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Trombone Standards

Four Year Progression for Trombone

The Methods/Etudes and Solo sections of this document are lists from which the instructor and student can choose.   Note that there is some overlap of material between the years.   Etude books are often used over several years, and solos can be appropriate at more than one level.  Other material at the appropriate level can also be substituted by the instructor.  Music Education and Music Therapy Majors would be expected to work from 2-3 etude books each semester, as well as learn two movements from a solo, or a solo piece that has contrasting sections.  Performance majors would be expected to cover more ground in the etude books, and to learn an entire multi-movement work, or two contrasting solos each semester.     

* indicates repertoire most commonly used. 

Preliminary/Remedial Studies
Bordner - First Book of Practical Studies

Bower  - Rhythms

Concone  -  40 Legato Studies

Fink -  Introducing Legato, Legato Studies

Hering, - 40 Progressive Etudes
Hering - 32 Etudes for Trombone

Freshman Year

All major scales and arpeggios – 1 or 2 octaves (teacher's discretion)
Chromatic scale – two or more octaves at teacher's discretion

Remington – Warm-up Exercises (adapted, supplemented)

Arban - Complete Method for Trombone (Alessi/Bowman ed)
Bordner - Second Book of Practical Studies
Bordogni/Rochut - Melodious Etudes Book 1
Bower - Rhythms
Concone  - 40 Legato Studies
Fink - Introducing Legato
Hering - 32 Etudes for Trombone
Kopprasch - 60 Studies Book 1
Tyrrell - 40 Progressive Studies

Barat - Andante and Allegro
Berlioz - Recitative and Prayer
Blazhevich - Concert Piece No. 5
Galliard - Six Sonatas
Hasse - Hasse Suite
Marcello - Sonata III
Masso - Suite for Louise
Ropartz - Andante and Allegro
Telemann - Sonata in f minor
Sophomore Year

All natural minor scales and arpeggios – 2 or 3 octaves (teacher's discretion)
Chromatic scale – up to 3 octaves

Remington - Warm-up Exercises (adapted, supplemented)
Allessi - Warm-ups

Arban - Complete Method
Blume - 36 Studies

Bordogni/Rochut - Melodious Etudes Vol I

Concone/Shoemaker - Legato Etudes for Trombone
Fink - Introducing Tenor Clef
Kopprasch - 60 Studies Books I & II
Tyrrell - 40 Progressive Studies

Barat - Andante and Allegro
Berhmmans - La Femme a Barbe
Blazhevich – Concerto No. 2
Brahms - Four Serious Songs
Dvadrionas - Theme & Variations
Handel - Suite in Ab
Rimsky-Korsakov - Concerto
Marcello - Suite in a minor
Pryor - Thoughts of Love
Rachmaninoff - Vocalise  Op 34, No. 14
Simons - Atlantic Zephyrs
Telemann - Sonata in f minor

Berlioz - Hungarian March from Damnation of the Faust
Mozart - Tuba Mirum from Requiem Mass

Junior Year  
Minor scales, all three forms – 2-3 octaves (teacher's discretion)
Chromatic scale, full range of the instrument

Alessi - Warm-ups
Marsteller - Basic Routines
Schlossburg - Daily Drills

Arban - Complete Method

Bordogni/Rochut - Melodious  Etudes,  Vols I & II

Blume - 36 Studies

Clarke - Technical Studies for Trumpet

Bernstein - Elegy for Mippy II
David - Concertino
Gräfe - Grand Concert
Guilmant - Morceau Symphonique
Hindemith - Sonata
Kreisler - Liebeslied
Pryor - Annie Laurie
Saint Saens - Cavatine
Serocki - Sonatina
Sulek - Sonata
Weber - Romance

Brahms - Symphony No.'s 1 &   2
Wagner - Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin

Senior Year

Diatonic and chromatic scale patterns, expand range

Alessi - Warm-ups
Marsteller - Basic Routines
Schlossburg - Daily Drills


Blazhevich - Clef Studies

Bitsch - 15 Rhythm Etudes
Blume - 36 Studies

Bordogni/Rochut - Melodious  Etudes,  Vols. II & III

Bozza - Etudes
Charlier - Etudes for Trumpet
Fink - Introducing Alto Clef
Smith – Top Tones for the Trumpet

Albrechtsberger - Concerto for Alto Trombone
Grondahl - Concerto
Jacob - Concerto
Lars Erik-Larsson - Concertino
Martin - Ballade
Mozart - Concerto in Bb K. 191
Phillips - T Rex
Pryor - Blue Bells of Scotland
Salzedo - Piece Concertante
Tomasi - Concerto

Dorsey - I'm Getting Sentimental
Mahler - Symphonies No.'s 1 & 3
Ravel - Bolero
Rossinni  - William Tell Overture
Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries

Senior Recital

The Senior Recital must include one of the above level 4 solos; other solos are the choice of the student and teacher.  It is strongly suggested that one piece on the Senior Recital be a work of chamber music.  Students are reminded of the required hearing for this recital. 

Kleinhammer/Yeo - Mastering the Trombone
Farkas - The Art of Brass Playing
Bate - The Trumpet and Trombone
Instrumentalist Brass Anthology

Bass Trombone


Ahoroni - New Method
Bitsch – Quartorze Etudes de Rhythme
Blazhevich - 70 Studies for Tuba (vol. 1 & 2)
Blume - 36 Studies for Trombone with F Attachment
Bordogni/Rochut - Melodious Etudes (vol. 2) 8va basso
Fink - Studies in Legato for Bass Trombone
Gillis - 70 Progressive Studies, 20 Etudes
Knaub - Pi a la Bone
Kopprasch - Studies
Ostrander - Shifting Meters Study
Pederson - Elementary, Intermediate Etudes for Bass Trombone
Stephanovsky – 20 Studies for Bass Trombone
Tyrrell - 40 Advanced Studies for Bb Bass


Beaucamp - Cortege
Bozza - Allegro et Finale
Casterede - Fantasie Concertante
Galliard/Marx - Six Sonatas
George - Concerto
Gotkovsk - Lied
Haddad - Suite 
Hartley - Sonata Breve
Hindemith - Drei Leichte Stuecke (3 Easy Pieces), Sonata (Tuba)
Jacob - Cameos
Concerto - Lebedev,
Koetsier - Allegro maestoso
McCarty - Sonata for Bass Trombone
Pilss - Concerto
Spillman - 2 Songs, Concerto
Stevens - Sonatina
Tcherepnine - Andante
White -Tetra Ergon
Wilder - Sonata

Jazz Studies
Aebersold, New Approach Series
Coker - Patterns for Jazz
Gale – Twenty-Four Jazz Etudes (optional tape)
Grey - Plunger Techniques
Raph, Dance Band Reading
Snidero - Easy Jazz Conception w/CD
Band-In-A-Box (if computer hardware is accessible)

Clef Studies (begin with the Fink books, tenor then alto)
Blazhevich, Studies in Clefs
Fink, Introducing Tenor Clef, Introducing Alto Clef
Sauer, Clef Studies



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