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:Exploring parallels between trumpet and violin pedagogy: Relating trumpet adaptations of Otakar Ševčík’s Op. 8 to the teachings of Vincent Cichowicz
Author(s):Gillotti, Nicole
Advisor(s):Chasanov, Elliot
Contributor(s):Chasanov, Elliot; Daval, Charles; Fairbanks, Stephen; Solya, Andrea
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:A.Mus.D. (doctoral)
Abstract:This essay explores parallels between trumpet and violin pedagogy through the trumpet’s use of sustained wind flow to the violinist’s shifting: the left hand motion up and down the fingerboard to play notes in different positions. This is a powerful visual for the trumpet player as shifting is easily seen and wind flow is invisible. To provide pedagogical context, I will focus on a prominent teacher for each instrument: Otakar Ševčík (violin) and Vincent Cichowicz (trumpet). This essay begins by outlining Otakar Ševčík’s life and discussing his published violin method and teaching philosophies. This is followed by discussing Vincent Cichowicz’s life, method, and teaching. Finally, as a resource for trumpet players I have adapted selected exercises from Ševčík’s Op. 8 Shifting the Position and Preparatory Scale Studies for the trumpet. As a violinist and trumpeter throughout my high school and undergraduate years, I am qualified to explore these parallels and create this adaptation. The ultimate goal of this essay is to provide a resource for trumpet teachers and students. By working through this adaptation of Ševčík’s Op. 8 – an etude book originally for violin, the trumpet player is able to gain insight into the violinist’s perspective of mastering shifting technique. Moreover, this can be used to isolate the concept of sustaining wind flow and understand how the visual is effective.
Issue Date:2020
Publisher:School of Music, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Nicole Gillotti
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-04-27

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