Due to the academic disruption caused by COVID-19, this "online" course will function as a temporary replacement to our in-person weekly Trumpet Studio class.  Course expectations have not been altered, but a few key changes to the curriculum have been made:

  1. STUDIO CLASS.  Since the Fall, we have had three (3) people assigned to play in every weekly studio class.  Obviously, a forum-style live video class will not work for all 18 of us.  Therefore, starting next Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

a.  WEEKLY VIDEO UPLOADS.  Every week, you will each need to upload a 4-6 minute video of yourself playing.  Uploads must be recorded and submitted on a week-to-week basis only, you may not preemptively upload videos for future weeks.  Submission criteria may include:

1.  Études, excerpts, or solo material that you are currently working on in lessons.

2.  Technical studies (i.e. Arban interval exercises, Clarke studies, etc.) that you are looking for feedback on.  NOTE: if you opt to upload technical studies, you MUST additionally include a brief verbal explanation of what exactly it is you feel like you are struggling with (i.e. "The 'K' syllables of my double tongue feel and sound clipped, and therefore the evenness of my 'TKTK' articulation is lost.  Any suggestions on how/what I should practice to help improve this?  What do you guys hear?").
You must get my approval before uploading a submission of purely technical studies.
UPLOAD YOUR VIDEOS.  Weekly videos will be uploaded through Voice Thread, an interactive app that will function through this Moodle course.
b.  PEER REVIEWS/COMMENTS.  After submitting your weekly video, you will then be required to go back and comment on at least three (3) of your peers' weekly video submissions.  Watch them in their entirety and respond to each with one constructive comment.  Content for these comments is very important, and MUST include the following two components:

1.  Success.  What do you feel this person is currently succeeding at?  What do you specifically enjoy about their performance?  If you are particularly inspired by something you hear, you may certainly ask a question: i.e. "How are you able to get such a delicate, soft attack throughout [insert piece/measure number]?  What/how have you practiced to refine that?"
2.  Improvement.  What do you think can be improved upon?  This could be something a bit more "intangible," such as style or phrase-shaping.  However, you must offer specific performance suggestions that detail the step(s) you would take to improve whatever elements you opt to focus on in your comment.  Ideally, the specificity of your feedback in grounded in some technical exercise that you reference in some way.  An acceptable comment on improvement could look like:
"To my ear, your upper register throughout Fanfare for the Common Man sounds a bit strained, and I think it is because you are mildly allowing the intermediary notes to come up out of their centers.  When I practice lips slurs over perfect fourths or fifths, I often think of elongating the middle note to help in not anticipating the leap to the top.  Specifically, in measure 6, you could even do a bit of rhythmic recomposition: instead of playing only one 16th note on the written C, play two instead, making sure to lightly tongue that newly-added second one before slurring up to the top G as Copland writes.  This should help you place both the tone and pitch of that middle C more deliberately."