Baritone Horn Lessons
Looking for beginner baritone horn lessons?
We offer a range of beginner baritone horn lessons through advanced baritone horn lessons, both on-site serving Bergen County and Northern New Jersey, or online via Zoom.
Taking private baritone horn lessons at the Ridgewood Conservatory
The baritone horn is a low-brass instrument similar to the euphonium, but the traditional baritone has a smaller bore and bell size, which results in a brighter, more trombone-type sound.
In the brass band world, the ‘British Baritone’ is popular because it combines the bright/crisp tone of the trombones with the musical flexibility of other brass instruments. More rarely used in classical music, the baritone horn is primarily a big band, marching band and jazz hall instrument (especially Latin), but it is often used as a solo instrument in rock and pop music.
Beginner baritone horn students start by learning the basics, including developing the embouchure, proper posture, accurate positioning and diaphragmatic breathing techniques, in addition to learning scales and correct fingering … all while having fun playing simple songs.
Dedicated to helping their students become successful musicians, our baritone horn instructors are highly trained professional performers and experienced, caring teachers. More than simply teaching their baritone students the fundamentals, they tailor instruction to each student, taking into account skill, level, and learning style.is
Baritone Horn Lesson benefits
There are significant benefits in learning to play the baritone horn. Our beginner baritone students develop increased lung capacity and technical dexterity.
Playing the baritone horn has also been shown to improve memory, posture and coordination. Typically, students who play the baritone horn have stronger memorization skills, excellent coordination and concentration, and experience greater academic success. After learning the basics of playing the baritone, our students learn the fundamentals of sight reading, technique, ear training and music theory.
Like the euphonium, the baritone horn is slightly easier for a beginner to master than a tuba or trombone. And, as low brass players are often in demand in a concert or school band, baritone students have the opportunity to perform often and progress quickly.
Baritone horns can also play a wide range of music, ranging from classical to jazz to contemporary, allowing our students to explore a variety of musical styles. As an added benefit, the techniques learned in playing baritone are easily translated to learning other brass instruments such as the euphonium, trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone, french horn, and tuba.
Advanced Baritone horn lessons for students of all ages!
Our more advanced baritone horn students focus on improving buzzing, tone and airflow, lip slurs, and playing by ear, as well as expanding the range and developing increased tonguing and finger coordination. They may continue to explore the range of literature available for baritone horns in different genres.
Military and marching band performers will learn to play a somewhat different ‘marching band baritone horn.’ Our instructors coach students in preparation for upcoming auditions and performances, play within a group or solo, and bolster their understanding of music theory.
Ask us about studying other Brass instruments at The Ridgewood Conservatory
Many baritone horn players learn to play other members of the Brass family to broaden their musical repertoire, expand their range, or simply to explore new possibilities. The Ridgewood Conservatory offers private instruction on a variety of other Brass instruments, including trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, euphonium, and flugelhorn.