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Dr. Mattingly's French Horn Page

Welcome to the Dr. Alan Mattingly, Professor of French Horn at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, French Horn page!

This is a resource designed to help Dr. Mattingly's students find the Sheet Music and French Horn Accessories that they need to study with Dr. Mattingly.


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berp-a.jpg BERP for Brass Instruments
In 1986, Los Angeles Philharmonic trumpeter Mario Guarneri developed the Buzz Extension and Resistance Piece (B.E.R.P.) for brass instruments---a dynamic advancement in brass pedagogy. The creation of the BERP grew out of the concept of mouthpiece buzzing which has been used for many years as a teaching technique for brass players. One of the leading proponents of buzzing the mouthpiece was James Stamp. He asked his students to add some resistance to the mouthpiece when buzzing by placing their little finger over the end. By learning to blow into resistance, which in fact happens when you play the instrument, you become more aware of the undesirable creation of resistance in your body, and thus avoid it by using proper breath support. He also asked his students to finger the valves of their instruments while buzzing the mouthpiece, to create an awareness of the connection between the fingers and the brainís perception of pitch.

By putting the two ideas together---buzzing against resistance, and fingering (or moving the slide), to the corresponding pitch---the BERP maximizes the benefit of mouthpiece buzzing practice. Adjustable resistance dial slides over four holes to let you tune the BERP to any resistance you want. Side-by-side design lets you switch between playing and buzzing instantly. New adjustable clamp fits around the receiver opening of any brand or model of instrument. If you play a brass instrument, there's a BERP for you.

Alan Mattingly
Associate Professor
(402) 472-2492

Dr. Alan F. Mattingly is Associate Professor of Horn at the University of Nebraska, where he teaches the applied horn studio, conducts the Husker Horn Choir, and performs with the Moran Woodwind Quintet and the Faculty Brass Quintet.  Prior to his appointment at UNL, Mattingly was the horn professor at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, where he performed with the Smoky Mountain Brass quintet and was principal horn with the Spartanburg (SC) Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hendersonville Symphony, and associate principal/third horn with the Asheville (NC) Symphony Orchestra.  Other orchestral engagements include the Albany (GA) Symphony, the Tallahassee (FL) Symphony Orchestra, and the Paducah (KY) Symphony Orchestra.

As a performer and clinician, Mattingly has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, Russia, Australia, and the Czech Republic, with major performances at conventions of the International Horn Society, the International Trumpet Guild, the Spoleto Festival, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.  He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the International Horn Competition of America, and held the position of Area Representative Coordinator for the International Horn Society from 2002-2009.  In May 2010 Mattingly traveled back to the Czech Republic to premier Juraj Filas' "Copernicus" with the Nebraska Faculty Brass Quintet.  They performed the work again in January 2011 with The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” in Washington, DC.

Mattingly’s students consistently perform well at horn competitions, and many have gone on to win orchestral positions and teaching positions.  Others students have been accepted into top graduate music programs nationally.

Mattingly received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alabama and his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from Florida State University, where his principal teachers were Charles Snead and William Capps, respectively.