MUS 161 SA

Syllabus for Secondary Applied
Saxophone, Flute or Clarinet

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GEORGETOWN COLLEGE
Department of Music 161 SA
Applied Music (1 hour credit)
Syllabus, Fall/Spring 2000-2001
Dr. Sonny Burnette, Office: NMB 012
Office phone: 863-8112; Home phone: 863-4152
E-mail: Sonny_Burnette@georgetowncollege.edu
Web site: http://spider.georgetowncollege.edu/music/burnette/index.html

COURSE DESCRIPTION
A continuation of basic skills and abilities learned in MUS 113, 213, 214, 215 and 216.  Emphasis will be placed on instruction which enables a student to perform appropriate solo literature suitable for use in the public school.  Additional attention will be placed on the development of teaching techniques that will enhance students' success in the public school.  Two hours of secondary applied are required.  (See B.M.E. degree description for further information.)  Prerequisites:  MUS 113, 213, 214, 215, 216.

TEXTBOOK
Westphal, Frederick W.  Guide to Teaching Woodwinds, 5th ed.  Dubuque, Iowa:  Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1990.  [ISBN 0-697-04392-4]

Elementary etude book; miscellaneous solo literature.

You will be expected to purchase (or borrow) music as assigned by the professor.  Anything borrowed from me must be turned in at the end of the semester, unless other arrangements have been made, or your grade will be withheld.  For scale studies, the following should be obtained from The Store:

Saxophonists:   COLLEGIATE EDITION SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS FOR SAXOPHONE
Flutists:  COLLEGIATE EDITION SCALES AND ARPEGGIOS FOR FLUTE

(The above collections are designed to span a four-year period of study.)

Also available at The Store (and required):  Schirmer Pronouncing Pocket Manual of Musical Terms, 5th ed., Ed. Theodore Baker.  [ISBN: 0-02-874567-1]

COURSE OBJECTIVES
(1) To provide the student (future music educator) with hands-on performance experience on a single woodwind instrument for an entire semester, thereby enabling the student to be a better teacher of that instrument, (2) To familiarize the student with common woodwind performance problems and solutions via personalized performance experience, (3) To familiarize the student with standard repertoire for the instrument being studied, (4) To develop in the student a concept of exemplary tone quality for the instrument being studied through personal practice and listening to recordings.  

REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSE
(1) Come to each lesson prepared, with equipment in working order.  (2) Practice a minimum of 30 minutes per day, or the equivalent (two-three hours per week).  (3) Maintain a notebook which contains notes taken during each lesson.  (4) You will be asked to read specific journal articles or text excerpts relating to the instrument being studied.  (5) You will be given short oral quizzes on assigned reading.

COURSE OUTLINE
The normal structure for lessons will be:  performance of assigned scales, performance of assigned technical materials, performance of assigned literature.  Duet sight reading will also be a part of some lessons.  In addition, the following topics will be addressed:

  • History of the instrument

  • Tonal concept

  • Listening to exemplary recordings

  • Approaches to alternate fingerings and extended technique

  • Equipment for both concert and commercial performance

  • Solo/Chamber Ensemble repertoire for the elementary, middle school, high school level

EVALUATION
Based on:  technical progress on the instrument (40%), musical development (tone quality, intonation, interpretation of literature) (40%), oral quizzes (10%), notes (10%), attendance at lessons.  You are expected to attend every lesson.  In the event of illness, please notify me in advance if you are unable to attend.  Excused lessons will be made up.  Two unexcused lessons will result in your final course grade being lowered by one letter.  

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