This graduate-level course provides appropriate techniques, procedures and materials for teaching flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon. Learn to differentiate instruction for correcting problems associated with embouchure formation, tone production, posture, holding and hand positions; analyze fingering differences among the woodwind instruments; compare and contrast intonation tendencies of woodwind instruments; analyze alternate fingerings; and assess general performance issues.

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Ruth A. Rhodes (BMEd ‘69) teaches woodwind courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and previously served as Graduate Dean and Professor of Clarinet at VanderCook. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from VanderCook, she earned her Master of Music degree from the musical college of Roosevelt University. She is a clarinetist with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra; co-founded and performed with the chamber group Ensemble d’Accord (including live broadcasts in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series on WFMT); and performed with the Opera Theater of Illinois for several seasons in addition to the Orchestra of Illinois and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has had great fun performing on stage with The Moody Blues, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Mannheim Steamroller, Itzhak Perlman, Marilyn Horne, Frank Sinatra Jr. and Tony Bennett, among others. Her articles have been published in Bandworld Magazine and in The Instrumentalist. She served as a woodwind consultant on the Essential Elements Band Method DVD for Hal Leonard Publishing, and was an adjudicator for the Boosey & Hawkes Buffet-Crampon Clarinet Competition. She is very proud to have served her alma mater for over 40 years as a faculty member and administrator.  

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