Recipe for Success: A balanced curriculum for young horn players

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Houghton Horns is excited to present our new, engaging, and comprehensive 260-page horn method book for young players. This method begins day one and continues through several years of playing. Perfect for beginners, and also helpful for more advanced young students. Seventy years of research, three years of writing and preparation, thousands of dollars of investment… priceless and worth the wait!

Teachers: Use the coupon recipe20 at checkout for 20% off 10 or more copies!

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Recipe For Success is designed for:

  • homogeneous beginning horn classes
  • private teachers, providing a comprehensive method for training young horn players
  • middle school and high school horn players, as a supplement to their band program
  • band directors, furnishing a valuable reference guide to encourage the development and success of their horn students
  • university brass/horn methods classes, providing future educators with concise and accurate information on teaching horn




“Houghton and Nye have assembled a fresh, well balanced, and tasty resource designed to start young horn players with tools and excellent habits that will last a lifetime!  Stressing a balanced and well-thought-out approach to horn playing with a variety of music, exercises, photographs, duets, student compositions, and activities, the format of this “Recipe” book will appeal to young students and their teachers, and serve as a great reference book for band directors.”

Patrick Hughes, Horn Professor, University of Texas Austin.

“A new and exciting comprehensive guide for beginning horn players, Recipe for Success provides a thorough and eye-catching introduction to the horn.  Karen Houghton and Janet B. Nye, with decades of teaching experience, serve readers with a complete curriculum from the very beginning.  The book is beautifully and attractively set with an imaginative culinary pattern.  Each chapter has a Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, with Objectives, Dessert, and other resources.  A timely book, highly recommended to introduce the horn to young people.”

Steven Gross, Horn Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Recipe for Success is a wonderful resource for both the classroom and private teacher. This progressive approach to the fundamentals of horn playing are both creative and fun, and your students are guaranteed to leave nourished after every lesson. I recommend this book to the young and veteran teacher, as there is something new for both the student and the teacher.This progressive approach to the fundamentals of horn playing is both creative and fun and your students are guaranteed to leave nourished after every lesson! Everyone should eat from this menu!”

Robert Herrings, Band Director Hughes Middle School, Austin, TX

This book really is the “recipe” for young Horn players and their “Chefs”. This book forms a cohesive curriculum for the first three years of musical education on the French Horn. A must have for music educators and students!

Dean Surface, Band Director, Trinity Springs Middle School

I’m always looking for instrument specific materials to use for teaching my beginner band classes. Recipe for Success is a great way to get your horn students started on a fundamentally sound pathway to success. My students really like the format of the book and I love that it is far removed from the “one size fits all” approach to instrumental instruction.

John Morgan, Band Director, Acton Middle School

Recipe for Success is an easy-to-understand, comprehensive approach to learning solid fundamentals and skills on the french horn for beginners and experienced players alike. My students made fantastic progress using these thoughtful and organized exercises, as well as shared a few smiles while working through our ‘food groups.’ A well balanced meal (approach) is the best way to start your day, and this book does just that!

Jed Maus, Band Director, Keller Middle School

This book is exactly what everyone has been looking for. The perfect step-by-step process to teach beginning horn. As a horn player myself, it truly helps me prioritize everything for my students. I have seen so much improvement, not only in how my beginners learn, but how 7th and 8th graders develop in their early years. Karen and Janet worked diligently to make the perfect book and my kids are hungrier than ever to get better. 10 out of 10!

Brandon Day, Band Director, Azle High School

About the Authors

Karen Houghton has been a private horn instructor for over forty years. Many of her former students now hold teaching and playing positions across the country. Karen enjoys teaching all levels and loves to see each student reach their potential on the horn. She has held positions in orchestras in the United States, Colombia, and Germany. Karen holds a degree in Horn Performance from California State University, Long Beach. Her teachers and mentors include: Ed Jackson, Fred Fox, James Decker, Philip Farkas, Michael Hoeltzel, and William Scharnberg. Currently, in addition to freelancing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Karen is an owner of Houghton Horns, a brass pro shop in Keller, Texas.

Janet B. Nye has been blessed with over twenty years of teaching and playing horn professionally. She especially enjoys starting beginners and working with them into adulthood. She is currently a permanent member of three regional symphonies, freelances throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and has toured for seven summers throughout Germany with Eurobrass. Se received her B.M.E. from the University of Cincinnati College, Conservatory of Music, and her M.M. in horn performance from Baylor University. Her teaching and playing has been strongly influenced by Koleta Tilson, Steven Gross, Michael Hatfield, Margaret “Peg” Robinson, Gregory Hustis, and Haley Hoops.

Additional information

Weight2 lbs
Dimensions11 × 9.25 × 0.9 in

1 review for Recipe for Success: A balanced curriculum for young horn players

  1. Sarah (verified owner)

    This book is incredible and wildly creative – as a first year private lesson instructor, it’s been an extremely helpful guide for me to help my young students grow as musicians. All the basics are covered, and it can be utilized with beginners to early high school. A very worthwhile investment.

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