Norman Herzberg: An Icon of Bassoon Pedagogy

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Carol Loraine Cope Lowe (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Michael Burns

Abstract: Between 1970 and 2005 former students of Norman Herzberg held a majority of the bassoon positions in major orchestras throughout the United States. Herzberg's varied musical background, education, and work environment influenced the development of an individual approach to teaching the bassoon. His career was examined in order to discover any especially influential events and surroundings. His approach to teaching, his ideas regarding the music curriculum, and his views on reed making and repertoire were explored in detail. Herzberg's nearly 40 years of teaching at the University of Southern California produced a large number of excellent bassoon performers and teachers. His students comprise many of today's best-known bassoonists, employed as faculty members at respected music schools, and as members of elite performing organizations. Additionally, his performing career spanned nearly six decades playing as principal bassoon in major symphonies and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in hundreds of movies, television shows, and cartoons. His contributions to both bassoon pedagogy and performance have been enormous. This study provides a resource for bassoon teachers and performers, enhancing the potential musical development and overall education of current and future bassoon students. This study will have application for music educators regardless of instrument.

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Language: English
Date: 2008
Norman Herzberg, Bassoon, Pedagogy, orchestras, music curriculum, reed making, University of Southern California
Bassoon $y Instruction and study $z United States
Music $y Instruction and study $z United States.
Bassoon reeds.
University of Southern California.
Herzberg, Norman.

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