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.


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Our equipment recommendations

The essentials needed to get started on the horn.



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School horn comparison charts

Tips for band directors looking to buy student horns.



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Getting started on the horn

Posture. Embouchure. The basics.



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How to treat your horn

Getting comfortable with your instrument.


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How to encourage your child to practice regularly

Growing in consistency and discipline.


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Fingering Charts

Alleviate confusion for your beginners.


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FAQ for Band Directors

You've got questions. We've got answers.


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Tuning Setup

The basics of great intonation.


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Maintenance Resources

Articles, videos, and more.


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Easy Solos

Recommended solos for young horn players.


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Stopped Horn

Hand technique, mutes, and more.


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Teaching students with unique learning styles

Tips for helping every student succeed on the horn.


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Keys to an Effective Practice Session

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




The First 20 Lessons

Some introductory lesson plans based on Recipe for Success.


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Leveling up with RFS

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


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Our team explains horn basics.


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