Horn Pedagogy Week 15: Final Review

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First, thank you for following along to the end of the semester. We have been able to cover in some depth the most essential topics related to horn teaching and performance.

For those taking the class at Arizona State there will be a test, and there will be short answer questions related to the topics below:

  • Mouthpieces you might recommend to a beginner
  • Comparison of the single F and B-flat horns
  • Comparison of descant and triple horns
  • Comparison of horns typically used in the United States with those used in Europe
  • Teaching legato and staccato
  • Teaching the low range
  • Teaching endurance
  • The use of the assistant first horn
  • Teaching extreme dynamics
  • Accuracy, tactics to employ with students
  • Tactics to improve a lip trill
  • Stopped horn and echo horn
  • Tactics related to performance anxiety

There will also be three essay questions. Sorry, I am not putting them online! But students in the class will have them to prepare in advance of the test as well.

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Looking back at the course and completely revising the test brought home even stronger the idea that teaching tactics will change over time, noted in an article this past weekend. And I would also quote this passage from the book of James: “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” No teacher is perfect but in your teaching I hope this class has helped toward educating yourself to do your best.

From the side of being a student and reaching for the next level, I would offer these brief, bonus readings on how to become a horn expert.

As a very final item of the semester, there actually is a lighter side to horn teaching and performance, and it would be a good time to reference the ultimate “Classic” horn method, the Complete Method für der Waldhorn oder der Ventilhorn by Professor Eric Von Schmutzig. A book I would highly recommend reading, you may learn more about this method here.

Do you know more now than you did before the class? I hope so! And be watching for the repertoire course in the spring to learn even more.

This is the final review session of a fourteen week course in horn pedagogy. The introductory article is here, and the series is presented for the educational purposes of our readers. In the spring the present series will be followed by a fourteen week course in horn repertoire.