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Nebraska Wesleyan University

Department of Music
Music 1270/2270/3270/4270: Applied Saxophone
Fall 2017 Syllabus

Instructor: Dr. Steve Goldeck, D.M.A.


Class Meeting Days/Times: Arranged on a per student basis with instructor
Credits: 1-3
Office: Vance Rogers Fine Arts Center 122
Email: sgoldeck@nebrwesleyan.edu
Phone (office): (402) 465-7501
Office Hours: TWTH 2:00pm-3:00pm or by appointment

Philosophy

The primary goal of the NWU saxophone studio is the study of saxophone
fundamentals to develop skills, musicianship, and pedagogical concepts necessary for
establishing a strong foundation in understanding and mastering the saxophone
mechanics used in making music.

This goal is achieved through the study and performance of various materials, based on the
students curriculum with a strong focus on the musical aspects of technique, articulation,
tone development, air stream control, and musical interpretation, among others.

Objectives

To study and perform a variety of music literature (e.g., style, genre, time period,
solo as well as chamber music) indigenous to current saxophone performance
practices, including Western European as well as Non-Western Art Music and
jazz.

To develop the necessary skills through various technical, tone, intonation, and
articulation studies needed to perform the saxophone appropriately.

To develop an awareness of musical interpretation though the development of


tools for manipulating music and through music analysis.

Attendance

All students are required to attend lessons every week. Every two unexcused absences will result
in the lowering of the final grade by one letter grade (Example: From an A to a B). Every
two tardies (late to class) will be equivalent to one absence.

When illness prevents lesson attendance, the student should notify instructor in advance of the
lesson by email. Canceled lessons will be made up at the discretion of the instructor. Lessons
canceled by the instructor may be rescheduled at a mutually agreed upon time. All lessons are
open for any student or faculty to observe at the discretion of the instructor. Please be warmed
up and have your instrument assembled prior to lessons and disassemble it in the hall after
lessons to make the best use of lesson time.

Grading

Grades are determined by each student's participation, interest, improvement and EVIDENCE of
adequate and effective practice. Assignments are given each week and it is expected that each
student will meet assignment expectations. In addition to weekly lessons, saxophone students are
required to perform a technical exam each semester and perform an end of semester jury
examination. Each lesson and the required performance/jury will be graded by the instructor.

Weekly Lesson Grade 34%


Jury Grade 33%
Techniques Exam 33%

Grading Rubric:
A Play assignment, in its entirety, at prescribed tempos with correct notes (i.e., no
more than 1-3 wrong notes per each area), appropriate style, good tone &
intonation, and precise technique. A minimum of 95% accuracy for all of the
above aspects.
A- Play assignment, in its entirety, at prescribed tempos with correct notes (i.e., 1-3
wrong notes per each area), appropriate style, good tone & intonation, and
precise technique. A minimum of 92-94% accuracy for all of the above aspects.
B+ Play assignment (all but one area) at slightly below tempos (no more than 5
points) with correct notes (i.e., no more than 4 wrong notes per each area),
appropriate style, good tone & intonation, and precise technique. A minimum of
88-91% accuracy for all of the above aspects.
B
Play assignment (all but one area) at below tempos (no more than 10 points) with
correct notes (i.e., no more than 4 wrong notes per each area), appropriate style,
good tone & intonation, and precise technique. A minimum of 85-87% accuracy
for all of the above aspects.
C
Play assignment at below tempos (no more than 10 points) with correct notes (i.e.,
5-6 wrong notes per each area), appropriate style, good tone & intonation, and
precise technique. A minimum of 80% accuracy for all of the above aspects.
D
Play assignment significantly below tempos (more than 10 points) with correct
notes (i.e. 6 or moremwrong notes per each area), appropriate style, good tone &
intonation, and precise technique. A minimum of 75% accuracy for all of the
above aspects.

Required Texts:

Etudes, technique studies, and repertoire will be chosen on an individual basis based on the
students need.
Other Requirements

Students are expected to have, and bring with them to each lesson, a manuscript book, tuner, and
metronome.

Departmental Learning Outcomes

Performance Perform varied repertoire that integrates technique, interpretation,


expression, and historical and cultural perspectives.

Inquiry Inquire about, evaluate, analyze, and/or synthesize the theoretical, historical,
cultural, and/or interdisciplinary intersections with music.

Communication (1) Communicate about music in written forms using current


technologies and methods. (2) Communicate about music in oral and supporting visual
forms using current technologies and methods.

Creation Create music by means of composing, arranging, and/or improvising, using


notation and/or engraving as appropriate.

Leadership Demonstrate leadership and innovation through intentional curricular, co-


curricular, or personal music-related experiences.

NWU Common Institutional Learning Outcomes (CILOs)

Thinking & Reasoning


o Graduates of NWU will use critical and creative thinking and quantitative and
qualitative reasoning to address complex challenges and everyday problems.
Communication
o Graduates of NWU will use oral, written, and artistic means of expression to
communicate ideas and perspectives clearly while listening openly and learning
from others.
Diversity
o Graduates of NWU will demonstrate knowledge of cultural diversity and of
inequalities built into social systems in order to promote inclusivity, equity, and
social justice in our communities.
Collaboration
o Graduates of NWU will learn from one anothers strengths and challenges to
collaborate and contribute toward a common purpose as both members and
leaders of diverse groups.
Personal and Social Responsibility
o Graduates of NWU will exhibit responsible, ethical, and meaningful civic
engagement.
Integration & Specialization
o Graduates of NWU will demonstrate specialized expertise and integration of
ideas, methods, theory, and practice.
Academic Integrity

The highest standards of academic integrity are expected of all students. Violations of
academic integrity include, but are not limited to, cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, or the
facilitation of such activities. If you are unsure whether your activities fit into this list, please
see me. Violations of academic integrity will result at least in failure of the assignment and/or
course and could result in university Conduct Board proceedings.

Support for Students with Disabilities

Nebraska Wesleyan University seeks to maintain a supportive academic environment for


students with disabilities. To ensure their equal access to all educational programs, activities
and services, Federal law requires that students with disabilities notify the university, provide
documentation, and request reasonable accommodations. If you need accommodations in this
course, please meet with Prof. Sandy McBride, the Coordinator of Services for Students with
Disabilities (Old Main 126, 465-2346, smcbride@nebrwesleyan.edu).

Title IX

The Nebraska Wesleyan community and I seek to create a safe learning environment for our
students. This includes promoting freedom from violence, harassment, and discrimination
based on sex and gender. For the sake of NWU students safety and welfare, I am required to
share information regarding sexual misconduct or information about a crime that may have
occurred on NWUs campus with the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator.
Confidential resources and assistance from Title IX are available for all NWU students.