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Instructing Instrumentalist

Just look for the blue french horn.

Andrea Stanton, a professional French horn player, has been giving private lessons to middle school through college students for over 15 years. She is currently a horn instructor at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan.

Stanton teaches private horn lessons in two locations; one is near Park Hill High School and Zona Rosa in Kansas City, Mo while the studio is in Liberty, Mo.

Andrea is a wonderful teacher and she really cares about her students. She plays along with her students during lessons, teaches different tips and trick to help the students improve during their practice sessions at home and tailors all of her lessons to fit the student’s needs individually.

Of course, when you start looking for a lessons teacher you have to find someone you click with, you can’t just take lessons from someone you don’t feel comfortable around. Andrea does her best to get to know her students and who they are as a person just as much as she does them as a player, and she jokes with them and at the beginning of every lesson she asks how their week has been.

There are two different lengths of lesson offered. A 30 minute lesson is $20 and a 50 minute lesson is $40.  You get one lesson a week. The students pay at the beginning of every month. I personally pay $160 every month for lesson. It’s a little on the expensive side, and I find it hard to pay for at times considering I am a 16 year old who only gets paid every two weeks at a part time job.

If you miss a lesson, under certain circumstances you can reschedule the lesson and so you don’t miss out on what you would have worked on that week.

Compared to other teachers I have taken lessons with previously who have told me that since I am someone who switched from a trumpet over to the french horn that we would have to start over with the horn basics. Andrea started me where she felt my playing level was when I began going to her for lessons.

During lessons one of Andrea’s dogs Lucie is out during the lessons. She is just a small friendly dog. At first it can be difficult to focus on the lesson, because Lucie will ‘sing’ along with what is being played or she will try to get you to pet her. You get used to it after a lesson or two and find it to be completely normal and it ceases to be a distraction after.

I give Stanton Studios an A-.