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|Volume 1 Issue 3|
Dear Horn Friends,
한국의 혼 연주에 대해 전세계에 있는 IHS 식구들에게 알리기 위해 글을 쓰기 시작하다 보니
IHS Scholarships are open to any student (within the age restrictions). Apply now to win fame and glory (not to mention $ and free lessons). Deadline is May 1, 2015.
I've worked with James on many film projects over the years but it was playing on the score of 'For Greater Glory', a lesser-known film but full of wonderful horn writing both in a solo and ensemble context, that prompted a conversation about a concerto of some sort for the instrument: what might work, what length it might be and how we could do it. Eventually this led to tonight's collaboration for not one but four solo horns.
by Karen Houghton
I began playing the horn at age 14 and, at age 16, I taught my first private lesson to a beginning horn player named Dennis Houghton! Yes, we attended the same high school and I am a year older (and wiser). My band director gave me the task of helping the "new kid," and my teaching career began! I actually took my first private lesson at age 17, and my teacher, Ed Jackson, was a patient, firm and encouraging mentor. He taught me "how" to practice: playing through warm-ups, exercises, etudes and excerpts with me. He opened up my eyes to a world of possibilities! I tutored several students while continuing my studies at California State University - Long Beach and I discovered a passion for teaching, which has continued my entire life. I can summarize my teaching philosophy by comparing horn playing to the basic Four Food Groups:
By "digesting" a healthy balance of these four "food" food groups, the student will be able to develop a strong, well-rounded approach to the horn. Since I like variety (in diet AND practice), I choose from several possible exercises in each group, changing the exercises weekly. I am also always willing to try "new foods" and encourage my students to do the same, using concepts we have learned in masterclasses, online and in workshops. With as much variety as possible, I still maintain a reasonable lesson plan, which means "small, balanced, sensible meals" during the school year.
Know someone graduating? Is your Mother a horn player? Membership in the International Horn Society makes a great gift. Now through 15 May we're offering a 10% discount on new one year or student gift memberships! Go to our web site: www.hornsociety.org, click on Gift Memberships from the Membership drop down. When you get to the confirmation page enter MAYGIFT2015 in the coupon box and click "redeem coupon."