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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...

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...

Things Horn Teachers Say: Ineffective Teaching

Derek Wright posted recently on something a teacher (not me!) said to him in a first lesson. The teacher asked him “do you have...

Technical Materials II: Standard Materials I Teach From

As mentioned in my previous post, in terms of materials I started out as I was taught but over the years began to experiment...

The Mean Horn Teacher

One style of horn teaching is to be the mean teacher. It is supposed to motivate students, and there will perhaps always be some...

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...

Foulk on Sexism and Things to Not Say in a Master...

In updating the Events page recently I noted in the website for the 2012 International Women's Brass Conference an article by co-host Lin Foulk...

More Debunking the F Horn for Beginners

Occasionally I like to peruse Google Patent Search, looking for cool and far-out concepts in horn design. A complete article last year uncovered some interesting...

The Space Between the Notes

Improvement -- a process of subtraction. Music is the space between the notes. This well-known quotation attributed to the Impressionist composer Claude Debussy can have many...

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...