Course : Trombone
- Course Number
- AMUS 1541
- Section Number
- Spring 2019
- Dr. Christopher Vivio
- Days & Times
- Final Exam Day/Time
- The basic principle of applied lessons is to teach you about the pedagogy of your instrument and how to best perform on your instrument.
- You will study all aspects of music performance, including technique, tone production, tonguing, articulation, and phrasing.
- Music is a communicative art form, not just notes and technique. As many of you will go on to teach younger students about music, it is my goal to incorporate concepts and discuss situations that you will undoubtedly encounter as a band director/music teacher.
Students in applied tuba, euphonium, and trombone should be able to demonstrate:
- An evolving technical ability on their instrument.
- An understanding of musical phrasing and artistic interpretation.
- A basic understanding of the language of music.
- The ability to evaluate performances critically and coherently.
- An active interest in their craft.
- A concerted commitment toward improvement.
- A continuing knowledge base of pedagogy and teaching techniques on their instrument, as well as all aspects of music education.
Low Brass Grading Policy
You will be given music performance assignments for each lesson. Assignments should be prepared as if you were performing them publicly at the time of your lesson. To take away some of the ambiguity of how lessons are graded, consider the following:
A lesson will be given the grade of A if:
It is obvious that you have prepared the music for the lesson. You are playing the material technically very well and it is obvious that you have given a good deal of thought to the artistic interpretation of the assignment. You exhibit an understanding of the material and can perform at near-performance level. Repeated material from the prior lesson has been more or less solved.
A lesson will be given the grade of B if:
It is obvious that you have prepared the music for the lesson. You are playing the material fairly well, but still have a few technical issues that need to be worked out. You show signs of artistic interpretation, but still need to develop the music a bit further. You know that you could play this better. Repeated material from the prior lesson shows improvement.
A lesson will be given the grade of C if:
It is not obvious that you have prepared adequately for the lesson. You cannot play the material without hesitation. Notes are missed. Your performance is void of artistic expression. You show signs of understanding the material, but cannot execute these ideas through your instrument. Repeated material from the prior lesson shows little improvement.
A lesson will be given the grade of D if:
It is obvious that you have not prepared the music for the lesson, yet somehow you are struggling through and improving during the course of the lesson. You don’t know how things should sound. You have ignored key signatures, missed notes, and demonstrate on overall unsatisfactory performance. Repeated material from the prior lesson shows no improvement.
A lesson will be given the grade of F if:
You have an unexcused absence, or you attend the lesson but it is obvious that you have not prepared and no amount of struggling through can improve your performance. You failed to bring in the assigned material and cannot perform in your lesson. In these scenarios, you are wasting both my time and your own and the lack of self-discipline that is demonstrated is disappointing.
As music majors, you should spend a minimum of two hours a day practicing your instrument. Three hours a day is ideal and more is even better. However, the quantity of practice is not nearly as important as the quality of your practice sessions. Go into your practice sessions with goals to achieve and don’t give up until it is evident that you have accomplished something.
Attendance and Participation:
Attendance at lessons is required. Twenty-four hour notice is required for canceling lessons, except in cases of emergencies, and will require a doctor’s note, police report, court documentation, etc. I am happy to make up lessons that were canceled for emergencies at a time that is convenient for both of us. Simply not showing up for a lesson, or missing for a non-emergency situation, will result in an F for that week’s lesson. If you are more than 15 minutes late to your lesson, the lesson will count as an unexcused absence. You are allowed one unexcused absences without penalty. After one unexcused absence, I will lower your final grade by ½ a letter for each subsequent unexcused absence.
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