Tuba Playing 1

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106TU1 Z 9 2T Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students are acquainted with the potential of the instrument. First simple compositions, and etudes are chosen, Issues in playing the instrument are identified and a path to playing improvement is found.

Mode of study

On-going participation of the students in symphony and opera orchestra auditions.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Instrument skills at the level corresponding to the study year and student profile.

Course contents

The tuba is an instrument that exists in many music groups. This course gradually provides students with all skills and knowledge needed in playing the tuba. This course has the goal of preparing students for the independent soloist, chamber or professional orchestra track. The instructional area is not neglected. The graduate will be prepared for the teaching track at middle schools and conservatories. The student must sit an entrance exam for the course, in which talent, stage performance skills and technical maturity is assessed. The primary element of instruction is the recognition of improper habits or unresolved issues which the student bring with them. Many are in regards to creating tones, improper breathing and ignorance of proper technique principles. The technical aspect of playing is instructed using more simple etudes - Koprasch, Hoza - where it is possible to precisely show where correction is necessary and how to reach it most effectively. This is primarily exercises in holding the first notes in a group of fast tones, for example the first and third of 4 sixteenth notes, or first of three in a triplet, etc, individual exercises for tone quality. Proper embouchure technique and breathing exercises are also part of instruction and are performed so that they correspond to the individual skills of the student. Musicality and performance principles in classics literature are instructed in compositions by Marcello, Telemann, Haendel, Pasculli, Lebedev for their clear structure and simple technique aspects. This primarily regards phrase structure, themes, climaxes, dynamics, cadence structure, etc. This is all part of instruction in a middle school but students do not always have compreshensive knowledge which may be used in the trade.

Recommended or required reading


Václav Hoza - 100 vybraných etud

Marco Bordogni - 43 bel canto studies

J. B. Arban - Complete method for the tuba


J. Pauer - Tubonetta

A. Lebeděv - Koncert pro tubu

P. Hindemith - Sonata pro tubu

Assessment methods and criteria

Evaluation of instrument and orchestra playing, completion of the established repertoire, AKS verification, all concluded with the award of credit.

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Instructors manage the alternation of individual orchestra parts according to composer notes.

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