I have been performing on the horn for 15 years now. I graduated from Chapman University in 2010 with my music education and music performance degree on French horn. I love teaching students how to master this beast!
I have been playing horn for 20 years and graduated with my Masters from CalArts where I studied horn with Robin Graham and Daniel Grabois in New York before that. I am equally at home in jazz/rock/pop in addition to Classical playing. Before moving to LA four years ago I toured the east coast playing with NYC band Horse's Mouth and was the Principle Hornist in the Sage City Symphony in Vermont.
Depending on each student's goals/needs, we will focus on Classical horn technique, jazz/pop/rock horn, improvisation, orchestra/chamber/solo repertoire, and/or electronic processing on the horn.
Books used: Standard of Excellence (beginner), Essential Elements (beginner), Yamaha (beginner), Kopprasch (intermediate/advanced), Maxime-Alphonse (advanced), Verne Reynolds (advanced)
As a former all-state french horn player with several full ride scholarship offers, I know what it takes to become an excellent french horn player.
French horn is one of the most difficult brass instruments to play because the partials are so close together (you can play many notes without changing the valve combinations) - it requires good ear training and accuracy in your embouchure to play successfully. I've developed several techniques to train beginning and intermediate french horn players.
French horn is a BEAUTIFUL instrument, let's play together!
With almost 15 years of experience playing horn, as well as a B.A. in music, I'm your ideal teacher whatever your level. Don't be scared by people telling you "French horn is the hardest instrument" - I definitely disagree! You've chosen a brass instrument with a unique, beautiful sound; let me coach you in breathing and accuracy and introduce you to the wonderful world of horn repertoire.
I studied with Dale Clevenger at Indiana University for my Masters degree and bring the philosophy of musical goals first and foremost. The most important part of playing horn is sound and I will work with you to get the best sound possible.
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