Teaching Brass

Kristian Steenstrup

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Ass. Professor of trumpet at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus Kristian Steenstrup has published the book Teaching Brass, which is a scientific exposition on brass technique and - pedagogy.

Trumpet player Kristian Steenstrup (born 1966) received his Diploma Exam at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus in 1992. He has had additional studies at Northwestern University in Chicago with Vincent Cichowicz and studied privately with Arnold Jacobs and John Henes.

He has played with the major orchestras in Denmark and has been employed as associate professor at The Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus since 2000.
He has given master classes in Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Danish Military orchestras, The Guildhall School of Music, London College of Music, The National Music Academy in Estonia and conservatories in Scandinavia a.m.o.
The Laws and Physics of Brass Players
          Analogies between Singers and Brass Players
          Mouthpiece Playing
          The regime of Oscillation

The Oscillation of the Lips and Embouchure
         
The Embouchure of the Singer
          The Vocal Chords of the Brass Player
          The Musculature of the Embouchure
          Placing the Mouthpiece
          The Thickness, Length and Tension of the Embouchure
          The Embouchure and Aerodynamics
          The Brain's Control of the Physiology of the Brass Player

The Brass Player and Solfeggio

Respiratory and Aerodynamic Aspects of the Teaching of Brass
         
Conscious Control of the Respiratory System
          The Physiology of Breathing
          The Psychology of Breathing.


"Kristian Steenstrup's Teaching Brass is a most comprehensive and detailed treatise on the pedagogical requirements associated with sound principles of performance on a brass instrument. His treatment of the laws of physics, physiology and psychology provides a wonderful guide to the interrelationship of these disciplines in performance practice. His research and documentation are impressive and I believe this volume to be a worthy addition to this field of study."

Vincent Cichowicz, Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University, Former member, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.


"I recommend every wind player includes Teaching Brass in his or her library. Kristian Steentrup has done the hard work of researching the physiological aspects pf wind playing for you. This book will give you a very comprehensive view of what is necessary and I think more importantly what is not necessary to play a wind instrument.

John Henes, certified Alexander Teacher, former ass. Principal Trumpet. Chicago Lyric Opera.


"In my opinion, Teaching Brass by Kristian Steenstrup is the most complete and comprehensive work available to date on the art of brass teaching and playing. The explanations and analysis of the science of brass playing are clear, concise and accessible and the text flows with structure and congruency. Its content challenge many of the 'accepted' concepts and language of previous writings and methods and I believe that it makes available the knowledge to enable any brass player to perform with the ease of a master player. This should be on every brass teachers bookcase!"

Nock Thompson, Principal Trumpet, Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Instructor of trumpet at The London College of Music.


"At last the book all brass- and woodwind teachers have been looking for! This book demystifies some of the old brass- and woodwind teaching methods. It comes with sharp and clear facts about hos the body, lip and brain work and how you can achieve tremendous results as a brass player. The book is a must for all brass- and woodwind players as well as their teachers."

Jonas Haltia, trumpet, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.