Sample Syllabus

(Complete syllabus available on Canvas for all UNL Clarinet Students)

I.Title. Applied Clarinet Lessons

II.Catalog Description. See bulletin

III.Prerequisites. Audition


In the development of any musician, there are two primary areas of concern:

1.A command of the vehicle for musical expression (i.e. clarinet). 

2.An awareness of appropriate musical style in order to convey the composer's intentions in a convincing, artistic manner.

A technical/performance command of the clarinet is achieved by a mastery of scales, intervals, arpeggios, technical studies, etc. in numerous articulation patterns. This area is addressed in individual lessons based on specific requirements for each academic level. An interpretative/stylistic command of the clarinet is acquired by the study of etudes, method books, and repertoire that are appropriate for each academic/performance level. The selection of specific etudes and solo works for each respective level is made in consultation with Dr. Barger. In addition to any method/etude/technique books and repertoire required for the semester (to-be-determined at the first lesson), all clarinet majors are required to become a member of the International Clarinet Association

V.Course Objectives

1.To develop musicianship to the limits of the student's ability through the artistic mastery of the instrument.

2.To learn a basic knowledge of all wind performance.

3.To gain proficiency in rhythm, sight-reading, style, and transposition.

4.To learn the basic literature of the instrument.

5.To develop performance ability.

6.To emphasize the pedagogy of the instrument.

VI. Content Outline. Each weekly lesson will include scales, methods, and repertoire chosen by Dr. Barger. The student's performance at every lesson shows his/her work and progress for each week. One jury examination at the end of each semester in front of area faculty determines advancement. ALL STUDENTS TAKING LESSONS MUST PERFORM IN A JURY (with the exception of doctoral students at the discretion of Dr. Barger): you will be expected to play a prepared solo, scales at the appropriate level, and sight-reading. Students who have performed a degree-required recital six weeks prior to the final exam week are exempt from this jury requirement. You must arrive at the jury site at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled jury time. The faculty reserves the right to fail you for this jury grade if you are late or are a “no show.” Your jury is also considered a performance, so please dress accordingly. In short, if you would not wear it to a recital performance, do not wear it to your jury. Examples of appropriate attire would be a long sleeved shirt with tie and dress pants for men; semi-formal dress or dress pants/skirt and dress blouse for women.

VII. Instructional Activities. Applied lessons; Clarinet Departmental: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:20pm, Room TBA; Weekly Lesson Video Reviews (via our private Facebook UNL Clarinet Studio group); Freshman and Sophomore Technique Classes, Room and Time TBA; Personal Portfolio; Required recital attendance of UNL clarinet students, faculty, Moran Quintet, and special guest lectures/master classes.  

Facebook Lesson/Departmental Video Reviews – Throughout the semester, portions of your lesson and any departmental performance will be videotaped and placed onto the UNL Clarinet Studio private Facebook Group (this group is not available to the general public, but is a private group that only group members may view.) You are asked to view the posts and make constructive comments to the performer. You are also required to comment on your own weekly videos. This tool is a way for you to view some of your lesson work, learn what others are doing in their lessons (and, therefore, learn from them!), and teach you how to evaluate performance and the pedagogical process. More information at our first departmental/studio classes and in the rubric. 

Freshman/Sophomore - The UNL Technique Classes, required for Freshman and Sophomore clarinet majors, are designed to aid the student in their organization of their daily practice of scale and technique material. In a weekly group lesson led by a graduate student, each class consists of group and individual performance of each week's assigned exercises chosen from a variety of scale and technique material. The weekly assignments are also utilized in the student's applied private lessonYour work in this class is averaged into your final grade as 25% of your weekly lesson grade (please see rubric for more details.)

Personal Portfolio - Throughout the semester, please update or compile your resume, full repertoire list, personal bio (also displayed on studio website), and documentation of any programs (solo recital, ensemble, etc) on which you have performed. You may also include the following items: awards, certificates, competition acknowledgements, letters of reference/support, personally developed projects relating to the clarinet, etc. Organization and up-keep is the key ingredient to your success! Please put all materials in a three-ringed binder/notebook - no loose papers, please. All information must be typed (no hand-written tabs, etc.). 

Student Recitals - All students who give a recital are required to provide program notes for their recital program. A first draft of the program notes and recital program will be turned in to Dr. Barger no less than four weeks prior to the performance date. No exceptions! Failure to do so will result in a lowering of your final grade. Please submit a copy of your program and program information to the designated GTA for listing in The Clarinet. Only degree recitals may be printed in The Clarinet.

VIII.  Field and Clinical Experiences. All music majors are required to participate in our studio class Departmental. (Music minors may participate if their schedule allows!) All students are required to attend all faculty and student clarinet recitals and Moran Quintet recitals each semester. If you must be absent for a required performance, please send a detailed e-mail to Dr. Barger for approval at least 24-hours prior to the event. 

IX. Grading Procedures. Must obtain a grade of C or better. One jury in front of area faculty (33%); Individual lessons; Technique Class (freshmen and sophomores only); Departmental attendance and performance; Lesson Observations; Personal Portfolio; Repertoire Sheets; Professionalism; Recital attendance (67%) (See Rubric for more details.)

X. Attendance. Attendance is mandatory. Missed lessons (excused absences only) will not be made up and an unexcused absence will result in a letter grade of "F" for that lesson. 

XI.Studio Policies

Lesson Attendance

1.  Missed lessons will not be made up. Your absence will be excused only for the following reasons: 1) university function; 2) legitimate illness (any illness that prevents you from coming to school all day -- if you choose to come to class or come to rehearsal, you are expected to be at your lesson.) An “excused lesson” means that you will not receive a make-up lesson and that you will have one less lesson averaged into your final lesson grade. **Lessons missed due to my being out-of-town will be made up by a GTA or myself**

2.  Students will receive a letter grade of “F” for any missed lesson other than excused absences listed in #1.

3.  Prior notice is required for a missed lesson -- call the studio at 472-0582 and leave a message as soon as possible.


1.  If you are fortunate enough to have a pianist assigned to you, you are required to use your pianist 30 minutes per week as stated in your UNL Accompanist Request form/contract. If you abuse this privilege you may find yourself without a pianist in the future.

2.  If you are not assigned to a pianist at the beginning of the semester, it is your responsibility to find your own pianistwithin one month from the start of the semester.  Please inform Dr. Barger of the name of your pianist within this time period. Failure to do so will result in a lowering of your final lesson grade.

3. Prior to any performance other than recitals (juries, convocation, or departmental) you are required to bring your pianist in to your lesson at least two weeks prior to your performance. Please plan accordingly.

4.  Prior to any recital performance you are required to cover all recital repertoire with your pianist in your lesson no later than two weeks prior to your performance.  Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your recital.


1.  All students giving degree recitals are required to write program notes.  A rough draft of your performance notes must be turned in to me no later than four weeks prior to your recital.  (Students who perform a non-degree recital may opt to write program notes. If so, please follow these same requirements)

2. Preparation with your pianist is critical:  please see #4 under “Pianists.”

3. All students giving degree or non-degree recitals are required to perform a “dress rehearsal/preliminary jury” no later than two weeks prior to your recital. Lack of preparation may result in the postponement of your recital. Ideally, please schedule this during your regularly scheduled lesson time and, if possible, reserve the hall in which your recital will take place. 


1.  For each solo work studied in the course of a semester you are required to fill out a repertoire information sheet. At each departmental performance you are required to give a brief report on the repertoire selection you will perform. If you perform a piece that is familiar with everyone or played often, please still come to class with something interesting to say!

2.  Listening to CDs is a great way to begin learning the clarinet repertoire! The clarinet studio has many recordings available that you may borrow for one week. There is a database listing of Dr. Barger’s recordings posted on the board outside of her studio. Please find what CD you are looking for and provide the database number of the CD when you request something to check out. Please do not make Dr. Barger look it up for you. There will be a late fee charge of .25 cents/day for any CD turned in after the one week period, in addition to a reduction of your final grade. If you lose or damage the CD, you will be asked to replace it.

3.  Please check the studio door for important announcements -- the information on the door may be of extreme importance to you and this is one of the only ways to reach you at times. Also, please be sure to check your e-mail for important announcements.

XII. ADA Statement. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the instructor for a confidential discussion of their individual needs for academic accommodation. It is the policy of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to provide flexible and individualized accommodation to students with documented disabilities that may affect their ability to fully participate in course activities or to meet course requirements. To receive accommodation services, students must be registered with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office, 132 Canfield Administration, 472-3787 voice or TTY.