Intensive review of techniques for playing and teaching brass instruments – trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba. Pedagogical approaches and materials for teaching beginning through high school players, developing audiation skills, embouchure, range, endurance, flexibility, technique, breath control, and articulation, as well as equipment and literature choice. Strong emphasis is placed on playing as well as teaching these instruments.
AIT: Concert Percussion
Intensive review of techniques for playing and teaching percussion instruments – snare drum, keyboard percussion, timpani, drum set and hand drums. Pedagogical approaches and materials for teaching beginning through high school players, developing audiation skills, embouchure, range, endurance, flexibility, technique, breath control, and articulation, as well as equipment and literature choice. Strong emphasis is placed on playing as well as teaching these instruments.
Studies and practices aimed toward the improved clarity of basic baton technique. Practical exploration of rehearsal techniques with an emphasis on clarity and efficiency in solving problems of balance, ensemble, intonation, and phrasing. Conducting will be approached through the perspective of musical artistry and expression by both the conductor and the ensemble.
Topics: Breathing Techniques
An intensive study of a variety of breathing exercises designed for the improvement of wind/brass playing and vocal production in an interactive learning environment, including breathing techniques and experiment/practice with exercises in group and individual settings. Discussion of common misconceptions about breathing and how to combat unhealthy breathing techniques in your ensembles and with your students. While the outcome of this course will not be to find “the correct set of breathing exercises,” a central goal will be for each participant to develop a personal and customized set of exercises that benefit their approach to ensemble rehearsals, sound production, and musical authority in their students.
Topics: Emerging Practices
This course examines future possibilities in music education. In particular it focuses in on emerging practices in K-12 and community music contexts. Topics center on music teacher education, student learning in facilitated environments, learner-led and informal/non-institutionalized environments. Students will explore a balance of research and practice with an emphasis on pedagogical possibilities in innovative and inclusive music education.
Electives in music education and other selected courses may be taken by nondegree students on a space available basis. Please contact the chair of graduate studies in music, Les Black, for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).