Our French horn lessons are available to musicians of all ages, and of all skill levels. Whether you are a longtime player who is ready to take your playing to the next level or if you are just starting out (or if your situation is somewhere in between), Eagle Rock Music Studio has something for you. French horns are always in style at Eagle Rock here in Los Angeles; we take the lessons we offer for each and every instrument — and each and every student as well, of course — very seriously.
Horns are among the first instruments. Humans in past millennia used to blow on the horns of animals before they began to emulate them via metalworking; these emulations eventually evolved into the French horn, which belongs to the brass family of instruments. Frequently just referred to as “the horn” — and since 1971 the International Horn Society has recommended that we do so — the French horn emerged during the 19th century when there was a split in how German and French horns were made: German horns were larger and used rotary valves, while French horns were smaller and used piston valves.
Though the French horn is frequently thought of as one instrument, it actually comes in several forms, such as the single horn, double horn, compensating double horn, and triple horn. The French horn is used in a wide array of settings, particularly in orchestras and concert bands, in chamber music, and even in jazz. Because of the variety of French horn forms, there are lots of niches available that demand the type of French horn you know how to play. Compositions require specific instruments in order for them to be performed correctly, and composers write with specific horns in mind.
Regardless of instrument, our philosophy at Eagle Rock Music Studio remains the same with every lesson (and every student). Namely, that it is important for every musician to develop his or her own musical voice. We believe our students need to be in a learning environment that is supportive, friendly, and engaging — and yet also structured. Two course paths are ultimately available for those wishing to further their education of the French horn, one for aspiring professionals, and another for those who play recreationally or for enrichment.
However, both paths begin with the identification of your goals by your instructor, and also involve the creation of a detailed action plan to see those goals become a reality. Practice is enormously important, of course, but having a mentor who can act as your spotter as you do your reps, so to speak, is even more critical. This ensures that you are staying on task and are not forming bad habits.
Every student is different and has different needs when it comes to teaching, so we tailor our lessons specifically for each student — all French horn lessons are private as a result.
Eagle Rock Music Studios is located just north of downtown Los Angeles between Glendale and Pasadena. We look forward to seeing you come by. For more information or to set up a lesson, please call us at 323-309-8467.