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Start the Year with a Mission Statement

Late last year I was challenged to think about the topic of mission statements, and specifically a mission statement for my teaching. At first I...

Turning Points

One turning point we horn players have in common is we all decided at some point to play and keep playing the French horn....

Named Your Horn Yet?

This past week I helped my niece purchase a new flute. At the store the manager asked her if she had named her old...

The Placebo Effect and Horn Playing

The mind of the horn player can be a complicated place, and one psychological principal in particular that has always held a fascination for...

Mini-poll: Is it the ‘French horn’ or just a ‘Horn?’

This poll is now closed * * * Both John and I have written a few articles recently on the topic of the name of our...

Update 2011: Why Write Articles and Put Them Online?

Weighing heavily on my mind recently has been my motivations for making public, thoughts on the French horn and the classical music business. About...

A Nutcracker from the Audience

I have played The Nutcracker quite a number of times, and I have seen it on video, but this past weekend finally for the...

Imprinted on a Sound

Thanksgiving can be a time of reflection, and recently I realized a somewhat deep thought with respect to sound. Starting on a basic level, the...

Memories of Horn Calls Past: My First Issue of The Horn...

I joined the IHS when I was a senior in high school. In those days long before E-mail or Horn Matters the journal of...

Practicing can be Fun

One site I follow and enjoy is Trumpet Matters by Phil Collins. In his article "Accepting the Ratio" he has what I am sure...