As an instructor, I believe in providing a safe and positive environment while motivating and inspiring students with a personalized, goal oriented approach to their studies. My aim is to promote creativity and diversity for each student to find their own voice and to be the best they can be in the concert hall and in life, using music and horn as the medium.

I encourage and teach a music-first approach when playing the horn. The general idea is to let one’s airstream guide them through musical lines. In my experience, taking Arnold Jacobs’ “Wind and Song” approach generally leads students to the correct techniques. Along with the music first method, an individual daily fundamentals routine is incorporated into each student’s curriculum. Concepts from my routine are introduced to the students and I encourage them to use it as a starting place to develop their own routine based on their personal needs. In the studio setting, these fundamental exercises are used to produce a group studio routine. Once, twice, three times a week or every day, depending on the studio, the group will meet to develop fundamental skills together. Over a period of time, the routine, which can change depending on the needs of the students, increases their foundation for the musical, physical, and mental aspects of horn playing.

In addition to the daily routine, students are introduced to literature from all time periods and styles of music. My students are also encouraged to seek out new repertoire and urged to listen, make decisions, and form thoughts of their own. Using repertoire, etudes, and excerpts, students strengthen the techniques needed to play the horn, which guides them to develop the musical, technical, and fundamental skills that are essential for any musician. Real-life scenarios that translate into actual situations are incorporated into lessons as much as possible. All of these processes allow students to find success in not only horn playing, but in all aspects of life.

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