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					Morehead State University Department of Music, Theater and Dance
MUSG 211 – Class Woodwinds Fall Semester – 2009 Dr. Nathan Nabb, Assistant Professor of Music 252 Baird Music Hall Office Phone: (606) 783-2498 E-mail: n.nabb@moreheadstate.edu Course Objectives:
• Gain fundamental pedagogical knowledge of the flute, clarinet and saxophone. • Develop basic playing proficiency on the flute, clarinet and saxophone.

Learner Outcomes:
• The student that successfully completes this course with a passing grade will have a functional knowledge of embouchure, posture, breathing, tone production, embouchure, hand position, basic fingerings, solutions to specific technical problems and articulation on the flute clarinet and saxophone. This knowledge will be tested every Thursday in the scheduled weekly quiz. • The students must be able to demonstrate these skill sets in a teaching environment, which is measured in the final exam, during which the students are required to give a lesson to a beginning student on their chosen instrument.

Required Materials and Fees:

• Students will be expected to purchase reeds for this course as directed by the individual instructors. Mouthpieces for saxophone and clarinet are included with the rental fee and, as well as the instruments, are provided by the Yamaha Corporation. Departmental Instrument Rental Fee: $15 for entire semester, payable to Kristi DeHart. This fee covers the rental of all three of the instruments used during this semester. • Accent on Achievement Book 1 by John O’Reilly and Mark Williams for Clarinet, Flute, and Saxophone. • Additional reading materials on woodwind pedagogy, provided by Dr. Nabb. • Fingering charts for all three instruments, provided by Dr. Nabb. • Necessary materials for playing your instruments - reeds are available for purchase from Dr. Nabb.

Attendance Policy:
• Because participation in this course is so important, 100% attendance is required and will be monitored. More than two unexcused absences will result in the lowering of the final letter grade and more than four will result in automatic failure for the course. Exceptions will be made only in cases of documented illness and/or family emergency.

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Grading Policy:
Preparation/Participation 30% Weekly Quizzes 30% Three Sectional Exams 20% Final Resource Binder 10% Final Teaching Exam 10%

Policy for Accommodating Students with Disabilities:
Professional staff from MSU Academic Services Center (ASC) coordinates efforts to address accessibility needs and class accommodations with instructors of students who have learning or physical disabilities. Faculty will cooperate with the ASC staff to accommodate the needs of students taking departmental courses.

Campus Safety Statement:
Emergency response information will be discussed in class. Students should familiarize themselves with the nearest exit routes in the event evacuation becomes necessary. You should notify your instructor at the beginning of the semester if you have special needs or will require assistance during an emergency evacuation. Students should familiarize themselves with emergency response protocols at www.moreheadstate.edu/emergency.

Academic Honesty:
Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism or helping others to commit these acts will not be tolerated. Academic dishonesty will result in severe disciplinary action including, but not limited to, failure of the student assessment item or course, and/or dismissal from MSU. If you are not sure what constitutes academic dishonesty, read The Eagle: Student Handbook or ask your instructor. The policy is located at http://www.moreheadstate.edu/files/units/dsl/eaglehandbook/studenthandbook2008-09.pdf [pgs.11 & 39]. For example: Copying information from the Internet is plagiarism if appropriate credit is not given.

Fall 2009 Course Outline: Section 1 8/18 – Introduction to course. Distribute instruments, reeds and discuss assembly/care. 8/20 – Lecture on embouchure formation and air support for flute, clarinet and saxophone. Distribute the Selmer Teacher’s Guides electronically. Homework: Practice playing the closed headjoint on flute, buzzing the mouthpiece/barrel on clarinet and buzzing the mouthpiece on saxophone. 8/25 – Lecture on articulation for the flute, clarinet and saxophone. Play through exercises 1-9 in Accent on Achievement. Homework: Prepare exercises 1-9 for Thursday. 8/27 – Revisit exercises 1-9 of Accent on Achievement. Discussion of special problems with technique – hand position. Quiz 1. Homework: Prepare exercises 10-17 and Bb concert scale for Tuesday. 9/1 – Play through exercises 10-17 in Accent on Achievement. Discuss the new notes required on all instruments. Play through one-octave concert Bb scale. 9/3 – Revisit exercises 10-17 of Accent on Achievement. Discussion of special problems with technique – embouchure inconsistencies. Quiz 2. Homework: Prepare exercises 21-25 and concert F major scale for Tuesday. 9/8 – Play through exercises 21-25 in Accent on Achievement. Discussion of acoustic principles of the instruments – conical vs. cylindrical bores. Play through one octave concert F major scale. 9/10 – Revisit exercises 21-25 in Accent on Achievement. Review Bb and F major scales. Discussion of special problems with technique – tongue position. Quiz 3. Homework: Prepare exercises 27-30 and concert Eb major scale for Tuesday. 9/15 – Play through exercises 27-30 in Accent on Achievement. Discussion of special problems with technique – going over the break! Be able to play one octave Eb major scale. 9/17 – Revisit exercises 27-30 in Accent on Achievement. Section 1 Exam. Switch instruments.

Section 2
9/22 – Revisit embouchure formation and air support for flute, clarinet and saxophone, discuss the differences between them and how to clearly explain this to beginners. Homework: Practice playing the closed headjoint on flute, buzzing the mouthpiece/barrel on clarinet and buzzing the mouthpiece on saxophone and exercises 1-9 in Accent on Achievement..

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9/24 – Revisit fundamentals of articulation for the flute, clarinet and saxophone. Play through exercises 1-9 in Accent on Achievement. Introduce first tetrachord of concert Bb major scale. Quiz 4. Homework: Prepare exercises 10-17 and concert Bb major scale for Tuesday. 9/29 – Revisit exercises 1-9 and play through exercises 10-17 of Accent on Achievement. Discuss new notes required on all instruments. Play through concert Bb major scale. Homework: Prepare exercises 21-25 in Accent on Achievement. 10/1 – Revisit exercises 10-17 and play through exercises 21-25 in Accent on Achievement. Play first tetrachord of concert F major scale. Quiz 5. Homework: Prepare exercises 27-30 in Accent on Achievement and concert F major scale. 10/6 – Revisit exercises 10-17 and play through exercises 21-25 in Accent on Achievement. Play one-octave concert F major scale. Distribute article “New Technology Refutes Old Techniques” by Raymond Wheeler electronically. Homework: Read “New Technology Refutes Old Techniques.” 10/8 – Revisit exercises 27-30 in Accent on Achievement. Discuss article “New Technology Refutes Old Techniques” by Raymond Wheeler. Introduce new notes for next class. Quiz 6. Homework: Prepare exercises 37-42 in Accent on Achievement and concert F major scale. 10/13 – Play through exercises 37-42 in Accent on Achievement and first tetrachord of concert Eb major scale. Lecture: Reed care and maintenance. 10/15 – Revisit exercises 37-42 in Accent on Achievement and play one-octave Eb major scale. Quiz 7. Homework: Prepare exercises 44-49 in Accent on Achievement and concert Eb major scale. 10/20 – Play through exercises 44-49 in Accent on Achievement. Play first tetrachord in the Ab major scale. Lecture: Quality instruments for beginning band. Homework: Prepare exercises 54-58 in Accent on Achievement and concert Ab major scale. 10/22 – Revisit exercises 44-49 in Accent on Achievement. Play exercises 54-58 in Accent on Achievement. Play one-octave concert Ab major scale. Section 2 Exam. Switch instruments.

Section 3
10/27 – Revisit embouchure formation and air support for flute, clarinet and saxophone and discuss the differences between them and how to clearly explain this to beginners. Perform long-tones on first head-joints and mouthpieces. Homework: Practice playing the closed headjoint on flute, buzzing the mouthpiece/barrel on clarinet and buzzing the mouthpiece on saxophone and exercises 1-9 in Accent on Achievement.

10/29 – Revisit fundamentals of articulation for the flute, clarinet and saxophone. Play through exercises 1-9 in Accent on Achievement and the first tetrachord of concert Bb major and concert g minor scale. Quiz 8. Homework: Prepare exercises 10-17 of Accent on Achievement. 11/3 – Revisit exercises 1-9 and play through exercises 10-17 in Accent on Achievement. Play one octave Bb major and g minor scale. Homework: Prepare exercises 21-25 in Accent on Achievement. 11/5 – Revisit exercises 10-17 and play through exercises 21-25 in Accent on Achievement. Discussion of instrument care and maintenance. Play first tetrachord of F major and d minor scale. Quiz 9. Homework: Prepare exercises 27-30 in Accent on Achievement and the concert F major and concert d minor scale. 11/10 – Revisit exercises 21-25 and play through exercises 27-30 in Accent on Achievement. Be able to play one-octave concert F major and concert d minor scale. Homework: Prepare exercises 37-42 in Accent on Achievement and first tetrachord of concert Ab major and concert f minor scale. 11/12 – Revisit exercises 27-30 and play through exercises 37-42 in Accent on Achievement. Play first tetrachord of Ab major and f minor scale. Begin work on tunes for holiday performance in student recital. Quiz 10. Homework: Prepare music for holiday performance, exercises 44-49 in Accent on Achievement and concert Ab major and concert f minor scale. 11/17 – Revisit exercises 37-42 and play exercises 44-49 in Accent on Achievement. Continue work on music for holiday performance in student recital. Play one-octave concert Ab major and concert f minor scale. Homework: Prepare music for holiday performance and exercises 54-58 in Accent on Achievement. 11/19 – Revisit exercises 44-49 and play exercises 54-58 in Accent on Achievement. Continue work on tunes for holiday performance in student recital. Play first tetrachord of C major scale. Quiz 11. 11/24 – Revisit exercises 54-58 in Accent on Achievement and introduce the chromatic scale. Play one-octave concert Ab major scale. Homework: Prepare music for holiday performance and chromatic scale. 11/26 – Thanksgiving. 12/1 – Continue work on tunes for holiday performance in student recital. Play one octave chromatic scale. 12/3 – Review for final exam. Performance during student recital hour, 3 pm. Final Exam – 12/10/08, 8 am.

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