Woodwind Techniques and Methods II

Course Number: 281*/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): Mr. Peter Freeman

Term(s): B

Day(s) and Time(s): M: 12.30-2.30, T: 10.30-11.30

Room: HLH 213

Calendar Description

The purpose of this course is to expand and enhance your knowledge and understanding of woodwind techniques and methods at the intermediate level. The course will allow you to model pedagogical practice, become more familiar with relevant teaching materials, perform short instrumental teaching pieces, discuss readings, and strengthen your practical, theoretical, diagnostic and critical skills.  In addition, you will be introduced to the following topics, among others: 1) extended members of the woodwind family, 2) alternate, auxiliary, and trill fingerings, 3) mouthpieces, reeds and reed adjustment, 4) the high registers, 5) exercises for teaching effective breathing and breath control and support, 6) contemporary performance techniques, 7) vibrato, and 8) preventative instrument maintenance and repair.


REQUIRED TEXT:     Westphal, F.  Guide to Teaching Woodwinds.  Dubuque, Iowa:  Wm. C. Brown, 1990. (5th ed.)                                                  

Other material, playing and otherwise, will be distributed as needed

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s) / Exclusion(s)

  • MUSC 181* or with permission of Instructor

Additional Information

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.