Temporary NWACC page: Siena Proposal Answers 1-4
Here are a few NWACC in ITALY 2016 bullet points:
- The website for the program is www.NWACCinITALY.com
- A minimum of 15 students are required for the global program to “make” (members of the NWA community are invited to take the courses for credit or audit).
- NWACC should declare the number of participating students by December 31; available student apartment housing in the city center will filled by the end of January. Names of students are not due until spring.
- Two college credit courses will be offered at the Siena campus.
One NWACC course taught by a NWACC instructor (Summer 2016 it’s Music
Appreciation Italian Style taught by me).
- The following summer (2017) a different NWACC course taught by a different NWACC instructor will be offered (art, photography, history, writing, etc). The Italian language course taught by a Siena instructors will be offered each year (different difficulty levels are available).
- I will serve as school director for the first two summers then rotate off. (However, I would continue as an assistant director for another year or two if it was best for the program.)
- Changing school directors every two years and course instructors every year will allow the maximum number of NWACC instructors/administrators a chance to teach and work in Italy.
- In the future, we have the option of offering our courses the second Siena semester (the month of July). We also have the option of offering our courses during the fall and spring semesters.
THE EDUCATION PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- Tuition for the Siena Universita course
- Tuition for NWACC course and various NWACC fees including insurance.
- Room at a student lodging in the historic city center for four weeks; apartment arrangements are made by the Universita.
- Two full meals per day, six days a week, for four weeks and the University of
- Escorted educational day-trip excursions to such destinations as Rome, Venice, Florence.
- Optional University of Siena cultural classes exploring Italian literature, cinema, art, music, etc
- Transportation to/from Siena is not included
The Dr. Francesco Muzii connection
During the past 15 summers in Siena I have gotten to know and love many of her citizens. My best friends are soprano Antonella Gozzoli and her husband Dr. Francesco Muzii (photo right).
- For several years Antonella (performer/voice instructor who lives in Siena) and I worked at SSMA an American summer music school in Siena. She and her family and I and my family developed a lasting friendship.
- Antonella and Francesco and their daughter Flami have visited my wife and I here in Bentonville on several occasions; twice she sang for NWACC music events (she last sang here for the Vivaldi series at Crystal Bridges in 2014).
- Dr. Francesco Muzii is a neurosurgeon at the Siena General Hospital and a lead medical faculty at the University of Siena Medical School (est.1240) and he is an international lecturer in his field. When I bring groups over to stay in Siena it is always reassuring to know that I have a friend in a position of authority at the Siena Hospital and University Med Center.
- (Francesco’s professional info is here: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.dsmcn.unisi.it/sites/st12/files/allegatiparagrafo/30-05-2013/muzii_cv.pdf&prev=search)
Medical emergencies in Siena
- When I was with SSMA (American School for musicians in Siena) I twice had to take students to the Siena General Hospital emergency room. We went by cab; both situations required an overnight stay. The hospital staff was great to my students and there was never a charge.
- The pharmacies in Italy by law have a “doctor” (farmacista) on duty during opening hours (they are also available for emergencies). Its a good system: without an appointment, you go the pharmacy, explain your symptoms, and they write and fill your prescription all in one stop. I’ve used them myself several time and always with good results. There are many pharmacies in Siena; they are open six days a week and rotate being open on Sundays.
Music Appreciation Italian Style
The course I will teach in Italy will be the same course I have taught here at NWACC for many years: Music Appreciation 1003. To designate it for the global campus, Curtis has added a “g” so here in Bentonville it is Music Appreciation 1003 and in Italy it is Music Appreciation 1003g (much the same way we add an “h” to honor courses). Although it is the same basic course we teach here, I’ll give it an Italian twist to take advantage of our Italian location and culture. By keeping it in line with the established Music Appreciation course students will be able to easily transfer credit. I’ve enclosed a sample syllabus copy that will address curriculum, goals, objectives, etc. and a tentative schedule of classes. SEE BELOW
SYLLABUS-- MUSIC APPRECIATION MUSI 1003g
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Global Studies Summer Session June2-June30, 2016
Miles Fish, Professor of Music
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Department of Performing & Visual Arts
1 College Drive, Bentonville, AR 72712
Website: http://www.Miles Fish.com
Cell Phone in Italy: 327-5349954 (calling from USA dial 0039 first)
GLOBAL CLASSROOM OFFICE HOURS
I will meet with you at a time of mutual convenience. Email, text or see me after class and we’ll set a date and time. I am available to meet with you most weekdays and weekends. We can meet at the Siena campus classroom or the University Cafeteria.
IMPORTANT: We will communicate via text and our NWACC in ITALY Facebook page. You may phone my Italian cell phone.
An introduction to the study of the art, the history, the business of music. An exploration of the value of music in our society. Students will be required to attend at least two concerts while we are in Siena. Don’t forget, we receive University of Siena Student Discounts for most tickets.
No textbook is required for this class. DO NOT PURCHASE A TEXTBOOK OR PASS-CODE. The work will be accomplished using free online resources.
This course is listed as a Humanities option toward the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees, and it will apply toward a music major at most universities. However, the course is also designed to interest community members who want to learn more about music simply to increase their enjoyment in their everyday experience with this art form. The NWACC Course number at the Bentonville campus is 1003 and at the Siena campus it is 1003g.
- Students develop higher order thinking skills. Students utilize elements of music in basic aural analysis.
- Students gain greater awareness of cultural perspectives. All students will show familiarity with local arts venues after attending and reviewing live performances.
- Students can write clear, coherent, well-organized documents, which are substantially free of errors. All students will demonstrate in writing their knowledge of the historical periods of music history.
- Students can use computers proficiently. This course is offered online: through completion students will demonstrate proficiency with computers.
PROPOSED COURSE SCHEDULE
Intro to Listening, Music Terms, Form/Texture, Instruments of the Orchestra
Music in Medieval Italy and Europe
The Cities of Florence, Venice, Rome: Music During the Renaissance and Baroque
Leaving Italy for Vienna: the Classical and Romantic Periods
Returning to Italy: The birthplace of Opera
Field trip to Lucca (visit Puccini’s home)
Wrap-up of Historical Music Periods
4 Exams/Papers = 80% of your grade
2 Projects (1 group and 1 solo) = 20% of your grade
Attendance counts. After two missed classes your grade may be dropped ONE LETTER GRADE for each additional two classes you miss.
This course is designed to be accessed using a traditional desktop/laptop computer or tablet. Please be sure to check your computer for compatibility with Blackboard here: http://content.nwacc.edu/distanceLearning/browserCheck/index.php You may also use other devices to access the class, perhaps using the Blackboard Mobile app. However, please be aware that some functions of Blackboard may not work well with all carriers or devices. It is highly recommended that you use a traditional desktop/laptop computer with a stable internet connection for taking assessments in Blackboard.
NWACC credit for Siena Universita’s Language Course--
I recommend that NWACC recognize the four European International Credits given for language as three NWACC language credits (this conversion is fairly standard in the U.S.).