Posts tagged “multiple woodwinds degrees”

January 5, 2015

University of New Mexico offers new multiple woodwinds degree

The University of New Mexico is now offering a masters degree program in multiple woodwinds. A few items of interest from the degree requirements (also see an update in the comments): It is a 4-instrument degree, with one “primary” and three “secondary” instruments. Two semesters of study are required on the primary instrument, and one ...

December 8, 2013

FAQ on multiple woodwinds degrees

I get to hear fairly often from aspiring woodwind doublers who are considering the option of a college degree in multiple woodwinds. Here are some of the questions I answer most often. What school should I go to? There are a few options for undergraduates, more at the masters degree level, and a few for ...

April 29, 2012

Reader email: doubling opportunities

Photo, fantail media A reader emailed me to ask this question (edited): I was wondering if you could give me some information on what kind of opportunities being a doubler has opened up for you. I am beginning to consider options for graduate school and am looking into multiple woodwinds degrees. Thanks! I do consider ...

February 19, 2012

University of Northern Iowa offers new multiple woodwinds degree

The University of Northern Iowa is now offering a Master of Music degree with a multiple woodwinds (3-instrument) emphasis. A few points of interest, according to degree information from their website: Students take 6 credit hours of study on a “primary” instrument, and 4 hours on a “secondary” instrument, and must “demonstrate proficiency” on a ...

October 27, 2010

Reader email: multiple woodwinds degree or single-instrument degree?

I get email on a pretty regular basis from people who are considering multiple woodwinds degree programs. They usually have excellent questions for which there are no real answers, but I’m always happy to try to offer whatever perspective I’ve got. I heard recently from one of my readers who is working on a bachelor’s ...

June 15, 2009

More thoughts on multiple woodwinds degrees

I often get email from people who are considering pursuing a college or conservatory degree in multiple woodwinds. Now that I’ve completed two of them myself, here are a few thoughts. If you want to enter a multiple woodwinds degree program, you should already have at least a basic technical command of each instrument to ...

May 13, 2009

Doctor of Musical Arts

Dr. Bret Pimentel, D. M. A. The University of Georgia May 9, 2009

October 15, 2008

Auditioning for a multiple woodwinds degree program

I had an exchange by email with someone today, that I thought might be of use to all you hordes of prospective multiple woodwinds majors out there. Hi Mr. Pimentel, My name is Mike ________ from _______ University, and I am an aspiring doubler. I have been doing some looking around at graduate schools and ...

September 21, 2008

Brass doubling?

I have now successfully completed both my written and oral comprehensive exams, and am one large step closer to finishing a doctorate in multiple woodwinds performance. In the oral exam, one of my professors asked why woodwind doubling is a well-recognized musical specialty, but doubling on brass instruments is not.  The question was an odd ...

August 18, 2008

Doctoral multiple woodwinds exams

I am starting what hopefully will be my final year in pursuit of a doctoral degree in multiple woodwinds performance (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone). Today I kicked off five days of written comprehensive exams. In addition to a musicology exam and a music theory exam, I have been preparing for woodwind-related test questions ...
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