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Instrumental Lessons

Every instrumental music major is required to take private applied music lessons in their primary instrument each quarter of residency as a music major. This applied study is considered the primary, foundational study of all music majors. Although it is only one unit of academic credit, the applied music study should remain a primary focus of each music major and each quarter of study culminates in a performance jury for the music faculty.

Goals on completion of Lower Division Applied Study: (Music 123 and 223)

The instrumentalist should have basic technical command as demonstrated by the performance of all major and minor scales as well as triads and seventh chords in sixteenths spanning two octaves (4 octaves with both hands for pianists) ascending and descending at an appropriate speed to show facility (from 80 to 144 beats per minute) depending on the instrument. The instrumentalist should have gained a good understanding of appropriate technical issues such as bowing, articulation, breath, support, posture, balance, embouchure, alignment, position, sticking, and tuning. Repertoire requirements are approximately one hour of music with representative works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, Early 20th Century, Music since 1945, and music by presently living composers. He/she should have the ability to perform a half recital.

Goals on completion of Upper Division Applied Study: (Music 323 and 423)

The instrumentalist should have excellent technical command as demonstrated by the performance of scales and all chords at an increased speed with a consistency and evenness of tone throughout the instruments range. Depending on the instrument and the specific technique or articulation, the speed of sixteenth notes at a quarter-note equals 100 to 160 beats per minute should be sufficient. The repertoire should be expanded to two hours of music of appropriate variety and difficulty selected from all style and historical periods, including works by living composers. At least two of the works should be 8 to 10 minutes long. The student now has the literature to perform a full classical recital.

Lesson Objective

The musician should have developed a keen understanding of musical phraseology and function and its effect on rhythmic nuance and accent. Knowledge gained from the study of music should allow the student to identify and evaluate the needs of the musical moment in performance and communicate his or her understanding to others with clarity.

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