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Shawn Z.
Houston, Texas
Learn how to play French horn, refine your skills, win auditions, have fun!
My teaching is centered around keeping horn fun and inspiring, building and refining foundational skills, and developing musical fluency. Every student has different goals, so every lesson will be like a fine tailor-made suit--not "off-the-rack." I have taught complete beginners, adult learners, middle school and high school students, and coached college students preparing for auditions. Lessons learned will go beyond the horn. Regardless of age or level, through teacher demonstrations of technical and musical concepts, sharing and discussing great recordings, singing, analyzing the repertoire, and cultivating every student's belief through a balance of the "training" and "trusting" mindset, our lessons will focus on developing three crucial aspects: the mind, body, and soul. I am invested in the success of each student, and I expect all students to come to lessons prepared. Please message me with any questions, and let's get started!
About Shawn Z.

Hi, I'm Shawn! I grew up in Tennessee, and am currently in Houston, TX studying French Horn Performance at Rice University. Thanks to modern technology, I'm available for online lessons wherever you live. I've been studying horn for over a decade, and have performed with internationally renowned ensembles. I regularly teach beginner students, high-schoolers, adult learners, and coach audition success using performance psychology and effective preparation techniques. Above all, I want my students to enjoy the process and love the music. I look forward to teaching you! -- Professional Bio: Shawn Z. is a professional horn player and student at Rice University, where he studies with world-renowned pedagogue and Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony, William VerMeulen. Previously, he was a Myra Jackson Blair Honor Scholar at Vanderbilt University’s Blair Academy, where he studied with Leslie Norton, Principal Horn of the Nashville Symphony. While attending the Interlochen Arts Academy, he studied with Corbin Wagner, former hornist in the Detroit Symphony. Shawn has performed with the Houston Symphony, and he made his concerto debut appearing with the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band as the winner of its solo competition. In 2017, he performed at Lincoln Center as a member of the Interlochen Arts Academy’s New York Philharmonic Residency. He has collaborated with eminent conductors including Marin Alsop, Ruth Reinhardt, James Ross, Giancarlo Guerrero, Bramwell Tovey, Ken-David Masur, and Sir Antonio Pappano. He is a National YoungArts Foundation winner, prizewinner of the Nashville Symphony Concerto Competition, Curb Youth Symphony Competition, and the Southeast Horn Workshop Solo Competition. He has been a Fellow at the National Orchestral Institute and Sarasota Music Festival, and has performed multiple times with the National Youth Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and on international tour. He has also spent three summers studying with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra as a student at the Tanglewood Institute. He is a regular collaborator performer with the Just for U Music Program (JUMP!), the Shepherd School of Music's musical outreach program that curates and performs educational programs for underserved middle-schoolers in Houston. As the founder of the Hanszen Family Chamber Music Festival at Rice University, he received a grant from the Sviatoslav Richter Fund for Music Outreach to help bring high quality chamber music directly to the student population.

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French Horn
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As a retired beginner (coming back to the horn after many decades), I was initially a bit anxious about taking lessons from Shawn, as I worried his typical students were not at my particular stage of development, but this worry was immediately put to rest. Looking on the roster of horn teachers, most seem to either not play horn at a high level (teaching twenty+ other subjects), or don’t take the effort to present themselves and their teaching, so I was drawn to Shawn’s profile. I am always given undivided attention for our weekly lessons. He understands my goals and is patient while I un-rust old chops. I find there to be a satisfactory balance of musical and technical instruction that helps me enjoy the process. I highly recommend Shawn as a horn teacher.

Posted May 17, 2022
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Lessons have been very effective and focused. Shawn offered many insightful, intuitive tips on technical fundamentals and musical expression, and how to make the learning process more efficient and enjoyable.

Posted Apr 7, 2022
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I had a couple lessons with Shawn in order to prep for college auditions, and not only were his musical tips and technical solutions effective, but he's also knowledgable about different college horn programs. If you're a pre-college hornist looking for insider tips on continuing your education at a higher level, I highly recommend Shawn!

Posted Apr 1, 2022
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Nov 2021 - Present
Houston Symphony Orchestra
• Performed subscription series concerts with the Houston Symphony as Assistant Principal Horn
Founder and Organizer
Aug 2020 - Present
Hanszen Family Chamber Music Festival
• Presents several concerts a year featuring local Houston students and professional musicians performing chamber music
Fellow
May 2021 - Jul 2021
National Orchestral Institute
Fellow
Jun 2019 - Jul 2019
Sarasota Music Festival
Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance
Aug 2018
Rice University
Diploma, Horn Performance
Sep 2016 - May 2017
Interlochen Arts Academy
Precollege Certificate with Honors, Horn Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2018
Vanderbilt University, Blair Academy
Chinese
Native Proficiency
English
Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Winner, "President's Own" U.S. Marine Band Concerto Competition
Feb 2017
"President's Own" U.S. Marine Band
National YoungArts Foundation Winner
Nov 2016
National YoungArts Foundation
Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2019
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
International Horn Society
Jul 2017
Since 1970, The International Horn Society (IHS) has been an organization of people from around the world drawn together with a mutual interest in the horn. We are dedicated to the performance, teaching, composition, research, preservation, and promotion of the horn as a musical instrument.

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Instructor details
French Horn
Teaches 2 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
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Main St, Houston TX
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$35
45 minutes
$45
60 minutes
$55
90 minutes
$85
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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