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Tips for Educators, and an Evolving Pedagogy

Recently, as part of a session with brass colleagues at our AMEA all-state, I presented a session for music educators, "Tips to Improve your...

Deeper insights 1: Teaching

One topic I have only rarely touched on here in Horn Matters is something that has impacted my life and teaching in rather deep...

3 Stages of Beginning Music Lessons

Summer time is here - this is prime time for savvy music students to acquire music students of their own. This is a great...

Things Horn Teachers Say: Not PC on Farkas, and Some Notes...

As noted in part II of this series, most horn and brass teachers that disagree with elements of the Farkas approach to the embouchure...

Ericson Interview, part I: From orchestral player to professor

Periodically questions come in related to school projects. In this case, the questions were in an interview format for an advanced brass pedagogy and...

Alternative Hand Positions for Beginners

Compromised right hand positions In my experience as a substitute band and orchestra teacher in the Phoenix area, I see a huge shortage of student...

Pet Peeve: Teachers who don’t Teach Technique

In my continuing series of posts on pet peeves we have arrived at the topic of teachers who don’t teach technique. First, this post is...

The Ego-Driven Music Teacher: Good or Bad? (I)

Teaching -- more art than science? I occasionally lurk -- read, but do not participate in -- the various horn discussion groups. Interesting topics come...

Size Matters; Big Horns, Little Hands

From the family archive. A sister-in-law of mine once played French horn as a child. We like to swap stories now and then about her...

From the Mailbag: Right Brain, Left Brain, and Connecting with Students

Several years ago a question came in. It was one that I found interesting to ponder at the time and still find interesting to...