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 : firstname.lastname@example.org - (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 Accompanists 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 accordingly. Appreciate your collaborators – they make you or break you. Scheduling 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. Preparation 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 Grading 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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