Students in general music will learn about music through music literacy, composition, listening, movement, and an introduction to the piano. Each student will increase his or her ability to be an artistic, knowledgeable musician while having fun, creating their own musical patterns and expanding their musical foundation for future study. The student will also learn self-discipline, self-esteem, and collaborative learning skills through team building in a general music setting along with a growing passion for the joy of music so that he or she may be successful in future musical ensembles.
Born in Los Angeles, Brian Hill attended the University of Southern California, Grinnell College (A.B.) and the NYU Graduate School of Arts & Sciences where he studied musicology with James Haar (Renaissance theory and notation), Jan la Rue (style analysis), and Edward Roesner (medieval theory). He studied horn with Waldemar Linder, longtime principal of the Minneapolis Symphony under Ormandy and Mitropoulos, in Southern California, and chamber music and analysis with Leon Fleisher at Harvard. Mr. Hill has played in smaller ensembles coached by Robert Marsteller, Mitchell Lurie, and Jane Taylor and in orchestras led by Léo Arnaud, Hans Beer, Lawrence Christianson, Ingolf Dahl, Lukas Foss, and William Schaefer. He was principal horn with the 26th United States Army Band at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, and now performs regularly with the New York Repertory Orchestra, Operamission, and the Society of Musical Arts (Maplewood, N.J.). From 1976 to 2008 he worked in the Music Department at Oxford University Press in many capacities, most recently as Manager of Copyrights and Permissions. In 2005 he led master classes at the Northeast Iowa School of Music and played the Concertino for Horn by Lars-Erik Larsson with the Dubuque String Orchestra.