The Laws and Physics of Brass Players
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.
Analogies between Singers and Brass Players
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
The Embouchure and Aerodynamics
The Brain's Control of the Physiology of the Brass
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
Vincent Cichowicz, Professor Emeritus,
Northwestern University, Former member, Chicago
"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
"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
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