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Brass Techniques and Pedagogy

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Brian Weidner, Butler University

Copyright Year: 2020

Publisher: Palni Press

Language: English

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Reviewed by RJ Miller, Director of Music Technology, Instructor of Scoring for Film & TV, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 9/16/22

A substantial contribution to the instruction of brass techniques. Expansive, while concise and logical in presentation, the work is a significant resource for teacher and student alike. read more

Reviewed by Michelle Bade, Assistant Professor of Music Education; Coordinator of Summer Graduate Studies, Anderson University on 11/30/21

The comprehensiveness of this book is vast, yet greatly detailed as it covers a wealth of information and material about all of the standard brass instruments as well as the proper pedagogy of each of them. this book is a wonderful resource and... read more

Reviewed by Kimberly McFall, Associate Professor, Marshall University on 10/28/21

A no-frills guide to the history of brass instruments and a logical approach to playing/practicing for improvement. read more

Reviewed by Eileen McGonigal, Assistant Professor and Director of Bands, Central College on 6/13/21

Weidner has produced a much-needed update to previously existing brass techniques texts. With helpful videos and printable materials, teachers no longer have to spend hours finding and assembling information from separate resources. The text... read more

Table of Contents

  • I. General Brass Techniques and Pedagogies
  • II. Instrument Specific Techniques and Pedagogies
  • III. Guided Practice Lessons
  • IV. Resources and Activities

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About the Book

Textbook for undergraduate brass methods course focusing on brass instrument techniques and pedagogy.

About the Contributors


Brian N. Weidner is the assistant professor of instrumental music education at Butler University. He holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Additionally, he holds an M.M. Music Education from Northern Illinois University, a M.Ed. School Leadership from Olivet Nazarene University, and a B.M.E. Music Education/B.A. English from Illinois State University.  

Before coming to Butler, he was a lecturer in the music and education departments at Lake Forest (IL) College. Previously, he taught at McHenry (IL) High School for 12 years, serving as its Fine Arts Coordinator, Director of Bands, and Music Theory Instructor, and is a National Board-certified teacher.

He has published articles in the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Educators Journal, Psychology of Music, and multiple state and local journals, was a contributing author of a chapter in The Music and Literacy Connection. He has presented nationally and internationally at conferences including NAfME, RIME, SMTE, and CMS. His academic interests include investigating the relationship between music and literacy, the development of independent musicianship through large ensemble instruction, and the use of disruption in self-replicating cycles in teacher education.

At Butler University, he teaches courses in the undergraduate and graduate music education program, including Brass Techniques. Additionally, he serves as the co-director of the Butler University Symphonic Band.

Dr. Weidner can be reached at

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