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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1480

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Brass Instrument Study and Pedagogy I

Semester Approved: Spring 2016
Five-Year Review Semester: Spring 2021
End Semester: Spring 2022

Catalog Description: This course is the first in a sequence of two courses designed to teach music education majors the fundamentals of how to play and teach brass instruments. It is taught every other year, alternating with MUSC 1840 and 1850. This course and its follow up, MUSC 1490, are required for instrumental music education majors. Vocal music education majors are required to take only one semester and may enroll in either MUSC 1480 or MUSC 1490. All four-year instrumental music education programs require a full year of this course or its equivalent

Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 0; Lab: 2

Justification: This course is required for music education majors and must be taught to ensure efficient transfer to four-year institutions. Similar courses are taught at other Utah colleges that offer degrees in music education.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to produce a characteristic sound on each instrument and be fluent with the peculiar pedagogical aspects of each brass instrument to include fingerings, transpositions, maintenance, and student suitability. These outcomes will be assessed by written tests, individual playing tests, and hands on-instrument maintenance tests.  

Students will participate in the class as if they were beginning band students. They will develop mastery at grade 2 level on one instrument during the fall semester (MUSC 1480), and familiarity with the remaining instruments during the spring semester (MUSC 1490). Students will participate in a practicum experience in the local public schools at least once per semester where they will receive input from the public school teacher. Students will build a resource binder containing information on the use, care, and maintenance of brass instruments and appropriate band literature.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students will be evaluated on class participation (20%-30%), playing tests (20%-30%), written exams (30%-40%), and a class presentation/teaching demonstration (30%). Percentages are approximate.











Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Bailey, W., Miles, P., Siebert, A., Stanley, W., And Stein, T. Teaching brass: A resource manual. New York: McGraw Hill. Current edition.

Pedagogy Statement:

Maximum Class Size: 20
Optimum Class Size: 12