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MUPD 586V Instructor, Stan Morris
Greetings! I am honored that you have chosen to enroll in this course. I will do my best to be available to assist you with your study of the saxophone. While on campus, you can usually find me in room 325 of the Music Building. You are welcome to visit with me when I have an available open time in my schedule, leave a message in my mailbox in the music office, e-mail me at, or call me at 575-3325. COURSE OBJECTIVES. Woodwind Techniques is an elective graduate level course designed to acquaint non-saxophonists with the fundamental principles of saxophone pedagogy. PROFESSOR EXPECTATIONS. Students who are enrolled in Saxophone Woodwind Techniques are expected to consistently do the following. 1. Practice daily. Appropriate daily practice on assigned lesson materials is a must. I expect each student to willingly and faithfully commit to a minimum of 30 minutes of daily practice on assigned lesson materials for each hour of credit at least five days of each week (e.g., 1 hour of credit = 30 minutes of daily practice). If you are unable to meet this obligation, you should withdraw from the course or reduce the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled. 2. Maintain a type-written, notebook containing a summary of our weekly discussions organized by the topic of our discussion. 3. Complete the weekly assigned research projects and include written information of such in your notebook. 4. Set long-term, achievable goals for the semester and show consistent improvement on the weekly short-term goals assigned. 5. Keep an accurate practice log on your “Weekly Saxophone Assignment and Practice Worksheet”. Each worksheet must be kept in your notebook and brought with you to your weekly lesson. REQUIRED MATERIALS. You are expected to supply the following items during the semester. 1. Music and supplies. Saied Music Company maintains a limited supply of the needed study pieces and etude books for your purchase. They also stock reeds, metronomes, tuners, and other necessary items. If you wish to order music via another source, I highly recommend Classic Sax ( or The following materials are required for this course. • The Art of Saxophone Playing by Larry Teal, published by SummyBirchard Inc. • A method book to be selected according to your playing skills on the saxophone.

One or two selected solo collections based on your skill level with the saxophone. • A copy of your states’ required solo and ensemble list. 2. Metronome. 3. Instrument. Your instrument must be in good working condition. You are responsible for purchasing the necessary supplies to insure its usability (i.e., reeds, cork grease, oil, etc.). 4. Notebook. A good quality three ring notebook with a cover page. The cover page should include the following: your name, address, and phone number, the course name and number, the instructor, and the semester taken (e.g. Spring 2004). Also include a brief summary of your objectives for taking the course on the cover page. The notebook is due on the final day of the semester and will comprise one half of the semester grade. It should contain a typewritten summary of our weekly discussions and the assigned research projects, filed in the order they were assigned. Each weekly summary should include the title of the topic discussed and the date of the discussion. GRADING POLICY. Your playing progress will be evaluated on a weekly basis and a letter grade will be assigned on my assessment of your progress and preparation for each weekly lesson. Your notebook will be graded based on content accuracy, neatness and organization, and thoroughness of material. A number score will be given for each assignment as defined below. Your final grade for the course will consist of my assessment of your playing progress (one half) and your notebook (one half). Score of 5 represents the highest level of achievement and is given when an assignment displays superior progress toward completing the assignment. Score of 4 represents excellent achievement and is given when an assignment displays very high level of progress toward completing the assignment. Score of 3 represents good achievement and is given when an assignment displays average progress toward completing the assignment. Should you find that this score is representative of all your progress, I believe that you are working below your potential. I expect students who are serious about their musical studies to make better improvement. Grading Scale: (A=4.25-5, B=3.5-4.24, C=2.75-3.49) ATTENDANCE POLICY. Attendance is required. I expect to see you at weekly lessons unless you are ill (unable to attend other events and classes) or there is a serious emergency or death in your immediate family. Make-up lessons may be arranged if 24 hour notice is given to the instructor prior to the scheduled lesson. If an emergency arises in which you are not able to attend


your lesson, please call or email me. If you must miss a lesson, I will expect you to see me and receive the next week’s assignment. If I miss a lesson, I will reschedule it with you at the earliest convenient time. Inclement weather may present some challenges during the winter. If I am unable to get to your lesson because of inclement weather, I will call you at least one hour before your regularly scheduled lesson. Should travel become treacherous, please do not endanger your life in trying to come to school. Please call me if inclement weather becomes a problem for you. WEEKLY RESEARCH TOPICS AND ASSIGNMENTS. Week 1. Print and review a copy of the syllabus, make 15 copies of the Weekly Saxophone Goals, Assignment and Practice Journal and place them both in your notebook. Complete the cover page for your notebook. Week 2. Saxophone History. Read page 13 of the Art of Saxophone Playing by Larry Teal. Copy the information from the following web site,, place it in your notebook and write a one page summary of the excerpt. Your summary should include only pertinent information relative to the saxophone. Week 3. Instrument Assembly, Care and Maintenance. Read pages 14-16 of the Art of Saxophone Playing by Larry Teal. Copy the information from the following web site and place it in your notebook, ps.htm. Week 4. Tone Production Part 1. Read pages 45-53 of the Art of Saxophone Playing by Larry Teal and write a one page summary. Week 5. Tone Production Part 2. Read pages 21-44 of The Art of Saxophone Playing by Larry Teal and write a one page summary. Week 6. Intonation and Tuning Part 1. Read pages 61-66 of The Art of Saxophone Playing by Larry Teal and write a one page summary. Find one additional article about saxophone intonation/tuning. You may use printed or web resources. Print it for inclusion in your notebook. Week 7. Intonation and Tuning Part 2. Make an intonation chart for your instrument’s natural tendencies on each fingering of the fingering chart on pages 68 and 69 of The Art of Saxophone Playing by Larry Teal. Use a (+) sign along with the numerical value shown on the tuner if the pitch is sharp and a (-) sign to indicate the pitch is flat. Week 8. Developing Good Technical Skills. Week 10. Vibrato.

Week 11. Altissimo Skills. Week 12. Saxophone Solo Literature Part 1. Week 13. Saxophone Solo Literature Part 2. Week 14. Selecting Instruments and Equipment.

CAVEAT. As you know, things can change during the course of a semester due to extenuating circumstances. I will notify you as soon as possible if a lesson needs rescheduling.