Playing any musical instrument can be both gratifying and frustrating, but a student of the Horn understands this perhaps better than most musicians. "Playing the horn," says Horn virtuoso Barry Tuckwell, "is like driving a very fast car on an oily road. You have to anticipate the things that may go wrong." It is the hope of this studio that applied lessons will make the journey a little less dangerous!

Course Objectives

  1. To develop musical skills through listening, analysis, and playing the horn in various settings
  2. To develop an understanding of music in an historical and cultural context


You are obviously expected to practice……not only the material assigned during your lesson, but the literature you are preparing in wind ensemble, concert band, orchestra, and master class. Set a regular time and stick with it. Always have a goal in mind when you sit down in that practice room. A minimum of 45 minutes of practice a day is expected.

Master Class

Activities will include ensemble work, individual performance/evaluation, brief student reports on related topics, and instructor lead discussions of various technical aspects of horn playing. Those studying horn as a secondary instrument are expected to meet the attendance policy of your major area.


These take place at the end of each semester. You are required to play assigned scales, an etude, and a solo piece.

Required lesson materials

Pares Scales  Edited by H. Whistler  Hal Leonard Publishing
Sixty Selected Studies Book 1  G. Kopprasch Carl Fischer
Ultimate Low Horn John Ericson Horn Notes Edition

Additional material (as needed)

  • 335 Selected Melodious Progressive and Technical Studies
  • Southern Music
  • Horn Player’s Audition Handbook
  • A. Labar
  • Belwin Mills

Suggested equipment

  • Metronome
  • Tuner