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Curriculum: Woodwind 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 (Woodwinds)
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 8
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
4th yr. APP 404 Practical Aspects of a Career in Music 2
4th yr. APP 272 String Pedagogy. String majors only. Students who have participated in two semesters of Conservatory in the Schools will be exempt from the String Pedagogy requirement. 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 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.
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 Wind Majors

Flute

Freshman Jury

  • Concerti: Quantz G Major, Mozart D Major or G Major
  • Sonatas: Hindemith, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Poulenc
  • Pieces: Griffes Poème, Telemann Fantasias for solo flute, Chaminade Concertino, Fukushima Mei

Sophomore Jury

  • Concerti: Vivaldi "Il Cardellino" in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3, Mozart Concerto in G Major (with cadenzas)
  • Sonatas: Piston, Dutilleux Sonatine, Bach (any with keyboard), Sancan Sonatine
  • Pieces: Martin Ballade, Telemann Suite in A Minor, Hüe Fantasie, Hindemith Acht Stücke, Berio Sequenza

Junior Jury

  • Concerti: Mozart Concerto in D Major (with cadenzas), Ibert, Nielsen
  • Sonatas: Martinů, Reynolds, Prokofiev, Gaubert
  • Orchestral repertoire

Senior Jury and Senior Recital

  • Similar to junior jury, with strong concentration on orchestral repertoire. All movements of each work are required. Works need not be performed from memory.
  • Flute majors must perform a senior recital to determine fulfillment of performance requirements.

Oboe

Freshman Jury

  • One étude by Barret or Ferling
  • One classical work
  • One impressionistic or contemporary work
  • Jury music must be prepared during the freshman year

Sophomore Jury

  • One étude by Ferling
  • One baroque or classical work
  • One romantic or contemporary work
  • Jury music must be prepared during the sophomore year

Junior Jury

A 35- to 45-minute program of material prepared during the junior year, to be approved by the major teacher. The program should include:

  • One movement of a sonata or concerto, preferably with piano accompaniment
  • One étude from the Grand Studies by Barret or Études by Ferling
  • Three orchestral excerpts: Beethoven, "Funeral March" from the Eroica Symphony, first solo passage; Ravel Tombeau de Couperin, opening solo from Prelude; Rossini La scala di seta, fast staccato solo
  • Jury music must be prepared during the Sophomore year

Senior Jury and Senior Recital

  • A full program of at least 40–50 minutes, to be approved by the major teacher. Music from a variety of historical periods and genres, as well as chamber music with prominent oboe parts, is encouraged.
  • Oboe majors must perform a senior recital to determine fulfillment of performance requirements.

Clarinet

Freshman Jury

  • Études and studies: Baermann Method for Clarinet, Third Division; Kell 17 Staccato Studies; Klosé 45 Exercises on Articulation and 12 Studies in the Various Registers; Rose 32 Études for Clarinet; Thurston Passage Studies for Clarinet, Vol. 1
  • Solo literature: Saint-Saëns Sonata, Op. 167; Schumann Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73; Mozart Concerto in A Major, K. 622; Carl Stamitz Concerto No. 3 in B-flat Major; Weber Concertino, Op. 26

Sophomore Jury

  • Études and studies: Baermann Method for Clarinet, Part 4; Gates Odd Meter Études; Rose Studies for Clarinet; Voxman Classical Studies for Clarinet(Bach and Handel); transposition study
  • Solo literature: Hindemith Sonata (1939); Johann Stamitz Concerto in B-flat Major; Weber Concerti in F and E-flat Major, Op. 73 and 74; Brahms Sonatas in F Minor and E-flat Major, Op. 120, Nos. 1 and 2

Junior Jury

  • Études and studies: Baermann Method for Clarinet, Part 5; Rose 20 Grandes Études after Rode; Cavallini 30 Caprices; transposition study; orchestral excerpts
  • Solo literature: Weber Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48; Poulenc Sonata; Hindemith Concerto; Spohr Concerto

Senior Jury and Senior Recital

  • Études and studies: Uhl 48 Études; Sigel The Twentieth-Century Clarinetist; Jeanjean 16 Études Modernes; orchestral excerpts
  • Solo literature: Debussy Première Rhapsodie; Stravinsky Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet; Copland Concerto; Nielsen Concerto, Op. 57; Berg Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5
  • Clarinet majors must perform a senior recital to determine fulfillment of performance requirements.

Bassoon

Freshman Jury

  • Major and minor scales
  • Weissenborn Advanced Studies
  • Milde Scale Studies
  • Telemann Sonata in F minor; Galliard sonatas or other works of equivalent difficulty
  • Orchestral excerpts
  • Reed-making

Sophomore Jury

  • Major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • Milde Concert Studies
  • Kovar 24 Daily Exercises
  • Giampieri 16 Studies; Bozza Studies
  • Hindemith Sonata
  • Weber Concerto or other work of equivalent difficulty
  • Orchestral excerpts
  • Reed-making

Junior Jury

  • Orefici Bravura Studies
  • Pierne New Techniques of Bassoon
  • Piard Studies
  • Mozart Concerto or other work of equivalent difficulty
  • Orchestral excerpts
  • Reed-making

Senior Jury and Senior Recital

  • Mozart concerti
  • Vivaldi concerti
  • Hummel Concerto
  • Bach cello suites
  • Saint-Saëns sonata or other work of equivalent difficulty
  • Orchestral excerpts from memory
  • Reed-making
  • Bassoon majors must perform a senior recital to determine fulfillment of performance requirements.