Course Duration14 Weeks
Bachelor of music (Composition) from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music
Master of music (Performance - Bass Trombone) from Cleveland Institute of Music
certificate in performance (Bass Trombone) from dePaul university
doctor of music (Performance - Bass Trombone) from mcGill University
Bass Trombone - Quad City Symphony Orchestra
Bass Trombone - Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
Instructor of Trombone/Brass - College of DuPage
Instructor of Trombone/Euphonium - Elgin Community College
Bass Trombone - Orchestra Iowa
Instructor of Trombone - Illinois Wesleyan University
Lecturer in Music Education - McGill University
Applied Trombone – Course Syllabus: Course Goals: This course seeks to explore and improve the ability of each student to study, practice, and perform on the trombone. Students enrolled in lessons, regardless of degree and career goals, should finish each term a more capable performer than they began. This is achieved through the study of fundamentals, etude/study materials, solo literature, orchestral/band excerpts, jazz materials, recordings of other musicians (as well as the student themselves), and written literature.
Students will receive either 30-minute or 60-minute lessons, depending on their registration. Each lesson will cover short warm-up, technical work (Edwards, Fink, Rochut, Remington, Everett, Alessi, Arban, Marstellar, Schlossberg), repertoire (solo, ensemble, orchestral excerpts, and/or jazz), and Theory/history (if applicable).
In this course, students will learn to read and interpret music, specifically in the bass, tenor, and alto clefs. They will also learn proper breath control, tone generation, and slide operation techniques. Further, they will learn the basics of how a trombone works, how it is designed, and which models are viable and available. Finally, students will learn the basic repertoire of warm-up exercises, etudes, solo works, orchestral repertoire, and jazz standards.
Dr. Andrew Rozsa earned a Doctor of Music degree in 2015 from McGill University. While at McGill, he was a two-time Schulich Award winner, and a featured soloist with the McGill Trombone Ensemble. His doctoral research involved the study of metallurgical and design properties of trombones and their effects on the feel and sound of said instruments. Rozsa is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Trombone at College of DuPage and Elgin Community College. He also serves as bass trombonist with the Illinois Philharmonic and the Quad City Symphony. An active educator, Andrew has previously served on the faculty of McGill University, McGill Conservatory, Illinois Wesleyan University, and numerous high schools in the suburban Chicago area, before assuming his current positions at ECC and COD.
A frequent guest musician, he has performed as a substitute with the Montréal Symphony, Madison Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic, Des Moines Symphony, Thunder Bay (Ontario) Symphony, Orchestra Iowa, Elgin Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Illinois Symphony, New Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Rockford Symphony, among others. As a composer, his works have been launced by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and the Albuquerque City Schools’ string program, among others. Dr. Rozsa also holds a Performers’ Certificate from DePaul University and a Master’s degree in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music; he completed his Bachelor’s degree in composition and theory at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. His major trombone teachers were Doug Bennett, Allen Kofsky, Thomas Klaber, Charles Vernon, Mark Fisher, Floyd Cooley, James Box, and Pierre Beaudry. He studied composition with Dan Adams, James Feldman, and Loris Chobanian. He was also a participant at the 2011 Alessi Seminar.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 student. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
Students will need a trombone or bass trombone in working condition with an appropriate mouthpiece. (Dr. Rozsa will be happy to discuss student's equipment during the first meeting). Students will need various instructional materials: etude books, solo pieces, ensemble repertoire (public domain music will be provided, copyrighted music must be purchased.). Dr. Rozsa can teach anyone from complete beginners through experienced professionals. No previous experience required.