Required Materials

  • Each student should bring some kind of folder or binder to hold their sheet music and weekly practice notes. Exactly how you want to organize it all is up to you. 

  • Please bring a pencil to make helpful markings in your music.

  • Voice students should bring some kind of recording device such as a phone or tablet with a voice memo app in order to record pitches and vocalizes for practice at home. 

  • Voice students are also encouraged to bring a bottle of water to each lesson.

  • Sheet music and method books will vary some from student to student. In many cases, I will photocopy something for a student to start practicing it, but it will still need to be legally purchased in a timely manner. A good rule of thumb is to set aside about $50 per year for music purchases. Below are some books that I commonly use. Many of the voice books come in multiple voicings or ability levels, so don’t jump the gun and purchase it until we’ve decided what you need. If you have some books or sheet music from school or a previous teacher, please feel free to bring them to your lessons because we might be able to get some more use out of them!

Voice:
Estelle Liebling Vocal Course (about $9)
Vaccai Practical Method of Italian Singing (about $5)
24 Italian Songs and Arias Pub. by Schirmer (about $5)

Folk Songs for Solo Singers ed. by Jay Althouse Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (About $27 each)

Piano:
Alfred Piano Level 1B Lesson Book and Theory Book (About $6 each)

The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, and Cadences by Palmer, Manus, & Lethco (About $10)

Hanon The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises for the Piano Book 1 Pub. by Schirmer (About $4)

Horn:
Pottag-Hovey Method for French Horn Book One and Two (About $8 each)
Lip Flexibilities for All Brass Instruments by Bai Lin (About $16)
The First Book of Practical Studies for French Horn by Robert W. Getchell (About $8)

The Art of French Horn Playing by Philip Farkas (About $20)