Xin He

Xin H.

Rochester, NY
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Lesson Details

French Horn

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Want to learn how to play the Horn? I have been giving lessons to kids in Baltimore for years through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's OrchKids program and now hope to expand. My goals as a teacher are to make a safe teaching environment with an emphasis on support and to further your own goals. All ages are welcome! Lessons will be catered to each student and you or your child will build a strong foundation that can be applied to all things in life! Send me a message and let's get started.
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Xin delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional Horn player. I am currently a student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester getting my Bachelor's of Music under Professor Peter Kurau.

Horn players can expect to have a unique sound, and I intend to let the student harness that rather than stick to whatever standard of sound is preferred in our community. From my experience, horn players tend to build tension in the jaw, and as a person with TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction), I know how to recognize these pains and how to release tension and prevent it!

I have been studying classical horn playing for 7 years and have had experiences in various orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. I am also a part of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival of the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018, a nationally-acclaimed summer festival. In addition, I studied the Natural Horn for 2 years, the predecessor to the modern French Horn. Despite having a classical background, I frequently have to play jazz when playing modern compositions and learned how to read lead sheets, so therefore I can bring a multi-faceted way of teaching every day.

I have experience teaching young kids in Baltimore through the OrchKids Summer Program. I was a Brass Intern and taught the horn players and at times the trumpet players. From this experience, I developed patience and an even stronger love for teaching to play the instrument to which I am dedicating my life. I hope that you will consider me in your pursuit of finding a horn teacher for yourself or for your child.

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Substitute Horn
Oct 2018 - Present
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

I recently won an audition for the RPO's sublist for horn. I will be playing in some upcoming concerts as a substitute horn!

Substitute Horn
May 2017 - Present
Ocala Symphony Orchestra

I am currently a Substitute Horn player for the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, meaning that whenever they need someone to fill a position in the Horn section, I am one of the people called to fly down and play in the orchestra.

May 2018 - Jul 2018
National Orchestral Institute + Festival

I was a fellow with the National Orchestra Institute + Festival at the University of Maryland, College Park. I performed in various community outreach during my time here and gained valuable orchestral playing experience and connections.

Brass Intern
Jun 2014 - Jul 2016
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra OrchKids Summer Program

I supported group Brass class for the upper and lower levels and gave individual lessons for those who wanted them every week. I mostly taught horn players but I also taught trumpet players.


Bachelor of Music, Applied Music (Horn)
Aug 2016 - Present
Eastman School of Music


Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency

4 Reviews

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Jill D. Nov 26, 2018
French Horn · Online

Xin is a superb instructor. She is very patient and has provided me with techniques and tips that have improved my horn skills significantly. She is very knowledgeable and online instruction allows her to provide immediate feedback during the lesson. Though I have a long way to go, the improvements I have experienced have far surpassed my expectations.

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Andrew Jul 11, 2018
French Horn · In studio

I haven't taken lessons from Xin, but as a colleague of hers at the Eastman School of Music, I can honestly say that she is one of the best and most dedicated horn players I've ever met. I have no doubt that Xin's skills as a musician would transfer well to her teaching. You won't go wrong with her.

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Ryan Jul 10, 2018
Audition Prep · In studio

Loved her informative and supportive sessions! Would highly recommend!

Isaac May 22, 2018
French Horn ·

I go to school with Xin and she is a very dedicated player with a beautiful sound. She is very knowledgeable of horn playing mechanics and will make an amazing teacher.

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