Courses: 025:051/129/274/199

Benjamin Coelho, Associate Professor

Room 2033 – (319) 335-1673
Office Hours: By appointment

Policies of this course are governed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


My goal is to best prepare the bassoon students to demonstrate a high level of proficiency as bassoonists, artists, and teachers. This class will provide the students with the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of different materials and approaches in performance and pedagogy. Each student will be expected and required to develop their goals as a player and as a teacher utilizing their potential and abilities.

As each student develops his or her own musical personality, the class will help to cultivate their enthusiasm for musical leadership and learning. During the semesters applied lessons my hope is to foster an environment for creative thinking, curiosity, and musical sensibility. As the semester unfolds, I expect the student to become more mature and knowledgeable of the different musical styles, refine technique, and develop an effective approach to practicing.


There is a minimum requirement, to be completed by the end of each semester, which includes a set number of etudes, orchestral excerpts, chamber music and pieces for the semester. A performance of a non-required recital is strongly recommended to all students for each semester. The minimum program requirement will be discussed at your first lesson. See the Study Outline for Bassoon Majors for a selected list of solo repertoire, orchestral excerpts, seminar presentation topics, chamber music works, and bassoon and pedagogical bibliography.




The Seminar is an important arena where students can perform in front of one another. It is a wonderful opportunity to get feed back from his or her peers. Ideally, students learn from one another’s successes and mistakes. Seminar is the place where students can discuss pertinent facts about bassoon playing and different pedagogical approaches. Such discussions will be helpful for the student to confront the competition of the professional world. In the Seminar students perform music from the solo literature with an accompanist, and get an immediate response about their performance from a specialized audience. Mock orchestral auditions and many other subjects concerning the performance and business of music are covered. Each bassoon student will be required to present a lecture on a topic related to the history, analysis, pedagogy and performance practice of the bassoon (either see topic suggestions from the Study Outline for Bassoon Majors or consult with Professor Coelho).

Orchestral Auditions

The seating assignments for the University of Iowa Orchestras will be determinate by an audition on the first day of classes. The list of orchestral excerpts will be posted at the end of each semester.

Reed Making (See syllabi specific to Reed Class 025:199:050)

There are as many different ways of making a reed as there are bassoonists. Perhaps the reed is the single most important feature that can influence the quality of a performance. We will have a weekly reed making class as well as special scheduled meetings with individual students as needed. For more information regarding see the Reed making class (025:199:050) syllabus.


All students will perform a jury at the end of the semester. Students that are performing a solo recital are excused from the bassoon jury.

The requirements for lower-level jury are:
1. Major/minor scales and Arpeggios
2. 2 Etudes
3. 2-3 orchestral excerpt
4. 1 Sonata or piece

Judges will include TA/RA instructors and upper-level students. Written comments will be made available to the student. The jury grade will be worth 20% of the semester grade.

All B.M. students are required to take the Upper-Level jury examination to gain upper-level status. The jury is held by the Woodwind Area faculty, and is usually held at the end of the student’s fourth semester or enrollment in Theory IV, whichever comes first.

The requirements for upper-level jury are:
1. Major/minor scales in all forms and Arpeggios (memorized)
2. 2 Etudes (slow/fast)
3. 4 orchestral excerpt
4. 2 Sonatas or pieces of contrasting style (level 5 minimum)

Written comments will be made available to the student. The jury grade will be worth 20% of the semester grade.

All first year Masters students must perform a graduate jury by the end of the first year of enrollment. The student must perform one major work of the bassoon repertoire.

All first year D.M.A. students must play a qualifying recital by the end of the first year of enrollment. The program for the qualifying recital must consist of major works from the standard bassoon repertoire and must be of 50-60 minutes of music in duration.

RECITAL GUIDELINES: Degree and Optional Recitals

Repertoire: The repertory for the recital is chosen by the professor in consultation with the student, and will largely comprise of works including music from various time periods. At least one piece on the program should have been written since the student’s birth.

Program and Program Notes: The preparation of the printed program and program notes are the responsibility of the student. A draft of the program and program notes must be shown to the professor at least 10 days before the recital. The final version must be shown to me at least 5 days before the recital. The program should follow the School of Music‚s model. You can find a copy of the template in the Academic Office. The program notes for the pieces must include information that places the pieces in historical context as well as explains the musical features of the works. They must show substantial research on the works to be performed. The program notes should include biographical information on the composer, general background on the composition, and other notable musical features. In addition to the written program notes, students are required to present a verbal introduction to each work during the recital. These brief introductions (1-2 minutes long) should demonstrate skill in audience engagement as well as knowledge of the works. The introductions need to present something new and not be a repetition of the written program notes.

SCALE JURY: All students will be required to pass a scale jury by the end of the semester. The scale proficiency exam can be taken anytime during the semester. The scales are to be memorized. The scale style and format will be given to each student on the first day of classes. Every semester the format and style of the scale patterns will change. This is a Pass or Fail jury. The jury may be retaken once. Failing to pass the jury will result in a 10% reduction of your final grade for applied bassoon.


Evaluating the development of a music student is a difficult but an important part of the learning process. The final grade of the student will represent the summation of the progress of the student the semester. Lessons, juries, participation in class, punctuality, interest in learning, enthusiasm, will be graded. Students will give themselves a self-evaluating grade that they think they deserve for the semester. The grading system will be divided as follows:

• Bassoon lessons – 40%
• Seminars – 20%
• Scale Jury – 10%
• Jury and/or Recital – 20%
• Attendance in lessons and Seminars – 5%
• Self-evaluating – 5%


• Scores and parts
• Instrument
• VHS Video Tape
• Music Notebook (staff paper)
• Pencils and a eraser


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