WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Course Syllabus - Applied Lessons, Horn
112F, 712F, 231F, 431F, 731F, 323F, 432F, 732F, 434F, 734F
Professor of Horn
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Phone: (316) 978-6590 - Office; 682-0411 - Home
Lessons are scheduled during WSU registration week. Once your lesson time is assigned, you will have your lesson at the same time throughout the semester unless a change is needed. You will receive 15 lessons during a semester plus any additional time as needed for special projects. The following is a general guide to lesson length:
Grading and Attendance Policy
Semester grades will be based on my evaluation of your progress as reflected by improvement, attitude, and level of musical of musical performance. Please use the following comments as guide for earning an "A" in applied study.
All students are required to attend every lesson. Unexcused absences will not be made up and will count as an F for the week. Excused absences include the following: 24 hour advance notice for conflicts, illness, family/other emergencies. Excused absences will be made up at the earliest agreed upon convenience. Each student will be allowed to reschedule up to three excused absences in one semester. Students are expected to be warmed-up and ready to perform at the beginning of their lessons!!! Arriving more than 10 minutes late for a lesson will be considered an unexcused absence. Three late arrivals to lessons will constitute a one letter drop in grade!
All students will have an agreement with me on the amount of practice time per week. While practice "logs" are not mandatory, they are encouraged, especially for Freshmen/transfer students. Practice "logs" will be assigned only when necessary. Each lesson should be viewed as a performance and should be prepared in a careful, disciplined manner. All students are required to bring a notebook to all lessons and studio classes to keep notes and assignments. The notebook should also have space for any handouts which might be saved for future reference. A cassette tape to record lessons may also be required.
All music majors are required to perform a jury at the end of each semester except when a degree recital is given earlier in the semester. The jury grade will count for 15% of the final grade.
All music majors are required to attend the following events: WSU Brass faculty recitals, Wichita Brass Quintet and Lieurance Wind Quintet recitals, and all WSU horn recitals.
Undergraduate students will work on the following aspects of playing the horn:
All students in the horn studio will be treated equally and will be placed in ensembles according to ability and not their major. Music Education and non-Music majors will be given equal opportunity for ensemble performance experience providing their class schedules allow them the ability to attend the required rehearsals and performances of the ensemble(s).
Graduate Students will work on the following aspects:
Each student will have a curriculum tailored to their particular needs and developmental levels. Applied lessons are one of the few examples left of instruction on a one-to-one basis. Every effort will be made to honor each student's requests for what they will study, but their development will always be governed by what is best for their development as judged by the Profesor of Horn.
Studio Class/Horn Choir
Regular Studio Class (often called Masterclass) is held each Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. An additional class will be held each week on Tuesday at the same time on an as needed basis. These classes are mandatory for all music majors (except horn secondary). The class will be used to cover topics of interest such as orchestral styles, the history of the horn, horn repair, audition preparation, juries, etc. The classes will also host any guest speakers for masterclasses/workshops, and will be the venue for any mock orchestra auditions, solo competitions, or recital previews. It will also be the primary rehearsal venue for the WSU Horn Club/Choir and may even be used as a sectional rehearsal for any demanding repertoire being performaed by one the university ensembles. The primary goal of the WSU Horn Choir is as the training training tool for the students in the horn class to learn to play well in a section. The Horn Choir will also prepare repertoire from such sources as the Los Angeles Horn Club for performance on campus, at state-wide music educators conferences, and at regional and international conferences of the International Horn Society.
See guidelines for all Brass Juries.
Horn, Mouthpiece, & Equipment
All horn students must keep their horn, mouthpiece, and assorted equipment in good order. Those students who are using WSU horns must be sure to follow the regulations for checking out and returning instruments according to the schedule posted at the Instrument Check-out Room across the hall from the Band rehearsal room, C - 104. All horn students should have the following equipment:
International Horn Society
All students are urged to become a member of the IHS in order to be better informed about the horn community at large. The class members join/renew as a group each year to receive a group rate discount from the organization.
The following lists represent etude materials which will be used in the horn studio as suggested by the Professor of Horn. These lists are not intended to be exclusive.
Freshman and Sophomore Level
Junior, Senior, and Graduate Level
Learning to play the solos and difficult passages from the orchestral repertoire is a major emphasis for any horn player. Auditions for any ensemble, including bands, always require excerpts. It is the quickest way to be tell if a hornist truly understands musical style and tradition, not to mention the usual mechanics of good rhythm, pitch, tone quality, and musicality. Students will be expected to perfect each solo before moving to the next one. The following list while not totally inclusive is the general sequence prescribed by the Professor of Horn:
Students are expected to purchase excerpt books which have these passages in collected form. The following list is suggested but not inclusive:
Complete 1st horn parts are available from several sources:
Students should also expect to make their own library of complete parts as they have the opportunity to obtain them.
Students are required to buy or check out from the library the solo pieces performed on their juries and recitals. Copied music is permissible only to facilitate a page turn or if the music is out of print. The following list represents standard works from the horn repertoire suggested by the Professor of Horn. It is not intended to be exclusive and students are encouraged to supplement this list.