Class Woodwinds II

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Course Code
MUSC 1265
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Students will receive instruction on the saxophone, oboe and bassoon woodwind families of instruments in preparation for effective teaching of instrumental music. Those interested in composition or simply wanting to expand their knowledge of woodwind instrument theory and playing techniques will also find this course useful.
Course Content

Through lectures, demonstrations and group practice, students will become familiar with the most common woodwind instruments from the saxophone, oboe and bassoon families. Students will be issued instruments from the College’s collection, and will be taught basic playing techniques on three instruments. This will include instruction on proper playing position, breathing, embouchure, articulation, fingering, tone and intonation. Students will also be expected to understand basic maintenance of the instruments, and will be expected to clean and lubricate the instruments they have borrowed before returning them.


As it is impossible to become proficient on a number of instruments in a single semester, students will be expected to understand theoretical concepts that go beyond their personal playing abilities. Understanding the limitations and possibilities of the instruments will be valuable later on; written tests will evaluate the student’s understanding of this information.

Methods Of Instruction

The instructor(s) will demonstrate proper playing techniques on all instruments, and will lecture on theoretical concepts that go beyond the playing abilities of the students.  Students will form woodwind ensembles of varying instrumentation.

Means of Assessment
Playing test #1 15%
Playing test #2 15%
Playing test #3 15%
Written mid-term 25%
Written final exam 30%

*NB. In a performing group, regular attendance is vital to the learning of ensemble skills and the achievement of high performance standards. Absences affect every member of the ensemble; therefore 5% of the final mark will be deducted for each unexcused absence, to a maximum of 30%. Excused absences will include illness and urgent family or personal matters.

All evaluation components must be completed in order to achieve a passing grade.

Learning Outcomes

The successful student will learn to perform simple melodies on three woodwind instruments, and will become familiar with fingering, tone production, theoretical concepts, and specific playing techniques of all instruments studied.

Textbook Materials

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.




No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
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Course Offerings

Fall 2021

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