About Me

Feel free to explore and look around and you will find useful and practical articles for musicians and teachers. You will be able to develop your understanding of music, music theory, performance and awareness of overcoming of stress and anxiety.  You will find remarkable and useful tips, tutorials and resources that all brass players, musicians and teachers will welcome.

What Brass Players Want

The blog launched in December 2013 and is written and updated by a musician and teacher with over 20 years of teaching and performing. The website is developed and maintained by a teacher with a vast experience of teaching pupils from key stage 2 right up to 85 years of age.

There are a vast range of articles written by talented specialists with a high emphasis on quality, ease of understanding, usefulness and depth going into every one of the articles that are released.

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Shaun HumphriesShaun began playing the cornet at the age of seven. He joined the Salvation Army Junior Band and obtained his grade 5 by the age of 10. Shaun moved onto tuba during his last year at secondary school.

He joined Swindon Pegasus Brass and then the NYBB a year later under the direction on Colin Shiner. Shaun read music at Colchester Institute, under the direction of Michael Clack. He taught for a year at Wells Cathedral School as a practice supervisor, and was conductor of a number of small ensembles.

Shaun continued his studies and achieved his MA in Music Performance, under the direction of Nicholas Hitchin (ENO) at Colchester Institute School of Music. Shaun has worked as a peripatetic brass teacher for a number of years with the Swindon Music Co-operative, Wiltshire Music Service, Bath & North East Somerset Music Service, and Northamptonshire Music Service.

Shaun is heavily involved with music in Buckinghamshire and has worked as a director with a number of bands including MK Brass (as a deputy conductor), MK Development Band, Secklow Brass (as a deputy conductor), Great Horwood Silver Band, Wolverton Band, Brackley Wind Ensemble and is a founding member and conductor of Fantini Chorus. Shaun is currently Principal Tuba with Banbury Symphony Orchestra, and Musical Director for Hook Norton Brass Band.

After studying for a PGCE at Oxford Brookes University, Shaun has worked as Head of Department in a number of secondary and middle schools. He is currently working as peripatetic with Buckinghamshire Learning Trust and runs his own coaching and hypnotherapy business.

Contact Info

For more details or information, contact Shaun directly via the contact page, email at shaun@shaunhumphries.co.uk or via phone/text on 07703 569294.  You can also connect via Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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