Woodwind Methods
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course provides music education students with the technical knowledge and pedagogical information needed for teaching woodwind instruments to beginnng and intermediate students.
DESCRIPTION: Students have hands-on experience with each of five different woodwind instruments, including: flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and bassoon. Ability to produce an acceptable tone and to play simple melodies is developed. The class meets daily in order to provide monitored practice. Because of the daily meeting schedule, very little or no outside of class assignments are made other than recital attendance and listening. A heterogeneous environment is maintained; that is, three to five instruments are taught simultaneously any given time. This enables varied repetition and results in greater comprehension and retention. Students rotate to a new woodwind every three weeks or fifteen class periods. At the end of each rotation written and playing quizzes are taken. Much of the course is devoted to teaching techniques and students are afforded the opportunity to develop teaching skills by partner instruction and by instructing the class as a whole after they have completed a rotation on the instrument they are asked to teach. Periodic lectures and demonstrations are conducted on a variety of pedagogical topics. Students are expected to build a reference notebook from materials presented a distributed in class.
TOPICS: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon. Embouchure, vocal tract, air support, tone concepts, hand and holding positions, articulation, fingerings, and other fundamental pedagogical concepts.
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this course is to provide Music Education and Integrated Music Studies majors with the technical knowledge and pedagogical information needed for teaching woodwind instruments to beginning and intermediate students. Emphasis is placed on fundamental concepts.
REQUIREMENTS: Daily attendance. Playing and written exam for each of five woodwinds. Compilation of a reference notebook.
PREREQUISITES: All participants must be at least a second year, second semester student. Non-woodwind students should take the course junior year.
EFFECTIVE DATE: January 2002