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TITLE Choir and Multicultural Song Circle

LEVEL 00 - Mod Pre-Tert, Foundation, Proficiency & DegreePlus

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Degree Plus Programme

DESCRIPTION This ten-week unit is for students who wish to indulge in a singing experience where they volunteer songs that can then be learnt and practised by the whole group. A guitarist accompanies the singers and helps to animate the song circle, along with academic members of the university.

Each session will involve a warming-up exercise followed by a range of musical/song offerings that are either proposed by the song circle members present or else drawn from the existing portfolio of songs gathered over the years. Karaoke and video clips help to enhance the singing experience.
The song repertoire includes offerings mostly in Maltese, English and Italian – but we have also had songs in Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and other less common languages.

No musical or singing experience is necessary: students who have singing practice and/or can play a musical instrument for accompaniment are welcome to join – however, the objective of this course is to sing for fun, not to transform students into professional singers.

Learning Objectives:

• To introduce university students to the excitement, relaxation and companionship of singing for fun;
• To enhance students' sensitivity to issues of culture, language and diversity as expressed through different song and musical genres;
• To provide opportunities for informal encounters between local and international students, as well as academic and non-academic staff, at the University of Malta;
• To experience at least one ‘singing for fun’ performance on campus.

Unit Material:

A repertoire with the lyrics of about 40 songs is made available to those attending the weekly sessions. This repertoire continues to be enriched and augmented with the suggestions of current students.


In keeping with the spirit of Degree Plus, there is no formal assessment associated with the unit. A certificate of attendance and of satisfactory completion of the unit will be provided at the end of the semester.
Note: Degree Plus units are not designed to be incrementally burdensome in terms of the many academic demands placed on students during their undergraduate years. Indeed, this particular unit offers a window of relaxation, as well as an inform space for student-staff encounter.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This unit may not be offered if there are an insufficient number of applicants.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Noel Grima (Co-ord.)

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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