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Hello, aspiring euphoniumist! I am David Kiehn, a Bachelor of Music sophomore with emphasis on Euphonium Performance at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. I study under Brian Dobbins, the tuba/euphonium professor here at OU. I am a member of the award-winning OU Juggernaut Tuba Quartet, and I thoroughly enjoy my time spent on the euphonium. I love teaching young musicians how to develop their musical talents, whether it be on the euphonium, in music theory or in aural skills. It is through teaching that I feel I make the most impact on the musical community, so I would like to offer my musical insight to you! I have several students in Texas, of whom several have advanced past the All-Region phase of TMEA, and of whom all have advanced to the State level of Solo & Ensemble.
If you would like to know my own musical accomplishments and who I have studied under in my tenure as a musician, please feel free to contact me for more information! My hours are flexible, as are my rates, and your first lesson will be free! When purchasing a new car, you expect to test drive it, right? The same applies to music teachers. You should get to know a teacher's style of instruction before committing to him or her financially, and for this reason I give a free lesson to all potential students. So please, shoot me an email and we can set something up! I look forward to hearing from you!
Practice Tip #1: On your first read pick a tempo that you feel will allow you to get 90% of the notes correct. Even if the tempo is less than half speed. This will help program your ear. If you miss too many notes you are training your ear to hear it wrong.
Practice tip #2: Identify the problem areas of your etude or solo. Figure out what makes it difficult (key, speed, range, or intervals) and focus your practice on making that section easier (tempo, octave switch, and singing). More practice time must be spent on what you cannot play, not what you can.
Practice Tip #3: Keep the tempo slow until you are positive you cannot miss any notes or rhythms. Quality is always the most important thing, not speed. Speed will come over time quality is not possible if you are playing it too fast.
Practice Tip #4: As you speed up your etude or solo, remember that a couple BPM a day will show great results given time. Quality is always primary and never go so fast that you begin missing notes. Confidence will defeat nervousness.
Practice Tip #5: Debbie Taylor talked about how music has five basic emotions. Fear, Love, Anger, Sorrow, and Joy. I ask you to analyze your etude or solo and decide which section deserves which emotion. Remember we are actors of sound. DON'T BE A CRAPPY ACTOR!!!
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