Teaching has always been an exciting focus in Dr. Haislip's life.

He currently serves on the faculty of Mississippi State University as the full-time Instructor of Horn.

As a dedicated teacher, he believes strongly in these key aspects of effective teaching:

  • Ultimately, teaching should be entirely student-centered and, thus, respectful.
  • The most effective teachers help their students become their own best teachers.
  • The teacher must be a guide and a coach to help the student find his or her own path to achieving short term and long term goals.
  • For brass playing, this culminates in a central focused philosophy that will lead to solid fundamentals.
  • The goal is to produce an easy and relaxed resonant sound in the middle register...
  • ...and then to take this sound higher and lower...louder and softer...slower and faster...
  • ...with flexible articulation, smoothness across all registers, solid intonation, and informed musicianship.
  • The entire brass playing experience should focus on resonant sound flowing freely along the air and driven by musical ideas. 

Feel free to email him (mhaislip@colled.msstate.edu) if you would like a free lesson in person or over Skype, or if you would like to have him visit your program for a clinic.

2017 Mississippi Lions/Texas ATSSB All-State Band Unedited Horn Etude Recordings:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=pefiWL5fW3w

Haislip Scale Studies may be downloaded here:

Haislip Scale Studies 2017.pdf (326045)

Kansas Music Educators Association 2016 In-Service Workshop Clinic handout for band directors, horn players, and teachers may be downloaded here:

Haislip Clinic 2016.pdf (228,1 kB)

2013 article, "How to Survive Music School", may be found on the International Horn Society's website here:

www.hornsociety.org/publications/hornzone/749-how-to-survive-music-school