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

He currently serves on the faculty of Mississippi State University as Assistant Professor of Horn.

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 (matthew.haislip@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.


Fundamentals for Younger Hornists may be downloaded here:

Fundamentals for Younger Hornists.pdf (196312)

HaisLip Slurs (extensive slur warm-up) may be downloaded here:

HaisLip Slurs.pdf (36458)

Haislip Scale Studies may be downloaded here:

Haislip Scale Studies 2017.pdf (326045)

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