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Approaches for improving accuracy on the horn: A survey project


2009 2009

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Accuracy is a tool. It measures the ability, agility, and flexibility of a performer to realize his or her musical intentions. On the horn, there are special acoustic circumstances that provide awkward and embarrassing "clams." While these transient sounds may be undesirable, they are undeniably part of the horn's unique character. This paper addresses three topics of accuracy on the horn: causes of accuracy problems, approaches for improving accuracy, and resources for studying accuracy.

How do horn players learn to play accurately? Consulting published horn-related literature offers valuable insight, but from an individualistic perspective. To analyze the collective opinion of the professional horn-playing population, a questionnaire was developed and distributed to advanced students, college-level horn teachers, and professional players throughout the United States. The statistical results of this questionnaire are categorized into three general "approaches" to playing the horn: Pragmatic, Artistic, and Realistic. The researcher seeks to determine the primary causes of accuracy mistakes amongst horn players, and to identify the best pedagogical solutions. This study serves to enlighten the horn-playing world to the diversity of approaches to learning and teaching accuracy. While methodology is discussed and characterized independently, assuming that a single player (or teacher) is restricted to a solitary approach is impractical. Therefore it is necessary to consider the extent to which each approach is effective as a part of a greater structure. However, this does not lead to conclusive evidence that certain approaches are more successful than others, but rather illuminates additional paths in the inherently individualistic journey of a horn player.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Music;
Music education;
Performing Arts
Classification
0413: Music
0522: Music education
0641: Performing Arts
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts; Education; Accuracy; Brass pedagogy; French horn; Horn accuracy; Music performance survey
Title
Approaches for improving accuracy on the horn: A survey project
Author
Stark, Nathan Roberts
Number of pages
75
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0010
Source
DAI-A 71/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109570823
University/institution
Arizona State University
University location
United States -- Arizona
Degree
D.M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3391970
ProQuest document ID
304848411
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304848411
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