Class Info and Syllabus
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.
MCC – Penn Valley Woodwind Studio grades will be issued in keeping with established parameters of the MCC Music Department.
- 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
- 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
- A metronome or metronome app
- A tuner or a tuner app
- A classical mouthpiece such as Selmer C* for classical literature
- A 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
- 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
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CLINIC: PRACTICING AT HOME
How to practice effectively…for just about anything – Annie Bosler and Don Greene
Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at things? Annie Bosler and Don Greene explain how practice affects the inner workings of our brains. Lesson by Annie Bosler and Don Greene, animation by Martina Meštrović.
*Download my Practicing At Home Clinic Matrix organization system.
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*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
– Christopher L. Burnett, Adjunct Professor of Music
Class # 50841, 50842 – Instructor: Christopher Burnett, Topic: Woodwinds …
|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|