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About Ben G.

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Kenmore, WA

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I teach all horn players up to the collegiate/very advanced levels.

About Ben
I have been teaching French Horn, piano and composition privately for about nine years, mainly in Snohomish and King counties. I have also coached horn players in local school bands during this time, as well as helping students with learning disabilities. There are many difficulties that students encounter when studying music, and I want to help you turn weaknesses into strengths, and help you find out where your greatest strengths (and interests) lie in music. I'll work with you to help you understand your own musical desires and goals, so that you can get the most out of your lessons. I am committed to understanding each of my students, and to sharing my love of music with each one of them. I teach French Horn, piano, music theory and composition as well as songwriting. Currently, I teach in the South Snohomish County and North Ki
ng County areas.

I was eight years old when I started taking piano lessons in Tacoma, WA. When I was 12, I discovered that I had perfect pitch while playing church hymns with my dad. This ability has served me well on a number of occasions. I discontinued formal piano lessons when I started college, but I continued to play piano on a nearly daily basis from that point on, keeping my technical skills at a very advanced level. I played trumpet in school bands starting in the 5th grade, and switched to French Horn in the 8th grade. The appeal of the horn may have had something to do with its rich, warm sound, its intricacy and complexity, and the demands that it placed on me to play with a high degree of pitch accuracy. I loved the challenge of playing accurately on the horn then, and I still do. As a horn student, I have studied with Jacqueline Shannon, Kathy Farner, Kathy Colton, Lawrence Lowe, Elizabeth Ward, Jeff Snedeker, Rodger Burnett and Stacie Eliason. As a horn performer, I have played with community and regional professional orchestras in the Seattle area, Central Washington, Olympia, in the Tacoma Youth Symphony, and in numerous ensembles in college.

I have studied music at Tacoma Community College, Brigham Young University and Central Washington University. I received Bachelor of Arts in Music at Central Washington University. I plan on attending graduate school in the future, focusing on music composition and film composition, as well as French Horn and piano performance.

As a music composer, I have written works for many different ensembles, choral works, solo piano pieces, and works for solo instruments. I am drawn to rich harmonies and beautiful melodies, as well as interesting timbres and musical variety, in my own music and that of the music I listen to. I am easily able to visualize music in color, and I have a thorough understanding of how the elements of music combine together to affect emotions in listeners. This is one of the reasons that I am currently pursuing film and media composition.

As a student, teacher, performer and music composer, I know that there are countless musical topics that students are curious about. I feel that students should feel free to ask any question in the field of music, even if it may seem like a "dumb" question. I value the sincerity and passion for good music that so many students have. I will help you acquire the knowledge and skills that you need, so that you can see more clearly your own musical goals. Previous and current students I have, each have made improvements in their own playing and knowledge of music, some of whom have made vast improvements in their playing and knowledge of music.

As I have taught music privately for a little while now, and can reasonably compare how I teach with other instructors that I know well, I can say with certainty that there are at least a few areas of my teaching that are somewhat unique and highly beneficial for certain students, if not most students. I value ear training and using flashcards with beginner students quite a bit, and am fond of teaching not only the "nuts and bolts" of music, but also, how music "works", such that a student of mine can write their own music if they have the desire to do so. I also try to assign a wide variety of music for each student (which differs according to each student's musical interests, abilities, and areas of their playing that need to be improved), especially as they improve and approach the intermediate levels of playing. There are many reasons I do this, but for the student, it is very important that they do not feel particularly "bored" with the music they are playing. I also have found that students who have a more sensitive nature tend to be more comfortable with the way I teach, as I reserve higher, stricter expectations for more advanced, older students. I also try to always be as patient, kind, and considerate with every student as I can be. Lastly, I highly encourage questions and feedback at any time during a lesson, and I try to create an atmosphere where the student feels comfortable to do so.

I accept students from five years old on up, but I prefer horn students to be at least ten years old before starting lessons, unless they have noticeably greater abilities to focus for a certain period of time than other children their age.

Employment and Musical Experience:

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Private Composition Instructor, January 2009-Present

Private Horn Instructor, January 2009-Present

Private Piano Instructor, Fall 2006-Spring 2007, January 2009-Present

Summer Camp Counselor: Lutheran Summer Music, Summer 2006

Principal Horn: Ensign Symphony Orchestra, December 2014

Fourth Horn: Olympia Symphony, September 2012

Third Horn: Mid-Columbia Symphony, February-May 2007

Second Horn: Washington East Opera, Barber of Seville, January 2006

Substitute Third Horn: Yakima Symphony, Winter 2006

Third/Fourth Horn: Wenatchee Symphony, Fall 2005

Substitute Horn: Leavenworth Summer Music Theater: Summer 2005

1st Horn: Shoreline Community Church, Christmas 2004

Principal Horn: Central Washington University Symphony, Chamber Orchestras

Principal Horn: Central Washington University Wind Ensemble

Finalist, Northwest Horn Workshop Mock Auditions, March 2005

Education:

Graduate, Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program

Post-Baccalaureate Music Education Courses: Central Washington University, 2006-2007

Bachelor of Arts in Music: Central Washington University, Summer 2006

Associate of Arts and Sciences: Tacoma Community College, Fall 2002

Other:

Eagle Scout

Served 2 Year Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Music Composer/Arranger

*** Lesson Details ***
I have always wanted people I interact with to be, as a general rule, comfortable and relaxed in any setting. This certainly applies to the students I teach. However, students can expect that musical improvement will only occur through daily practice and constant effort. That being said, I am more interested in helping students overcome any difficulties in this area through reviewing their own practice habits and motivations, rather than using harsh discipline. It is crucial that students see the connection between their own practicing and musical improvement. Once this occurs, they can take more responsibility for their own progress with that added awareness.

The material chosen for each student will vary considerably, depending on their current knowledge, experience and ability level, innate abilities, musical tastes and priorities. The progress that is made will, to a large extent, be determined by the student's practice habits and natural ability. However, over the course of a few months or so, students should see noticeable improvement in their own musical abilities, if they practice and pay attention during lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, computer/printer, metronome

*** Travel Equipment ***
-French Horn: pencil, mute, tuner/metronome, maintenance/cleaning supplies, some books depending on if it is a first lesson, etc. I bring my own horn, and expect the student to have their horn. I also expect them to have a music journal to use as a reference for practicing and keeping track of their progress. Occasionally, I will employ a recording device for the purpose of assessing personal teaching effectiveness, or for the student to evaluate their progress/record their practicing.
-Piano: Metronome, pencil, some books if it is a first lesson, music journal, possibly a recording device from time to time.
-Music Theory/Composition: Music paper, pencil, music journal.

*** Specialties ***
Regarding method of instruction/teaching style, I am student oriented, and tend to adapt to each student's personality and learning style. I tend to teach more in the classical genres, with some pop/film music thrown in for variety (from time to time). I prefer using the Bastian, Alfred, and/or John Thompson piano methods, and Pottag-Hovey, Maxime-Alphonse books, etc. for French Horn.
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Tam October 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ben is a wonderful teacher! He is very dedicated and patient. My kids play piano greatly improved since they started with Ben.
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Lynn September 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ben is great if you want your child to love piano. He is a fun teacher and was very patient with my son, who was a bit turned off from music due to prior experiences. He actually wrote songs for my son to play since he needed more time at the beginner level. He was great when my son was nervous at recitals and festivals and had strategies to help him deal with nerves.
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Ryan /. September 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Not good for beginners. Ben is knowledgeable, however.
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Ben G.

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About Pasquale G.

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Coral Springs, FL
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excellent instruction on a difficult horn many years of practical skill playing as well as teaching horn.

About Pasquale
Teaching is a passion. All my students love what they learn and their progress is my number one concern. I have been teaching since the age of 17. I welcome any student wanting learn the joys of playing brass instruments. I have taught more than 500 students on a private level since I began teaching.
I began studying at the age of 9 with a top trumpet professional, David Frick. Man what an experience. If you want to make excelllent progress look no further.
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Michael D. July 12, 2019
· Trumpet · Online
We love Pasquale... he has really helped our son excel in his trumpet playing. Pasquale is always encouraging quick to recognize our son when our son does a good job and always calls him out (in a nice way) when it's obvious he hasn't practiced!

Pasquale has a fun sense of humour, which our son loves. He has brought fun to the lesson and our son looks forward to his lessons twice a week.
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Julie May 29, 2019
· French Horn · Online
My son has been taking lessons from Mr. Gallo for this entire school year. He started out not even knowing how to hold the horn or buzz on the mouthpiece. Mr. Gallo has been instrumental in teaching him this year. Yes, my son was in band, but he really needed the extra instruction to be successful with such a hard instrument. What I appreciate about Mr. Gallo's teaching style is he is very encouraging and he is very clear about establishing a good foundation for playing the horn. He knows the proper techniques to strengthen the embouchure and the musical exercises needed to succeed. He has been a very reliable teacher and he was always willing to help my son with anything needed, such as helping him prepare for his solo competition. Overall, I am very impressed with how much my son has learned this year with Mr. Gallo's instruction and he went on to get the highest possible score in his solo competition and more importantly he really enjoys playing the french horn.
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SHULAMIT April 7, 2019
· Trombone · Online
My 7/8 year old REALLY wanted to try trombone, a difficult instrument for anyone but especially a young kid. Pasquale agreed to take him on without judgment or preconceptions. Ultimately it was a little too difficult but he completely understood that a kid should still be allowed to experiment. His teaching style was the perfect balance of stern and jovial and my typical silly kid respected him. When the time came to end lessons, my kid is not dissuaded and is looking forward to trying new instruments. Pasquale was very understanding and let me and my kid know that if the passion for trombone returns he is still his teacher. Thanks Pasquale!
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About John K.

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Littleton, CO
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I teach absolute beginners, intermediate and advanced students. I work with them on technique, strong fundamentals, sound production and the repertoire of band and orchestra music.

About John
Since moving to Colorado in 2004 John has performed with all major arts organizations including Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Central City Opera. Before moving here he was in the San Francisco Bay area for many years with positions including Second Trumpet in San Jose Symphony and Principal Trumpet in California Symphony for eighteen seasons. As well he did numerous national tours and recordings with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. He taught 5th and 6th grade band in Los Altos schools and maintains an active private studio.
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John K.

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About Olivier H.

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Bloomington, IN

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An accomplished international chamber musician, I have performed with Volante Winds at the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as well as being featured the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival and the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival. Volante Winds has also toured extensively throughout the United States giving concerts and masterclasses at various colleges and Universities.
I have also performed in Europe as part of the Festival Internacional de Música Clásica in Vilagarcia Spain.
I focus on beauty of sound and engaged music making and as a result my students have won places in the Chicago Youth Symphony, Sacramento Youth Symphony, Roanoke Youth Symphony and Superior Ratings at the NYSSMA State Solo Competition.

About Olivier
Dr. Olivier Huebscher is Assistant Professor of Applied Brass at Mount Allison University, after having received his Doctorate in Horn Performance at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
An accomplished international chamber musician, I have performed with Volante Winds at the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition as well as being featured the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival and the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival. Volante Winds has also toured extensively throughout the United States giving concerts and masterclasses at various colleges and Universities.
I have also performed in Europe as part of the Festival Internacional de Música Clásica in Vilagarcia Spain.
I have been featured on a recording of Mahler’s Symphony No 9 with the Kammermahler ensemble. I have been a member of Santa Moni
ca Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Columbus Philharmonic and Redlands Symphony as well as being a finalist for Macau Symphony and semi-finalist for New World Symphony. My performance experience includes playing in sections with legendary performers such as Dale Clevenger, Jeff Nelsen and Elizabeth Freimuth. My teaching style relies on simplifying breathing and focusing on achieving the best possible musical results. I take into account each student's goals and desires and tailor lessons to get the end result they want. I have worked with many beginning students as well, so whether your goal is an upcoming school or ensemble audition or simply trying to sound as beautiful as possible I will help you achieve your goals.
I focus on beauty of sound and engaged music making and as a result my students have won places in the Chicago Youth Symphony, Sacramento Youth Symphony, Roanoke Youth Symphony and Superior Ratings at the NYSSMA State Solo Competition.
I also have a minor in music theory as well as years of theory tutor experience ranging from teaching how to read music notation to Schenkerian analysis.
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Julie K. April 25, 2019
· French Horn · Online
Olivier was great to work with. Olivier was very helpful with being able to hear and correct issues that my son was having with his horn. My son was comfortable with taking lessons and enjoyed the lesson times. I recommend Olivier.
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Kerri April 22, 2019
· French Horn · Online
We signed up when our local instructor moved and no others in town were accepting new students. For context, our high schooler has been playing french horn for 5 years, and has primarily been preparing for district/state solo contests this semester.

Oliver is great. He has provided helpful instruction, advice about performance nerves, and has been super-flexible in scheduling.

Honestly, we were initially a little skeptical of online lessons. It took a few weeks to get into a routine, but now they are working out quite well. An advantage to the online format has been how easy it is to re-schedule when we have one-off conflicts, and it's actually kind of nice having lessons in your own home.

In a perfect world, we would love to take lessons from Oliver in-person!
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· French Horn · Online
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Olivier H.

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About Matthew J.

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New York, NY

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Experienced teacher and performer, knowledgeable in various aspects of music from french horn, piano, music theory, history, and performance practices. Emphasizing on tailoring a curriculum suited for each individual student, growth and learning will be a fun and exciting process that helps establish fundamentals, nurture creative expression, and enjoy making music!

About Matthew
Experienced teacher and performer, knowledgeable in various aspects of music from french horn, piano, music theory, history, and performance practices. Emphasizing on tailoring a curriculum suited for each individual student, growth and learning will be a fun and exciting process that helps establish fundamentals, nurture creative expression, and enjoy making music!
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About Payton C.

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Chicago, IL
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I have been teaching horn for 8 years at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. And I have studied with some of the best orchestral horn players around. Jim Smelser, second horn of the Chicago Symphony, was my primary teacher and I have performed along side him in that orchestra. I specialize in technical issues, but I always put emphasis on the music. Regardless of your skill level I feel that we can work together to get you to any level of musicianship you desire!

About Payton
I am a freelance horn player and I have been the horn for 15 years. However, I have been involved in music for my entire life. I earned my Bachelor's degree from East Carolina University and I just recently received my Master's degree from Depaul University where I studied with Jim Smelser, second horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While I was still in North Carolina, I was on the substitute horn list for the North Carolina Symphony as well as assistant/utility horn in the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. I performed in various other freelance groups in the Raleigh area and played regularly as second horn in the NC Ballet Academy's production of "The Nutcracker." While in School I was a finalist in multiple solo and concerto competitions, including the NC Symphony's young artist competition. Since moving to Chicago and studying wit
h Jim Smelser, I have had the opportunity to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra which was an absolute dream come true.

Besides performing, I have been teaching for 6 years at various skill levels. I enjoy teaching and working with students to figure out the best ways for them to learn new skills. I have my own tricks that I like to use to fix technical issues, but I like to think of lessons as a more collaborative process. I am dedicated to my students and will do everything I can to help fix any problems, whether it be technical, musical, or even personal, I want to help.

Music is such a passion for me and few things make me happier than playing my horn. More than anything, I want to be able to share this passion with anyone who is interested in learning!
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Payton C.

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About Steve O.

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Saint Paul, MN

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Experienced teacher of 37 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate French Horn student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs confidently and accurately in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Steve
I am a professional musician and music educator with 37 years of highly successful experience in teaching students of all abilities (beginners to advanced level performers), and all ages (young children to adults)!

I have an undergraduate music education and trumpet performance degree from Concordia College - Moorhead, and a Masters in Music Education degree from the University of Minnesota.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their instrumental technique. Every student is unique, and I meet students where they are at, and help them to achieve their goals (and often exceed their expectations of what they thought was possible!).

I teach students of all different ages and experience levels, and special needs students. I teach students to read music, pursue classical or jazz excellence, help them to achieve higher levels
of performance excellence, sharing all that I have learned during my many years of experience as a teacher, performer and life-long learner in the wonderful world of music (aligned with the goals and preferences of the student).

My experience as a teacher includes 20 years as a Band Director at Rosemount HS, 12 years as Band Director at Eden Prairie HS, and several years as a Beginner Band Director in the Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan school district.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to grow as a successful and happy musician!
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Natalie August 6, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Steve is a great teacher with many years of experience in the public schools and as a private instructor. My grandson currently takes lessons with Steve and loves it! From beginning to advanced students, Steve is a fantastic instructor!
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About Jon M.

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Jamaica Plain, MA

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My first teacher horn soloist David Jolley taught me how to enjoy making beautiful music on such a difficult instrument while also having fun. I want to help beginning horn players do the same so they can enjoy the same experiences I am experiencing in my current musical career. :-)

About Jon
I’m a freelance musician and student pursuing my Bachelors in horn performance at New England Conservatory under Eli Epstein, former 2nd horn of the Cleveland Orchestra. Previously, I graduated from UNC School of the Arts high school program where I studied with David Jolley and Maria Serkin.

I enjoy teaching students of all skill levels, and can teach at NEC or students houses. Students can expect to develop their own personalized warm-up and technique studies for their own issues, along with studies of larger repertoire, exudes and excerpts.
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Jon M.

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Average Cost of French Horn Lessons in Kenmore, WA

The average cost of 60-minute french horn lessons in Kenmore is $62. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $60 and $65 per hour.

30-min $35
 
$37 average
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45-min $50
 
$52 average
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60-min $60
 
$62 average
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute french horn lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute french horn lessons are 17% less expensive at $52, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $37.

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