengthen and enhance our intellectual community. All members of this class are expected to co-create and engage in a respectful, welcoming, and inclusive environment for every other member of the class. In this context, we may speak as individuals or we may choose to represent ourselves as a member of a group. You need not represent any group, only yourself, though you may choose to represent a group, if you wish. Additionally, part of equity & justice work is to dismantle barriers to success for all people, particularly those who belong to groups that have been marginalized and minoritized. If there are aspects of the design, instruction, and/or experiences within this course that result in barriers to your success or accurate assessment of achievement, or if there are ways we can improve the effectiveness of this course for you personally or for other students or student groups, please let me know.Your suggestions about how to improve the value of justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity in this course are encouraged and appreciated.

COVID related policy
Students are expected to wear masks at all times during all indoor classroom activities. Students should not eat or drink in class.
Under the Music tent, please be masked at all times. Weekly testing is required for all members.

Grading
Attendance at all meetings is required. Absence from meetings will be excused only in cases of incapacitating illness or family emergency. Written notice is required, and a doctor's note may be requested. Absences for reasons other than the above will affect your grade and membership in the orchestra (see below). Attendance is taken at 7:00 PM. It is the student's responsibility to request excuses and document absences/lateness in writing. Each unexcused absence above two (2) will result in your grade lowered by a letter. Four (4) unexcused absences will cause dismissal with an F.

Participation is expected as the work that we do in class is critical to your understanding of the material and you will be giving feedback to your peers on many occasions. Discussion and small group activities supply the opportunity for you to demonstrate your learning and put it into practice, and allow me the opportunity to assess whether you are grasping the relevant concepts. However, if there is a medical issue or family emergency please let me know; I recognize that other life issues can sometimes arise unexpectedly. If you must miss class due to an official Oxy event, or due to reasons of faith or conscience, please let me know as early in the semester as possible.”
“Your health and well-being, and that of our community, are essential. If you are feeling any symptoms of illness, even if they are slight, please refrain from attending class until explicitly cleared by Emmons. Similarly, if you have a known exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not return to class until Emmons confirms that you are cleared to participate in your usual activities.”
This course begins the music theory sequence by covering the techniques of music for the student who has little or no previous musical training. Topics will include notation, modes, intervals, ear training, melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, and structural elements of music. Introductory exercises in composition of popular, jazz, and classical genres will be explored. The music studied will be chosen in collaboration with students and Music Department colleagues.
This course begins the music theory sequence by covering the techniques of music for the student who has little or no previous musical training. Topics will include notation, modes, intervals, ear training, melody, harmony, rhythm, meter, and structural elements of music. Introductory exercises in composition of popular, jazz, and classical genres will be explored. The music studied will be chosen in collaboration with students and Music Department colleagues.