Elliott Stanger

Elliott S.

Greensboro, NC
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French Horn

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I am well equipped to teach a variety of skill levels across several instrument groups, covering basic fundamentals to advanced performing techniques. I instruct students on how to be good musicians at all times and stress the importance of individual practicing. My students are given weekly performance assignments outside of their school coursework, and receive assistance in their preparation for upcoming school concerts, honor band auditions, and recitals.

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Elliott delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello there! My name is Elliott Stanger and I currently reside in Greensboro, North Carolina. I am the principal horn in the Durham Symphony and I am on the music faculty at Mitchell Community College. I have also performed with the North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Raleigh Symphony, North Carolina Brass Band, Greensboro Opera, and annual productions at the Triad Stage and Carolina Theater. I am currently finishing up my Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Several of my students have won college scholarships, as well as positions in local honor bands and youth symphonies.

Lessons with me will be engaging, informative, and fun. My favorite moment while teaching is watching a student light up when they finally get a concept or nail a passage they've been working on. I love talking in metaphors and will often try to use a student's favorite hobby, sport, video game, etc. to find the best possible way to explain a difficult concept or describe exactly what I want them to do.

I set clear goals for each lesson and expect the students to try their best to meet them. I don't expect perfection, but I do expect them to put in the effort. No musician will tell you that they "work" their instrument. We practice and play our instrument, just like an athlete practices and plays their sport. Effort is involved, but it doesn't have to be work!

I encourage my students to love their instrument, their music-making, and learning, no matter what age or background they come from. I am always available via email or text to communicate with students and parents to ensure that we stay on the same page and know what is expected from one another.

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Horn Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
Aug 2017 - Present
Mitchell Community College

MUS 110: Classroom lecture with non-music major students. Topics include musical eras, composers, Non-Western instruments, and historical significance.

MUS 162: One-on-one instruction with primary instrument with undergraduate students completing a two-year Associate in Fine Arts degree program.

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Horn Instructor
Jul 2017 - Present
UNCG Summer Music Camp

Worked as the faculty instructor of America's Most Popular Music Camp over the last three summers. Instructed approximately 20 young horn players per week.

Principal Horn
Jan 2017 - Present
Durham Symphony

Guest Clinician
Aug 2013 - Present
Triad Area, NC

Extensive work with grade school and high school music programs. Clinics range from hour long engagements to weekend events, covering a wide variety of topics including basic fundamentals, sectional work, intonation, rhythm, marching style, posture, transitioning to high school or college, and professionalism.

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Brass Sectional Coach
Aug 2013 - Present
Triad Area, NC

Weekly coaching of high brass sections. Sectionals focus on the music for upcoming concerts as well as section intonation, dynamics, rhythmic accuracy, musical knowledge, and being able to recognize and address individual instrumental issues.

Performing Artist
Aug 2013 - Present
North Carolina

Performed as substitute horn for the following organizations:
- North Carolina Symphony
- Charlotte Symphony
- Greensboro Symphony
- Raleigh Symphony
- North Carolina Brass Band

Private Studio Teacher
Aug 2008 - Present
Elliott Stanger

One-on-one instruction with students with a variety of skill levels across several instrument groups, covering basic fundamentals to advanced performing techniques. Students are taught how to be good musicians during rehearsals and the importance of individual practicing. Students are given assignments outside of their school coursework, as well as receive assistance in their preparation for upcoming school concerts and recitals.

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Doctor of Musical Arts
Aug 2016 - Present
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Master Of Music
Aug 2013 - May 2015
University of North Carolina at Greensboro


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