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									             University of North Carolina
                  School of the Arts
                School of Music - Trumpet

               Judith Saxton, Trumpet Artist/Faculty
                     Trumpet Studio - Gray 103

                2008-2009 Course Syllabus

                Applied Lessons and Master Class

         MUS 040 -16 : high school applied lessons and MC
        MUS 400 -16 : undergraduate applied lessons and MC
             MUS 600 –16 : graduate applied lessons
                   MUS 601-16 : graduate MC

                         Contact information :

saxtonj@ncarts.edu - (first choice) due to my travel/performance schedule
      this email address will change in November/December, 2008

    Mobile: 336 529 0317 – Call or leave voice mail (second choice)
                         Please do not text

               Work phone: (336) 734-2921 (third choice)

                           Master Class
                  12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday

               Fall: Hood Recital Hall – Gray building
                Winter: Watson Chamber Recital hall
                 Spring: Crawford – Gray building

                      Office hours: by appointment
                      APPLIED TRUMPET SYLLABUS
Lesson objectives – Work together with the teacher to identify areas of weakness
and set attainable goals for improvement. Prepare and perform to the best of your ability
(after regularly scheduled practice sessions) those assigned materials in weekly lessons.

                            Be the best you can be

The following areas will be covered:
1. Depending on your areas of strength and weakness:
   a. Fundamentals of playing and proper sound production: posture, embouchure,
       breathing, articulation, warm-up
   b. scales
   c. transposition
   d. sight-reading
   e. range development
   f. tonal control: dynamics, intonation, vibrato
   g. style differentiation
   h. memorization
   i. musicianship and phrasing
   j. applying aural skills training to trumpet performance practice

                          Be an athlete and an Artist
2. I will equip you with the appropriate pedagogy (teaching methodology) and a variety
   of practice techniques so you learn to teach yourself

Do it in the practice room, too! You play how you practice.

3. Explore the range of trumpet solo repertoire based on historical context, country and
   the instrument used
4. Introduce the various keyed trumpets
5. Introduce and coach orchestral excerpts
6. Plan and prepare for performances in master class, performance hour, juries, recitals,
   competitions and auditions.
7. Discuss and promote, where appropriate, plans for future events: summer activities,
   graduate study, recordings, solo tours.

Required Equipment
       Required: metronome, metal straight mute, cup mute, music dictionary,
       tuner, a pencil, trumpet and mouthpiece (!) You will also need these in your
       ensembles. Other mutes, mouthpieces, high horns may become required as the
       repertoire demands Recommended: recording device, microphone
                                 Cool toys cost $.

Required Materials
       It is the student’s responsibility to purchase solos and method books each term.
       Once assigned the required materials, the student has TWO WEEKS to procure
       them. Every week thereafter without books and materials results in that lesson’s
       grade beginning with a B. If asked to obtain library material ONE WEEK is the
       time allotted to procure them.

The following, along with the required equipment, should be obtained and brought to
each lesson, without fail.

       1. Notebook (preferably 4x6 spiral bound) I will fill out lesson assignments and
          indicate how to practice the material for each lesson in the notebook

       2.     Practice log –style of your own choosing. You will record your practice
             sessions on your practice chart

       3. Assigned etude and method books and solo repertoire for that week.

            Show up with your stuff ready – Be warmed up.

Master class/Studio Class
1. Attendance required.
2. Covers material common to all trumpeters: memorization, section-playing,
   transposition, practice techniques, breathing, intonation, performing in different
   styles, performance anxiety, leading a chamber group, solo repertoire, duets
4. Introduce trumpet ensemble literature to prepare for school functions.
5. All students perform for each other, and gain from observing the appropriate
   teaching-aid applied to each situation. In this manner students learn vicariously
   through each other the common challenges we all share and various approaches to
   fixing them.
6. Encourage a collegial spirit amongst all members of studio by their active
   participation and comments (constructive criticism) and through the informal
   atmosphere inherent in more student involvement.

               Team spirit helps build individual spirit

       Your responsibilities:
              Please see the Piano Support at NCSA booklet. I have a copy or obtain
              one from Allison Gagnon. Prior to any solo performances (other than
              master classes and recitals) I need to hear you with your accompanist at
             least one time, preferably two, beginning at least 2 lessons in advance of
             the performance. It is your responsibility to get the music to the
             accompanist at least 1 month in advance, the sooner the better, so they
             can adequately prepare. I will monitor your scheduled rehearsals with the
             accompanists. Accompaniment support is provided by professionals
             FREE here at NCSA – please treat and respect their time and efforts

               Appreciate your collaborators – they make you or
                                  break you.

      I will prepare a master schedule based on those submitted the first week of each
      term by each student. Students are expected to update the schedule with any
      and all changes to their commitments. There may be weeks when I’m away
      performing or other school activities alter the schedule. If so, we will have a
              1. Sign-up sheet or
              2. We will reschedule the week before or
              3. I may send an email of the week’s schedule out to all the students

                         Communication and Flexibility

Attendance Policy
KNOCK at your lesson time – do not wait in the hallway for me to come out
                             and get you.
     Attendance is mandatory at all scheduled lessons and master class. This is to
      ensure maximum progress for each student and the highest possible musical
      standards. This policy is also designed to nurture professional responsibility
      towards your colleagues and to affirm respect for yourself and your teacher.

     Promptness is encouraged. Due to logistics of traveling to and from buildings with
      rehearsals and meetings, there will be a 10 minute grace period for both teacher
      and student on the RARE occasions this occurs: this applies to extenuating
      circumstances only. Correspondingly, this also means that both you and I are
      only required to wait 10 minutes for the person to show. More than 10 minutes
      late for students will be considered an unexcused absence. Unexcused
      absences are not made up and will count as an F for that week.

                              Be there or be square

     **Attendance is also required at ALL featured brass performances on
      campus. This includes all studio trumpet recitals, and all brass faculty and brass
      guest artist solo and chamber recitals. Please also support your fellow brass
      students by attending their concerts when possible.
         Attendance at 1 Greensboro Symphony concert OR 1 Winston-Salem
          Symphony concert is required/term. Within one week, write a short, insightful,
          specific paragraph review about the performance and email your review to me in
          a Word document.

                                  Go, Listen, Write

         The following are Excused Absences for which I will reschedule at a mutually
          agreeable time IF appropriate notice is given.
              o illness: if not attending other classes
              o an important last-minute professional opportunity (Canadian brass needs
                 an extra trumpet…):
              o officially sanctioned, scheduled NCSA extracurricular activity.
              o family or other non-medical emergency where the student is excused from
                 all classes - please attempt prior notification if possible.

         Excused absences will be made up at the earliest agreed upon convenience of the
                 instructor and student.
         Only two excused absences will be permitted/term.

      Every lesson should demonstrate adequate preparation and progress (1.5 – 2 hours of
      practice per day minimum). Treat every lesson as a performance and prepare
      accordingly. My judgment of your preparation and consequent improvement is an
      important factor in your final grade.

             You chose NCSA to PLAY TRUMPET – Lessons are your
          weekly opportunity to improve and learn how to improve

Fall term:
1/4       Attendance at the lesson, master class, and concerts

3/4*      1.Weekly lesson preparation, (attitude and degree of improvement on
                  all assignments (an average of weekly grades.) Concert review
          2. All of your NCSA solo performances: trumpet ensemble, master class, Open
                  House, Family Day, UNCSA recitals (Exception- graduate degree recitals)
                  count towards studio trumpet grade.

Winter and Spring terms:
2/3       weekly preparation, master class, performances and attendance

1/3       jury (Winter – 10 minutes, Spring 15 minutes)
*Weekly lesson grade

A        Thorough preparation of all assignments resulting in noticeable improvement
B        Preparation of all assignments but with some aspects not thoroughly learned.
C        Some assignments not prepared.
D        Student is totally unprepared
F        Unexcused absence
I do utilize + and – when grading weekly, as there are so many factors that enter in an individual lesson.
(Attitude, alterations in possible practice time, etc.)

Term lesson grade

97-100 A+                           77-79 C+ - Arts Probation occurs C+ and lower
93-96 A                             73-76 C
90-93 A-                            70–73 C-
87–89 B+                            67-69 D+
83-86 B                             63-66 D
80-82 B-                            60–62 D-
                                    57-59 F

Intensive Arts
This is a PASS-FAIL course. Because each course that you register for on your IA
contract is tailored and picked out specifically for you, and due to the nature of the
completely distinctive course offerings - many which require your participation for the
success of all enrolled, any course offered through the trumpet studio that is missed
due to an Unexcused absence or more than 15 minutes late for ONE session will
result in a FAILING grade.

General Expectations Earning an “A”
(Excerpts from Buddy Baker’s Undergraduate Trombone Handbook)

    To earn an ―A‖ in applied study, the student must attain the following minimal requirements:

1. Show a disciplined, mature approach to daily warm-up and routine practice—displaying
   weekly progress with the ―athletic basics:‖
   a. breathing
   b. embouchure
   c. tonguing

2. Be well prepared and on time for each lesson—completing all assigned materials at a high
   performance level. Preparing material well includes marking in definitions of music terms,
   displaying careful thought concerning tempo selection, marking in effective phrasing and
   breath marks, and in general displaying that you have solved technical and musical
   problems through patient, effective practice. This sort of thorough, careful, thoughtful
   preparation always precedes an effective musical performance.
3. Communicate with your teacher concerning your applied study problems and progress. The
      teacher has great difficulty helping you without this.

3. Display evidence (especially during the junior and senior years) of developing
   leadership qualities and professional attitude. The ―professional‖ attitude includes
   setting a good example for the younger students with respect to courteousness,
   helpfulness, resourcefulness and a ―positive‖ attitude toward other students, teachers,
   studios, ensembles and school.

Student Responsibility for Coursework

In submitting assignments and projects for courses, students take responsibility for their
work as a whole, and imply that, except as properly noted, the ideas, words, material and
craftsmanship are their own. In written work, if students cite from a source of information
or opinion other than themselves without giving credit, either within the body of their
texts or in properly noted references and without using quotation marks where needed, or
otherwise fail to acknowledge the borrowings, they have in fact presented the work,
words or ideas of others as if they were their own. Failure to abide by those simple
principles of responsible scholarship is dishonest, as is receiving or giving aid on tests,
examinations or other assigned work presumed to be independent or original. A student
whose work is found to be dishonestly accomplished and submitted as his or her own for
credit will be removed from the course with a grade of ―F.‖

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

In compliance with the NC School of the Arts policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss
appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for students with disabilities. Note that
accommodations will not be granted without appropriate written documentation. Upon entrance to the
course, students are encouraged to register with the Officer for Student Disabilities to verify their eligibility
for appropriate accommodations.

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