Troy University

John M. Long School of Music

Course Syllabus - MUS 3351 - Class Brass

Instructors: Dr. Mike

109B Smith Hall-  Office hours posted on door and by appointment

Dr. Jason Sulliman-

109E Smith Hall Office hours posted on door and by appointment

Class time and location:

Fall Semesters: Monday & Wednesday 2:00-2:50 p.m.- Long Hall Band Room

Spring Semesters: Tuesday & Thursday 3:00-3:50 p.m.- Long Hall Band Room

Text and materials: Conductor Book - Essential Elements 2000 Book I

The Art of French Horn Playing, Philip Farkas

Course Description: Group instruction in techniques of playing and teaching brass instruments.

Goals and Objectives: This course will emphasize the development of performance skills and pedagogical techniques of the brass instruments. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate pedagogical techniques that are similar to each brass instrument including aspects of physics, tone production, articulation, and dynamics.


2. Demonstrate pedagogical techniques that are unique to each of the typical brass instruments in secondary music programs (trumpet, horn, trombone, euphonium, and tuba).


3. Demonstrate competency in the process of analyzing, prescribing and overcoming student performance problems at the elementary and intermediate levels.


4. Demonstrate basic performance skills as demonstrated by successful completion of assigned exercises in Essential Elements, Book 1 and other performance requirements.

5. Research and acquire information from a variety of sources including: the internet, printed texts, recordings, live performances and publisher/manufacturer catalogs.

Attendance Policy: In registering for classes at Troy University, students accept the responsibility for attending scheduled class meetings, completing assignments on time, and contributing to class discussion and exploration of ideas. You are expected to be in class every day. Students will be excused for class absence for circumstances beyond the student’s control or if the student has been required to attend an activity sponsored by the university. All absences must be preceded or followed by a written doctor’s excuse or other substantial reason for absence to be considered an “excused absence”.


Class Procedure: lecture, guided listening, guided rehearsal, performance

Evaluation: You will receive specialized instruction on trumpet, horn, trombone and will have learning units on general brass, trumpet, horn/mellophone, trombone, euphonium/baritone and tuba/sousaphone.  Additionally, you will perform in an ensemble setting. This laboratory experience will provide the opportunity to demonstrate your performance skills on the brass instruments in a group setting, diagnose and correct concerns involving all aspects of brass playing, and rehearse a beginning level ensemble.


Please keep in mind that work must be done on time.  Grades for assignments will be lowered 10 points for each late day including weekends.

Class Brass Grading: Trumpet Playing Exam – 20%

Horn Playing Exam – 20%

Trombone or Tuba/Euph Playing Exam – 20%

Written Assignment – 20%

Video performance project – 20%

Attendance – (‘perfect’ attendance adds 10% to lowest playing test grade)

90-100 = A       

80-89 = B       

70-79 = C       

60 – 69 = D       

below 60 = F

Grading procedures for each instrument component will be discussed by the individual professor.

Make-up Assignments: Make-up exams/assignments will be given in the case of documented illness or university approved absence. Any exceptions will be considered on an individual basis. One letter grade (10 points) will be deducted for each day that assignments are late.

Incomplete Grades: Incomplete grades are assigned at the discretion of the instructor. You must follow Records Office policy for the removal of incomplete grades.

Conduct: Students are expected to abide by the Standards of Conduct published by Troy University.

Honor Code: Please refer to the Troy University Academic Code published in the Oracle. Violators will be prosecuted to the full extent allowable by the Academic Code.

College of Communication and Fine Arts Common Reading Initiative: The College of Communication and Fine Arts is participating in a Major Field Reading Initiative (MFRI) as part of the QEP – Quality Enhancement Program for Troy University.  All students enrolled in CCFA courses on the Troy campus will be encouraged to read the assigned book and attend MFRI-related Fine Arts Events.  Visit for more information.

Cell Phones: Use of any electronic device by students in the instructional environment is prohibited unless explicitly approved on a case-by-case basis by the instructor of record or by the Office of Disability Services in collaboration with the instructor.  Cellular phones, pagers and other communication devices may be used for emergencies, however, but sending or receiving non-emergency messages is forbidden by the University. Particularly, use of a communication device to violate the Troy University “Standards of Conduct” will result in appropriate disciplinary action.  In order to receive emergency messages from the University or family members, the call receipt indicator on devices must be in the vibration mode or other unobtrusive mode of indication. Students receiving calls that they believe to be emergency calls must answer quietly without disturbing the teaching environment. If the call is an emergency, they must move unobtrusively and quietly from the instructional area and notify the instructor as soon as reasonably possible.  Students who are expecting an emergency call should inform the instructor before the start of the instructional period.

ADA/Additional Services: Troy University supports Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which insure that postsecondary students with disabilities have equal access to all academic programs, physical access to all buildings, facilities and events, and are not discriminated against on the basis of disability.  Eligible students, with appropriate documentation, will be provided equal opportunity to demonstrate their academic skills and potential through the provision of academic adaptations and reasonable accommodations. Further information, including appropriate contact information, can be found at the link for Troy University’s Office of Human Resources at