Course Number: 283*/3.0 3L (Course Code Explanation)
Open To: B.Mus. and B.Mus./B.Ed. students, non-B.Mus. students
Area(s): Music Education
Instructor(s): Ms. Chantal Brunette
Day(s) and Time(s): Th: 10.00-11.30, F: 10.00-11.30
Room: HLH 120
A more advanced study of the complete brass family of instruments. Emphasis includes playing techniques, ranges, fingerings, transpositions, instrument maintenance, method books, ensemble repertoire and teaching techniques.
Whitener, Scott. A Complete Guide to Brass, Instruments and Pedagogy. New York: Schirmer Books, 1990.
Selected readings on brass pedagogy, method books for each instrument, exercises, solo and ensemble repertoire, a selection of audio and video recordings, to be distributed in class.
Students will model pedagogical practice, become more familiar with relevant teaching materials, perform short pieces, discuss readings, and strengthen their practical and critical skills. These topics, amongst others, will be explored: posture, breathing exercises, alternate fingerings and slide positions, intonation, introduction to multiple tonguing, repertoire for each instrument.
Students will receive three hours of direct instruction each week for a total of 36 class hours during the term. There will be a fee for instrument rental at the start of term which will be arranged through the School of Music. Students will be expected to practise exercises learned in class as well as do all assigned readings. There will also be a term paper assignment after which students will present their findings in a brief presentation to the class. Grading will be based upon attendance, participation and performance preparation, a mid-term written examination, the term paper/presentation, and a final written examination.