To continue my series on my initial publications, the third project I started on was Introducing the Horn: Essentials for New Hornists and Their Teachers. In this book I attempt to cover in one volume the range of performance-related topics that are the most essential in giving a new hornist a good start. The ideal resource book for beginners, those converting to the horn, and music educators.
I had been encouraged and challenged to create a book of this type. There have been other books written along a similar vein, but hopefully this volume will make an impact.
What most inspired me to write this was a conversation with a Masters Degree music education student the previous year who commented that the horn was the instrument students were most likely to quit. Which on reflection I realized was a pretty accurate statement. In Arizona especially we could easily have twice as many horn players at the high school level. I hope this volume makes the desired impact in the field, and contributes to the development of more and better horn players at the junior high and high school level.
UPDATE: This publication is now in a second edition and,
UPDATE II: This publication is now (2018) in a third edition in Kindle format. Purchase on Amazon here.
Product description: Covers the range of performance-related topics that are the most essential in giving a new hornist a good start. This updated edition is a great resource for beginners and for those converting to the horn, with information also of use to intermediate and advancing hornists. In addition, supplemental text is presented which is directed toward current and future instrumental music educators, and presents practical information that will serve to augment materials used in horn methods classes.