[Smt-talk] Musicianship as non-sequential, individualized instruction

Amy Bauer abauer at uci.edu
Wed Jan 6 18:52:23 PST 2010

Dear Collective Wisdom regarding Aural Skills/Musicianship,

As a small department dealing with steadily growing numbers of transfer 
students and double majors with tight schedules (not to mention reduced 
funding for adjuncts), we are considering shifting from a 
rigidly-defined Musicianship sequence to a cyclical model, one in which 
students would re-enroll as needed until they passed a series of exit 
exams.  In this ideal curriculum, faculty and TAs would work 
individually with students on specific topics, while continuing to meet 
twice weekly as a lab.

Has anyone out there worked with such a model, and - if so - could you 
offer any feedback on the perils and rewards of such a system?

Thanks in advance for any advice!

Amy Bauer
Assistant Professor of Music Theory
313 Music & Media Bldg.
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2775

Fax: 949-824-4914
e-mail: abauer at uci.edu

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