How to Make First Chair

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Paul Stephens, McKinney, Texas

At our school, we have gone to great lengths to encourage our students to practice. We decided to use a practice log book with detailed information about practice skills. The job of creating it became quite easy when I discovered "How to Make First Chair." The methods proved to be the backbone of the endeavor. Now we plan on making the book required reading and will utilize the concepts daily.
-- Paul Stephens, Director, Scott Johnson Middle School, McKinney, Texas 

Welcome to How to Make First Chair!


Welcome to the official site of the How to Make First Chair book, DVD, and more.   All the methods are for musicians at every level, from beginner to high school, college and beyond.  In addition to step-by-step information about how to prepare for specific music, much attention is given to the process of an audition or performance.  Please review our testimonials (send us one if you have one), and check out our new (and still growing) section of videos demonstrating the How to Make First Chair methods.  Check out all of our FREE DOWNLOADS while you are here!

Announcing the "First Chair Scholarship" Winner

How to Make First Chair and That Trumpet Guy announce the 2010 - 2011 First Chair Scholarship winner here!

Thanks to Kelley Taylor for her video testimonial! 

Kelley has been using How to Make First Chair with her band at Brandenburg Middle School and has set new records the last 2 years with the number of students making their all-district band:

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