Applied Lessons




Dr. Thomas Josenhans

McMurry University

Phone: 793-3836



Course Description and Objectives


Applied music lessons are intended to develop a student's musicianship and his/her proficiency on a chosen instrument. Students will receive a weekly private lesson focusing on assigned technical exercises, etudes and repertoire.Students are required to practice daily between lessons and are expected to learn assigned material.Each lesson will focus on the prepared materials in an attempt to develop:

         Instrumental skills - focusing on tone production, articulation, technique, rhythmic accuracy, and intonation.

         Musical and interpretive ability - exploring the concepts of line, phrasing, and style.


Applied lessons will also be an opportunity to explore the history and repertoire of the studentís chosen instrument, and to improve his/her general musical knowledge and literacy.



Required Materials



         Students will be expected to purchase music or exercise books suggested by the instructor.Students are required to purchase their own editions of all music being worked on in lessons. (See copyright section below)

         Students should own a pocket music dictionary.


Lesson Notebook: See below, available for purchase at copy shop.


Equipment: Students are expected:

         to have a quality instrument kept in top playing condition

         to maintain a supply of good reeds

         to have a working metronome

         to have a working tuner

         to have any other equipment necessary to maintain a high standard of performance






Semester grades will be based on the following:


All students will begin with a grade of 100.

Deductions up to the amount indicated will be made based on your level of completion of requirements in the following areas:


††††††††††† Practice†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -10

††††††††††† Quality of performance/completion of materials

††††††††††††††††††††††† Technique††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -8

††††††††††††††††††††††† Etudes†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -8

††††††††††††††††††††††† Repertoire†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -8

††††††††††† Purchase of required materials††††††††††††††††††††††† -5

††††††††††† Music Hour Performance(s)††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -6

††††††††††† Studio class attendance††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -4

††††††††††† Studio recital attendance††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -8

††††††††††† Lesson notebook†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -5

††††††††††† Listening/Reading/Repertoire assignments†††† -8

††††††††††† Jury†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -8


Bonus points will be awarded for

††††††††††† Notebook Quality†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† +3

Chamber music participation/performances††† +3

††††††††††† Music Hour performances over 2††††††††††††††††††† +3





Practice is an essential ingredient in the formula for success in playing any instrument.Therefore, it also plays a large role in determining a studentís grade each semester.The grade for practicing will be determined by the number of hours you practice each week.


Practice expectations are as follows:


         Music Majors (BA or Music Ed.)†††††††††††††††††† 12 hours/week

         Music Minors††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 6 hours/week

         Non-majors†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 3 hours/week


Students are expected to fill out a practice chart each week in their lesson notebooks.Grades will be determined simply by calculating the percentage of the required hours completed.A student who is required to practice 12 hours who practices 12 hours will receive 100%, 10 hours 83 %, and so on.


As there will inevitably be one really bad week in the semester (midterms, homecoming, social event, etc.) the lowest weekís grade will not be included in calculation of the final semester grade.


Be aware that these are recommended minimum practice hours.Students are expected to practice additional hours if needed to arrive at each lesson with materials adequately prepared.


Should the instructor feels that a student's practice for a lesson was inadequate, he may terminate the lesson and the lesson will be treated as an unexcused absence.


Quality of Performance/Completion of Materials


Students should approach each lesson as though it is a performance.The expectation of the instructor is that students should arrive warmed up, with good reeds, a high level of preparation, knowledge of any and all musical terms in pieces that are being played, and a professional attitude and demeanor.


Materials covered in applied lessons can roughly be divided into three areas: technique, etudes, and repertoire.Students will receive a grade based on the level of their performance of assignments in each area.


At the beginning of each semester, the instructor and student will discuss specific expectations for technical studies, etudes and repertoire that should be completed during the course of the semester and make note of these expectations in the students lesson notebook.The degree to which these expectations are met will be taken into account when determining a studentís grade in each area.


Purchase of Required Materials


Students will be expected to purchase music and exercise books suggested by the instructor.Students wishing to borrow materials will be given photocopies of the first page or two with the understanding that they will purchase original parts at their earliest possible convenience (see below for a list of music sources).Failure to make required purchases in a timely manner will be reflected in the studentís grade.


Students are also expected to have a supply of good reeds, as well as a working metronome and tuner.


Should a student appears at a lesson without the required materials (good reeds, required music or method books), the lesson may be terminated and will be treated as an unexcused absence.


Music Hour Performance(s)


Music Hours are an opportunity for music majors and minors to experience live performance and to showcase repertoire learned in applied lessons.All music majors and minors are required to attend Music Hours, which are scheduled on Thursday mornings at 9:30 in Ryan Recital Hall.Music Hours will be held on September 23, October 7, October 28, November 4, November 18 and December 2.


Music majors are required to perform on two Music Hours during the course of the semester.Music minors are required to perform on one Music Hour each semester.Performances should be recorded in the studentís lesson notebook.Failure to perform in the required number of music hours will result in a deduction from a studentís grade*.At the beginning of the semester, the student and instructor will discuss dates and repertoire for Music Hour performances that semester.


Students performing on Music Hours are expected to dress in an appropriate, professional fashion.No jeans, open toed shoes, etc.Please consult with the instructor if you have questions regarding this policy.


*For every performance above the requirement, students will receive bonus points added to their grade at the end of the semester.


Studio class attendance


There will be three studio classes during the semester.Studio classes will be scheduled on Thursday mornings at 9:30 on days when there is no Music Hour.This fall classes will take place on:


         Class #1 Ė Clarinets September 16; Saxophones September 30 (band hall)

         Class #2 Ė All, October 14 (band hall)

         Class #3 Ė TBA (jury preview)


All students will be required to play at a minimum of one class.Repertoire will be chosen in consultation with the instructor and will generally consist of current lesson material.Studio class will also be an opportunity to discuss instrumental and performance issues, including practice techniques, reeds, history, and repertoire.Attendance is mandatory.An unexcused absence will result in a deduction from a studentís semester grade.



Studio Recital Attendance


All students enrolled in applied lessons are required to attend all on-campus woodwind events during the course of the semester.These events include student, faculty, and guest recitals, master classes, and special events.A list of recitals will be posted at the beginning of the semester.(The instructor reserves the right to add or delete required woodwind events from the recital calendar.)Failure to attend all required recitals will result in a deduction from the studentís grade for the semester.



Lesson Notebook


Every student is required to keep a lesson notebook.Notebooks will contain sections for students to record their activities for the semester, including practice hours, lesson assignments and expectations,music hour and studio class performances, listening and reading assignments, repertoire reports, and personal notes.Notebooks must be brought to every lesson! Students will not be admitted to a lesson without a notebook, no exceptions.Lessons cancelled due to missing notebooks will be treated as unexcused absences.


Every student is responsible for keeping his or her notebook up to date.Notebooks will be collected at the end of the semester and are the primary element in determining your semester grade, as most components of your grade are recorded in your notebooks.If items are not recorded in lesson notebooks at the end of a semester, the student will not receive credit in that area.Failure to turn in lesson notebooks at the end of the semester will result in a failing grade for the semester.


Please take care in keeping a complete, detailed, and legible notebook. Bonus points will be awarded at the end of the semester for especially complete and high quality notebooks.


Lesson notebooks may be purchased at the copy shop in Old Main and should be purchased during the first week of the semester.




Listening/Reading/Repertoire Assignments


A large part of refining oneís musicianship involves developing a sense of style and tonal concept, becoming familiar with the important repertoire written for your instrument, and being aware of the history surrounding your instrument.To aid your growth in these areas, listening and reading assignments will be given every semester.

Over the course of the semester, each student is required to complete several listening assignments (Music majors must compete six; music minors and non-majors, three).†† Students may choose selections from the repertoire lists posted on the studio web-site ( and available at the McMurry library.Students are also expected to listen to repertoire that they are working on during the semester, subject to availability.†† If you would like to request a recording for the McMurry library, please send an e-mail to the instructor.

Each completed assignment should be recorded in the studentís lesson notebook.Entries should include information about the performer(s) and/or ensemble, historical and/or biographical information from the record jacket, and personal observations.Music majors may be required to present one of their chosen pieces at a studio class.The demonstration should include a brief discussion of any interesting facts about the piece, and the presentation of excerpts from the piece, either performed by the student or from a recording.


Reading assignments will also be given during the course of the semester.Topics may cover historical, biographical or technical issues, ranging from readings about performance anxiety, to sketches about a composerís life, to breathing techniques.Each assignment should be completed in the appropriate section of a studentís lesson notebook.


Each student will be expected to complete a repertoire report for each piece that is studied in lessons during the semester (does not include etudes, technical exercises or excerpts).Repertoire reports are designed to increase a studentís knowledge regarding the background of a piece of music.Details about the composerís life, stylistic considerations, and performance practices should all be researched.Each assignment should be completed in the appropriate section of a studentís lesson notebook.


Failure to complete listening, reading or repertoire assignments will result in a deduction from the studentís grade for the semester.




All music majors and minors are required to pass a jury at the end of each semester as part of the applied requirement in their principal instrument.Material to be performed at juries will be selected from technique studies (scales, thirds, etc.), etudes, and repertoire played at lessons over the course of the semester.The instructor and jury committee will determine specific requirements.Jury grades awarded by the committee will be factored into the student's semester grade.Non-major juries take place on December 6.Juries for majors will take place on December 7.


Students performing juries are expected to dress in an appropriate, professional fashion.No jeans, open toed shoes, etc.Please consult with the instructor if you have questions regarding this policy.


Piano parts for any jury music to be performed with accompaniment must be given to Mrs. Pritchard by November 22 at 5 PM.




Semester grades will be given based on the following scale:




























Cheating and Plagiarism

Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course.Students suspected of cheating or plagiarizing will be reported to the appropriate academic authority and may be dropped from the course.Inaccuracies in reporting practice hours will also be view as cheating and dealt with in an appropriate fashion.


Copyright Laws

In accordance with the Fair Use provision of the copyright act, the use of photocopied materials will be restricted to handouts from the instructor.Using photocopies of complete parts or sections of method books will not be permitted unless the student owns his or her own copy of the part or book in question.For clarification of copyright regulations, please see the music student handbook.



Attendance Policy


Attendance at lessons (both private and group) is mandatory for all students enrolled in applied study.Unexcused absences are not acceptable.One unexcused absence will result in the lowering of a studentís semester grade by 5 points.Two unexcused absences will result in a deduction of 10 points.After two unexcused absences, the instructor may choose to withdraw the student from the course.


Students may attempt to reschedule lessons without penalty if it is done 24 hours prior to the assigned lesson time.Lessons will be rescheduled if a new, mutually agreeable time can be established.Students should try to use this option sparingly.If a student misses a lesson without attempting to reschedule, that lesson will be recorded as an unexcused absence.Lessons cancelled without 24 hours notice, or missed lessons will be considered unexcused absences.





In the event that a student is performing a piece that requires accompaniment, it is the student's responsibility to arrange rehearsals with the accompanist.A score should be made available to the accompanist at least 4 weeks prior to the performance date.Since most repertoire will be chosen at the start of each semester, it is strongly suggested that students get in the habit of giving music to the accompanist at that time.Before any piece requiring an accompaniment may be performed, the instructor must first hear it rehearsed twice with the accompanist.




Chamber Music/Group Lessons


All students are strongly encouraged to participate in at least one chamber music group (clarinet trio or quartet, saxophone duo or trio, woodwind quintet, etc.) each semester.Ensembles will receive faculty coaching, and groups that perform will receive extra credit toward their lesson grades. In addition to group members doing individual practice, ensembles are expected to complete a minimum of one hour of rehearsal between each coaching.A chamber music performance on a music hour may count toward a student's music hour performance requirement at the instructorís discretion.Groups may also perform on the Student Chamber Music Concert on November 11 at 7:30 PM.Please check the library or consult with the instructor for repertoire suggestions.


Group lesson assignments will be posted after the first week of the semester.All students enrolled in applied studies are strongly encouraged to participate in group lessons.


Ensembles will have several opportunities to perform this semester.Performances this semester will include Music Hours (Thursday mornings from 9:30-10:25), the Student Chamber Music Concert (November 11), and a Christmas caroling concert at a local nursing home (tentatively scheduled for December 7).There may also be opportunities to perform when McMurry Universityís Board of Trustees meets on campus.


If you intend to participate in a chamber ensemble this semester and would like to receive credit, sign up for Woodwind Chamber Music (MUA 0140).You can also sign up for 0 hours and still have it appear on your transcripts.



Degree Recitals


If you are a junior or senior who is interested in performing a degree recital, please consult with the instructor.Senior music majors are required to perform a full recital.Junior music majors are strongly encouraged to perform a half recital.Be sure to schedule your recital early in the semester. Students will be required to write program notes for recitals.You will also need to follow the procedures outlined in the Department of Music Student Handbook.



Disability Services


††††††††††† McMurry University abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, ††††† which stipulates that no otherwise qualified student shall be denied the benefits of an education ďsolely by reason of a handicapĒ. If you have a documented ††† disability that may impact your performance in this class and for which you may †† require accommodations, you must be registered with and provide documentation ††††††††††† of your disability to the Disability Services Office, located in Old Main, Room ††††††††††† 102.









Ordering Music and Supplies

Caldwell Music Company - great place to get supplies and music locally
221 Grape Street
Abilene, Texas

Music Dealers (may also be found on-line)

Eble Music - 319-338-0313
Jeanne Music - 800-831-7691
Luyben Music - 816-753-7111

Music Supplies (also may be found on-line)

Woodwind Brasswind - 800-348-5003
Weiner Music - 800-622-CORK