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School of Music

Trumpet Studio

Applied Study

Required Equipment

Much of these items are one time purchases for your entire study/career:

  • Bb trumpet. C trumpet may be necessary.  Performance majors will eventually need a piccolo and an Eb/D.
  • Valve oil & slide grease
  • Cleaning materials for your horn
  • Mutes for ensembles:
            Straight mute (2) - TrumCor Lyric & Soulo Straight
            Cup mute (Soulo Cup or Denis Wick adjustable cup
            Harmon mute (Soulo)
            Plunger (Home Depot or Lowe's)
            Bucket mute (Soulo)
  • Metronome: Super Metronome App
  • Tuner: Tonal Energy Tuner App
  • B.E.R.P: Buzz extension resistance piece (or a "Buzz Buddy")
  • A Breath Builder

Freshman Year

Materials:
Arban – Complete Conservatory Method (Goldwin Edition)
Clarke – Technical Studies (Carl Fischer)
Concone– Lyrical Studies for Trumpet or Horn (Trans. by John F. Sawyer - Brass Press)
Gates – Odd Meter Exercises/Etudes (Alfed Edition)
Salvo - 240 Double & Triple Tonguing Exercises (Alfred Edition)
Small – 27 Melodious and Rhythmical Studies (Carl Fischer)
Voxman – Selected Studies (Rubank)
USC Studio Audition Manual (USC Studio Edition)

Mid Terms:
Fall: All major and chromatic scales.
Transposition: (on C) trumpet in Bb, (on Bb) trumpet in Ab.
Spring: All major, chromatic, and natural minor scales.
Transposition: (on C) trumpets in Bb & D, (on Bb) trumpets in Ab & C.

Performances: Seminar performance required for BM majors (in the Spring).


Sophomore Year 

Materials:
Arban – Complete Conservatory Method
Brandt – Orchestral Etudes
Clarke – Technical Studies
Concone– Lyrical Studies for Trumpet or Horn (Trans. by John F. Sawyer - Brass Press)
Gates – Odd Meter Exercises/Etudes
Hering – 24 Advanced Etudes for Trumpet or Cornet
Small – 27 Melodious and Rhythmical Studies
Voxman – Slected Studies
USC Studio Audition Manual

Mid Terms:
Fall: All major, chromatic, and natural and harmonic minor scales.
Transposition: (on C) trumpets in Bb, D & A. (on Bb) trumpets in Ab, C & G.
Spring: All major, chromatic, and natural, harmonic and melodic minor scales.
Transposition: (on C) trumpets in Bb, D, A & H (B). (on Bb) trumpets in Ab, C, G & A.

Performances:
Seminar performance required for BM majors (any semester).
Studio Recital performance required for ALL (when scheduled).


Junior Year

Materials:
Arban – Complete Conservatory Method
Bordogni – 24 Vocalises (edition Leduc)
Charlier – 36 Etudes
Clarke – Technical Studies, Setting-up Drills
Longinotti – Etudes
Nagel – Rhythmic Studies
Snedecor – Low Trumpet Etudes
USC Studio Audition Manual

Mid Terms:
Fall: All major, chromatic, natural, harmonic, & melodic minor and Wholetone scales.
Transposition: (on C) trumpets in Bb, D, A, H & Eb. (on Bb) trumpets in Ab, C, G, A & Db.
Spring: All scales listed above, plus modal scales.
Transposition: (on C) trumpets in Bb, D, A, H, Eb & E. (on Bb) trumpets in Ab, C, G, A, Db & D.

Performances:
2 Seminar performances required for BM (Fall or Spring Semester).
Performance Majors (and PC): a half recital of approx. 30 minutes worth of music.
Studio Recital performance required for ALL (when scheduled).


Senior Year

Materials:
Arban – Complete Conservatory Method
Bitsch - Etudes
Bordogni – 24 Vocalises (edition Leduc)
Charlier – 36 Etudes
Clarke – Technical Studies, Setting-up Drills
Longinotti – Etudes
Nagel – Rhythmic Studies
Snedecor – Low Trumpet Etudes
USC Studio Audition Manual

Mid Terms:
Fall: All scales required.
Transposition: (on C) trumpets in Bb, D, A, H, Eb, E & F. (on Bb) trumpets in Ab, C, G, A, Db, D & Eb.
Spring: All scales required.
Transposition: (on C) trumpets in Bb, D, A, H, Eb, E, F & G. (on Bb) trumpets in Ab, C, G, A, Db, D, Eb & F.

Performances:
2 Seminar Performances for BM (Fall or Spring Semesters)
Performance Majors (and PC): a full recital of approx. 50 minutes worth of music.
Studio Recital performance required for ALL (when scheduled).


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