Didactics/Teaching Practical of Basson 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
106DPFG1 Z 1 1T Czech winter

Subject guarantor

František HERMAN, Jiří HLAVÁČ

Name of lecturer(s)

František HERMAN, Jiří HLAVÁČ

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course is for method exercises and explanation of all issues in Bassoon playing. In simple etudes and recital compositions individual instrument and playing issues are defined that the student may encounter in their activities as a performer and instructor.

  1. Instruction in proper breathing through breathing exercises
  2. a. Instruction in tone creation, various embouchure methods.

b. Proper lip placement - exercises

c. Proper dental placement - exercises

  1. Proper tongue technique in setting
  2. Proper tongue function in staccato
  3. Instrument hold, muscle relaxing and overall coordination facility methods.

Mode of study

contact instruction

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Instrument facilities at the corresponding level of the student's study year and profile and sufficient music repertoire.

Course contents

This course prepares students for the instructor track in middle-schools, conservatories and music schools. It also helps students understand the principles of Bassoon play in their own activities. Considering that at each school level pupil levels vary the methodology deals with each level separately. First, in methodology, all Bassoon play attributes are discussed directly in student play. Then all method exercises are defined with the student. These are proper breathing, tone creation, embouchure, fingering technique, performance and literature knowledge. In this course breath, tone, embouchure, instrument holding, muscle relaxing and overal facility are covered. Breathing when playing the Bassoon is one of the most important factors. Further development and potential depends on the proper mastery of this. Breathing is methodically exercised using breathing exercises. Closely related to this is tone creation. Linked to breating is embouchure exercise and analysis of proper lip, upper and lower teeth placement and pressure. Proper tongue function is separated into two parts. In the first, placement is covered, various types and possibilities and in the second staccato with its speed and quality.

Recommended or required reading

Methods 1-2

Experience of professors F. Herman and J. Seidl.

Assessment methods and criteria

Initiative and creative approach are evaluated.

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Students acquire necessary information in didactics of the appropriate study. They can then expand their education to instruction competency.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

room HAR-2007

(Hartigovský palác)
(lecture parallel4)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Wed 12:30–14:00 Jiří HLAVÁČ 2007
Hartigovský palác
lecture parallel4

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans