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

He currently serves on the faculty of Mississippi State University as 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 (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:


Dr. Haislip is available for private lessons or clinics.

Feel free to contact him by emailing him at  matthew.haislip@msstate.edu