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Hornist Motivations: Bucket Lists, etc.

A post yesterday on the Hornisten der Berliner Philharmoniker Facebook page brought to mind a point worth making about motivations for horn players. The specific post...

Innate talent? ‘No such thing’ says genetics author

For many years I held firmly to the belief that some people among us are extraordinarily gifted. They possess an extra serving or two...

Letters from my Teachers

Since the end of school I have been working on a major cleaning project at home, time to get rid of some things and...

Hill on What it Takes to “Make It”

A book we are working through with the Horn Pedagogy class is Collected Thoughts on Teaching and Learning, Creativity, and Horn Performance by Douglas...

Another Meaning to Concentration

Like an apple a day. Some of the best practices techniques involve thinking (and playing) outside of the box. The well-known teacher, pedagogue and performer...

Verne Reynolds, man with a hobby

One way to know someone is by their hobbies. The name of Verne Reynolds should be familiar to Horn Matters readers, as Bruce and...

Lessons Learned from My Cats

Big things in little packages. Tigger-Poo and Mr. Tribble were rescued as kittens from our local Humane Society. They are members of our family and...

Horn Playing Can be Fun

As you are reading a horn-related blog, my guess is you might be a horn player. Why did you start playing horn? There are...

Deeper insights 5: Quitting?

As a final point in this series of deeper insights related to raising a handicapped child it would be this: giving up is not...

The Future of French Horn Playing

One thought I have heard (and have repeated myself) is that this is a “golden age” for the French horn. Or is it? Before getting...