Didactics/Teaching Practical of French Horn 1
Name of lecturer(s)
Jiří HLAVÁČ, Jan VOBOŘIL
Learning outcomes of the course unit
This course provides students with knowledge about orchestra literature and practices the most important solos which the orchestra musician may encounter. All courses gradually include all composers and their significant solos for French horn in an orchestra. This course works with the orchestra studies of Albin Frehsee, Emil Wipperich, Johannes Ritzkowsky and Czech Philharmonic parts.
Mode of study
Prerequisites and co-requisites
Instrument skills corresponding to the study year and profile of the student. Sufficient music repertoire.
This course prepares student for the teaching track in middle schools, conservatories or music schools. This helps students understand French horn playing principles in practice. Considering that each level of school pupil skills vary the methodology covers each level separately. First, all playing attributes are discussed using the students playing. Then all methodology exercises are defined. This covers practice in proper breathing, tone creation, embouchure, fingering technique, performance and literature knowledge. This course covers breath, tone, embouchure, instrument hold, muscle relaxing and facility in overall coordination. Breath in playing the French horn is one of the most important factors. Further development and player potential depend on the proper mastery of breathing. Breathing is methodically practiced using breathing exercises. Creation of tone depends very closely upon this. Linked to breathing is embouchure practice and a methodic analysis of proper placement and pressure of the lips, upper and lower teeth. Methodology for proper tongue technique is divided into two sections. The first covers setting, it's various types and potential and the second, staccato, its speed, length and quality.
Recommended or required reading
P. Farkas Umění hry na žesťové nástroje
Assessment methods and criteria
Initiative and creative approach.
Course web page
Students acquire necessary information in the corresponding field didactics. This can be expanded in further education certification studies.
Schedule for winter semester 2018/2019:
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Schedule for summer semester 2018/2019:
The schedule has not yet been prepared
The subject is a part of the following study plans
- French Horn (Mg) (optional subject)