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Course Syllabus

Course: MUSC 1750

Division: Fine Arts, Comm, and New Media
Department: Music
Title: Woodwind Methods and Pedagogy I

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

Catalog Description: This course teaches the fundamentals of playing and teaching flute and double reed instruments in the woodwind family. This is a required course for music education majors.

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

Justification: This course is an important requirement in an instrumental music education degree. All other institutions in the state offer this course beginning in the freshman year, generally at the 1000 or 2000 level. A student may take this course at any time during their four-year career. However, offering this course at Snow enables students to be further ahead when they transfer.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn to play simple exercises and solos on the instruments.  Students will demonstrate proficiency on assigned playing tests. The professor will provide either written or verbal feedback to the student.

Students will demonstrate the ability to teach the fundamental concepts of playing flute, oboe or bassoon.  Students will demonstrate this teaching ability in front of the class and will also critique other student's playing. The professor will provide written or verbal feedback.

Students will show competency in diagnosing and fixing common problems in playing the flute, oboe, or bassoon. The professor will give verbal or written feedback to students.

Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the history of the flute, oboe, and bassoon. Students will be given a written exam or will write a paper on this subject. The professor will provide written feedback.

Students will learn to play flute, oboe, and bassoon. Students will learn how to teach concepts of playing such as embouchure, hand position, technique, fingerings, intonation, tone production, breathing and blowing, tonguing, vibrato, etc.

Key Performance Indicators:
Key performance indicators are written assignments, playing tests, teaching demonstrations, and written exams

Playing tests 10 to 30%

Written assignments 10 to 30%

Written exams 10 to 30%

Teaching demonstrations 10 to 40%

Representative Text and/or Supplies:
None required.

Pedagogy Statement:
This class is a lecture/lab combination. Much of the class is very hands on with students actually learning to play each instrument. Some class sessions will be mostly lecture or demonstration.

Instructional Mediums:

Maximum Class Size: 15
Optimum Class Size: 10