Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis



First Advisor

Jacquelyn Adams

Second Advisor

Catherine Rand

Advisor Department



College horn players struggle to find the “perfect” mouthpiece. Students spend time and money in their pursuit of mouthpiece perfection. Unfortunately, the perfect mouthpiece does not exist, but this study is designed to find ideal mouthpiece characteristics. It is the goal of this experiment to give college horn players a better understanding of mouthpieces. Participants were asked to try and score eight experimental mouthpieces in addition to their primary mouthpiece. It was determined that comfort was one of the most important aspects of a mouthpiece. If participants found the mouthpiece uncomfortable, all scores for that mouthpiece would suffer. While the study was not able to identify the “perfect” mouthpiece, this research study was able to identify ideal mouthpiece characteristics based on individual preference of the subject.

Included in

Music Commons