COURSE DESCRIPTION

Music C175/485 (“Contempo Flux”)
Spring Quarter, 20102 unitsRoom #1343

 Instructor: Gloria Cheng

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This course is the outgrowth of a student-initiated effort in the Spring of 2008 to create opportunities for the study and performance of contemporary music. That ensemble was named Contempo Flux.

We work together to produce one concert each quarter, featuring solo and chamber music (possibly conducted), and handling all production tasks. Class meetings with Gloria Cheng as faculty advisor/coach will take place on Fridays from 3-6PM. Repertoire will be chosen jointly by students and Dr. Cheng, and will not replicate works being programmed on individual recitals. The focus will be global, with attention paid not only to contemporary Western repertoire but to music stemming from or incorporating Central/South American, Asian, African, and other art and traditional musics.

Prerequisite: Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

A short audition/interview will be held on the first class meeting for students new to Contempo Flux.

 Course Objectives:

Exploring small-ensemble music of the 20th and 21st centuries

Learning to navigate new techniques, notations, and acquiring the mindset associated with playing new and unfamiliar works

Learning to interact with composers, including UCLA student and faculty composers

Learning important aspects of music professionalism: organizational skills, entrepreneurship, concert promotion and production. All students are expected to take part in making rehearsals and concerts happen at the highest level, both onstage and offstage.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CHECK THE CONTEMPO FLUX BLOGSITE AT:  http://www.contempoflux.blogspot.com/