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Popular Online French Horn Teachers

Erin P.

West New York, NJ
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Jacob D.

Syracuse, NY
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Joe C.

Cedar Rapids, IA
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Erin P. West New York, NJ

About Me

Erin P. is currently freelancing in New York City and on Broadway as a member of AFM Local 802. She recently spent a season in Miami as fourth horn for the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony, after spending the 2012-2013 season in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina playing fourth horn for the Sarajevska Filharmonija. The Sarajevo Philharmonic supports the Bosnian National Theater, performing symphonic repertoire, opera and ballet throughout the season.

Prior to her appointment in Sarajevo, Erin was an active freelance musician in the Las Vegas area. She performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic in the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and in Broadway shows on the Strip. She earned her Master of Music degree in horn performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2012, studying with Bill Bernatis.

A Connecticut native, Erin earned her bachelor's degree from the Hartt School of Music in music history and horn performance, studying with NYC freelancers Dan Grabois (Meridian Arts Ensemble) and Peter Reit (American Ballet Theater, Phantom of the Opera). While in the Hartford area, Erin performed with the Goodspeed Opera House, Hartford Opera Theater, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, and the Rocky Hill Town Theater.

Erin has performed with a variety of summer festival orchestras, including the Ash Lawn Opera Orchestra, Franco-American Vocal Academy (Périgueux, France), Sewanee Summer Music Festival and Lake Tahoe Orchestral Academy.

Erin's blog "Horn in Real Life" documents her experiences in Sarajevo and beyond, and can be found at

Jacob D. Syracuse, NY

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own instrument. I will bring mine. I will suggest music to get in the student doesn't have their own.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all brass instruments (trumpet, horn, euphonium, baritone, trombone, and tuba), and trumpet is my specialty. I can also teach beginning to intermediate piano and guitar lessons. In addition, I have extensive experience teaching ear training, music theory, and composition. I am fluent in all styles--Classical, jazz, pop, funk, etc.

Joe C. Cedar Rapids, IA

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument. Expect student to have their own.

*** Specialties ***
All methods, styles, genres.

*** Play just to have fun or prepare for college, church and/or professional employment! ***

Ben B.

Wenham, MA
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Marian H.

Greeley, CO
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Breanna E.

Boston, MA
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Ben B. Wenham, MA

About Me


I hope to encourage and build you up in whatever challenge we decide to tackle. Whether you are starting out for the first time or you have been playing for a while, I'm here to push you, to see you grow and to learn things as well. I love working with both children and young adults. My students say that I'm fun, I run lessons in an exciting manner, and I love making music.

I'm a senior music education major at Gordon College (Wenham, MA) and have been teaching privately for the past 2-2.5 years. I will be obtaining my Bachelor of Music in Music Education in May 2015.

*** Lesson Details ***
My priorities are to be meaningful, fun and hard-work. I want to foster a desire to play the instrument and enjoy playing it well.

*** Studio Equipment ***
No studio available

*** Travel Equipment ***
(12-string Fender Acoustic Guitar, Bach Stradivarius B-flat Trumpet, Yamaha student model Trumpet, Bach semi-pro B-Flat Cornet)

**Location Requirements**
If you are interested in studying racquetball, you are required to come to Gordon College for your lesson. All other lessons are to be in the students' home or online, unless an arrangement is worked out between myself and the individual student.

Students must provide their own instruments.

If necessary, method books must also be purchased upon discussion with the instructor within the first two weeks of lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Strong in classical trumpet, jazz and contemporary piano, music technology, basic recording.

Marian H. Greeley, CO

About Me

In addition to more than a dozen recordings with the Chestnut Brass Company, she can be heard on the soundtrack recording of Ken Burns’ The Civil War, the Mozart Orchestra recording of the Music of William Herschel and the Philadelphia Virtuosi recordings of the Music of George Antheil and the Music of Howard Hanson, as well as on the Boulder Brass A Visit from St. Nick. Her latest recording, Todmorten 513, was digitally released in Fall 2013.
Ms. H. is the author of the critically acclaimed Daily Routines for the Horn Player and Daily Routines for the Student Horn Player, both published by Mountain Peak Music. In demand as a clinician for hornists and chamber music, she has given presentations at Western Illinois University, Fresno State University, the Chautaqua Institute, Ohio State University and the University of Oregon.
She serves as the Secretary Treasurer of the International Horn Society, and on the Board of Directors of the International Horn Competition of America and is a member of the jury for the Jeju, Korea International Brass Competition.
Currently principal horn with Pro Musica Colorado, the Boulder Brass, and the Boulder Bach Festival, Ms. H. has also performed as principal horn with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and recorded and performed as principal with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. A member of the Colorado Ballet and Colorado Opera, she often performs as an extra/substitute hornist with the Colorado Symphony.

Breanna E. Boston, MA

About Me

Breanna has been teaching piano and horn to inquisitive minds of all ages for over ten years. From teaching neighborhood kids and accompanying local choirs and music students, to being studio accompanist at the University of Kansas and fourth horn for the Topeka Symphony Orchestra in her undergraduate years, to her current days as collaborative pianist for the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and freelance hornist in the Boston area, Breanna has a novel's worth of musical experiences that provides a rare, all-encompassing look at teaching and the life of being a musician.

------------Musical and Teaching Philosophy------------

Through all these experiences, I can safely say that my theory of teaching and learning music is that it's all about connections. To learn music is to learn a completely new way of looking at the world. It is an inward journey of strength and discovery as much as it is an outwards one, learning to successfully and compassionately communicate with fellow musicians and anyone else who might cross your path. I have collaborated with individuals in both the instrumental and vocal realms - trumpet, trombone, tuba, (French) horn, clarinet, flute, violin, viola, bass, sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, baritones, and have taught piano, horn, and beginning/intermediate wind instruments in both private and group settings. I love music, and even more, I love teaching music!

------------Musical Biography------------

Breanna E. is a dynamic and highly sought-after horn player in the Boston metro area. Of her debut performance as principal horn with the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, wonderful solos came “especially from Breanna E., who intoned the essential horn part with nobility.” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Of an exposed, pre-concert lecture-demonstration with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, “that of the very low notes of the fourth horn part in the Overture to Der Freischutz, [were] excellently sounded by Breanna E..” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Miss E. has played with numerous groups, including Boston Ballet, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the East Coast Scoring Orchestra, to name a few. Most recently, she served as principal horn with MetroWest Opera for their production of Hansel und Gretel and currently, she acts as section coach in the Boston Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

Equally at home in symphonic, opera, and chamber music worlds alike, Miss E. has performed in music festivals across Europe and the United States. In 2011, she served as principal horn at the Eutiner Opernfestspiele in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. She attended the Colorado College Music Festival in summer 2012, and later that summer attended the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic. While in Prague, Miss E. performed with an international chamber group that took second place in Ameropa's International Concertante Competition. The quartet performed Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante K295b in the Czech Philharmonic's Rudolfinum, Dvořak Hall with Camerata Filarmonica Bohemia.

Having performance degrees in both horn and piano from the University of Kansas, Miss E. attended the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy as a pianist in 2010. There, she met kindred spirits amongst the composers attending and later that year, invited them to Kansas to hear their commissions performed by her brass quintet, the Lawrence 5. The concert served as both premieres of their works and as a benefit concert to aid in the building of schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan through the Central Asia Institute. While at the University of Kansas, Miss E. was a recipient of the Zakoura Collaborative Pianist Scholarship. Much of her pianistic time was spent collaborating with instrumentalists and vocalists from all realms, often in premieres of new works by colleagues in composition. Regarding hornistic studies while studying at KU, Miss E. was assistant then fourth horn of the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, the first job she won at age 20.

Miss E. is currently pursuing her master's degree at New England Conservatory, studying with James Sommerville. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas in horn performance, studying with Paul Stevens, and piano performance, studying with Jack Winerock. Miss E. continues to be a collaborative pianist both at the NEC Preparatory School and in the Boston area, playing for Suzuki classes and private lessons. When not pursuing musical endeavors, she enjoys creating raw desserts, planning her worldwide backpacking trip, and learning mad, Balkan rips to busk with on accordion.

About French Horn

At first glance the French horn may appear to be a complex instrument. With its tubing wrapped into a coil and all those valve levers and finger rests, it tends to seem very complex and that’s without even talking about how it is played! You see, playing the French horn can really be a challenge, especially for beginners. Luckily, if you pursue French horn lessons with one of our Certified Music Instructors it will be a lot easier for you. Our lessons instructors will design lesson plans which are made specifically to cater to the individual needs of each eager student. We also have programs that tackle more advanced levels of playing. Our lessons can teach you how to hold the French horn, how to use mouthpiece pressure on the instrument, improve your fingering technique, understand ...

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