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Undergraduate Brass

MU 177 and MU 178, Brass Fundamentals 1 and 2.

Brass Fundamentals provides incoming undergraduate students the opportunity to work on basic brass skills at the outset of their degree. It is mostly an experiential class, which covers breathing, sight-reading, scales, warm-ups, solo performance, and practice skills. Students will play in most every class. This course is required for all incoming undergraduate Brass majors - freshmen and transfers.

1 hour weekly; 1 credit

MU 307 and MU 407, Performance Seminar: Brass.

The study of brass practices and performance through guest master classes, performance opportunities, and lectures. Lecture subjects include: breathing, audition preparation, musicianship, freelancing, jury preparation, audition tapes, mock auditions, scales, and tuning. Students are encouraged to pursue performance opportunities and course instructors may, at their discretion, assign external performance work in the community to individual students as needed to reinforce the course curriculum. Brass majors are required to enroll in the course during the third and fourth years of the program.

2 hours weekly; 1 credit

MU 495 and MU 496, Brass Pedagogy 1 and 2. 

The study of principles and practices of brass music teaching. A discussion of methods, materials, references, and resources is followed by guided classroom work with private students. Course instructors may, at their discretion, assign external teaching work in the community to individual students as needed to reinforce the course curriculum/course objectives.

1 hour weekly; 1 credit

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