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7 Insights on Horn Professors, Tenure, and Symphonic Playing

Many horn students aspire to the careers of playing in an orchestra or college level teaching, and people who have done only one of...

A surprising truth about horn professors

Back a few years I wrote an article on horn professors and accurate biographies. Following up on that topic briefly, I’m one now! Full...

Blog: Facebook, and Horn Makers, Dealers, and Publishers

When Horn Matters was starting out in 2009, our articles, posted to Facebook, went out to a large number of people on their news...

Ericson Interview, part IV: The “real world” of college teaching

Conclusion, interview by Komsun Dilokkunanant. 11. There are many complains from full-time teacher in Thailand regarding a high amount of paperwork that need to be...

Tiers of Orchestras, levels of Hornists, and the “A” list

Back in the Orchestra 101 series a few years ago (UPDATE: Now published as a Kindle ePublication, info here) there was an article that...

Copyright week, part III: The inconvenient truth

Want to kill creative enterprise? One great way to do this is to illegally reproduce copyrighted music and recordings. One of the ways people will...

Copyright week, part II: Are you a pirate, or a thief?

Students need to clearly realize that creative enterprise is funded by copyright protection, and that sharing musical files (print or audio) is really a...

Existentialism and the Paradigm of Trolls, Musicians and Union Labor

As regular readers might know, I am an avid follower of internet culture, especially meme humor. What I find most fascinating is how some...

Thoughts on Cognition, Bias and the ‘U.S. Orchestra’ Readership Poll

To get a pulse on what our readers might be thinking in terms of current affairs in the American symphony orchestra scene, a poll...

Readership Poll: What is Troubling U.S. Orchestras?

The list of troubled U.S. orchestras seems to get longer and longer. It feels as if a dam has burst and we are being...