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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1626

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Private Woodwinds I

Semester Approved: Spring 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2024
End Semester: Fall 2024

Catalog Description: This course provides students with individual woodwind instruction. Private instruction is required of music majors each semester during college. Music majors receive one-hour lessons each week of the semester. The course is repeatable for credit. This course develops a student's technical, interpretive, sight reading, pedagogical and improvisational skills as well as developing a student's understanding of the history and repertory of the specific instrument/voice. A jury is required at the end of the semester. The jury accounts for 20% of the grade for the course. An additional fee is required.

Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1; Lecture: 1; Lab: 0
Repeatable: Yes.


Prerequisites: Permission of Instructor

Justification: As an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Snow College is required to provide competent private instruction for music majors in all vocal and instrumental specialties. Private instruction is required of music majors in four-year music degree programs and must appear on student transcripts. This course offers an excellent opportunity for all Snow College students to develop musicianship and performance skills. Courses of this type are taught at all NASM accredited institutions in Utah.


Student Learning Outcomes:
Private lesson students will: 

Develop good practice habits, and keep track of practice hours using a practice journal or log sheet. Students will communicate practice habits to the professor during lessons. Professors will encourage and support good practice habits with verbal and written feedback.

Learn proper body posture. Professors will assess body posture at every lesson and every performance. Verbal and written feedback will be provided to students.

Learn proper performing technique. Technique will addressed in the weekly lesson. Professor will provide verbal feedback.

Learn and refine motor skills required for performance. Development of motor skills will occur in every lesson. Teacher will provide verbal feedback.

Learn musical literature (appropriate to skill level) from a wide variety of stylistic periods. Professors are responsible to assign literature appropriate to the student and to provide both written and verbal feedback on the student's performance.

Memorize music for performance (where appropriate). This will be assessed through verbal feedback when appropriate.

Perform in public student recitals. This will be assessed through verbal feedback.

Perform in master classes. Feedback will be provided by guest artists and professors verbally.

Perform on end-of-semester juries. Professors will provide written feedback and determine if a student is ready to advance to the next level of private lessons.

In all cases of performance opportunities, students must demonstrate proper artistic style and technical facility. Feedback will be verbal and written.


Content:
• Practice journal development
• Correct body posture including embouchure, hand and feet positions, and breathing techniques
• Development of tone within different ranges of the instrument
• Development of dynamic ranges
• Study of language necessary to perform music appropriately
• Study of major and minor scales and arpeggios
• Study of method books and etudes appropriate to student playing level
• Study of solo repertoire appropriate for first-year college students and/or the individual level of the student
• Instruction in performance practice appropriate to stylistic periods
• Development of performance technique, including memorization techniques, stage deportment and anxiety management
• Study and practice will be assessed through instructor feedback and public performance.

Key Performance Indicators:
Students in private music instruction courses are assessed in the following ways (percentages are approximate):

Attendance at lessons  30 to 60%

Documented practice hours  20 to 30%

Master class participation and performance  15 to 30%

Recital participation and performance 10 to 30%

Jury participation and performance 20 to 30%


Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Repertoire varies widely from student to student in accordance with individual capabilities and developmental needs.

Representative etudes are Rose, Baermann, Ferling, Barrett, Weissenborn, etc.

Representative repertoire includes Mozart sonatas and concertos, Bach sonatas, French conservatory pieces, etc.

Repertoire is available from a wide variety of sources including online websites that provide free download or in printed form from individual publishers as needed.


Pedagogy Statement:
Private lessons are individualized instruction. What is taught will vary depending on the needs of the individual student. Professors will model proper technique. Students will imitate the professor. The professor will verbally explain new concepts, allow the student to apply the material, and the teacher will verbally assess the student's progress.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture/Lab

Maximum Class Size: 1
Optimum Class Size: 1