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Last year a topic touched upon in an article was that of “clicks” and valve changes. In that time frame, I started taking some...

Those familiar with older horn publications will recall a classic 1962 book by Gunther Schuller titled Horn Technique. It is so compact that you can practically...

As a final point in this series of deeper insights related to raising a handicapped child it would be this: giving up is not...

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

Turning a bit of a corner, as time went on as a teacher I realized that there are essentially two types of confidence. What got...

Some things I have learned on a deeper level over the course of raising my son. When he was little it was more to...

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

Back in 2015 I had an article looking toward the modern, paperless hornist. More and more works are available as files rather than printed...

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Late this afternoon I received a call from the personnel manager of The Phoenix Symphony, that the second horn was ill and would I...

Several students are taking auditions now in the studio. Part of playing an audition well is knowing who you are playing for. For an...

This summer I am presenting three sessions at the IHS symposium in Memphis, and this week the major project was organizing my materials for...

Bruce sent me a link to a very interesting post yesterday from the site Wired.com. The title of the post was “May 3, 1815:...

Embedded in the article yesterday was one of the more recent videos of horn solos by Steve Park. It gave me a case of...

Resources for opera excerpts are scarce.I just found a resource - new to me - for operatic horn excerpts:http://thehorninopera.com/This is a CD (no sheet...

Working with a variety of horn students inevitably the embouchure comes up as a topic. An important aspect is placement on the upper lip....

One of the goals of this course is to prepare graduate students for comprehensive exams. One typical question asked in those exams involves outlining...
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