Date of Graduation

Fall 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Music


Music Education - Instrumental Band

Research Sponsor

Dr. Margaret Tung

First Reader

Dr. Christopher Blaha

Second Reader

Dr. Robert Brownlow


Many band directors find teaching horn to be intimidating. Through extensive research, this project has compiled some of the best exercises to help horn players improve and explains the rationale behind them. The written work contains information and descriptions about the different fundamentals that horn students need in order to be successful and develop good tone quality. The appendix includes examples of these exercises so that an educator has resources to teach his/her horn students. The fundamentals included are: breathing, buzzing, long tones, flow studies, lip slurs, and pitch.