Metropolitan Community College Teaching Studio

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Class Info and Syllabus

WELCOME

I am looking forward to working with each of you in Private Instruction Classes during the course of our musical studies together via the Music Department at MCC- Penn Valley.

Classes will be individualized for each student according to initial and progressive assessments of your individual musical skill sets.

We will assign study materials that will be due as determined each week, with the expectation that the material will be progressively mastered.

We will need to first establish our meeting day(s) and time(s) for each of you.

I would like to arrange the scheduling of our meetings according to the following scheduling matrix.

SPRING 2017 SCHEDULING

The first order of coordination each term is to set up individual instruction times for each of you.

Students contact me by telephone or text message to coordinate scheduling your weekly evening class.

Following is our cohort for this term, with the student first names and class meeting days:

  • MONDAYS – Ben | Kestrel (2)
  • TUESDAYS – Morgan | Dallas (2)
  • WEDNESDAYS – A.J. | Frank | John (3)
  • THURSDAYS – Jay | Thomas (2)
    PLEASE NOTE: My office hours are by phone (audio or video chat):

  • 5 pm; and, 5:30 pm; during the day on Fridays. Text or call to set up an office hours appointment.

LOCATIONS OF LESSONS

We will meet on the MCC Penn Valley campus within the Music Department spaces at the appointed lesson time.

GRADING POLICY

MCC – Penn Valley Woodwind Studio grades will be issued in keeping with established parameters of the MCC Music Department.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

  • MCC – Penn Valley Teaching Studio requires regular attendance and our policy parallels that of the Music Department.
  • Absences will inherently affect your ability to learn the requisite assigned materials, and thus, your grade.
  • Excessive absences will be brought to the attention of the Music Department Coordinator for further disposition.
  • If you know in advance that you must miss your Private Lesson Class, 24-hour written notice is required (via email preferred).
  • If you must miss your Private Instruction Class due to an emergency or illness, written notice is required if you have the physical capacity to do so (via email preferred).

PRACTICAL FACTORS OF MUSIC REQUIREMENTS

Each member of the MCC – Penn Valley Teaching Studio will master the following Practical Factors of Music in order to be deemed successful in this course:

  • 12 major scales – ascending and descending (two octaves as applicable)
  • 12 melodic minor scales (two octaves as applicable)
  • 12 major triads – ascending and descending (full range of instrument)
  • 12 minor triads – ascending and descending (full range of instrument)
  • Whole Tone scales (full range of instrument)
  • Diminished scales (full range of instrument)
  • Assigned mechanism studies

REQUIRED MATERIALS

  • A properly functioning instrument in a good state of repair condition, and neck strap
  • An adequate supply of new and serviceable reeds, so as to allow for a rotation of 4 reeds for each mouthpiece set up
  • metronome or metronome app
  • tuner or a tuner app
  • classical mouthpiece such as Selmer C* for classical literature
  • jazz mouthpiece such as Vandoren’s V16 series for jazz studies
  • Trevor Wye’s Practice Books for the Flute: Omnibus Edition Books 1-5 by Trevor Wye (Spiral-bound)
  • Celebrated Method for Clarinet by Hyacinthe Klose (paperback)
  • Universal Method for Saxophone (spiral bound)
  • The Real Book: Sixth Edition by Hal Leonard Corporation – Eb or Bb versions
  • How to Play BeBop – Volume 1 by David Baker
  • How to Play BeBop – Volume 2 by David Baker
  • How to Play BeBop – Volume 3 by David Baker
  • Blank Manuscript Paper (spiral bound)
  • A Sharpened Pencil with an Eraser
  • Download: *NEW* Repertoire and Song Form Study Guide

RECOMMENDED MATERIALS

  • Also, I recommend that students have a suitable bag to carry study materials in, rather than inside of the instrument case.  As you see by the materials that we will study from, that even pockets on your instrument case will also not provide sufficient room.
  • The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine

*Please note that the hyperlinks to materials are provided as a convenience and courtesy only. You may purchase materials from any suitable retail vendor of your choosing.

PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING

ICA with Conn-Selmer District Manager
Mr. Burnett at the International Clarinet Association convention with his Conn-Selmer District Manager

I want all of my students to have a firm grasp of the fundamentals and practical factors of music performance, along with a basic set of technical skills that will successfully allow them to perform music on their respective instruments in most any ensemble context.

Having the opportunity to reach private students at this level of their training, I am primarily trying to teach students to play their instruments well by getting the fundamentals ingrained. I want my students to know their scales, know how to count rhythms and be exposed to representative literature on their instruments.

My job is to primarily help a student find their weakness and assist toward making them strong. I also want those students who do leave my studio and go on to further study at another college or conservatory to be able to start doing those college-level studies from their first semester in a professor’s studio.

And, I don’t want any student leaving my studio whom I didn’t diagnose weaknesses and provide a coherent process for them to be corrected. My position is that this entire private instruction process is actually about what is best for the musical growth and development of each individual student.

– Christopher L. Burnett, Adjunct Professor of Music

[Teaching Philosophy: 1983 – present]


Music – Faculty :: Metropolitan Community College

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Class # 50841, 50842 – Instructor: Christopher Burnett, Topic: Woodwinds …

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ACADEMIC CALENDAR

SPRING SEMESTER, 2017
NEW ADJUNCT FACULTY ORIENTATION Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR HOLIDAY: CAMPUSES ARE CLOSED; NO CLASSES DAY OR EVENING Monday, Jan. 16, 2017
FIRST DATE FOR CLASSES, DAY AND EVENING Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
FIRST DATE FOR SATURDAY CLASS Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
ON-SCHEDULE STATE AID Friday, February 10, 2017
MIDTERM Friday, March 10, 2017
SPRING BREAK NO CLASSES DAY AND EVENING Monday, March 13 – 17, 2017
CLASSES RESUME Monday, March 20, 2017
SECOND 8-WEEK CLASSES START Monday, March 20, 2017
LAST DATE TO WITHDRAW WITHOUT ASSESSMENT Monday, April 17, 2017
LAST DATE FOR SATURDAY CLASSES Saturday, May 6, 2017
LAST DATE FOR CLASSES, DAY & EVENING Monday, May 8, 2017
FINAL EXAMS, DAY AND EVENING May 9,10,11,12 and 15
SATURDAY FINAL EXAMS Saturday, May 13, 2017
GRADING DAY, NO CLASSES DAY OR EVENING Tuesday, May 16, 2017
GRADES DUE 9 A.M. Wednesday, May 17, 2017
COMMENCEMENT Wednesday, May 17, 2017
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