MUSIC IN ITALY
Fall Term 2017
2017 marks the twelfth consecutive year for the Furman Music Department's highly successful study away program, "Music in Italy." Each fall twelve to fourteen students, accompanied by Furman faculty members, take up a semester-long residence in Arezzo, Italy. They are taught both by Furman and Italian teachers in courses that include Applied Music (lessons), Conducting, Music History, Italian Art and Culture, and Italian language. A four-day Tuscan art study is a component of the Italian Art and Culture course. Four day-trips that focus on the region's rich visual and architectural arts traditions – will be led by Furman Art Professor, Robert Chance.
One-on-one studio instruction is the central component of the program. Participants work weekly with accomplished Italian artist/teachers who continue their development as student musicians by helping prepare them for performances that take place in a variety of configurations and venues. Participation in the program is open to music majors in all degree programs and to non-majors with significant musical backgrounds.
Students will typically take a full course load of 16 credits.
Courses offered by Furman faculty include:
Music History II (MUS 320)
This is a required course for all music degrees and deals with the development of musical style, covering the period from c. 1650 to c. 1890. Representative examples of music are discussed with an emphasis on social-historical context. (Since Italy was at the center of many of these developments – opera, concerto, oratorio, etc., the location of this program is particularly significant.) Full course - 4 credits.
Basic Conducting (MUS 352)
This is a required course for all music majors and covers the basic skills required of a conductor: beat patterns, cuing, expressive and functional use of the left hand, introduction to score study, and developing a critical awareness of conducting as a musical discipline. (Since observation of conductors is a component of the course, students are able to use their frequent attendance at concerts for this purpose.) Half course - 2 credits.
Italian Arts and Culture (MUS 325)
This course is an interdisciplinary, experiential study of select musical, artistic and architectural treasures of Italy, with emphasis on those of the Tuscan region. Visits to churches and museums in Florence, Siena, Cortona, Assisi, Rome, Venice and Milan are preceded by student presentations focused on the sites to be visited. Students keep a regularly updated electronic journal describing reactions and insights gained from exposure to the sights, sites, sounds and experiences that are an integral part of the Music in Italy program. The course serves as an upper-level elective in the music major, or for general elective credit. Half course – 2 credits.
Applied and Chamber Music Coaching
The Furman faculty in Italy supervise performance studies lessons (individual instruction in the instrument or voice of the student’s major) and coaching sessions taught by local faculty, evaluate performances for Performance Studies, organize on- and off-site performances, prepare end-of-term jury evaluations, and coach chamber music groups. A recent project (September 2015) was the preparation and performance of chamber music using basso continuo accompaniment; repertoire by Purcell, Handel, Bach, Lully, Gluck and Brahms. Half course - 2 credits
Courses offered by Italian faculty include:
Beginning Italian (Language and Culture) (ITL 101)
This elective course taught by native Italians is structured to give students essential skills in speaking, reading and writing the Italian language. With the meeting schedule of the course “front loaded,” students quickly develop conversational skills, and an appreciation not only for the language, but for Italian culture and customs as well. The fact that Arezzo is a small city off the beaten tourist path where English is rarely heard, allows our students use their new language skills in every-day interactions in the community. Full course - 4 credits
Intermediate Italian (Language and Culture) (ITL 201)
Because we now select the students for this program in late fall, those who are interested and able elect to take the basic Italian course in the spring term at Furman. This allows them to continue building their Italian language skills in Arezzo by taking a level two Italian language course. Full course - 4 credits
Performance Studies (Studio Instruction) MUS 500’s
Studio instruction is offered in all instruments and in voice. Students meet for weekly lessons one-on-one with the Italian artist faculty and work on technique and repertoire appropriate to their individual instrument and their level of musical achievement, as well as in small ensembles for chamber music coached by Furman faculty (see above). There are open-to-the-public “showcase” performances that feature all of the Furman students and the Furman faculty members in residence (again, see above). All students are exposed also to master teachers who regularly visit the campus of the Accademia dell’Arte as guest lecturers and artists. Each student enrolled for applied music study also takes part in an “Alexander” movement seminar – this done in collaboration with the Theater program of the Accademia. A juried performance at the end of the term is required of all students. Full course - 4 credits
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
Classes, lessons and accommodations are at the Accademia dell'Arte which makes its home in the beautiful Villa Godiola. This building is a 16th-century former bishop's palace surrounded by grape vines and olive groves overlooking Arezzo. The recently renovated rooms are bright, airy, dormitory style accommodations, each with two single beds and a private bathroom. Meals are provided in the academy's dining room, Monday through Friday.
There are opportunities to perform in several different settings both at the Accademia dell'Arte and further afield. Venues include theaters and churches in Arezzo and Florence, and the Lyceo Musicale in Arezzo.
The Music in Italy program is less than 90 days in duration, so students will not be eligible to receive a student visa. Students must comply with the Schengen Area regulations, which permit a stay of up to 90 days within continental Europe within a 180 day period. This affects Furman students who plan to participate in a continental European May Ex (or independent summer/winter travel in Europe) immediately prior to or after a semester in Italy. For more information about the Schengen zone regulations, please visit the U.S. State Department website
For more information, visit the Music in Italy website
Semester faculty-led programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the program. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. Essential qualifications include being in good standing academically and socially on campus, and demonstrating a lively interest in British and Irish history and the theatre.
HEALTH & SAFETY
The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA)
to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance.
Students will pay 2017-2018 semester tuition, room, and board plus a $250 study away program fee. Federal, State and Furman financial aid that a student normally receives will apply. Questions about financial aid should be directed toward the Financial Aid Office.
To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit (which applies toward the study away program fee) is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.
STUDY AWAY NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.
STUDY AWAY PROGRAM FEE INCLUSIONS
Roundtrip airfare from a designated city to program location*
Lodging for the duration of the program
Meals for the duration of the program*
Transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)
International phone plan allowance for basic communication purposes*
*may be in the form of a program fee credit
PROGRAM FEE EXCLUSIONS
Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
OPTIONAL PROGRAM EXPENSES
International cell phone charges above the provided allowance
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance
Personal expenses and souvenirs
Transportation, meals and lodging for independent travel