A Horn Player's Study Guide is intended to direct horn players at all levels of
development towards appropriate study materials and repertoire. Music educators and studio
teachers can use it for repertoire ideas, and horn players from beginner to advanced and
even professional levels can use it to assess their own level of achievement.
This Guide represents six levels of ability, from beginner to professional. Players
develop different strengths at different times: one player may have the range of a Level 6
but the tone and technique of a Level 3 player. Another might have a Level 6 tone and
technique, but the range of a Level 3 player. Still another, through diligence and devoted
practice might achieve an acceptable performance of a Level 6 piece, but lack many of the
other skills such as sight-reading ability, or the extensive knowledge of repertoire and
styles that a real Level 6 achievement requires.
The fact is, we can all benefit greatly from mixing up our practice routines to include
selections from more than one level. Most professional players, besides practicing
repertoire for their next recording or concert tour, also still practice tone building and
scale exercises similar to what beginners must work on.
A Horn Player's Study Guide does not pretend to be all inclusive. The Guide lists only
a small portion of the available methods, etudes, horn ensembles, orchestra, band, chamber
music and solo repertoire for horn. Study of all such material is important and should be
included in your daily practice routine. Also, this Guide is not intended to replace a
private lesson teacher. There is no book that can substitute for a qualified teacher, one
with the ability to demonstrate and inspire, and the knowledge to guide the student
according to his/her individual needs, desires and special talents.
All musical materials in The Horn Player's Study Guide are available from your local
music dealer or from:
Southern Music Company
In the U.S., please call 1-800-284-5443 for orders, or