A Hybrid Curriculum of Private and Group Lessons for College Clarinet & Saxophone Studio Instruction


This model of teaching presents a curriculum that blends traditional one-on-one private college studio instruction on the clarinet and saxophone with small group lessons. Each student receives a weekly forty-minute private lesson and a twenty-minute group lesson. This hybrid model of teaching is an approach that, for the administrator, (1) increases student credit hour production because more students can be taught in fewer hours (2) addresses the increasing state pressure to reduce degree credit hours by including chamber music in the studio curriculum (3) supports retention efforts by helping freshmen acclimate to college through camaraderie developed in groups. And for the student and teacher, (1) helps align some of the practical skills music education students are taught in their lessons with what they will need as music educators in a classroom (2) helps bridge the performance deficiency gap of students entering college by streamlining work on these deficiencies in a group setting (3) fosters healthy competition among the students in the studio. The group lessons vary in content, depending on the needs of the particular students. Groups contain two to four students. The content of instruction in the group lessons is a mixture of homogeneous chamber music along with technical exercises (tone and scale exercises, articulation, harmonizing melodies, etc.). The presentation includes methods, suggested materials and a sample course calendar. Flexibility is stressed throughout the curriculum to address the individual needs of each student.


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Hybrid Curriculum Talk.doc