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The Hopkins Center Ensembles

Extensive performance opportunities are provided by Hopkins Center sponsored ensembles: 

For instrument rental and storage and for questions concerning the Hopkins Center Ensembles, please email Stephen Langley, Room 48 in the basement of the Hopkins Center.

Individual Instruction Program (IIP): Instrument and Voice          

For Music 53-58, an audition is required.

Student selection is at the discretion of the instructor. In case the instructor's load cannot accommodate student demand, priority will be given (in the following order) to music majors (including modified majors) and minors, students participating in Performance Labs (Music 50), and members of recognized Hopkins Center Music Ensembles.

One course credit is offered for the combined three terms of instruction and will be granted only after successful completion of all three terms of study. The course is included as part of a student's official course load only in the first term; a grade is given upon completion of the final term. All courses in this sequence (Music 53-58) are offered only on a graded basis; under College regulations the policy must be announced prior to each initial term.  A student may repeat the course if satisfactory progress has been made, within the conditions stated following this description. Dist: ART.

Students not accepted into a course in instrumental or vocal instruction may make private arrangements for study with teachers on the staff of Dartmouth College, at the discretion of the instructor, or they may study off-campus with teachers in the area. No academic credit will be given for off-campus study and the fee is the responsibility of the student.

No more than four course credits from the following courses may be counted by any student toward the Dartmouth degree: Music 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58.

All terms except summer: Arrange

53. Keyboard Individual Instruction: Classical and Jazz Piano.
54. Woodwind Individual Instruction: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone
55. Brass Individual Instruction: Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba
56. String Individual Instruction: Violin, Viola, 'Cello, Bass Viol, Electric Bass, Classical and Electric Guitar
57. Voice Individual Instruction
58. Percussion Individual Instruction

For Music 53-58, an audition is required.

Music 60-65, advanced individual instruction, Studies in Musical Performance:  Please consult the Organizations, Regulations, Courses (ORC).

Performance Laboratories

Performance Laboratories (Music 50) provide weekly coaching and instruction in diverse forms of music making, and are open by audition to all Dartmouth students. Course work centers on musical readings and informal performance of selected repertoire chosen both for its intrinsic interest and for its relevance to the contents of course syllabi within the Music Department. Performance laboratories may be taken for credit (three terms equals one credit) or on a not-for-credit basis. Subject to space availability, students may enroll in different laboratories during different terms. Terms of enrollment need not be consecutive.  A contract, with a term plan of participation, is required before enrolling.

Performance Laboratories are offered fall, winter, and spring.

Chamber Music (section 1). Depending on enrollment and distribution of instruments, this laboratory may be broken down into several configurations, e.g., quartet, piano quintet, wind octet, string trio, etc. Repertoire focuses on chamber music from the eighteenth century through the first half of the twentieth. Dist: ART; WCult: W.  Director: Alex Ogle

Contemporary Music (section 2). The contemporary music laboratory will read through and study works appropriate to the participants' skill level, and where possible, collaborate with Dartmouth's compositional community in informal performances of newly composed works. Dist: ART; WCult: W. Director: Nathan Davis

Jazz Improvisation (section 3). This course serves as a laboratory for students with some preparation in jazz to develop skills in composition, arranging, and performance. Ensemble configurations will be determined each term on the basis of enrollment. Dist: ART; WCult: W. Director: Fred Haas

Indonesian Gamelan (section 4). An introduction to performing music for gamelan, the orchestra of gongs, xylophones, and other percussion instruments indigenous to Indonesia but now found in many parts of the world. No previous experience on gamelan instruments is necessary. Priority given to music majors and minors. Dist: ART; WCult: NW. Director: Jody Diamond

Last Updated: 4/20/13