Applied Trumpet - Grabowski
Office: Russell 287
Phone: 319/273-2086

TRUMPET CLASS: Friday, 12:00, RSL 111 (Graham Hall or Bengtson Auditorium)
BRASS SEMINAR: Friday, 1:00, RSL 111 (Graham Hall or Bengtson Auditorium)
BOOK SYNOPSIS: Campos due January 30th; Werner & Gladwell due April 8th
  • Classical Trumpet - Due January 27th (comments by February 3rd)
  • Jazz Trumpet - Due by February 24th (comments by March 3rd)
  • Brass Ensemble - Due by April 7th (comments by April 14th)
MENTOR JOURNAL: Due by Jan 31st (2); Feb 28th (3); April 3rd (3); May 1st (2)

GRADING: Criteria to include the following:
  • 75% = Applied Lessons : Attitude, Preparation (practice), 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: Trumpeters are expected to practice a minimum of 3 hours per day for three credits (BM – performance majors), 2 hours a day for two credits (BME & BA), and 1 hour a day for one credit (non-majors). Time spent in ensemble rehearsals 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!!!

OUTCOMES: It is expected that by the end of the semester each student will have enhanced his/her 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.

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 the student will be tested on his/her 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.
  • 3rd Semester: Zander, Rosamund. The Art of Possibility. New York: Penguin Books, 2002.
  • 4th Semester: Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Little, Brown & Co., 2007

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. After 4 semesters, students will either review a book assigned by the instructor or will be assigned as a mentor.

RECORDING REVIEWS: Students will listen to 3 complete recordings – each one being new to the student (not previously listened to) . Recordings in any one semester may NOT duplicate artists! The selection shall include a classical trumpet, a jazz trumpet, and a brass ensemble recording. 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. Additionally, please support faculty, friends, and peers in other disciplines by attending their performances. Specifically, treat yourself to a performance of something new – something you don’t ordinarily attend!

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 WCF Symphony, 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.

Please read the Student Academic Ethics Policy, which includes your responsibilities regarding UNI's standards of academic ethics (plagiarism, misrepresentation, fabrication, cheating, impeding, misrepresenting, misusing, and facilitation). Those who observe violations of academic ethics have a responsibility to address it by reporting misconduct to the professor of this course or another academic administrator (e.g. Director of the School of Music or Dean).

Accommodations of Disabilities: No qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of the University, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination by the University. This policy applies to all aspects of campus activities including employment, education, student programming, and services provided to the community at-large. Students: In order to receive assistance with requests for accommodations, a student with a disability must contact Student Disability Services. See:
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