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French Horn

Course Details

Course Number
AMUS 501
Section Number
AMUS 501
Semester
Spring 2015
Location
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
C117O
Days & Times

MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY

Department of Music

 

 

  1. MUSC 1501/2, 2501/2, 3501/2, 4501/2

Applied Horn

Instructor: Dr. Tim Justus

Fain Fine Arts C117O

940-397-6839

timothy.justus@mwsu.edu

 

  1. Course Description:

 

Applied study on horn. The information in this syllabus/course of study is intended to give the student the information necessary to be successful in the applied course of study on horn leading to the completion of the BM in Music, Music Education with Teacher Certification or Bachelor of Arts in Music.    

 

Required Materials:

  1. Instrument of sufficient quality and working order to allow advanced study
  2. The student is expected to provide the necessary equipment for maintaining the instrument:
    1. Instrument lubricants, cleaning equipment, etc.
    2. Mouthpiece
    3. Music and other printed material as should become necessary
  3. Practice Log/Practice Diary (A notebook in which to date and record practice, lesson assignments, suggestions, observations, etc.)
  4. A medium sized three-ring binder
  5. Other suggested material:
  6. Metronome
  7. Auto Tuner (optional)

 

  1. Learning Outcomes:

 

      The graduate of this program will have demonstrated: the

 

  1. The ability to analyze and evaluate musical performance from various perspectives and to receive responsively, suggestions about criticism of his/her own performance from others.

 

2.    A high proficiency on a specific instrument.

 

 

 

The Student will:

 

  1. Increase horn performance skills including:
    1. physical skills of tone production, breath control, and finger technique
    2. aural and visual skills including sight-reading and transposition
    3. awareness, understanding and synthesis of the elements required for sensible interpretation in musical performance
  2. Familiarity with the musical and pedagogical literature associated with the horn
  3. Stimulation of an interest in the professional literature related to the trumpet and to brass playing
  4. Familiarity with and understanding of the basics of brass pedagogy
  5. A practical understand of the learning process aimed at increased efficiency and economy in skill acquisition on order to
  6. acquire a constructive problem solving attitude
  7. enhance the time spent in practice and study of the horn
  8. Develop through listening, the awareness, appreciation and critical discernment of various styles and types of music
  9. Stimulate interest in and development of improvisational and compositional skills as they relate to horn performance
  10. Develop and apply appropriate strategies for dealing with performance anxiety
  11. Acquire self-motivation, initiative and ability for continued study beyond the formal educational environment.

 

IV.  Teaching Strategies:

 

The following course activities may be included in the course of study:

 

  1. Practical techniques for maintaining the instrument
  2. Practice techniques and literature preparation
  3. Pattern recognition and assimilation, including finger coordination, breathing, articulation, memorization, etc.
  4. Etude analysis
  5. Listening to selected recordings
  6. Selected Reading
  7. Guided historical and pedagogical research
  8. Public performance
  9. Attendance of live performances
  10. Building resume/repertoire

 

V.   Assessment:

 

Procedures for assessing performance (Grading):

The studio grade will be determined from performance in three areas, weekly studio, studio final exam, and faculty jury.

 

Weekly Studio:

Each lesson will be graded with the exception of the first lesson, which will be an assessment lesson and a discussion of your long and short term goals. Lesson grades will be averaged and will constitute one third (1/3) of the total grade.

 

Studio Final Exam:

There will be a studio final exam each semester which will constitute one third (1/3) of the final grade. The studio exam will consist of the following:

 

  1. Scales/Technique: successful performance of all scales, arpeggios, technical exercises, etc., studied during the semester, and pass off material.
  2. Etudes: One etude of the student’s choice (prepared) and one etude of the instructor’s choice, selected from the etudes studied during the semester.
  3. Sight reading: sight reading will be required

 

Jury:

 

The final faculty jury will consist of one third (1/3) of the final grade.

(The instructor is the final authority in all matters of studio and applied grade.)

 

Grading Scale:

 

91-100         A

81-90           B

71-80           C

61-70           D

 

Grade Expectations:

 

To receive a grade of A: (excellent)

Arrive on time with lesson assignment thoroughly prepared and virtually flawless, perform ahead of chronological years, significantly reduced or solved errors or problems from previous lessons, demonstrate a sincere desire and enthusiasm to study through questions, actions and attitudes which exceed expectations.

"Be ye therefore perfect,"… (Matthew 5:48).

 

To receive a grade of B: (above average)

Arrive on time with lesson assignments well prepared, perform at or near chronological years, evidence of attention to problems from previous lessons, demonstrate an attitude of passive cooperation and willingness to meet expectations.

 

To receive a grade of C: (average)

Arrive occasionally late with lesson assignments partially prepared, (containing flaws) perform somewhat at or below the chronological years, evidence of some attention to problems from previous lessons, demonstrates an attitude of passive cooperation

 

To receive a grade of D: (below average)

Arrive frequently late with lesson assignment largely unprepared, perform behind chronological years, little evidence of attention to problems from previous lessons, demonstrate frequent lapses of concentration or attention, uncooperative attitude toward instruction.

 

Student Honor Creed:

 

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

 

Attendance:

Attendance is the one of the most important aspects of learning the material. Understanding the concepts requires practice and participation in all class activities. Irregular attendance will result in loss of work, missed tests, missed quizzes, etc. Attendance will count 10% of the total grade. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class.

 

Absences have consequences.

  • Individuals missing 10% of class may be denied the option for makeup exams or homework, even for missing a test with an excuse.
  • In borderline grade cases, attendance will be considered a factor, for or against.

 

Excused absences include:

  • Attendance at authorized off-campus activities or functions.
  • Confinement to a university or other health facility when a written excuse is provided.
  • Absences incurred due to illness, documented by a doctor’s excuse. Exams and class-work missed during a period of excused absence must be made up the week following the absence.

 

Special Needs:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Privacy Statement:

Federal privacy law prohibits the instructor from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases the professor will not discuss students’ academic progress or other matters with their parents. Please do not have them call. Regardless of these important legal considerations, the professors’ general policy is to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic dishonesty including plagiarism and giving or receiving unauthorized assistance is prohibited. Please review the University Honor Code. Any offense is reported to the MSU and the MSU Department of Education.

VI. Upper Level Study:

At the end of the second year of study, the student will be required to demonstrate technical mastery of the instrument in the faculty jury. In addition to the jury solo are included all major and minor scales, arpeggios, and sevenths, dominant and diminished seventh arpeggios, a section of a technical etude and sight reading. See the music section fo the catalog for Upper Level Applied Exam.

 

 

Professor
Dr. Tim Justus (view Profile)

Course Attachments

Textbooks

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at https://mwsu.edu/academics/wpr, or call 397-4131.

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