Applied study at Baylor provides students with a conservatory focus on winning jobs in a university setting that gives students a well-balanced and diverse education. Baylor is a doctoral granting institution seeking top tier status, research status. As a result, the music faculty at Baylor are involved in a wide range of professional and creative endeavors. This kind of professional and scholarly activity by the faculty in the School of Music serves as a catalyst and teaching platform, which provides students with a real model of what it takes to be a professional musician, educator or faculty.
Weekly studio classes provide each student with an occasion to stand in front of an encouraging network of colleagues and teachers.
Brass Hour is held every Thursday at 4:00 PM – students are assigned several solo performance dates during the semester to play in front of the brass area faculty and student body.
Chamber Music – depending on the degree sought, each student is required to fulfill a requisite number of semesters of Chamber Music credit. Each quintet, quartet, trio or small brass ensemble will perform twice during each semester of study.
Master Class instruction – the Brass Area at Baylor continues to host many of the nations top orchestral, solo, recording and chamber artists. While attendance is mandatory, we strongly encourage students to perform in these master class venues.
Studio performances – each of the brass studios are actively engaged in corporate performance at area conferences, music educator conventions, national workshops and symposia. As the brass area seeks to make a pronounced national impact among schools of music, studio performance and travel will continue to increase.
Baylor Brass studios are ideal in size. Each studio is large enough to facilitate a health competitive environment yet not so large that a student becomes victim of a larger "factory" approach found in larger state schools. Each brass major (MM, BM or BME) studies directly with the individual applied brass faculty. Graduate students will from time to time teach non-majors as well as work with undergraduate majors in studio settings.
Graduate Brass Quintet – each of the graduate students from the respective studios combine to form a semi-professional brass quintet coached by Wiff Rudd. The Graduate Brass Quintet will help to promote recruitment, pursue recording opportunities and perform in multi faceted venues around Baylor and Texas.
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