Technical Development for Brass and Woodwind Players

Tuesdays 8:15-9:15 pm, January 12-February 16 (6 weeks)

$50 Course Fee

Kevin Willms

This 6-week program is appropriate for all players of wind instruments (brass and woodwind). Percussionists and keyboard players are most welcome, with the understanding that “air flow” concepts will be part of the offering.

We will approach technical development from multiple perspectives based on skill “mastery” leading to “automaticity”. Materials will be provided. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own interests and materials to the experience. We will attempt to balance the content between “technical” work (scales and related exercises) and repertoire development utilizing etudes and solo repertoire.

The format will be “Masterclass” based. Participants will be encouraged to demonstrate individually so that positive reinforcement can be offered to each individual to enhance their own understanding and performance, regardless of level of experience. The pace and full scope of topics will be based on the mastery of concepts by participants.

If there are enough participants, we will divide this class into two separate courses.
Consider pairing this course with Jane McLauchlin’s pitch-based Music Theory courses (particularly for those at the Green/Blue/Bronze levels) and/or A Comprehensive Approach to Time-Keeping and Rhythm 1.

Recommended for instrumentalists at EVERY stage of playing - from beginner to advanced


Some testimonials from past participants in Technical Development for Brass and Woodwind Players:

“I learned far more than I had anticipated in this course. With Kevin’s guidance, along with supportive comments from everyone in the class, I was able to make improvements to my playing. I would definitely take this class again!”

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Phone:  403.255.3485

Room 38-B8, 2526 Battleford Avenue SW

Calgary, AB  T3E 7J4

Office hours by appointment

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We acknowledge that we live, work and play on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Îyâxe (Stoney) Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.