A pedagogical guide and argument for using the harmonic series in teaching beginning and intermediate level horn students

Patrick James Richards

Abstract

An awareness of the harmonic series and its attributes is a crucial part of learning how to play the horn well, not to mention how the instrument works. Numerous undergraduates enter their career as music majors without understanding this important concept. This implies that students are not learning the harmonic series earlier in their development. Horn method books that instruct the student to use one harmonic series at a time often do not explicitly define the harmonic series, or the exercises are too difficult for developing horn students. Collecting existing and developing original exercises and other teaching tools will provide a useful resource for teachers to help make this concept comprehensible for younger players.