True proficiency on an instrument requires a great understanding of that instrument, the history of music, and the construction of the music. These skills are essential for any professional musician whether they be a teacher, performer, or composer. These skills are built during study in the woodwind studio while working toward mastery of the student’s instrument.
Members of the brass studio take a one-hour private lesson each week and participate in a group studio class each Friday afternoon. These musicians also form the core membership of the Woodwind Ensemble and South Texas College Chamber Winds. Each semester concludes with a final “jury” performance exam for a panel of music faculty. Students celebrate their achievements with a public recital during the last semester of their degree program.
Many students who might like to join the woodwind studio don’t own an instrument. To help ease the transition into the program, South Texas College provides a selection of professional-grade instruments that students may use in any 1000-level music class with the expectation that students use that time to save for and purchase their own high-quality instrument. Students who play on beginner or intermediate instruments (such as flautists playing on closed-hole flutes) may be required to purchase instruments more suitable for their level.