Syllabus for Individual Instruction in Flute
MusA 114/115/124/134/314/324/334/514/534

Spring 2007
Instructor: Dr. Leonard L. Garrison
Office: Lionel Hampton School of Music 310
Office Phone: 208-885-6709
Office Hours: by appointment.
Lionel Hampton School of Music Phone: 208-885-6231; Fax: 208-885-7254
Teaching Assistant: Kristen McMullin, E-mail:


Admission to this course is by audition only (see Studio Standards).


MusA 114/314/514: Elective study; open to non-music majors and to music majors as a secondary instrument. 1 semester hour credit.

MusA 115: Students who need to correct deficiencies such areas as scales, technical facility, or tone production may enroll for a maximum of two semesters at this level. 2 semester hours credit.

MusA 124/324: Flute concentration: flute is your performing medium within a related musical discipline such as music education or music business. Student needs to attain high-level performance skills, experience the process of developing abilities necessary to master an instrument, and understand in detail specific methods of teaching technical and interpretive skills to others. 2 semester hours credit.

MusA 134/334/534: Goal is to perform professionally and/or to teach applied flute, possibly at the college level. Exhaustive and in-depth study of repertoire and technical materials is required to attain necessary skill level. Knowledge of pertinent facts, including editions, performance practices, current and historical recordings, biographical information about composers, history of flute construction and historical developments relating to flute repertoire is required for an applied major. 3 semester hours credit.


  • Master techniques of flute playing, including tone production, breath control, vibrato, dynamic control, correct fingerings (regular, alternate, and trill), articulation styles, intonation tendencies and corrective measures.
  • Learn and appreciate flute repertoire from all periods of music.
  • Recognize and demonstrate understanding of all interpretive instructions found in music; recognize and demonstrate understanding of performance practice styles and conventions pertinent to the music.
  • Know how to care for the instrument and identify problems that hinder good playing, such as keys out of adjustment and pads not covering tone holes.
  • Develop knowledge of resources of information about the flute and flute playing.


  • A flute in good working order
  • A metronome
  • A tuner (not required for MusA 114/314/514)
  • A music stand (for practice)
  • Walfrid Kujala, The Flutist’s Vade Mecum (published by Progress Press, $22)
  • Selected Flute Repertoire: A Graded Guide for Teachers and Students (National Flute Association, Inc., 2nd ed.: 2004). Available from the National Flute Association ( either as a free download for members or in hard copy for $3. Student memberships are $20 (online) or $30 (regular).
  • Original music (not photocopies) as assigned. When the instructor makes an assignment, the student must immediately obtain the music, prepare it, and bring it to the next lesson. A recommended source for music is
  • Several blank CD-R’s (to enable sharing of relevant sound files).


  1. One weekly hour lesson for two to three credits; one thirty-minute lesson for one credit. Repertoire and amount of material covered is determined by the student's ability and major. Student will receive fifteen lessons.
  2. Daily practice of materials (documented with a practice log):
  3. Enrolled Credits

    Minimum amount of daily practice for 6 days per week to achieve grade






    1 hour

    45 mins.

    30 mins.

    20 mins.


    2 hours

    90 mins.

    60 mins.

    40 mins.


    3 hours

    2 hrs. 15 mins.

    90 mins.

    60 mins.

  4. Occasional reading and listening assignments.

The following requirements do not apply to students enrolled in MusA 114/314/514:

  1. Attendance at Guest Artist, Faculty, or Student flute recitals and flute student performances in Convocation as announced by the instructor.
  2. Attendance at and participation in weekly flute studio classes on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:20. Each student will perform a solo twice each semester.
  3. Final semester juries before the woodwind area faculty (not required for the semester in which you give a degree recital). The Upper Division Standing jury, usually taken at the end of the sophomore year, involves a 20-minute performance with accompaniment of works from a variety of style periods (usually 3) and a 10-minute question-and-answer session relating to the pedagogy, performers, and literature of your instrument. Requirements are on file in the Music Office
  4. For performance majors, at least one performance on a woodwind area recital each semester. Other students may be asked to perform on woodwind area recitals if they are sufficiently prepared, with the goal for all music majors to perform at least once each year. After each studio class performance, the instructor will determine if the student meets the standards for performance on the following woodwind area recital.
  5. Performance on recitals as required by your degree program.


60%: Weekly lesson grades (100% for MusA 114/314/514): The weekly lesson grade is based on completion of assignments and quantity/quality of practice as documented in a practice log:

A=exceeds expectations and practice time is equal to or greater than required by the syllabus.

B=meets expectations and some improvement is made in specified areas; weekly practice time may be slightly deficient. 

C=preparation is fair but not enough to achieve significant progress; practice time is deficient.

D=preparation is poor and little progress is made; practice time is significantly deficient.

F=no progress or unexcused absence.

The instructor will assign a grade for each lesson. The average of weekly grades constitutes this portion of final grades. Each unexcused absence beyond the first one will lower the semester grade by one full letter.

The following components do not pertain to MusA 114/314/514:

10%: Performances in two flute studio classes as assessed by the instructor.

10%: Scale and arpeggio jury to take place in a studio class near the end of the semester.

20%: End-of-semester juries: grades issued by the faculty jury will be averaged as a portion of the final grade.

Attendance at weekly Flute Studio Classes, Woodwind Area Recitals, Convocations, and required performances. Roll will be taken at each class or performance, and each unexcused absence will lower the semester grade by .5 points (for example from 3.67 to 3.17).


Scheduling: The instructor and student decide upon a weekly lesson time, which is posted on the studio door and E-mailed to students each week. Lesson times many change from week to week, and it is the student's responsibility to keep up with scheduling. Please do not ask to CANCEL a lesson; if necessary, please ask to RESCHEDULE a lesson. Please plan ahead; lessons will not be rescheduled because of lack of preparation.

Attendance: If a lesson time conflicts with work schedule, band trips, labs, etc., an alternate time must be arranged at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the instructor. No lesson will be rescheduled because of failure to prepare assignments. If the student is ill, the instructor must be called by the time of the lesson. Failure to call before any absence is considered an unexcused absence.

E-mail: This class requires that you check your E-mail regularly and respond within 24 hours of any communication from the instructor.

Cell Phones: Students will not receive calls on their cell phone at flute lessons. Please deactivate your cell phone before entering the studio or leave it at home.

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Copyright ©2007 by Leonard Garrison. Contact us: Lionel Hampton School of Music, University of Idaho, PO Box 444015, Moscow, ID 83844-4015
208-885-6709 (phone), 208-885-7254 (fax).