Carrie Rexroat

2nd Horn in both Symphony Tacoma & South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. I've done it all, and you will too.

Hi, my name is Carrie Rexroat. Thanks so much for you interest in studying with me!
Teaching is a passion of mine, and it is always my goal to inspire students to experience a heightened appreciation for classical music. If you choose to study with me, you can expect to gain a newfound appreciation into what the world of music has to offer. Though I take music and teaching very seriously, and expect all of my students to adhere to the guidelines of what studying with me entails, I too want lessons to be a fun and rewarding experience!

For Beginning students:
In a typical lesson, we will work on breathing exercises to strengthen and increase the air capacity in the lungs. I focus on this particularly because many of the problems musicians face in their playing can be avoided by having better air support. By teaching the importance of air, a student has a greater chance at avoiding some of those problems in the long run. I also incorporate scales, tonguing exercises, long tones, and other technical exercises that will strengthen a student's ability to better move around the horn and tackle music with proficiency. Depending on the student's age and their level of interest in music, I will also cover basic music theory in lessons, and can provide additional exercises that will allow the student to learn more about music theory if he or she so desires. Aural training, however, is an integral part of learning the instrument, and therefore will be a part of lessons. Last, but not least, my favorite aspect of lessons is playing duets. Playing duets is a perfect and fun way to develop sight-reading skills as well as learn how to play within a section, and all my beginners love to play duets!

For Advanced Players:
In a typical lesson with advanced students, I will also work to develop their breathing and lung capacity. Depending on where they are currently in their technical and musical abilities, I will create a customized lesson plan that challenges them to strengthen their weaknesses, and solidify their strengths. I require that all of my advance students purchase these technique/etude books, which I will assign to them weekly to bring back to perform the week following:

60 selected studies for Horn- G. Kopprasch
Grand Theoretical and Practical Method for the Valve Horn- Josef Schantl
Maxime Alphonse Horn Etudes-Book 1 and 2
Musician, Heal Thyself-K. Morrell
W.A. Mozart- Horn Concertos in E flat (numbers 1-4)

You may be required to purchase additional books and music, but these are what we will begin with.

In addition to playing in lessons, I expect all levels of students to do outside practicing each day. I always want the best for my students, and it is my personal philosophy that every student has a unique capability to achieve something great. However, I also believe that he or she must be committed to working hard and being diligent to accomplish their goals. I really try and challenge all of my students, and because I believe so deeply in the fact that someone has the capability to be great, I have high expectations in regards to work ethic. I sympathize with the inordinate amount of tasks and other extra curricular activities people are interested in, and understand that there are more important things than practicing sometimes. So, I must ask that if you decide to study with me, I would very much appreciate you being very upfront about how serious you are about learning the horn. I say this to not be discouraging in any way shape or form, but so that you know what you can expect from me as a teacher, and what I can expect from you as a student. There are different things people are passionate about, and someone is either learning horn for fun or wants to someday pursue it as a career, either is great!

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Experience & Education

  • South Dakota Symphony Orchestra 2016 – Present
    2nd Horn
  • Sarajevo Philharmonic 2015 – 2016
    2nd/4th Horn
    I lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia for a year playing as the 2nd/4th Horn in the Philharmonic. We performed as the regular concert, opera and ballet orchestra
  • American Youth Symphony 2013 – 2015
    2nd Horn
  • Debut Symphony Orchestra 2014 – 2015
    4th Horn
  • Dearborn Symphony Orchestra 2008 – 2009
    4th Horn
  • University of Southern California 2013 – 2015
    Masters of Music, Horn Performance
  • University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance 2009 – 2013
    Bachelor of Music, Horn Performance
  • Symphony Tacoma 2017 – Present
    2nd Horn
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— Jason Smith, Band Director at Ann Arbor Skyline H.S. September

Carrie has always been a very passionate teacher and instructor, reaching all kids and abilities. Her enthusiasm is contagious, and she brings a smile to everyone that she works with.

Patrick W., student from 2009-2012 September

In addition to being a phenomenal musician, Carrie is one of those truly kind people who connects and teaches extremely well. She is a major reason why I am pursuing a music major at the University of Michigan

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