GVSU Trombone Studio

Bachelor of Music Degree

Sample course of study


Year 1

Develop basic warm-up routine

Develop and maintain weekly practice plan

All major and minor (harmonic, melodic, and natural) scales, two octaves

Representative method and etude books:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Arban:  Complete Method

          Bordogni (Rochut):  Melodious Etudes, Book I      

          Blazevich:  Clef Studies

     Bass Trombone:

          Arban:  Complete Method

          Fink:  Studies in Legato for Bass Trombone and Tuba

          Aharoni:  New Method for Bass Trombone 

Representative solo repertoire:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Bozza:  Ballade

          Hindemith:  Sonata

          Saint- Saens:  Cavatine

     Bass Trombone:

          Jacob:  Cameos

          McCarty:  Sonata

Representative orchestral excerpts:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Berlioz:  Hungarian March

          Mozart:  Tuba Mirum, Requiem

     Bass Trombone:

          Berlioz:  Hungarian March

          Wagner:  Tannhäuser

Chamber Music (Trombone Ensemble)


Year 2

Representative method and etude books:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Arban:  Complete Method

          Bordogni (Rochut):  Melodious Etudes, Book I   

          Blazevich:  Clef Studies

     Bass Trombone:

          Arban:  Complete Method

          Bordogni (Rochut):  Melodious Etudes, Book I   

          Aharoni:  New Method for Bass Trombone 

Representative solo repertoire:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Casterede:  Sonatine

          Larsson:  Concertino

          Serocki:  Sonatine

      Bass Trombone:

          Fetter:  Bass Lines

          Henry:  Passacaglia and Fugue

Representative orchestral excerpts:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Brahms:  Symphony No. 1

          Rossini:  La Gazza Ladra

     Bass Trombone:

          Rossini:  La Gazza Ladra

          Wagner:  Die Walküre

Chamber Music (Trombone Ensemble)


Year 3

Perform half recital

Representative method and etude books:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Bordogni (Rochut):  Melodious Etudes, Book II   

          Blazevich:  Sequences

     Bass Trombone:

          Bordogni (Rochut):  Melodious Etudes, Book II

          Gillis:  20 Etudes 

          Kahila:  Semester of Study 

Representative solo repertoire:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Ewazen:  Sonata

          Milhaud:  Concertino d'Hiver

          Tomasi:  Concerto

          Wagenseil:  Concerto

     Bass Trombone:

          Hartley:  Sonata Breve

          Stevens:  Sonatina

          Woud:  First Song

Representative orchestral excerpts:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Rossini:  William Tell

          Strauss:  Till Eulenspiegel

     Bass Trombone:

          Rossini:  William Tell

          Strauss:  Till Eulenspiegel

Chamber Music (Trombone Ensemble and Brass Quintet)


Year 4

Perform full recital

Representative method and etude books:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Bordogni (Rochut):  Melodious Etudes, Book III

          Kahila:  Advanced Studies

     Bass Trombone:

          Bordogni (Rochut):  Melodious Etudes, Book II 

         Gillis:  70 Progressive Studies

Representative solo repertoire:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Albrechtsberger:  Concerto

          Appermont:  Colors

          Creston:  Fantasy

          Martin:  Ballade

     Bass Trombone:

          Adler:  Canto II

          Gillingham:  Sonata

          Wilder:  Sonata

Representative orchestral excerpts:

     Tenor Trombone:

          Berlioz:  Symphonie Fantastique

          Ravel:  Bolero

     Bass Trombone:

          Kodaly:  Hary Janos

          Strauss:  Ein Heldenleben

Chamber Music (Trombone Ensemble and Brass Quintet)

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