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The Provocative Teacher

I don't particularly like to do this, but occasionally I encounter a student that absolutely needs to be poked with a stick. Repeatedly. The...

The Gumpert Project

While this is a post from my original HTML blog from 9/16/05, it is very timely now as one of my DMA students, Derek...

Before Farkas: Preparatory Instructor for French Horn (1937) on the Single...

I am not sure what the exact background was of authors E. C. Moore and A. O. Sieg but they certainly were practical band...

Horn is Tough for Band Directors to Teach

…especially if they did not have a decent methods class. One of the projects I have had students do in the horn pedagogy class in...

Passing of Abe Torchinsky, and Giving Students Complexes

Over at TubaHead I noted an article on the recent passing of tubist Abe Torchinsky at age 89. My first contact with him was...

Arizona Doing Its Best to Discourage Teachers

Of late I am very disturbed by recent trends in my home state of Arizona. At one time the education motto from our nation's capitol...

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...

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...

The Horn Dare

We need more horn players in the schools. I would offer readers a challenge in two parts. The first part is a general challenge to...

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...