Houghton Horns Educational Resources for the Horn

Educational Resources for French Horn

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Houghton Horns is passionate about the horn and we are excited to guide you on the journey of discovering how to play and teach the horn more effectively. Karen Houghton and Janet Nye, our educational representatives, are committed educators with over 70 years of combined teaching experience. Houghton Horns is devoted to sharing our teaching skills and providing a resource for students, band directors and educators.

The essentials needed to get started on the horn.

Tips for band directors looking to buy student horns.

Posture. Embouchure. The basics.

Getting comfortable with your instrument.

Growing in consistency and discipline.

Alleviate confusion for your beginners.

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.

The basics of great intonation.

Articles, videos, and more.

Recommended solos for young horn players.

Hand technique, mutes, and more.

Tips for helping every student succeed on the horn.

How to get the most out of your time with the horn.

Some introductory lesson plans based on Recipe for Success.

A sneak peak into the 2nd and 3rd year curriculum.

Karen Houghton explains horn basics.

Read more from our horn experts.