6237 A Hands-On Approach to Teaching Low Brass

A Hands-On Approach to Teaching Low Brass

Playing tuba, euphonium and trombone is a different ball game compared to other members of the brass family. This course covers the essential differences for teaching and playing these instruments, including various warm-up and technical exercises appropriate for students at all levels. Several tuba, euphonium and trombone method books and supplementary materials are resourced, including strategies for inclusion in chamber ensembles. Students should bring a tuba, euphonium and trombone with them for use in class.


Instructors: Matthew Gaunt & Timothy Riordan


Tubist Matthew Gaunt currently performs and records as a member of Burning River Brass and Proteus 7. An active chamber musician, he has also performed with Chicago Chamber Musicians, Millar Brass Ensemble, Rhythm & Brass, Center City Brass Quintet, Empire Brass, and is a former member of Majestic Brass, Boston Brass, Paramount Brass, and Epic Brass Quintets. As an orchestral musician Mr. Gaunt has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Sarasota Opera. Mr. Gaunt has also held principal positions with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, and Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with groups such as the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Wind Ensemble, Harvard University Wind Ensemble, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts Wind Orchestra as well as solo recitals. Formerly Visiting Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mr. Gaunt also has served on the faculties of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, South Shore Conservatory, and Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras as well as presented master classes for every age and ability level all across the country. He received the Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Boston University and has studied with J. Samuel Pilafian, Gary Ofenloch, and Chester Schmitz. Mr. Gaunt also served as the Massachusetts State Representative of the International Tuba and Euphonium Association.


RiordanColor1Timothy Riordan comes to VanderCook College of Music from the Merit School of Music, where he is the active director of the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition - Free Conservatory, the Dynamic Stars Preparatory Program, as well as the Artistic Director of Merit. Mr. Riordan has worked with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Eastman School of Music and Carthage College.  He has performed with the Southwest Symphony, Viennese Symphony of Chicago, Star Plaza Orchestra, Crossroads Big Band, Northwest Indiana Symphony and the Chicago Philharmonic. Mr. Riordan studied trombone performance with John Marcellus at Eastman School of Music, and  conducting with Dr. Robert Hasty of Northwestern University.


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Course Information

6247 A Hands-On Approach to Teaching Low Brass
1 graduate credit
Tuition: $330, due in full with registration
Dates: April 8-9
Location: Q120(VanderCook College of Music 3125 S. Federal St. Chicago IL 60616)


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