Cornet/Trumpet - Grabowski
Office: Russell 287
Phone: 319/273-2086 (offfice)

TRUMPET CLASS: Friday, 12:00, RSL 111 (Graham Hall) or RSL 114 (Bengtson Auditorium)
BRASS SEMINAR: Friday, 1:00, RSL 111 (Graham Hall) or RSL 114 (Bengtson Auditorium)
BOOK SYNOPSIS: Due November 1st (all) 
  • Classical Trumpet Soloist - Due September 17th (comments  September 20th)
  • Jazz Trumpet Soloist - Due October 15th (comments October 18th)
  • Brass Ensemble - Due November 12th (comments November 15th)

GRADING: Criteria to include the following:
  • 75% = Applied Lessons : Attitude, Preparation, and Achievement (application of concepts; progress)
  • 10% = Jury
  • 10% = Book & Recording Reviews or Mentor Journal
  • 05% = Attendance at Trumpet Class, Brass Seminar, and Trumpet Recitals
Students who tackle extra projects (ie. Concerto/Performance Competitions, Recitals, etc...) will receive extra consideration.

Note: Students are expected to practice a minimum of 3 hours per day for three credits (BM – performance majors) or 2 hours a day for two credits (BME & BA). Time spent in ensemble rehearsal does NOT count toward this total. Progress can only be attained through due diligence towards concentrated practicing!

APPLIED LESSONS: Primary criteria consists of Attitude, Preparation, and Achievement. Students must be warmed-up and prepared to play. Only lessons missed because of an emergency or instructor absence will be made up. Swap lessons if you will be gone due to a university-sponsored function. Students are allowed one illness excuse per semester. Cell phones should be left on and set to silent or vibrate mode!!!

1360: Students will perform a Jury at the end of the semester, and they will play in at least one major ensemble (until degree requirements have been met). It is expected that students will have enhanced their individual skills on the trumpet. This should include (but not be limited to) a heightened sense of musicianship; a more keen understanding of tone, balance, and blend; a better sense of confidence as a trumpeter; improved articulation, intonation, and array of “everyday” skills; an awareness of the role of the trumpet in various genres; and an overall understanding of the community of trumpeters.

3360: Students at this level may be assigned a freshman trumpeter to mentor. A Journal will be required (see below).
5360: Students at this level will additionally be required to coach a student trumpet chamber ensemble (size to be determined) and present a public performance.

JURIES: All students taking applied lessons in trumpet must perform a Jury at the end of the semester. For 3000 – level approval, the Jury must be memorized and students will be tested on their knowledge of scales (all Major; Natural, Harmonic, & Melodic minor; Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, & Myxolydian modes; Blues; Whole Tone).

1st Semester: Klickstein, Gerald. The Musician's Way: a Guide to Practice, Performance, & Wellness. Oxford University Press, 2009
2nd Semester: Campos, Frank. Trumpet Technique. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005
2nd Semester: Werner, Kenny. Effortless Mastery. New Albany, IN: Jamey Aebersold Jazz Inc, 1996

Beginning with the third (3rd) semester and continuing until 3000-level has been achieved, students will choose one book per semester from the following list (or pre-approved by the instructor):

Cox, Richard H. The Smart Performer: Excellence in Musicianship. Cox & Cox Consultants, 2017
Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Little, Brown & Co., 2007
Gladwell, Malcolm. Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Little, Brown & Co., 2002
Gladwell, Malcolm. Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People we don't Know. Little, Brown, & Co., 2019
Johnson, Keith. Brass Performance and Pedagogy. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2001
Johnson, Keith. The Art of Trumpet Playing. Ames, IA: The Iowa State University Press, 1981
Kohut, Daniel L. Musical Performance: Learning Theory and Pedagogy. Champaign, IL: Stipes Publishing Co., 1992
Tarr, Edward. The Trumpet. Portland, OR: Amadeus Press, 1988
Zander, Rosamund. The Art of Possibility. New York: Penguin Books, 2002

The Synopsis shall be well-written and adequately cover the salient points of the book. Provide personal commentary when appropriate. Send the Synopsis  electronically by the due date to receive full consideration. Poorly written or late synopses will affect the semester grade! See the UNI Trumpet Studio page on the instructor's website for due date, correct format, and required components.

RECORDING REVIEWS: Students will listen to 3 complete recordings – each one being new to the student (not previously listened to) . The selection shall include a classical trumpet soloist, a jazz trumpet soloist, and a brass ensemble recording (ie. brass trio, quartet, quintet, or brass choir). The Reviews will be posted on the Studio internal blog site by the due date to receive full consideration. Poorly written or late reviews will affect the semester grade. Please use the Naxos online library as much as possible! See the UNI Trumpet Studio page on the instructor's website for correct format and required components. 

Additionally, each student will provide 6 comments total (2 each for classical, jazz, brass ensemble) on reviews written by other students. Due dates for comments are listed above.

MENTOR JOURNAL: Those students completing 3000-level requirements may be assigned an underclassman trumpet student to mentor. Mentors will be required to meet with their student for a minimum of ten (10) lessons throughout the course of the semester and keep a Journal record of each lesson. The Journal will be sent electronically to the instructor by the due date and shall be in lieu of a Book Synopsis. See the UNI Trumpet Studio page on the instructor's website for correct format and required components. 

TRUMPET & BRASS SEMINAR ATTENDANCE: Attendance is mandatory unless the student is registered in another class or involved in a university-sponsored function. Role will be taken in each class. More than two absences during the semester will result in a lowered grade in Applied Trumpet.

TRUMPET RECITAL ATTENDANCE: Attendance at all trumpet recitals (faculty, student, and guest) is mandatory unless there is a conflict with a scheduled class or university-sponsored function. Work conflicts are not acceptable reasons for non-attendance. Trumpet Studio events are listed on the instructor's website and bulletin board.

CONCERT ATTENDANCE: “School of Music undergraduate music majors (full time) are required to attend 8 (eight) approved performances each semester. School of Music sponsored recitals/concerts, programs involving the wcfsymphony, and music programs on the UNI Artists and Chamber Series qualify for concert attendance credit.” Abide by School of Music policy in getting cards stamped for performances. Cards should be turned in to the applied instructor by Juries in order to receive an applied grade.

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