School of Music

Horn Pedagogy and Literature


Spring 2018




Instructor: Jeffrey Agrell

Office: VOX 5414

Office phone: 335 -1648

Cell: 319-541-6965 [emergencies]


Instructor No. 127

Office Hours: TBA

Horn Studio Web Site:


Director of School of Music: David Gier (


Course Description

MUS:5112:0001 Advanced Brass Pedagogy and Literature I: Horn. This is a half-semester course, meeting twice weekly (T/Th 9:30-10:20) in VOX 5414 January 16 - March 8, 2017


I would like to hear from anyone who has a disability that may require some modification of seating, testing or other class requirements so that appropriate arrangements may be made. Please see me in my office by appointment.


Course Goals

Through bi-weekly classes the student will gain:

•Overview of resources and information on the horn

•Knowledge of pedagogical topics relating to the horn

•Knowledge of the standard literature (methods, etudes and solos)

•Basic knowledge of the history and development of the horn


Course Content

•Introduction and Resources (books, the web, dissertations, articles)

•Pedagogy (overview, how to play and teach horn, basics, practicing, problem solving, technique)

•Equipment (construction & design, tuning, makes & models, mouthpieces, accessories, care & maintenance)

•Horn history (natural horn, hand horn, horn in orchestra)

•Literature (Etudes, solos, orchestral excerpts, auditioning, recitals, chamber music, horn ensembles)

•Business of teaching (tools for success beyond school, beyond “talent”)


Schedule of Lectures & Assignments

See separate sheets for details.



Each student will give a presentation of approximately 25 minutes that will be given during the appropriate class period. Details on separate sheet.


Final Project

Each student will hand in at the end of the course the transcript of an interview with a prominent horn professor. Details in the Schedule of Assignments sheet.


Pedagogy Notebook

The Pedagogy Notebook is the compilation of all materials, assignments, and notes from this course. Its purpose is to equip you with a wealth of resources for your future as a brass teacher.

Each student will hand in their Pedagogy Notebook on the last day of class (March 6). Contents:

•Class notes (typed up). Tip: take notes during class!

•Presentation notes & handouts (your own and from others)

•Any other assignments or handouts from the course

•Extra material from ICON – print out, punch holes, put in binder


Everything arranged neatly, in order.

Put assignments at the front of the notebook, handouts and other such materials toward the back of the notebook.

Use Notebook dividers with edge labels



The final grade will reflect the average of grades:

Class discussion participation: 20%

Written assignments: 20%

Presentation: 20%

Pedagogy Notebook (includes class notes): 20%

Final Interview Project: 20%

Plus/minus grading will be used. Late assignments drop by one letter grade per day (except for illness)



Attendance is expected for all classes. If you are unavoidably detained, let me know asap by phone, text message, or email before class begins. If you are ill, let me know as soon as possible. You will be allowed time to make up missed assignments due to illness.

The first unexcused absence will drop your semester grade by one-third; the second an additional whole letter grade; three unexcused absences mean an Incomplete for the semester.



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Changes may be made in the course content and/or order of presentation as the semester progresses in response to the needs of the individual students and the class as a whole.



If there is anything about the course information or assignments that is unclear, don’t hesitate to ask the instructor asap. Announcing on the day that an assignment is due that the instructions were not clear is not an acceptable excuse for lateness of an assignment.




College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Policies and Procedures


Student Rights and Responsibilities (From Chapter 7 of the CLAS Faculty Handbook)

All students in the College have specific rights and responsibilities. You have the right to adjudication of any complaints you have about classroom activities or instructor actions. Information on these procedures is available in the Schedule of Courses and online in the College's Student Academic Handbook. You also have the right to expect a classroom environment that enables you to learn, including modifications if you have a disability.


Your responsibilities to this class - and to your education as a whole - include attendance and participation. You are also expected to be honest and honorable in your fulfillment of assignments and in test-taking situations (the College's policy on plagiarism and cheating is on-line in the College's Student Academic Handbook. You have a responsibility to the rest of the class-and to the instructor-to help create a classroom environment where all may learn. At the most basic level, this means that you will respect the other members of the class and the instructor, and treat them with the courtesy you hope to receive in turn.


Administrative Home of the Course

The administrative home of this course is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which governs academic matters relating to the course such as the add/drop deadlines, the second-grade-only option, issues concerning academic fraud or academic probation, and how credits are applied for various graduation requirements. Different colleges might have different policies. If you have questions about these or other CLAS policies, visit your academic advisor or 120 Schaeffer Hall and speak with the staff. The CLAS Academic Handbook also contains important CLAS academic policy:


Student Academic Handbook and other Information

For the answers to many questions:


This course is given by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This means that for undergraduates, class policies on matters such as requirements, grading, and sanctions for academic dishonesty are governed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Undergraduate students wishing to add or drop this course after the official deadline must receive the approval of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Details of the University policy of cross enrollments may be found at:


Resources for students:
Writing Center. 110 English-Philosophy Building, 335-0188,
Speaking Center. 12 English-Philosophy Building, 335-0205,
Mathematics Tutorial Laboratory. 314 MacLean Hall, 335-0810,
Tutor Referral Service. Campus Information Center, Iowa Memorial Union, 335-3055,


Accommodations for Disabilities

The University of Iowa is committed to providing an educational experience that is accessible to all students. A student may request academic accommodations for a disability (which include but are not limited to mental health, attention, learning, vision, and physical or health-related conditions). A student seeking academic accommodations should first register with Student Disability Services and then meet with the course instructor privately in the instructor's office to make particular arrangements. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between the student, instructor, and SDS. See for information. 


Making a Suggestion or a Complaint
Students have the right to make suggestions or complaints and should first visit with the instructor, then with the course supervisor if necessary, and next with the departmental DEO. All complaints must be made as soon as possible. For more information visit,


CLAS policies and procedures for complaints involving grades

Complaints should be brought to the attention of the instructor, department, and if necessary the CLAS Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Services (120 Schaeffer Hall) as soon as possible. Only in extraordinary cases may a procedure involving a complaint begin more than six months after the time of the incident. Students with grading grievances are responsible for providing all documentation except for grade records. According to College policy, grades may not be changed by the College without the permission of the department concerned (see the above link).

Understanding Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is reprehensible and will not be tolerated by the University. It subverts the mission of the University and threatens the well-being of students, faculty, and staff. Visit this web site ( for definitions, assistance, and the full University policy.

The Ombudspersons Office, located at C108 Seashore Hall (335-3608), provides conflict resolution services, as well as general information about University policies and procedures. (


University Examination Policies
; Missed exam policy. University policy requires that students be permitted to make up examinations missed because of illness, mandatory religious obligations, certain University activities, or unavoidable circumstances. Excused absence forms are required and are available at the Registrar web site:

Academic fraud and cheating All forms of plagiarism and any other activities that result in a student presenting work that is not his or her own are academic fraud. All academic fraud is reported to the departmental DEO and then to the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Services. See Academic Fraud at for the complete policy.* Be aware that almost all instructors at The University of Iowa check for plagiarism using the plagiarism detection system:


Academic Honesty

All CLAS students have, in essence, agreed to the College's Code of Academic Honesty: "I pledge to do my own academic work and to excel to the best of my abilities, upholding the IOWA Challenge. I promise not to lie about my academic work, to cheat, or to steal the words or ideas of others; nor will I help fellow students to violate the Code of Academic Honesty." Any student committing academic misconduct is reported to the College and placed on disciplinary probation or may be suspended or expelled (CLAS Academic Policies Handbook).


University’s Statement on Diversity

“The University of Iowa values diversity among students, faculty, and staff, and regards Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action as tools to achieve diversity. The University believes that a rich diversity of people and the many points of view they bring serve to enhance the quality of the educational experience at The University of Iowa.” (

Student Classroom Behavior
Students have the right to a classroom environment that encourages learning. The ability to learn is lessened when students engage in inappropriate classroom behavior, distracting others; such behaviors also is a violation of the Code of Student Life ( When disruptive activity occurs, a University instructor has the authority to determine classroom seating patterns and to request that a student exit the classroom, laboratory, or other area used for instruction immediately for the remainder of the period. One-day suspensions are reported to appropriate departmental, collegiate, and Student Services personnel (Office of the Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students).

Reacting Safely to Severe Weather
- The University of Iowa Operations Manual section 16.14 outlines appropriate responses to a tornado (i) or to a similar crisis. If a tornado or other severe weather is indicated by the UI outdoor warning system, members of the class should seek shelter in rooms and corridors in the innermost part of a building at the lowest level, staying clear of windows, corridors with windows, or large free-standing expanses such as auditoriums and cafeterias. The class will resume, if possible, after the UI outdoor warning system announces that the severe weather threat has ended.


Flu-Like Illnesses

Public health authorities have recommended that people with flu-like illnesses stay home and not return to public spaces until 24 hours after they have no fever. In order to prevent the spread of disease, please do not come to class, meet with other groups of students, attend office hours, or contact offices in person while you are ill. Based on this recommendation, I will not require you to report to a doctor or to Student Health to verify a flu-like illness if you are ill, please complete an illness-absence form ( ) when you are well enough to do so. Your grade will not be penalized for absences if you are following the recommendations of health authorities.