Prospective Students

How do I join the studio?

Prospective students are urged to arrange with Dr. Hansen for a scholarship audition. Scholarships are available for music majors and non-music majors. Students wishing to audition are encouraged to schedule and audition as early in the academic years as is reasonable. Auditionees are required to perform all major scales in two octaves, and two contrasting etudes or solo movements. If you are unsure of what material to prepare, contact Dr. Hansen for suggestions. Be sure to visit the TTU Admissions page to apply to the university online, and to investigate the many scholarships available from Tech. Please be aware that the general academic scholarships must be applied for by December 15. Music department scholarships may be awarded throughout the year, but earlier is preferable.

What should I have for my first year?

Students are strongly encouraged to own their own F/Bb horn, although we have many fine instruments for rent if you are unable to purchase your own. Students must have a quality mouthpiece, a Ion Balu straight mute, and required solos and etudes as outlined in the pdf_icon_smSyllabus for Applied Horn . Students must also have pencils, staff paper, and a looseleaf notebook.

How can I get ready for college?

The best way to prepare is to take private lessons with a horn player. Be sure to follow a regular course of quality etudes. TTU horn students use primarily the Maxime-Alphonse Two-hundred New Etudes and the Kopprasch Sixty Selected Studies. More information can be found in the syllabus. Successful students practice every day with a regular routine that works on etudes, solo literature, scales, warmups, and sight-reading.

Where do I find these materials?

The materials listed under “Required Etudes” and “Required Solos” in the syllabus for majors can be found at:

How can I reach the instructor?

Dr. Hansen can be reached by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (931) 372-6089. Students are encouraged to make contact with any questions or concerns.