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Deeper insights 4: Being positive

Working with my son these few years the thing that has recently worked the best has been a technique called “Positive Behavior Support.” Without...

PSA on Horn Sections Sitting Backwards

We all know that the standard arrangement of horn sections has the players blowing down the section from the first horn. In other words,...

On Not Distracting Other Players

This is the final article I will be posting from the archive of the original Horn Notes Blog, originally dated 7/17/05 and posted with...

Tone Down the Electronics to Focus

A blog I follow by a former student (from when I was on the summer faculty of the Brevard Music Center) is Zen and...

On Horn Professors, or the 100% Accurate Biography

In all sorts of job situations we have official ranks. I held the titled position of Third Horn in the Nashville Symphony for six...

Just Say “No” to Transposed Parts

Transposed parts; younger students love them, but on the whole they are a crutch. One of the reasons they are used so often is...

A Dissertation Should Look Like This

In the photo are seen two dissertations. Mine, completed it while performing Third Horn full time in the Nashville Symphony, and another recent one for a...

On Talking in Rehearsals

At various times I have been asked about talking in rehearsals. While when I was on the faculty at Brevard we were encouraged to...

Bad Page Turns: A Thing of the Past

Or at least they should be. Over the long weekend I spent quite a bit of time working on Finale files for a new...

Video: An Unusual Performance of Mozart 4

A friend this morning sent me a link to this video with the note “This is sort of interesting.” Wrong! Thank you for the link...