Dan Wions
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching private horn lessons and performing professionally all over the world for more than 20 years. Students of mine consistently place high in region and all state auditions, and have gone on to study at major music schools across the US and Europe.

Our first few lessons will be spent getting to know each other, discussing the your goals, and determining your handle of basic technique. I strive to be very adaptive in my teaching style. Some students need to be pushed, others need a slower pace. People have different learning styles, different strengths and weaknesses, different goals, different personalities.

As a musician, yogi, athlete, and health nut, I integrate as many skill sets as it takes to best aid the student. Whether someone comes to me with embouchure problems, stylistic questions, sound development issues, or a need for audition/recital preparation, one of my greatest joys in life is working with motivated goal oriented students of all levels. Looking forward to meeting you!

About Dan W.

Welcome to my profile!

As the Principal Horn of the New York City Ballet, I have dedicated my life to making beautiful music since early childhood. I began studies on piano at the age of two, composition at age five, and finally the horn at age nine. My performance experience is extensive, ranging from orchestral, concert band, chamber music, and solo repertoire, to pop, rock, show tunes, and jazz.

I strive to be very adaptive in my teaching style. Some students need to be pushed, others need a slower pace. People have different learning styles, different strengths and weaknesses, different goals, different personalities. I'm a born problem solver, so my first questions to new students focus on determining their goals and intentions, their current level, and the best strategy for getting them to where they'd like to be. One of my greatest joys in life is working with motivated goal oriented students through private lessons and ensemble coachings. As a musician, yogi, athlete, and health nut, I aim to integrate as many skill sets as it takes to best aid the student.

I have been teaching private horn lessons and performing professionally for more than 2 decades. Students of mine consistently place high in region and all state auditions, and have gone on to study at major music schools across the US and Europe.

Here are some of my Performing credentials:

* Principal Horn - New York City Ballet Orchestra
* Principal Horn - Glimmerglass Opera
* Substitute Musician with the Philadelphia Orchestra
* Substitute Musician with the New Jersey Symphony
* Principal Horn - Pennsylvania Ballet (Philadelphia)
* Principal Horn - Ocean City Pops Orchestra (NJ)
* Substitute Musician for My Fair Lady and Lion King on Broadway
* Recordings for NASCAR, Sony Classical, and Naxos Records
* Hornist and founder of Universal Brass Ensemble
* Active Clinician, Chamber Musician, Orchestral Musician, and Soloist
* Performances with Dave Brubeck, Aretha Franklin, The Who, Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Gloria Estefan, Carlos Santana, Mannheim Steamroller, Patti Lupone, Leann Rhimes, Josh Groban...
* Bachelor Degree in Horn Performance, with outside studies in Piano and Composition from Indiana University.

Education credentials:

* Visiting Faculty at Bennington Chamber Music Conference - 2018
* Faculty Westminster Choir College - 2003-2006
* Faculty Summertrios festival - 2002-Present
* Coach and clinician at Rutgers University, James Madison University, University of Central Arkansas, Kutztown University, Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University


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Andy
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Dan is my horn instructor!! He is extremely professional, well versed in all aspects of teaching and a pleasure to watch in action. It would be a mistake not to make him your first choice as a french horn instructor.

Posted May 13, 2018
David
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I have studied with Dan for the past few years now and my playing has improved drastically. Dan is fantastic in that he always reinforces technique whenever you are doing something wrong and builds good horn playing habits. He has so many different, methodical and intuitive ways to approach any kind of horn playing problem, and they have been all effective. In addition to the technical aspect, he helps to build great musicianship through focus on phrasing and expression that have elevated my playing and the way I approach music, from both a technical and musical stance. Lastly, his lessons are really fun! He's got a great sense of humor and friendliness that makes the learning enjoyable and memorable.

Posted Apr 1, 2018
Lauren
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He’s very helpful for all levels, he’s very patient and has helped me learn the French horn since I started. He is extremely kind and knows how to fix any problem you’re having. His expertise on horn makes him a great teacher.

Posted Mar 30, 2018
Kathryn
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Dan’s a great teacher because of how hard he pushes his students. He doesn’t care if you hate him, he will remind you every time you are doing something wrong with a way to fix the problem. He’s strict but has a fun side about him that makes him an enjoyable and helpful teacher.

Posted Mar 30, 2018

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Experience

Substitute Musician
May 2017 - Present

Philadelphia Orchestra

Substitute Musician
Jan 2017 - Present

New Jersey Symphony

Substitute Musician
Jan 2017 - Present

Lion King on Broadway

Principal Horn
May 2014 - Present

Ocean City Pops Orchestra

Principal Horn
Sep 2011 - Present

Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra

Education

Bachelors of Music Performance
Sep 1998 - May 2002

Indiana University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

American Federation of Musicians
Jun 2002
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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