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This treatise examines the teaching methods of Lewis Hugh Cooper, Professor Emeritus of Bassoon at the University of Michigan. The first chapter is a biographical sketch detailing his boyhood in Pontiac, Michigan, during the depression era, and follows his growth and development from his days as student at the University of Michigan, through his activities during WWII, and his years as a member of the University of Michigan Faculty. The second chapter examines his pedagogical methods concerning the basic fundamentals of bassoon performance. It details the scientific nature of his approach and his means of quantifying the concepts of breathing technique, articulation, intonation, digital technique, and tone. The third chapter deals with his reed making techniques and his methods of selecting and preparing the gouged cane prior to the finishing process. This chapter also deals with his application of acoustics in reed design and examines the bocal/reed interface and its effect on reed dimensions and structure. Chapter four examines the printed study materials Cooper utilized and his philosophical criteria for selecting them. It also examines his feelings on the orchestral career path and specific skills required. The chapter concludes by detailing his general philosophy of life and his view of the role of the teacher in society.
A Treatise Submitted to the School of Music in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Music.
Includes bibliographical references.
Jeff Keesecker, Professor Directing Treatise; Eric Olson, Outside Committee Member; Patrick Meighan, Committee Member; Seth Beckman, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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