The Adams State University Music Department performance of works from c. 200 B.C. through 1750 will include solos, duos, chamber music, and full class performances. The Music History Lecture Recital will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Leon Memorial Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The recital features the students enrolled in Music History I, a course exploring music from Ancient Greece through Johann Sebastian Bach. In preparation for the lecture recital, which is the final capstone project of the course, students wrote program notes, which they will present orally at the event. Each student researched a specific piece of music, framed it within the historical context from which it came, and made connections to music history both before and after the work was written.

Music History I, taught by Tracy Doyle, D.M.A. professor of music, employs active learning strategies and High Impact Practices, which are widely tested and researched practices proven to increase learning and retention. For example, when learning about Gregorian chant, in addition to hearing a lecture on the subject and reading the textbook, the class studied how to read musical notation from the Middle Ages, worked in small groups to transcribe chant from old notation into modern notation, and will perform this chant on this lecture recital.

In addition to traditional lectures and reading a textbook, students have been provided with hands-on opportunities to engage with the subject material in a meaningful way. Many students will continue their research in anticipation of apply for Student Scholar Days in the spring.

For more information, call the Department of Music at 719-587-7621.