Chris Phelps

Chris P.

Cincinnati, OH
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a musician with expierence playing French Horn with professional orchestras and chamber groups. I have spent 5 years teaching privately and held positions teaching in the public schools. Through my public school experience I have had the opportunity to give many trumpet lessons. In my lessons we not only focus on having good sound, technique, and musicianship but also having fun while playing the instrument! It is my goal to bring the students personality out through their music.
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Chris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello! Let me start by thanking you for your interest in private horn lessons! They are a great way to express yourself or make band class at school even more fun by staying ahead of the curve.

I started my career at Florida State University and majored in both Music Education and Horn Performance. During my four years at Florida State I performed at two international horn conferences, a regional and national College Band Directors Association convention, and competed at two southeastern horn workshops. While in Tallahassee, I won the 2nd horn position with the Tallahassee Symphony and section horn with the Sinfonia Gulf Coast. I also received numerous honors including the Big Arts Classical Music Scholarship and runner up for the Florida State Young Artist Concerto Competition. After graduating in 2017 I was awarded the graduate brass quintet fellowship at The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where I continue to grow as musician under the guidance of world-renown hornist and pedagogue Denise Tryon.

During my performance career I spent my spare time teaching students! From 2014 to now I have taught many private students some of which have performed with honor ensembles. I also taught in the Florida Public School system in 2018 as a brass clinician and orchestra director. It is extremely important for a teacher to have both playing and instructional experience which is a quality I take pride in.

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University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Graduate Brass Quintet Fellow
Aug 2018 - Present
University of Cincinnati

Perform and compete with the graduate brass quintet. Coach and mentor undergraduate/graduate brass ensembles.

Brass Clinician
Jan 2018 - Jun 2018
Brevard Public Schools

Worked with horn and brass sections at local middle and high schools throughout Brevard County, Fl.

Kennedy Middle School Orchestra Director
Mar 2018 - May 2018
Brevard Public Schools

Taught beginning and advanced orchestra students. Planned concerts and participated in solo and ensemble performances.

Viera High School Orchestra Director
Mar 2018 - May 2018
Brevard Public Schools

Taught intermediate and advanced orchestra students. Planned concerts and participated in solo and ensemble performances.

Student Teacher
Aug 2017 - Dec 2017
Titusville High School

Helped rehearse concert band, marching band, jazz band and percussion ensemble. Taught music theory and career research. Gave private instruction to all instruments both brass and woodwind. Organized fundraisers, submitted grades, and conducted concerts.


Master of Music Performance - Horn
Aug 2018 - Present
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music Performance - Horn
Aug 2013 - Dec 2017
Florida State University
Bachelor of Music Education
Aug 2013 - Dec 2017
Florida State University


Florida Teacher Certification
Feb 2018
Florida Department of Education

I am certified to teach in the state of Florida


Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Graduate Brass Quintet Fellowship
Mar 2018
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Florida State University Young Artist Concerto Competition Runner-Up
Nov 2016
Florida State University College of Music
Big Arts Classical Music Scholarship
Nov 2016
Big Arts
Thomas Kirwin Scholarship for Music Education
Aug 2013
Florida State University

4 Reviews

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Dennis Feb 3, 2019

Mr. Phelps is an outstanding instructor! He worked with my large group, small group, and private lessons students. As a band director, I truly appreciated his professionalism and demeanor with all of my students of all ages and levels - very supportive and very encouraging. His lesson are high-energy and up-tempo, the kids loved it! Chris is an excellent choice for lessons. I highly recommend him!

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John Feb 3, 2019

Chris was a great teacher and help to our daughter. He was also very flexible with our schedule and often helped us move the time to fit perfectly...on Sunday no less! Within a short time both her band leader and us could hear the difference in her performance. Super nice nice guy too and that’s coming from a Gators fan (if you follow college football you will understand this). Best of luck up there Chris!

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Carol Feb 1, 2019
French Horn · In home

Mr. Phelps is a wonderful educator! My middle school band students were in awe of his expertise AND had a great time learning from him. He is a wealth of knowledge and has an excellent understanding of pacing material correctly for the level of student he is working with. My kids were engaged and excited without being overwhelmed. I would absolutely hire him again.

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Martin Jan 31, 2019
French Horn · In studio

Chris is a fantastic musician and teacher. My son began taking lessons from him as a beginner French horn player. Chris brought his skill level up quickly and challenged him to play in the county solo and ensemble competition. The results were a supperior performance, with aclades from the judge to my son for learning all the notes so quickly (5 months). Thanks Chris you have made a life long impression on my son.

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