Note:This scholarly essay is part of a research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in the School of Music. The project also involved the preparation and performance of two lecture recitals related to the essay topic.

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Title:A methodology for jazz saxophonists enabling the self-taught clarinet doubler
Author(s):Brooks, Robert D.
Advisor(s):McNeill, Charles
Contributor(s):McNeill, Charles; Harris, J. David; Magee, Jeffrey; Spencer, Joel
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
musical theater
Abstract:Clarinet doubling for jazz saxophonists has become the “norm” in a modern context. There is very little in regard to formal or informal pedagogy available to help those interested in clarinet doubling. In my own experience as a jazz saxophonist, I was introduced to doubling on the clarinet by being told to play it in big band, and given little guidance or direction. The idea of “learning it [clarinet] on the gig” is incredibly limiting and possibly damaging to a jazz saxophonist’s ability to play the clarinet at a superior level. With this project, I plan to address many of the common issues that jazz saxophonists come across while learning to double on the clarinet. This project will focus on learning to double in an auto-didactic setting and will consist of a combination of consulting industry professionals who have professional level experience on saxophone and clarinet as well as drawing from my own experiences with learning to play the clarinet at a high level through learning the instrument in personal practice, rehearsal, performance, clinics, master-classes, and teaching private lessons. This project is intended to serve saxophonists who already have a background in jazz and wish to quickly and correctly learn to perform on the clarinet. It will guide those jazz saxophonists to overcome the many pitfalls of study of such a closely related instrument as the clarinet. I will assemble and organize a methodology of solutions to common issues that jazz saxophonists find when learning to play the clarinet and who wish to engage in a focused study on how to correctly double on the clarinet at a higher proficiency.
Issue Date:2019
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Robert D. Brooks
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-03-15

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