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Brass Instrument Performance

Private Study | Studio Class | Ensembles | Group Work | Classes 

Today’s successful professional musician is not only technically and artistically adept, but also versatile, creative, and knowledgeable.

Through faculty guidance and a stringent curriculum of artistic training, students acquire the necessary skills to achieve and excel in the today’s performing arts environments.

Private lessons

The student-teacher relationship is at the core of the developmental process of a performer. One hour weekly lessons focus on developing the complete player by reinforcing already-strong areas in the student's playing and addressing less developed areas that need attention. All aspects of classical and contemporary styles and techniques are learned through the use of scales, exercises, etudes, concertos, sonatas and other solo works, and orchestral excerpts.

Studio Class

Studio class is a collaborative forum, a kind of laboratory, which meets weekly. The experience of performing for one’s peers allows for the free sharing of ideas and perspective. Often, students find that much can be learned through the comments and critiques of their instrumental colleagues. Studio class also serves as a vehicle to give and receive collegial support and discuss issues of common interest. It is required of all students studying performance.

Ensemble playing

Music is social experience. While music requires much isolated training, acquired skills must be practically applied in the social context, and often, hence the performer’s requirement of both large and small ensemble playing. Apart from orchestra, band, and chamber music experiences, some studios offer same-or-like, (in the case of Tuba-Euphonium Consortium), instrumental ensemble playing opportunities. Skills emphasized in these courses include balance, blend, intonation, musical responsiveness, intelligent imitation, rehearsal technique, and the development of sound, interpersonal interaction through music. 

Group Warm-Ups and Technical Training

Some studio teachers offer players the opportunity to participate in weekly group warm-up sessions where they can learn standard warm-up and/or strength routines from their studio professor as well as from each other. Emphasizing the approach of (sometimes) slow or speedy, repetitive, methodical, and daily concentrated work is the basic building block of superior technique and musical endurance.

Brass Orchestral Repertoire Class

For most performance majors, the weekly meeting of an orchestral brass section concentrates on major orchestral repertoire specifically relevant to players of those instruments. Students prepare and play repertoire that is important for brass and that often appears on audition lists.

Master Classes

Master classes by visiting performers/teachers of international notoriety are regular occurrences at Hartt. These guest artists provide comments, criticism and feedback on our students’ playing, but also offer their own perspectives on their art and arts purpose in the world. All musicians are strongly encouraged to attend and/or perform at these professional coachings.

Brass Study at The Hartt School

The Hartt School is an exciting and rewarding place to be for the creative soul. Music is a living, breathing entity. It can be written, theorized, performed, recorded, and taught. We have world-class faculty with experience in all of the above and more. Please visit the rest of our website for further information.