Performance Laboratories

Performance Laboratory courses (MUS 50) provide weekly coaching and instruction in diverse styles of music in a focused, small-group setting. These courses are open by audition to all Dartmouth students, regardless of major.

Course Details

Course work centers on musical readings and 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. Performance Laboratories are offered every fall, winter, and spring.

MUS 50.11-50.13

Chamber Music

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.
MUS 50.11-50.13
Dist: ART; WCult: W. 
Directors: Marcia Cassidy and Gregory Hayes

MUS 50.21-50.23

Contemporary Music

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.
MUS 50.21-50.23
Dist: ART; WCult: W.
Director: Amy Garapic

MUS 50.31-50.33

Jazz Improvisation

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.
MUS 50.31-50.33
Dist: ART; WCult: W.
Director: Michael Zsoldos

MUS 50.41-50.43

Opera Lab

This course serves as a laboratory for voice students, or students with an interest in vocal music, to develop vocal, language, and acting skills, working on repertoire of different eras. Repertoire will be determined each term on the basis of enrollment.
MUS 50.41-50.43
Dist: ART; WCult: W.
Directors: Filippo Ciabatti, Erma Mellinger and Peter Webster.