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Course : Woodwind Instruments Class

Course Number
MUSC 3141
Section Number
Fall 2022
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Description.

Prerequisite(s): Must be a Junior, Senior, or Second Baccalaureate student.

A course designed to familiarize students with the woodwind instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon. Study will include the fundamentals necessary for teaching these instruments.

Course Goals, Objectives and Learning Outcomes.

  1. Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
  2. Develop basic performance technique on all woodwind instruments, including breathing, embouchure, voicing, articulation, fingering selection, and vibrato.
  3. Develop teaching techniques and pedagogical approaches for beginning, intermediate, and advanced players in classroom and rehearsal environments.
  4. Develop familiarity with commonly recommended materials, including instruments, mouthpieces, ligatures, and reeds.

Course Requirements.

  1. Participation: students are expected to prepare for and engage in in-class activities, including playing and discussions. Daily points will be lost if students are absent, late, unprepared, disengaged, or do not have the necessary supplies with them.
  2. Unit Written Exams: at the end of each instrument unit, the student will take a written quiz on information covered for the instrument studied during that unit.
  3. Unit Performance Exams: at the end of each instrument unit, the student will take a performance exam, demonstrating their performance ability on that unit’s instrument.
  4. Final Project: students will teach a mock private lesson on one instrument to a student with no prior woodwind experience.
  5. Comprehensive Final Exam: at the end of the course, the student will take a written exam covering material for all five woodwind instruments.

*Please note, although you will only actually play four of the instruments, you will still be responsible for the information of all five. Each student will play flute, clarinet, saxophone, and oboe, unless their primary instrument consists of a woodwind instrument. In that case, bassoon will be substituted for one of the other instruments.

**A course schedule is attached to the end of the syllabus

Attendance Policy.

This is a participation-based course, and attendance is crucial to the learning process. Students are expected to attend every class session on time and with all required materials. All absences are unexcused, excluding official university events and exceptional circumstances. The professor will only consider special circumstances with documentation.

Students will be assigned five points daily for in-class participation. Students who are absent will lose their points for the day. Points will be reduced for students who are late to class and/or do not have their instrument or supplies. Points will be reduced for students who are disruptive, disengaged, and/or unwilling to participate in class discussions and group playing activities.

The student bears the responsibility for consulting with colleagues to receive copies of materials and information covered during an absence. Late work will not be accepted, except in the event of an extreme emergency and with approval by the instructor.

*No extra credit is available and late work will not be accepted.

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