TERM: 2020-21 Winter
COURSE TITLE: Woodwind Techniques
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 1.5(hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to assist the student and future teacher in developing the necessary skills, techniques, knowledge and teaching methods for woodwind instruments including the flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon and saxophone as part of a Secondary Music Education focus.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: MUSI 216, 217, 264; MUSI 259 or 260; and 3 credits of music history at the 300-level
REQUIRED TEXTS: Frederick Westphal, Guide to Teaching Woodwinds. 5th ed. ISBN: 9780697043924, Mandatory, Essential to Pass the Course

All students will need access to each of the instruments studied, either borrowed independently or rented. A group rental rate will be negotiated with The Bandstand Ltd.
Practical (playing) Tests: 5 @ 10% each 50%
Written Tests: 2 @ 15% each 30%
Teaching Report 10%
Class Participation 10%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this course is to aid the student and future teacher in developing effective teaching methods for clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon. A comparison of different band method books will highlight specific teaching problems for each instrument, features of different fingering charts, and similarities and differences between the instruments.
COURSE OUTLINE: Description of Assignments
  • Practical tests will be tailored to the level of experience of each student on each instrument, but will involve at least:
  • 1) 3 scales, with different articulation patterns
  • 2) A melody demonstrating appropriate tone, articulation, and phrasing.
  • The Teaching Report will involve finding a friend, roommate, or family member (in your covid bubble) who has never played a woodwind instrument, teaching them a first and second lesson on an instrument (min hr each, NOT your own major instrument), and writing a description of the lessons,
  • highlighting the problems & successes encountered.

Topical Outline and Schedule
  • Written Test #1 – Thursday, Feb. 11.
  • Written Test #2 – Thursday, Apr. 8.
  • Practical Tests, at the end of the session for each instrument, will be scheduled independently in F202, outside of class time.
  • Teaching Report – due any time before Apr. 3
  • Minimum 5 classes per instrument (prior experience will count, and will increase time spent on other, less familiar instruments). Starting dates: Jan. 7, Jan. 28, Feb. 23, Mar. 11, Apr 1.

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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