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What is a Baritone?
The Baritone and Euphonium are very similar instruments. Both are members of the brass instrument family that use a cupped mouthpiece shaped in a way that allows the player’s lips to vibrate to generate the instrument’s sound. They are cylindrical bore instruments like the trumpet or trombone with a larger mouthpiece like a trombone. They are both pitched in Bb, one octave below the trumpet. Both have a nine-foot-long main tube and are part of the low brass section of the band.
The differences between the two are that the baritone has a smaller and more cylindrical bore while the euphonium has a larger and more conical bore. The baritone horn also has a tighter wrap and a far smaller bell, and is physically smaller than the euphonium. The baritone also has a fairly mellow timbre in between the bright sounds of the trombone and the more mellow bassier tones of the euphonium.
There are other versions of these two instruments referred to as the marching versions that are found in high school and college marching bands to facilitate a concert baritone. In some cases, trombones are not used, in which case marching baritones provide an alternative for trombonists who can’t bring their instrument onto the marching field. They can also be found in many drum and bugle corps.
Source: “Baritone & Euphonium.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Travis Anderson teaches Baritone & Euphonium at the Fabulous School of Music. He will take students starting at age 8. His goal is to guide the growing musician to a level of excellence on their instrument, not only playing the instrument well, but to become well rounded musicians. All of Travis’s students will receive instruction on the fundamentals of music theory, reading staff notation (Bass or Treble clef), and history of the instrument.
His Baritone & Euphonium teaching method involves a rich education in classical solo literature and band or orchestral excerpts. Some of the books and media sources Travis uses for his brass students are “The Standard Book of Excellence” , “Practical Theory Complete: A Self-Instruction Music Theory Course”, “Canadian Brass Master Class” video and websites including http://www.musictheory.net . The Baritone & Euphonium method books used are, “Arban’s Famous Method for Baritone” and “Melodious Etudes” by Joannes Rochut.
Below is a list of teachers that teach the Baritone at the Fabulous School of Music. Click on a profile to learn more.