University of Idaho Horn Studio Syllabus


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Weekly Individual Lesson as scheduled, 50 minutes, Room 307
Horn Ensemble Thursdays 5:30pm, Room HPH
Brass Area/Convocation Sequence Thursdays 2:30pm, Room 307, 216, HPH
Small Ensemble Rehearsals Tuesdays 2:30pm, Rooms 123 and 307
Warm Up/Routine Building Class Tues/Thurs: 7:30 – 8:20am, Room 116
Excerpts Class Wednesdays time TBA


Learn and integrate – Students will:

  • Understand and appreciate the cultural and historical context of the music you perform
  • Understand, integrate and apply your music theory, history, and literature knowledge to the etudes and solo repertoire that you study
  • Learn about the art of music by performing, listening, analyzing, and creating music
  • Translate learned skills into pedagogical techniques

Think and create – Students will:

  • Develop skills in recognizing and solving technical, musical, intonation and ensemble problems through inquiry, individual practice, studio classes, and master classes
  • Develop skills in expressing yourself through music
  • Develop musical and interpretative abilities

Communicate – Students will:

  • Develop skills in communicating musical ideas in lessons, studio classes and master classes

Practice citizenship – Students will:

  • Give respect freely to all members of the horn studio
  • Earn respect through punctuality, preparation, professionalism, and attentiveness

Clarify purpose and perspective – Students will:

  • Explore the role that music plays in your life through self-inquiry, readings, discussions and presentations in lessons, studio classes, and master classes



  • A professional model horn in good working condition
  • Metronome
  • Tuner
  • Recording Device


  • Sixty Selected Studies, Book 1 by G. Kopprasch
  • Ultimate Low Horn by John Ericson
  • Grand Theoretical & Practical Method for the Valve Horn by Josef Schantl
  • Embouchure Building for French Horn by Joseph Singer
  • Bach Cello Suites ed. Wendell Hoss
  • Legato Etudes for Horn by John Shoemaker

You will be asked to purchase further materials as you progress. Potential material includes:

200 New Melodic and Gradual Studies for Horn in 6 books by Maxime-Alphonse
Musical Calisthenics for Brass by Carmine Caruso
34 Studies, Op. 64 by Bernhard Müller
30 Studies, Op. 13 by J-F Gallay
40 Studies for Horn by Henri Kling
21 Characteristic Etudes for High horn Playing by Martin Hackleman
34 Characteristic Etudes for Low Horn Playing by Martin Hackleman
48 Etudes for French Horn by Verne Reynolds
The Horn Handbook by Verne Reynolds
Collected Thoughts by Douglas Hill
Real World Horn Playing by Wendell Rider
Mastering the Horn’s Low Register by Randy Gardner

***You are required to own all jury and recital music.


50% – Lesson Preparation and Studio Related Attendance
5% – Midterm Video Project
10% – Scale Requirement
10% – Terms and Listening Exam
5% – Final Video Project
20% – Jury / UDS Grade


Attendance of lessons is imperative for obvious reasons.  If you are sick, please stay home and get well.  However, in all other cases, you will be expected to be at your lesson on time, warmed up, and ready to perform.  If you are sick and unable to make your lesson, please contact me at least an hour before your lesson time to be excused.  Unexcused absences will result in a grade of F for that week’s lesson.  Three or more unexcused absences will result in an F for a final grade.

Students are required to have and maintain a current email address. It is the student’s responsibility to regularly check their email account.


Each Student should make every effort to be alert to the studio’s activities, events, and notices. The easiest way to accomplish this is a constant discussion between the studio members and the instructor. Items will be posted outside the studio door and/or on the studio Facebook page.


This class is an extension of horn lessons and is required of all students taking applied lessons. During this time we will discuss your routine development and slowly implement the material required to create a proper and efficient routine designed to continually push your playing to the highest of levels. Each student is allowed to miss two meetings of this class. The third and each subsequent absence will result in the lowering of your final grade by 5%.


This class is a volunteer extension of horn lessons for those signed up for MusA 115/134/334/534. During this time we will discuss relevant orchestral literature and the audition process. Required Materials for the class include:

The Horn Player’s Audition Handbook by Arthur Labar
The Hornist’s Opera & Ballet Handbook by Arthur Labar
Orchestral Horn Excerpts by Daren Robbins


Horn Area/Convocation weeks will meet on Thursday at 2:30 in Room 307 or 116. The Convocation sequence is a requirement for all music majors (please see student handbook).

Material covered will include master classes discussing memorization, breathing, performance practice, excerpts, transposition, jury preparation, performances by Prof. Johnston and members of the studio. Master classes from outside horn professionals may also take place at this time. Students are required to perform once each semester during studio class.Studio class provides performance opportunities for all horn students with peer review.  Each student will be required to perform twice during the semester – once before

Studio class provides performance opportunities for all horn students with peer review.  Each student will be required to perform twice during the semester – once before the midterm, once after midterm. Some studio classes will be reserved for discussion of horn-related topics.  Students may miss one studio class per semester. After one missed studio class your final grade for lessons will be lowered by 5% for each additional missed studio class


We will determine appropriate material from each of the following areas:

  • Fundamentals
  • Technique (sound production, flexibility, articulation, etc)
  • Etudes
  • Solo literature
  • Routine Development

Your practice should include work in each of these areas on a daily basis.  I suggest that each student practices from 1 ½ to 3 hours daily, preferably broken into 3 or more sessions. Ensemble and performance time does not count as practice time.


Each student will prepare a jury piece with accompaniment (if necessary). If your piece requires accompaniment, you must practice with your accompanist first, then arrange to bring your accompanist to your lesson at least two weeks prior to your jury.  You are expected to own a copy of your jury piece. I must hear you twice before you play your jury.


You are required to attend all studio horn recitals, brass faculty recitals, wind ensemble, orchestra, and jazz band concerts.  Every effort must be made to attend faculty recitals.


Know that I occasionally use physical contact in order to address a mechanical issue. Under no circumstances will there be any sort of physical contact below the shoulder/collarbone line. An example would be the use of a thumb on the chin or index finger on the corner of the mouth. I find this teaching style to be extremely effective in solving a problem. If you are uncomfortable with this type of problem-solving we can always address the issue verbally.


CRN 12890 – MUSA 114-22: Studio Ins: Horn
CRN 23291 – MUSA 115-22: Studio Ins: Horn
CRN 12923 – MUSA 124-22: Studio Ins: Horn
CRN 12948 – MUSA 134-22: Studio Ins: Horn
CRN 32893 – MUSA 314-22: Studio Ins: Horn
CRN 12997 – MUSA 324-22: Studio Ins: Horn
CRN 13020 – MUSA 334-22: Studio Ins: Horn
CRN 35843 – MUSA 514-22: Studio Ins: Horn

SCALE EXAM: The exam will be given during the normal lesson time during the 13th week of class and should not take more than 10 minutes of your lesson. I will choose 10 different scale/key combinations from the appropriate level below. A mistake in the scale counts as a strike, and if a student has 3 strikes in any scale, they fail that scale. If the student fails 3 of the 10 scales, they fail the scale exam. If a student fails a scale exam, they will repeat the exam the following week for up to four weeks. Each failed scale exam is a half-letter grade deduction from the student’s final grade in the course. Below are the minimum level requirements for listed by the semester of your degree.

Year & Semester Scales w/Arp Minimum Speed
1st year, Fall Major
2 octaves ♪ @ ♩= 72
1st year, Spring Major
Natural Minor
2 octaves ♪ @ ♩= 84
2nd year, Fall Major
Natural Minor
Harmonic Minor
2 octaves ♪ @ ♩= 96
2nd year, Spring Major
Natural Minor
Harmonic Minor
Melodic Minor
2 octaves ♪ @ ♩= 104
3rd year, Fall Major, Chromatic,
and all minors
Diminished HW
2 octaves ♪ @ ♩= 112

2 octave ♪ @ ♩= 72

3rd year, Spring Major, Chromatic, and all minors

Diminished HW and WH
2 octaves ♪ @ ♩= 120

2 octave ♪ @ ♩= 72

4th year, Fall Major, Chromatic, and all minors.

dHW/dWH and Blues

2 octaves
♪ @ ♩= 132
2 octave 
♪ @ ♩= 72
4th year, Spring Major, Chromatic, all minors

Whole Tone, dHW/dWH, and Blues

2 octaves ♪ @ ♩= 144

2 octave 
♪ @ ♩= 72


Academic Honesty

Cheating: copying an assignment, lifting answers from a classmate’s exam, bringing an identical exam or answers to a multiple choice exam to the test, having notes or other resources (calculators, handhelds, note cards) not allowed by the teacher, including any comments or key words written on hat bills, under wristwatches, or entered into cellular phone or calculator memories. Plagiarism: not crediting another individual for his or her work. This includes not citing quotes, paraphrased ideas, summaries, photographs, images, maps or websites you may have used for research. Plagiarism extends to short papers, longer research papers, presentations of any sort including websites and PowerPoint presentations. Lifting any blocks of text without proper citation is considered plagiarism, as is using a photograph without crediting the news agency or individual responsible for the original photo.

Disability Statement

DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS STATEMENT: Reasonable accommodations are available for students who have documented temporary or permanent disabilities. All accommodations must be approved through Disability Support Services, located in the Idaho Commons Building, Room 306, in order to notify your instructor(s) as soon as possible regarding accommodation(s) needed for the course. Contact DSS at 208-885‐6307, email or go to

Civility Clause

In any environment in which people interact in meaningful ways to gain knowledge, it is essential that each member feel as free and safe as possible in their participation. To this end, it will be course policy and expected that everyone will be treated with mutual respect. We certainly do not have to agree, but everyone deserves to feel they are heard. We learn by engaging in constructive evidence-based dialogue. Therefore, we shall establish in this course a general understanding that members of this class (including students, instructors, professors, and teaching assistants) will be respected and respectful to one another in discussion, in action, in teaching, and in learning.  

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