Achim with Sir Simon Rattle, Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Taking lessons with Achim is an investment in your future that will pay dividends in all stages and platforms of your life. There aren't words to express the degree to which my time with him has influenced my development as a musician and as a person. 

Zach Potts, 1. chair All-State Orchestra, accepted for the Summer Music Festival in Tanglewood 2018 and re-invited without audition incl. a full scholarship for 2019. Principal horn at Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony. He was invited to perform at NPR  "From The Top" in Los Angeles, CA in February 2019 and Zach is also the recipient of the prestigious  $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Listen to https://www.fromthetop.org/musician/zachary-potts/

Private horn lessons include the following elements of study:


  • Fundamental solidification including tone development, technique, articulation, breath control, flexibility, and range extension

  • Musicality

  • How to practice efficiently

  • Solo literature, etude and orchestra excerpt study

  • Playing duets with teacher

  • Preparing for auditions



All private lessons are tailored to suit students desires, needs and goals.

$ 60.00 (60 min.) due after each lesson.
Cancellation must be within 24 hours before lessons. If I don't receive notice, I expect full payment for the missed lesson. 

About Lessons

Whether you are a beginning, intermediate, or advanced student, taking private lessons on a regular basis is an important part of any musician’s development in becoming the most proficient player they can be and will help to enhance the enjoyment and ability to play music. I do not expect perfection from my students nor do I expect them to aspire to become music majors or professional musicians. However, I do expect that students are self-motivated with enthusiasm and curiosity, have a positive attitude and practice diligently every day for steady progress.


My emphasis is to share with each student the invaluable knowledge that I have acquired to establish the fundamental building blocks needed to learn to play the French horn easily and correctly.


"What is first learned often creates the strongest impression.

 Unteaching is more difficult than teaching".

It is essential to listen to great horn playing in order to develop YOUR tone. Please view these videos for examples of excellent horn performance..


Also I strongly recommend to join Sarah Willis horn hangout at

©2016 by Achim Reus

"It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me."

- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart