Ariana Douglas

Toronto French Horn Teacher

Ariana DouglasABC Academy of Music2019-01-15T13:32:16-04:00

Project Description

A.Dip. (Glenn Gould School)
B.Mus (U of T)

Ariana is a horn player and teacher from Mississauga, Ontario. She has performed is an active soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player and has performed with groups such as the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra and in festivals such as the Busan Maru International Music Festival in South Korea.

When she isn’t listening to music, in rehearsal or practicing she is probably cooking or wandering her neighbourhood for cats to befriend.

Get to know Ariana…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Film, Politics, Philosophy, RuPauls Drag Race, Crossword Puzzles, trying to learn academic theory by watching youtube videos

Musical Influences: Hermann Baumann, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Lady GaGa, Brahms, Stravinsky, Mozart, Mahler, Kathleen Battle

Favourite food: free food

Least Favourite food: pickled herring

Favourite music: Western Classical, especially feature length symphonic works from the mid 19th century to present

Favourite song: Bad Romance by Lady GaGa

Favourite movie: Fantasia and Fantasia 2000

Favourite movie music: Lord of the Rings

Favourite musical theatre/opera: Fiddler on the Roof

Best quote from your teacher: “Make choices that reflect the person you want to be” – Gabriel Radford

Favourite quote: “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” – Homer Simpson’s yearbook quote

Favourite book: The Iron Heel by Jack London

Best Thing about teaching at ABC: Giving students tools they can use to nurture their voice as musicians and help them hone skills used in musical study that will be beneficial to them no matter where their musical journey takes them. 

Latest Homework from Ariana

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Play at least 5 minutes every day, even if it’s just playing random notes for fun. Get in to a habit of playing more regularly.

Remember to keep good posture, sit on the edge of your chair with your feet flat on the ground

Re-print your band music.

Do path slides as part of your daily practice (just blowing through the range of the horn, getting all the inbetween notes and having your air move freely)

Here is an app that you can download to help you check your pitches:

Here is a fingering chart: ( 0 means no valves, 1 means index finger valve, etc)

Here are some exercises you can work on this week. Keep playing by ear as well, and have fun!

Happy Practicing!

March 9th, 2019|

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Remember to keep good posture! Sit at the edge of your chair with your feet flat on the ground. keep your head balanced.

Start doing a bit of freebuzzing (buzzing without the horn or mouthpiece) as part of your warmup every day

Continue work on slurring through middle and third space C’s. remember, in order to make the C more accessible, aim beyond it.

Make sure to maintain contact between the bottom lip/teeth and the mouthpiece.

Think of breathing and then playing as one large gesture.

Keep up the good work of moving through your range and using focused air.

Be sure to find your band music this week!

Happy Practicing!

Work on this short excerpt if you like. No valves required.
February 28th, 2019|
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Weekly Homework Post


Don’t get discouraged! trying and failing is an essential part of learning. You have great musical ability and have improved significantly overall in the last couple of months. Keep working at it!

Use good posture! remember to sit at the edge of your chair with your feet flat on the ground. Try to take in deep breaths, through your mouth.

As part of your warmup/ practice routine play a C major arpeggio (middle C, first line E, second line G). keep the air moving forward through the notes, picture the driving through the rainbow item cubes in Mario Kart. Continue using long tones in your warmup.

Work on your music from school, pay special attention to the quality of repeated articulation in “Common Denominator”

Here is the opening horn line from Schubert Nine, first in C (so you can sing it or play in on a piano to get in in your ear) then in F to play on the horn (the one starting on written G). Listen to a recording then start looking at this! Bellow this is a fingering chart.

Happy Practicing!

March 17th, 2019|

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Be sure to play sitting at the edge of the chair with your feet flat on the floor. Keep your fingers on the keys, keep your right hand in the bell

Continue focusing on breathing deeper, more slowly, and through your mouth.

Continue working on the F major scale

1 0 T12 T1 T0 T12 T2 T0 T2 T12 T0 T1 T12 0 1

Before you play, take a few minutes to warmup with long tones and moving through your range

Remember to think of using less air for higher notes.

Next week: remember to bring your choir music

Continue work on Alouette from your book.

Happy Practicing!

February 17th, 2019|
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Preferred Books for Ariana’s Students

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Solos for the French Horn Player

Cover of Solos for the French Horn Player by Mason Jones

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Sixty Selected Studies

Cover of Sixty Selected Studies by Kopprasch

Georg Kopprasch was born sometime before 1800, pursued a career as a horn player at least until 1832, and composed two sets of horn etudes which includes this set of 60 etudes, Op. 6. Most of the etudes focus on technical problems relating to the high range of the Horn. 46 pages.

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200 New Melodic and Gradual Etudes

Volume 1

Cover of 200 New Melodic and Gradual Etudes by Alphonse

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The Art of French Horn Playing

Cover of The Art of French Horn Playing by FarkasFirst to be published in the series was The Art of French Horn Playing by Philip Farkas, now Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music at Indiana University. In 1956, when Summy-Birchard published Farkas’s book, he was a solo horn player for the Chicago Symphony and had held similar positions with other orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and Kansas City Conservatory, DePaul University, Northwestern University, and Roosevelt University in Chicago. The Art of French Horn Playing set the pattern, and other books in the series soon followed, offering help to students in learning to master their instruments and achieve their goals.

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