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Curriculum: Brass Undergraduates

Life isn't an audition.

Any music school can make you a better player. Our interconnected courses are built to transform you intellectually, artistically, professionally, and individually. You'll understand the roots of your music, freeing you to take it somewhere new. You'll see how your training broadens your options, rather than narrowing them. You'll find your voice. And you'll enter the world with the same confidence you bring to the stage.

Required Courses

Curriculum: Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instruments (Brass)
Credit Total: 127–135

Rec. Course #/Title Cr.
Private Instruction
1st/2nd/3rd/4th yr. PVL 100 Major Instruction 32
Musicianship and Music Theory
1st yr. MMT 102/112 Musicianship 4
1st yr. MMT 103/113 Musicianship 4
2nd yr. MMT 104/114 Musicianship 4
2nd yr. MMT 105/115 Musicianship 4
3rd yr. MMT 106 Musicianship 2
3rd yr. MMT 107 Musicianship 2
Keyboard Skills
1st yr. PRF 150/151 Keyboard Skills 2
Humanities and Sciences
1st yr. HMS 110/111 Approaches to College Writing 6
2nd yr. HMS 202/203 Intro to Western Civilization 6
3rd yr. HMS 302-399 (Literature) 3
4th yr. HMS 402-479 (Hist/Phil) 3
  HMS 210-599 12
Music History and Literature
2nd yr. MHL 202/203 4
3rd yr. MHL 204 2
3rd yr. MHL 400-599 or MMT 252 or 253 3
4th yr. Other MHL/MMT Courses (except MHL 202-399 and MMT 100-115) 3
Applied Practical Training / Professional Development
1st yr. PDV 200 Professional Fundamentals; PDV 202 Finance for Musicians 2
4th yr. PDV 203-599 2
Ensembles
1st/2nd/3rd/4th yr. ENS 200 Conservatory Orchestra 16
1st/2nd/3rd/4th yr. ENS 302 Brass Choir (brass majors only) 8
3rd/4th yr. ENS 200-599 (except brass majors) 4
4th yr. ENS 300 Chorus or ENS 301 Chamber Choir 2
Electives (5 credits total)
Courses numbered HMS 202-590, MMT 202-799, and courses in the APP, ENS, IND, MHL and PDV series that aren’t used to fulfill core curriculum or major field requirements may be used to fulfill the requirements for the elective credits listed for individual majors.
Winter Term
1st yr. Project
2nd yr. Project
3rd yr. Project
Juries and Recitals
1st yr. JRFR Freshman Jury
2nd yr. JRSO Sophomore Jury
3rd yr. JRJU Junior Jury
4th yr. JRSN Senior Jury
4th yr. RCTSN Senior Recital

Repertoire Requirements for Brass Majors

At the end of a semester in which the student is not doing a jury (usually the fall semester), brass students perform an evaluation for the brass faculty. Seniors are not required to do a fall jury. Freshmen and sophomores play for five minutes; all others play for ten minutes. The results are factored into the semester's grade, and students receive written comments from each member of the brass faculty. This mid-year evaluation may be waived if the student is performing a recital in that semester.

Horn

Freshman Jury
Mozart Concerto No. 1 on natural horn, from memory
Selections from Kopprasch, Book 1; Maxime-Alphonse, Book 1
Selected orchestral excerpts

Sophomore Jury
Mozart Concerto No. 3 or comparable work, from memory
Selections from Kopprasch, Book 2; Maxime-Alphonse, Book 2
Selected orchestral excerpts

Junior Jury
Mozart Concerto No. 2 or No. 4 or comparable work, from memory
Selections from Maxime-Alphonse and Galley
Selected orchestral excerpts

Senior Jury and Senior Recital
Strauss Concerto No. 1 or comparable work, from memory
A twentieth-century work for solo horn
Selected orchestral excerpts

Repertoire for this jury represents a standard orchestra audition.

Horn majors must perform a senior recital to determine fulfillment of performance requirements.

Trumpet

Freshman Jury
Emphasis on fundamentals
Selected studies from Arban, Clarke, Saint-Jacome, Schlossberg
Studies by Concone, Davidson, Getchell, Hering, Leonard, Sachse, Voxman; MagerNine Grand Solos; Haydn and Hummel
Orchestral excerpts

Sophomore Jury
Selected studies from Bordogni, Brahms, Brandt, Clarke, Gates, Hickman, Voisin, Webster, Williams
Solos of Arban, Arutunian, Giannini, Goedicke, Hindemith, Riisager; piccolo trumpet (Purcell, Telemann Heroic Music, Torelli or equivalent)
Orchestral excerpts

Junior Jury
Selected studies from Andre, Broiles, Charlier, Nagel, Reynolds, Smith
Solos of Clarke, Enesco, Honegger, Kennan, Neruda, Stevens; piccolo trumpet (Albinoni, Fasch, Handel, Hertel, L. Mozart, Tartini, Telemann, Viviani)
Orchestral excerpts

Senior Jury and Senior Recital
Continuation of above, with additional emphasis on French and contemporary études
Review of major solo repertoire and further study of French (Chaynes, Jolivet, Tomasi), contemporary (Davies or equivalent), solo trumpet (Arnold, Friedman, Henze, Ketting, Persichetti, Weiner, Whittenberg, Wolpe), piccolo trumpet (Bach, M. Haydn, Querfurth) and jazz repertoire
Intensive review of chamber music and orchestral repertoire, including mock auditions
Full program

Trumpet majors must perform a senior recital to determine fulfillment of performance requirements.

Trombone

Freshman Jury
Works selected from the following: a solo agreed upon by the professor and student; études
Legato studies by Rochut

Sophomore Jury
A solo work agreed upon by professor and student
Orchestral excerpts
Études

Junior Jury
A solo work agreed upon by professor and student
Orchestral excerpts

Senior Jury
A solo work agreed upon by professor and student
Orchestral excerpts

Senior Recital
Balanced program from solo and ensemble repertoire for trombone.

Trombone majors must perform a senior recital to determine fulfillment of performance requirements.

Tuba

Freshman Jury
Legato studies by Rochut
Technical studies by Kopprasch
Mastering the Tuba by Bobo
Solo literature

Sophomore Jury
Legato studies by Bordogni
Technical studies by Kopprasch and Blazhevich I
Solo literature
Orchestral excerpts

Junior Jury
Solo literature
Orchestral excerpts

Senior Jury and Senior Recital
CC and F tubas
Complete orchestral repertoire
Solo literature

Tuba majors must perform a senior recital to determine fulfillment of performance requirements.