UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO HORN STUDIO SYLLABUS


INSTRUCTOR: JASON M. JOHNSTON, D.M.A.

PHONE: 970.988.3838 (emergency only)

EMAIL: jjohnston@uidaho.edu

OFFICE HOURS (Rm. 313):         Fall - Wednesdays from 8:30am to 10:30am

                                Spring - Wednesdays at 11:30am, Fridays at 3:30pm


MEETING TIMES:

I - Weekly Individual Lesson

as scheduled, Room 313

II - Warm-Up / Routine Building Class

Tuesdays / Thursdays at 7:30am in Room 116

III - Horn Studio Class

Tuesdays at 1:30pm, Room 313

IV - Brass Area (convo seq.)

Occasional Thursdays at 2:30pm, Room 216

V - Excerpts Class (volunteer)

Fridays at 1:30pm, Room 313

COURSE OBJECTIVES / LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learn and integrate - Students will:

Think and create - Students will:

Communicate – Students will:

Practice citizenship – Students will:

Clarify purpose and perspective – Students will:


REQUIRED MATERIALS

Equipment:

Books:

Pens: Yes…...pens!

You will be asked to purchase further materials as you progress. Potential material includes:

200 New Melodic and Gradual Studies for Horn in 6 books by Maxime-Alphonse

Grand Theoretical & Practical Method for the Valve Horn by Josef Schantl

Musical Calisthenics for Brass by Carmine Caruso

34 Studies, Op. 64 by Bernhard Müller

30 Studies, Op. 13 by J-F Gallay

40 Studies for Horn by Henri Kling

21 Characteristic Etudes for High horn Playing by Martin Hackleman

34 Characteristic Etudes for Low Horn Playing by Martin Hackleman

48 Etudes for French Horn by Verne Reynolds

The Horn Handbook by Verne Reynolds

Collected Thoughts by Douglas Hill

Real World Horn Playing by Wendell Rider

Mastering the Horn’s Low Register by Randy Gardner

Horn Technique by Jeffrey Agrell


CRITERIA FOR FINAL GRADE

50% - Weekly Assessment grade average given at the end of each lesson based on preparation

10% - Midterm Video Project

10% - Scale Requirement

5% - Listening Exam

10% - Final Video Project

15% - Jury / UDS Grade


ATTENDANCE POLICY

Attendance of lessons is imperative for obvious reasons. If you are sick, please stay home and get well. However, in all other cases, you will be expected to be at your lesson on time, warmed up, and ready to perform. If you are sick and unable to make your lesson, please contact me at least an hour before your lesson time to be excused. Unexcused absences will result in a grade of F for that week’s lesson. Three or more unexcused absences will result in an F for a final grade.

Students are required to have and maintain a current uidaho.edu email account. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE YOU ALLOWED TO PERFORM A UNIVERSITY SANCTIONED MAJOR SOLO / ENSEMBLE WORK WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE. ANY PERFORMANCE REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF 2 COACHING SESSIONS WITH ME – THIS INCLUDES ANY CHAMBER WORK.

Each Student should make every effort to be alert to the studio’s activities, events, and notices. The easiest way to accomplish this is a constant discussion between the studio members and the instructor. Items will be posted outside the studio door and/or on the studio Facebook page.


WEEKLY WARM-UP CLASS

This class is an extension of horn lessons and is required of all students taking applied lessons. During this time we will discuss routine development and slowly implement the material required to create a proper and efficient routine designed to continually push your playing to the highest of levels. Each student is allowed to miss two meetings of this class. The third and each subsequent unexcused absence will result in the lowering of your final grade by ½ letter grade.


HORN STUDIO CLASS

This class will take place every Tuesday at 1:30pm. Material covered will include master classes discussing memorization, breathing, performance practice, excerpts, transposition, jury preparation, performances by Dr. Johnston and members of the studio.


BRASS AREA

This class is required and will take place on Thursdays at 2:30pm as designated by the LHSOM convocation schedule.


EXCERPTS CLASS

This class is a voluntary extension of horn lessons. During this time we will discuss relevant orchestral literature and dive deeper into the audition process. Strongly suggested materials for the class include:

The Horn Players Audition Handbook by Arthur Labar

The Hornist’s Opera & Ballet Handbook by Arthur Labar


LESSON, PRACTICE, AND ROUTINE CONTENT

We will determine appropriate material from each of the following areas:

Your practice should include work in each of these areas on a daily basis  I suggest that each student practice from 1 ½ to 3 hours daily, preferably broken into 2 or more sessions. Ensemble and performance time does not count as practice time.


SCALES

Scales are important. Period. Below is the map of your scale progress throughout your degree. You will be provided with the Leuba Routine and the Johnston Routine that will help you create the muscle memory necessary to perform your scales.

Year & Semester

Scales w/Arp

Minimum Speed

1st year

Fall Semester

Major

Chromatic

2 octaves

♪ @ ♩= 72

1st year

Spring Semester

All of the above plus:

Natural Minor

2 octaves

♪ @ ♩= 84

2nd year

Fall Semester

All of the above plus:

Harmonic Minor

2 octaves

♪ @ ♩= 96

2nd year

Spring Semester

PRE UDS

All of the above plus:

Melodic Minor

2 octaves

♪ @ ♩= 104

3rd year

Fall Semester

All of the above

plus:

Whole Tone

2 octaves

♪ @ ♩= 112

1 octave

♪ @ ♩= 72

3rd year

Spring Semester

All of the above at --->

plus:

Pentatonic

2 octaves

♪ @ ♩= 120

2 octave

♪ @ ♩= 72

4th year

Fall Semester

All of the above at --->

plus:

Diminished HW

2 octaves

♪ @ ♩= 132

2 octave

♪ @ ♩= 72

4th year

Spring Semester

All of the above at --->

plus:

Diminished WH

2 octaves

♪ @ ♩= 144

2 octave

♪ @ ♩= 72


JURIES

Each student will prepare a jury piece with accompaniment (if necessary). If your piece requires accompaniment, you must practice with your collaborative pianist first, then arrange to bring your ensemble to your lesson at least two weeks prior to your jury. You are expected to own a copy of your jury piece.


RECITAL ATTENDANCE

You are required to attend all studio horn recitals, brass faculty recitals, wind ensemble, orchestra, and jazz band concerts. Every effort should be made to attend all faculty recitals.


NOTE

Know that I occasionally use physical contact in order to address a mechanical issue. Under no circumstances will there be any sort of physical contact below the shoulder/collarbone line. An example would be the use of a thumb on the chin or index finger on the corner of the mouth. I find this teaching style to be extremely effective in solving a problem. If you are uncomfortable with this type of problem-solving we can always address the issue verbally per your request.


CHANGE STATEMENT: The instructor reserves the right to make adjustments to the Syllabus and Detailed Course Outline as necessary. Students will be alerted to all changes in advance.


  AWARENESS AND NOTICES

Academic Honesty

Cheating: copying an assignment, lifting answers from a classmate’s exam, bringing an identical exam or answers to a multiple choice exam to the test, having notes or other resources (calculators, handhelds, note cards) not allowed by the teacher, including any comments or key words written on hat bills, under wristwatches, or entered into cellular phone or calculator memories. Plagiarism: not crediting another individual for his or her work. This includes not citing quotes, paraphrased ideas, summaries, photographs, images, maps or websites you may have used for research. Plagiarism extends to short papers, longer research papers, presentations of any sort including websites and Powerpoint presentations. Lifting any blocks of text without proper citation is considered plagiarism, as is using a photograph without crediting the news agency or individual responsible for the original photo.

Disability Statement

DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS STATEMENT:

Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have documented temporary or permanent disabilities. All accommodations must be approved through Disability Support Services, located in the Idaho Commons Building, Room 306, in order to notify your instructor(s) as soon as possible regarding accommodation(s) needed for the course. Contact DSS at 208-885‐6307, email dss@uidaho.edu or go to www.uidaho.edu/dss.

Civility Clause

In an environment in which people interact in meaningful ways to gain knowledge, it is essential that each member feel as free and safe as possible in their participation. To this end, it will be course policy and expected that everyone will be treated with mutual respect. We certainly do not have to agree, but everyone deserves to feel they are heard. We learn by engaging in constructive evidence-based dialogue. Therefore, we shall establish in this course a general understanding that members of this class (including students, instructors, professors, and teaching assistants) will be respected and respectful to one another in discussion, in action, in teaching, and in learning.  

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Student Code of Conduct

The university disciplinary system is part of the educational process of students focusing on behavior within a community.  Sanctions are imposed for violations to the Student Code of Conduct to teach students how to be better and more responsible members of a community.

Firearm Policy

The University of Idaho bans firearms from its property with only limited exceptions. One exception applies to persons who hold a valid Idaho enhanced concealed carry license, provided those firearms remain concealed at all times. If an enhanced concealed carry license holder’s firearm is displayed, other than in necessary self-defense, it is a violation of University policy. Please contact local law enforcement (call 911) to report firearms on University property.