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Popular French Horn Teachers Near Bensalem

Frank G.

Claymont, DE
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Michael S.

Philadelphia, PA
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Dan W.

Philadelphia, PA
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Frank G. Claymont, DE

Subjects Taught

Cello, Clarinet, Drum, Flute, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Speaking Voice, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin

About Me

After a 26-year hiatus in the radio business, I'm back in the field I trained for in college. I graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education, and taught for 6 years before trying radio on for size, so to speak. I also taught for 2 years in the early 1990's while between radio jobs. These days, I'm "getting back to my roots" in music!!

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is somewhat laid-back. I am firm in my insistence on good musicianship, but I don't consider myself a "taskmaster". After 3 to 6 months, my students will have learned some basic music theory and the basics of playing whichever instrument they've chosen.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I don't provide equipment. Students should provide instruments and books.

Michael S. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Trumpet

About Me

I recently received my Master’s in Music Performance from the University of Delaware, where I had a graduate assistantship. While at UD, I volunteered regularly at the El Sistema-inspired after-school music program Play On, Philly. I received my Bachelor’s in Music Performance with a minor in Music Theory from the world-renowned University of North Texas. While at North Texas, I was the horn instructor for Celina I.S.D. where I taught private lessons to the horn students. I was also a Supplemental Instructor for Music Theory II while at UNT. As an SI, I led three weekly sessions that involved group activities for the students in order to enhance their knowledge and understanding of music theory.

I am not sure what first interested me in classical music, but as far back as I can remember, I wanted to learn how to play French horn. I loved the way it looked and sounded and I just had to figure out how to play it myself. I started playing horn when I was 12 and I've been in love ever since. While it can be incredibly frustrating to play sometimes, if you work hard enough and are persistent and dedicated, then you will have a tremendous pay off.

After a few years of just playing horn, I started playing trumpet in jazz band. When I was 16, I began studying piano and continued with my piano studies throughout college, including some studies in organ as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will tailor our lessons to your interests and needs as a student. Enjoying yourself while playing your instrument is very important, so I try to always make sure that my students are having fun during their lessons. I am relaxed while still expecting each of my students to achieve their highest potential. My level of expectation will depend upon each student and the issue involved. After six months with me you can expect to be able to fluently read music, feel a significant sense of improvement on your instrument, and will be able to say you know the joy of music-making first hand!

*** Studio Equipment ***
touch-sensitive keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
Stand, tuner, metronome. I have books, but I would also expect my students to buy books and music of their own.

*** Specialties ***
I love teaching horn from beginning to advanced. I have a thorough knowledge of étude books and solos most commonly, and not so commonly, used for all levels of horn instruction. I have studied piano and organ for several years and am very familiar with the varying techniques between the two. I have played recorder (sopranino, alto, tenor) with my collegium while in grad school as the top voice in a Renaissance recorder ensemble and also as a soloist with a Baroque trio sonata group. I have a strong passion for early music and would be delighted to share my love of the music and the instruction of the instruments to any student.

Dan W. Philadelphia, PA

Subjects Taught

French Horn

About Me

* Principal Horn - Pennsylvania Ballet (Philadelphia)
* Principal Horn - Chamber Orchestra of New York
* Recordings for NASCAR, Sony Classical, and Naxos Records
* Active Clinician, Chamber Musician, Orchestral Musician, and Soloist
* Performances with Dave Brubeck, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, Mannheim Steamroller, Patti Lupone, Leann Rhimes, Josh Groban...

I have a Bachelor Degree in Horn Performance, with outside studies in Piano and Composition from Indiana University. I have been performing professionally for 20 years, and privately teaching and coaching for 12 years. Experience includes:

* Faculty Westminster Choir College - 2003-2006
* Faculty Summertrios festival - 2002-Present
* Coach and clinician at Rutgers University, University of Central Arkansas, Kutztown University, Eastern Michigan University

My approach to teaching is based largely on students' goals. While I do work with a variety of ages/levels, step 1 is always ensuring a proper foundation of the basics. Additionally, I am well versed in Nutrition, Fitness, and establishing a healthy mindset. Integrating this with a focus on body awareness and problem solving aids students in developing a highly efficient and analytical strategy for horn, sports, academics, and life in general.

*** Lesson Details ***
The first 3 lessons with any student is a trial period. By the end of the third lesson, I encourage the student to assess whether or not they have learned something, and whether or not they feel comfortable with me as their teacher. During this trial period, I will be assessing how motivated the student is to reach his or her goals on the instrument, how attentive and responsive they are during lessons, and how well they prepare the work they have been assigned each week. Once fully accepted into the studio, the following expectations are in place:

- Students should arrive at the lesson on time, warmed up (when possible), and ready to play.

- Students will be responsible for purchasing their music and bringing it to the lesson.

- Students are expected to practice no less than 3 days per week. This is the bare minimum. Specific amount of time per practice session may vary anywhere between 15 minutes and 3 hours, depending on level, material, and specific goals.

- I am to be made aware of any life or health issues that may interfere or affect the performance of the student.

- In addition to their instrument and all appropriate music, students should bring the following with them to each lesson:

pencil, metronome (or smartphone metronome app), a notebook of manuscript paper (their lesson book), a stand mirror (only if specifically requested)

****Please contact for availability. I do not use the calendar function on this website.

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