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					                                DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC AND THEATRE
                                    Georgia College & State University

                                                 Brass Methods
                                                COURSE SYLLABUS
                                                       Fall 2007
Course Numbers: MUED 3060         CRN # 80928
Contact/Credit Hours: 2/2
Day/Time: Tuesday, 5:00-6:45pm
Location: Porter 304
Instructor’s Name: Dr. Maureen Horgan
        Office: Porter, Room 326
        Phone: 445-7319
        E-mail: maureen.horgan@gcsu.edu
        Office Hours: TBA

Text:    Complete Guide to Brass Instruments and Technique, 2nd ed, Scott Whitener (Schirmer)

Course Description: This course is designed primarily to teach the basic fundamentals of brass pedagogy and
performance for both music education and music therapy majors. There are two components: applied study on two brass
instruments, and study/discussion of current pedagogy and methods. There is a research topic to be presented in class, and
also in-class practice-teaching and peer assessment.

    Topics:
        1.    Sound productions and intonation
        2.    Structure of the instruments and valve/slide patterns, transposition
        3.    Care and basic repair and maintenance
        4.    Common problems and issues with teaching brass instruments
        5.    Skill development exercises
        6.    Classroom management
        7.    Effective ensemble classroom environments
        8.    National Standards for Music (MENC Document)
        9.    Comparison and assessment of various method books, including ensemble method books
        10.   Lesson/session planning

Relation to liberal arts mission, major program and/or SOE conceptual framework: For students pursuing Music
Education or Music Therapy degrees this course addresses professional education and methodology issues, and is also a
part of their music professional development

Learning Outcomes: at the end of the course the students will be able to:

    1.   describe and carry out basic maintenance on brass instruments (cleaning, lubrication of moving parts, stuck
         mouthpieces, stuck tuning slides, replacement parts, etc.)
    2.   achieve basic playing proficiency on two or more brass instruments
    3.   figure out fingerings/slide positions for given pitches
    4.   transpose parts from a score into concert pitch
    5.   describe and assess the relative effectiveness of various ensemble teaching environments
    6.   describe and assess the relative effectiveness of various brass teaching lesson plans and the National Standards
    7.   tteach beginners and lead an ensemble of elementary brass players
    8.   research brass pedagogy in journals, periodicals, and online

Academic Honesty: All students are expected to abide by the GC&SU Honor Code and Student Code of Conduct

Students with Disabilities/Request for Modification: Any student requesting instructional modification in a class due to
a disability is urged to meet with the instructor early in the semester in order to secure the best learning environment. An
official letter from GC&SU documenting the disability will be expected in order to receive accommodations.
Research Presentations: The student will prepare a research presentation choosing from of the following brass pedagogy
topics: equipment issues, warm-up & practice/routines, sound production, articulation, range, intonation, history of brass
instruments, families of brass instruments, teaching materials, teaching techniques & problems (pedagogy). Alternative
topics may be proposed by the students. The presentation in class should last 10 minutes. You should also hand in a
written abstract (brief description of the material you will present) and list your research sources. Information will come
from:
     1. Class discussion and notes
     2. Text/Readings
     3. Journals
     4. Online research (a minimum of three online sources should be used)

Assessment and Grading Procedures: The scale for MUED 3060 is: A: 100-90, B: 89-80, C: 79-70, D: 69-60, F: 59-0.
Grades will be determined by student performance in these areas:
        Participation in discussion, portfolio preparation   10%
        Research presentation                                10%
        In-Class Quiz                                        10%
        Applied Exam on First Instrument                     25%
        Applied Exam on Second Instrument                    25%
        Final Cognitive Exam                                 20%

Material for Applied Exams will include scales, warm-up exercises, and selections from the method book.
Material for the Quiz will include questions on the basic care, maintenance and structure of brass instruments
The Final Cognitive Exam will include questions on all material covered in class, including material from research
         presentations. A study guide will be given out prior to the Final Cognitive Exam.

Attendance policy: This class only meets once a week and requires an ensemble environment, therefore attendance is
expected and required. A maximum of two excused absences will be allowed, after which the student will be required to
drop the course. Excused absences (written doctor’s excuse or official university business as defined in the Undergraduate
Catalogue) will not be counted in the grade. Unexcused absences will lower your final grade by one letter. This is a
competency-based grading system. Sincere effort is expected of every student, but it does not guarantee a passing grade.

Course Schedule

Each class will include playing exercises in the book, and some ensemble work as the student progress.     Peer assessment
will also be ongoing. In addition, the following topics will be covered:

August 21         orientation to course, assignment of first instrument, basic care and maintenance, parts of the instrument,
                            sound production (air, embouchure, articulation), getting started in the book
August 28         structure of brass instruments, descending fingerings/positions, warm-up exercises
September 11      mouthpieces, different articulations including multiple tonguing
September 18      basic repair of brass instruments
Setpember 25      practical issues for brass: tone, intonation, dynamics, range, technique
October 2         Quiz. equipment considerations: families of instruments, mouthpieces, manufacturers, mutes
October 9         classroom environs
October 16        sectional and ensemble rehearsal techniques
October 23        Applied Exam on First Instrument, assigning of Second Instrument
October 30        transposition and score reading
November 6        assessment of teaching materials
November 13       lesson planning
November 20       Research presentations
November 27       Research presentations
December 4        Final Cognitive Exam, Applied Exam on Second Instrument
December 11       Portfolio due

				
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