The University of North Carolina at Wilmington

Department of Music

 

Applied Lesson Syllabus Ľ Fall 2011

Sections 016 (Euphonium) and 017 (Tuba)

 

Contact:

Instructor

Daniel C. Johnson, Ph.D.

Office

Cultural Arts Building, Room 1056

Office Hours

MTWRF: 8:00 – 9:00 AM by appointment

Phone

(910) 962-7559

Email

johnsond@uncw.edu

 

 

 

The UNCW Applied Studios

Philosophy

The primary goal of UNCW applied music lessons is the study of fundamentals to develop skills, musicianship, and pedagogical concepts necessary for establishing a strong foundation in understanding and mastering the techniques and musicianship skills used in performance. This goal is achieved through the study and performance of various materials, based on the studentŐs curriculum, as outlined in the Applied Repertoire list for each instrument, with a strong focus on technique, articulation, tone, rhythm, interpretation, etc.

 

 

Lessons

General Objectives

The course objectives for applied lessons are:

á       To study and perform a variety of music literature (e.g., style, genre, time period, solo as well as chamber music) indigenous to current performance practices.

á       To develop the necessary skills through various technical, tonal, intonation, and articulation studies.

á       To develop an awareness of musical interpretation though the development of tools for manipulating music and through music analysis.

á       To be able to discuss the historical significance of the music, the composer, and the instrument/voice within the realm of each piece studied.

 

Courses

 

 

Ľ MUS 195/395 (1 credit) is a half-hour lesson per week, requiring one or more hours of daily

preparation and practice. Most students taking this course are non-majors and music minors.

Ľ MUS 196/396 (2 credits) is an hour lesson per week, requiring two or more hours of daily

preparation and practice. Students taking this course are music majors.

Ľ MUS 197/397 (3 credits) is an hour lesson per week, requiring at least three hours of daily

preparation and practice. Most students taking this course are music performance majors.

 

 

Learning Goals

á       To perform music characteristic of traditional and contemporary Tuba-Euphonium solo and ensemble literature.

á       To display the necessary performance skills through various technical, tonal, intonation, and articulation studies.

á       To demonstrate musical interpretation though through music analysis and expression.

á       To discuss the historical significance of the music, the composer, and the Tuba-Euphonium within the realm of each piece studied.

á       The corresponding course objectives are to study the assigned repertoire, perform on a regular basis, and analyze musical performances with respect to the above learning goals.

 

 

Attendance Policy

á       Attendance is mandatory for all lessons, seminars and the monthly departmental seminar.  If you need to miss a lesson, it is your responsibility to contact your instructor in writing (faculty mailbox or email), preferably at least 24 hours in advance of the lesson.

á       Make-up lessons are not an option unless you have an extenuating situation (e.g., medical excuse, school-sponsored trip, etc.) that would prevent you from attending your regularly scheduled lesson time.  An unexcused absence will result in an ŇFÓ for that week.

 

 


 

Requirements

Weekly lessons:

á       All lessons should be considered a performance and should be prepared accordingly.

á       Students should schedule enough time prior to the lesson to sufficiently warm-up in order to perform the lesson assignment at the highest level of musicianship and performance skill appropriate to the studentŐs level of development.

á       A grade will be earned for each lesson based on the individualŐs progress.

á       All lessons should be prepared thoroughly by focusing upon the following musical aspects: interpretation, tone, rhythm, intonation, articulation, and correct notes.

á       Students are expected, to practice daily.  The following is a list of the suggested amount of the minimum daily practice time for music majors/minors.

-  195/395: one (1) or more hours daily

-  196/396: two (2) or more hours daily

-  197/397: three (3) or more hours daily

Practice time should be dedicated to developing skills and involve all aspects of performance elements, as listed above.  In addition, this goal should be achieved with focused daily practice on materials assigned and discussed in lessons, such as, tone studies, scales, etudes, and repertoire.  To help keep track of weekly practice, students may be required to maintain weekly practice log. Please note: ensemble rehearsals are not considered part of your daily practice.

 

Seminars: Tuesday, 3:30, CAB;  Departmental in BRH on last Tuesday of each month

 

In addition to the weekly applied lesson, each student is required to attend a weekly seminar. The seminars provide students with a variety of activities, including regular opportunities for students to perform in solo, duet, and chamber music formats; an opportunity for a healthy exchange of ideas on various topics, including performance critiques; discussion of topics presented by the instructor; performances, clinics, and master classes by the instructor, as well as guest artists; reviews of new music, recordings, and equipment, among other topics.  Seminar requirements include the following:

á       Attendance is mandatory for all majors and minors.

á       It is strongly recommended that majors perform at least twice and minors at least once during applied or Departmental seminar.

á       At least once a semester, students will be required to present a short, one-page, historical report of the piece, composer, or performer they are studying. Most of the information for this report may be gleaned from the various Tuba-Euphonium resource books found in the library. Reports will be submitted (i.e., one-page, typed, and single-spaced) no later than the end-of-semester jury. 

Concert attendance:

á       Music majors need to attend 8 concerts during the course of a semester.  Six concerts attended should be other than those in which your major instrument is included.  In addition, of the six concerts attended beyond the two performed, majors are required to attend at least one orchestral, one vocal and/or choral, one jazz, and one instrumental concert.

á       Grades will be lowered by a minus (-) increment for each concert under the eight required.  Students are required to submit concert programs attended no later than the day of juries at the end of the semester. 

á       Finally, attendance is required for all concerts (i.e., student recitals and guest artists) on campus for your major instrument.  Students will be required to submit a one-page critique of the performance (i.e., list performers, performance date, compositions performed, composers, and a short critique of the performance) at the end of the semester. Grades will be lowered by a minus (-) increment if this requirement is not met.

á       Students can also receive extra credit (i.e., increment of a plus on the final grade) for attending two or more concerts above the eight required.

Other:

á       Saturday, Octuba 1, 7:30 PM, OctubaFest Concert—attendance required

á       Saturday, December 10, 12 & 2, PM, Tuba Christmas Concert—attendance required

á       Honors Recital Auditions, time/date TBA – attendance variable, discussed with each student individually

á       Honors Recital, Monday, time/date TBA – attendance strongly encouraged

á       See the Department of Music Student Information website for additional requirements in applied music. (http://www.uncw.edu/music/academics-student.html)

 

 

Materials

á       See the Repertoire and Levels online for required solos and etude materials for the year as well as for suggested materials needed throughout the undergraduate course of study in Tuba-Euphonium at UNCW.

á       All Tuba-Euphonium students are required to acquire assigned materials (i.e., etudes, solos, etc.) as assigned. Failure to acquire these materials within the course of the semester will result in the final grade being lowered a full letter grade.

á       Each student will be required to own and bring to each lesson: a metronome, tuner, and a lesson notebook (for written comments.)

á       Student membership in the International Tuba-Euphonium Association http://www.iteaonline.org/index.html Required for all Tuba-Euphonium majors, recommended for minors and others taking lessons.

 

 

 


 

Grading

á       50%      Average of weekly lessons

á       30%      Final jury including technique if applicable

á       10%      Concert attendance and critique

á       10%      Seminar participation  

 

Weekly lessons

Weekly lesson grades will be determined by the successful completion of the weekly assignment, as determined by the grading rubric below and subsequently averaged to obtain a single weekly grade.

Students should be prepared, warmed up, and read to perform the assigned exercises, etudes, and solo music at the beginning of their lesson. Each lesson is considered a performance. The instructor will grade each lesson based on the studentŐs preparation and performance.

 

Assignment Preparation Grading Rubric:

 

Grade

Criteria

 

A

Is consistently well-prepared for weekly lessons and is punctual for each lesson

Is routinely responsive to the instructorŐs suggestions

Submits all non-applied assignments on-time with only minor errors

Demonstrates noticeable, positive musical growth during the semester

B

Is often well-prepared for weekly lessons and is usually punctual for each lesson

Is often responsive to the instructorŐs suggestions

Submits most non-applied assignments on-time with some errors

Demonstrates acceptable, positive musical growth during the semester

C

Is sometimes well-prepared for weekly lessons and attends most weekly lesson

Is sometimes responsive to the instructorŐs suggestions

Submits some non-applied assignments on-time some minor errors

Demonstrates moderate, positive musical growth during the semester

D

Is often unprepared for weekly lessons and misses many weekly lesson

Is sometimes unresponsive to the instructorŐs suggestions

Submits all non-applied assignments late with some errors

Demonstrates insufficient positive musical growth during the semester

F

Is usually unprepared for weekly lessons and misses many weekly lesson

Is unresponsive to the instructorŐs suggestions

Does not submit non-applied assignments

Demonstrates no positive, noticeable musical growth during the semester

 

Each lesson will be graded (A – F) including +/- grading. The final grade for the course will be an average of each lesson grade. In addition, the course grade will be lowered if requirements such as concert attendance and other course requirements have not been met.

 

In addition, all Tuba-Euphonium students are required to acquire assigned materials (i.e., etudes, solos, etc.) as assigned. Failure to acquire these materials within the course of the semester will result in the final grade being lowered a full letter grade.

 

Jury grades

Weekly lesson grades, as well as the final jury grade, will be based upon the studentŐs ability to successfully achieve the specific goals each semester. The final exam for applied lessons takes the form of a jury. Shortly before the jury date, each student is responsible for signing up for a time and bringing the necessary paperwork for the jury members.

 

Students are required to perform an Upper Division Jury at the end of the second year of study as a major (please see the Student Handbook for further information).  The jury will consist of solo and etude materials as well as scale requirements (see Repertoire Lists & Levels) totaling 20 minutes of music.  Repertoire and scales, as performed according to Repertoire  Level guidelines, must be successfully passed in order to enroll in Upper Level applied lessons.

 

 

 

 

**Please turn off all cell phones and pager devices during seminar and lessons.**

 

Additional Information

Performance Attire

 

Students should dress accordingly for every performance.  While ensembles have specific attire (i.e., black, tuxedo, etc.), the attire for performances in seminar and juries should be dress slacks or dresses, and collared shirts with ties for the men.  All recital performances should be formal attire (i.e., formal dress, tuxedo, or jacket and tie).

 

 

Accompanist Procedure

á       The instructor will inform students when it is appropriate to begin rehearsing with an accompanist.

á       At this point, the student should have prepared the music accordingly and is ready to add the accompaniment to the next stage of development in the studentŐs presentation.

á       It is the studentŐs responsibility to contact and schedule rehearsal times with the accompanist.

á       The student should have rehearsed at least one time with the accompanist before presenting the performance in either a lesson and/or other formal presentation.

á       The student may not formally perform a piece with accompaniment without first performing it for the instructor in lessons or master class.

 

 

Resources

á       Dr. JohnsonŐs Faculty Web Page (Includes Tuba-Euphonium study links and materials)

á       International Tuba-Euphonium Association

á       Custom Music

á       The Tuba Exchange

á       Windsong Press

á       Summit Brass

á       The Sotto Voce tuba quartet

á       UNCW Department  of Music Concert Calendar

á       UNCW Department  of Music Scholarship Information

á       Randall Library for print and audio resources

 

 

University-Wide Policies

Religious Observance Policy
In accordance with NC SL 2010-211, you are entitled to two excused absences for religious observances per academic year. You must inform your instructor in writing the first week of class if you will be missing any classes due to religious observance and using one of the two permissible absences for the academic year. In addition, please inform the Registrar the first week of class who will then confirm your intentions to miss class with the impacted course instructors. Any absence for religious purposes will be considered unexcused unless you submit the request in writing the first week to either your instructor and the Registrar.
  
Zero Tolerance Policy
UNCW practices a zero tolerance policy for violence and harassment of any kind. For emergencies contact UNCW CARE at 962-2273; Campus Police at 962-3184; or Wilmington Police at 911.  For University or community resources visit: http://www.uncw.edu/safe-relate/campusResources.htm. Violence prevention information and resources available at http://www.uncw.edu/safe%2Drelate/. We will focus several class discussions on the importance of reducing violence and increasing tolerance in schools and at UNCW.
 
Cell Phones, PDAs, Laptops
Please silence your cell phone and do not make calls, access applications or text during class. If you have a personal, urgent matter for which you need to be on call, please let your instructor know in advance. In addition, please do not have active any PDAs or laptops/netbooks/iPads open and active unless the activity warrants. We will use these devices in selected activities and they are permissible then.

The UNCW Statement on Diversity in the University Community
As an institution of higher learning, the University of North Carolina Wilmington represents a rich diversity of human beings among its faculty, staff, and students and is committed to maintaining a campus environment that values that diversity. Accordingly, the university supports policies, curricula, and co-curricular activities that encourage understanding of and appreciation for all members of its community and will not tolerate any harassment or disrespect for persons because of race, gender, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, or relationship to other university constituents. Students with Disabilities information and resources available at http://www.uncw.edu/disability/

 

 

 

The above syllabus for this course is subject to change by the instructor. In the event of any alteration, written changes to the syllabus will be provided at least one week before they take effect.