Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2011/2012
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Diploma in Chamber Music

The Chamber Music Diploma program is intended for performers who have completed an undergraduate degree or diploma in music and who wish to continue their studies in chamber music. Entrance to the program is competitive and performing excellence will be assessed to determine eligibility. 4.5 credits with an overall GPA of 7.00 (B-) over three consecutive terms of study (normally commencing in September and ending in spring term with Windfest or Quartetfest) are required to complete the Chamber Music Diploma. Students in disciplines not eligible for Windfest or Quartetfest may undertake other approved chamber music activities to satisfy the diploma requirements.

Pre-formed groups are encouraged to apply, although individuals may also be accommodated in faculty approved collaborations with other Chamber Music Diploma students in the WLU undergraduate chamber music course.

A recital of works studied over the year will be given during the second or third terms. The recital will be approximately 80 minutes in length and students may choose to perform two 40 minute recitals rather than one 80 minute recital.

All requirements stated in the course outlines for MU183, MU283, MU383 and MU483 will apply to Chamber Music Diploma students. Pre-formed groups will be required to perform two outreach concerts over the course of the year.

Pre-existing, ongoing groups may opt to study the entire year as a self-contained ensemble, but individual students will be expected to participate in at least two chamber groups as assigned by the chamber music director, appropriate chamber music area coordinator, and the individual private instructor.

Required credits: MU491B*, MU491C, MU488*, MU482, MU376, Studies in the History of Music Genre: Chamber Music or another course in music history or theory focusing on chamber music, 1.0 music or non-music elective credit of which 0.5 would normally be Quartetfest or Windfest or other approved spring term offering. Students who enter without a senior course in 20th century music literature, history or theory must take such a course as an elective within the diploma program. The MU491C credit may be used for private instruction or for chamber coaching with particular emphasis on works which may not be coached as part of the chamber music class. Music performed on chamber recitals may not be used for the MU491B* jury.