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Trombone Time 102: Articulation—Enunciating the Notes

Timothy Burt
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(42)
#creative This two-week, 4-session course is a study in how to articulate notes cleanly and clearly on the trombone, which has unique challenges due to the slide.

Class experience

The student will learn the difference between "tonguing" and "slurring" the notes.  There are two different ways to "tongue" the note and two-ways "slur" the note.  These distinctions are important, for they are unique to trombone as it has a slide, where all other brass instruments have valves, which only require one type of articulation.  The instructor will give examples to emulate during class.  Exercises to practice will be given to the students to work on between class sessions.  
The teacher is a certified secondary music instructor with over 3 decades as a beginning band teacher and private brass instructor.  The teacher's primary instruments of study were the trombone and euphonium.  
Homework Offered
1) Practical application of the lesson by practicing the skills. The student is required to practice 5 days per week, 30 minutes a day in order to adequately learn the skills. The teacher provides the music for the student to practice. 2) Listening assignments of trombonists performing the skills via Youtube videos. The teacher provides a list of screened videos. 3) The teacher may also provide additional play-along videos for practice between sessions.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Informal assessment. Students who make sufficient progress will be encouraged to enroll in the next course or private lessons. Students who need more time to develop the skills will be asked to repeat the course or may opt to take private lessons.
Grades Offered
1. A trombone with a slide that is in good working order and a clean mouthpiece  (The student will be asked to describe the slide condition prior to the first day of class.)  
2. Slide lubrication (slide oil or slide cream with water spray bottle)
3. Clean rag for use in cleaning the slide (can be an old washcloth, cotton sock, or piece of a t-shirt)
4. A washcloth (specifically dedicated to catching moisture being drained from the "spit valve")  
5. An eager willingness to learn
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The teacher has written and updated his own curriculum for this class.  The written lessons will be posted prior to the corresponding class session.  Additionally, the teacher includes a list of Youtube videos of professional brass players carefully screened to be content appropriate.  
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(42)
I am a musician and educator  from Lubbock, Texas.  I have been teaching school music, private lessons for over three decades.  Music has allowed me to travel to 40 states and 3 foreign countries.  I have performed in diverse settings, including... 
Group Class


for 4 classes
2x per week, 2 weeks
50 min

Completed by 7 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 11-14
4-12 learners per class

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