Teaching is an exciting focus in Matthew's life.

He believes strongly in these key aspects of effective teaching:

  • Teaching must be student-centered; not teacher-centered.
  • 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.

This directly ties into a central philosophy of horn teaching:

  • In order to play with solid fundamentals, we must produce an efficient resonant sound in the middle register.
  • And then we take this sound higher and lower, louder and softer, and slower and faster...
  • as we develop flexible articulation, smoothness across all registers, and solid intonation with 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 Matthew (matthew.haislip@msstate.edu ) if you would like a free lesson in person or over Skype/FaceTime/etc., or if you would like to have him visit your program for a free 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: