Reply To: Starting on horn in 4th grade–yea or nay?
I have made a policy and a challenge for kids with piano experience to choose Horn, Oboe, Bassoon, or tuba as beginners. I do have a .5 size tuba that works for that. This has worked great for me in that while all the other kids are learning about how to read they can spend all of the time managing a challenging instrument. For Oboe and Bassoon, which I am a horrible player, I strongly push lessons from day one. I have had an oboe and horn in the all state groups for years because of starting kids with piano experience this way.