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Wind Ensemble

Course Details

Course Number
MUSC 1071
Section Number
MUSC 1071
Spring 2015
Fain Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

MUSC 1071, 2071, 3071, 4071:  Wind Ensemble                                                                                            Midwestern State University

Fall 2014

Course Syllabus

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:00 PM – 3:50 PM

Credit Hours:                        1


Instructor:                             Matthew Luttrell (

Office Hours:                       By Appointment or TBA

Office Location:                  Rm. 103, 940-397-4210

Dr. Matthew David Luttrell (view Profile)
Course Objectives


Wind Ensemble is open to all students by audition and presents concerts throughout the semester. Repertoire includes standard and new literature for symphonic band, wind ensemble and chamber winds. This ensemble is considered to be of the highest quality and standard at Midwestern State University. The concept of the ensemble is that of a “true wind ensemble”, featuring a single individual on a part. This may require some individuals to perform more than others. It places the responsibility of the individual on equal level with the responsibility of the ensemble.

Course Expectations


  • The student will demonstrate a high level of competence in skills required to perform with other musicians and as soloist in the large ensemble setting, i.e. matched tone and style, intonation, balance, blend and musical communication. This will also include the ability to collectively run a sectional rehearsal.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to respond to non-verbal performance instruction from the conductor.
  • The student will demonstrate a high level of competence in technical aspects of performance, i.e., tone quality, articulation, pitch consistency, dynamic control, technical agility and accurate rhythmic concepts.
  • For music education and performance students, one key attribute for this ensemble is to continue to foster your education on processes, techniques, and training tools that will be available to you on leaving MSU. We are here to create fantastic music educators and musicians first and foremost. The more preparation time put in at the beginning, the more involved the instructors may teach.
Grading Standards


Members are expected to be at all rehearsals on time. In case of illness, departmental or professional conflict, members must notify the conductor in writing or in person before the absence or tardiness. You may email In case of last minute conflicts, members are expected to make every effort to notify the conductor or the band office before the rehearsal.

Please be aware: alerting your “bestest” friend that you will not be at rehearsal and need it passed on to Dr. Luttrell does not work. Please take responsibility for your own issues. Many times, those friends let you down……

Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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