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  • French Horn Private Lessons
  • Private Music Lessons Online
  • Group Lessons
  • Masterclasses and Coaching
  • Sectionals and Chamber Music
  • Solo & Ensemble Competition Clinics
  • Collegiate Audition Preparation
  • Professional Audition Preparation

Aspiring to get into California All-State Band or Orchestra on Horn?

Working Solo/Ensemble repertoire for your area?

Auditions for the latest group? For College?

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Take the New Course - Piano Launchpad a No-Practice Piano Class, Online!

This is a 35 week online piano course for students ages 7-11.  Includes a pdf student book.

By the end of a year of Piano Launchpad, most students will:

  • Know their way around the piano
  • Be able to name and play intervals up to a 6th
  • Be able to name notes across the grand staff with a little working-out time
  • Understand note values
  • Be comfortable singing in solfa using mi, so and la
  • Be able to play in time

Co-Practice Online Meetup for Musicians

Need some inspiration to keep you practicing?

Well now you have it! Join Co-Practice Meet Ups on Zoom!

  • $20/month unlimited or $7/each
    Sign up now to get the latest monthly schedules!
  • First one is free!
  • 1- hour sessions –
  • 2-25 minute blocks with a short break and an opening thought before you begin.

Email: Hello@cindydeane.com

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Cindy Deane, hornist
"Cindy Deane, Artist, Musician and Teacher. A superb French horn artist and vocalist. There is no one I would recommend more highly than Cindy as a performer, educator, or guest clinician."
Dave Stoller, Former Principal Horn in Colorado Springs Symphony Colorado

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French horn lessons online

Catered to the individual musician’s needs.  Cindy offers several ways to improve your musicianship. From a one-time pre-audition session, to semester-long programs as well as a long-term technical and musical mentorship, Cindy has a flexible plan that will accommodate any student, from beginner to professional.  Many of Cindy’s students compete and perform in Honor bands and All-State Bands in California. Parents and professionals alike trust Cindy to improve their musicality and technique.

Ensemble workshop

Playing in a ensemble is one of the great pleasures for musicians.  As french horn players we enjoy a wider variety of ensembles.  Learning to adapt to each type as necessary is key to becoming a master musician.  Cindy offers individual instruction as well as group sessions.  If you are a school looking for a solo and ensemble clinician or coach, Cindy has a proven system for successful outcomes for her students.  Cindy specializes in embouchure correction and hand placement to bring out her student’s best sound.

advanced programs

Prepare for any auditions such as; summer music camp and festival auditions, local county and All-State auditions, college auditions, community and regional orchestra auditions, and professional orchestra audition coaching. Preparation for upcoming recitals, concerts, chamber music concerts and more.  Assisting you to prepare technically as well as mindfully and musically is key. Assisting with goal setting for the upcoming event. Learning to play at your best with the most ease and the best mental state.

Instrument Consultation

Get a professional's help selecting your band instrument.

Mouthpiece Consultation

Find the right mouthpiece for your horn player.

College Audition Prep

Find your perfect audition piece prepare according to requirements of your selected school.

Solo & Ensemble Music Selection

Get assistance with music selection to best fit your playing skills.

Mellophone for Marching Band

Learn how to play the Mellophone for marching band.

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French Horn For All Ages & Levels

Cindy L. Deane has over 25 years of performing, teaching and coaching experience. Her primary instrument is french horn. She is also a lyrical soprano.


Some of her first horn students have become successful professional musicians and music teachers, and have attended schools such as Eastman, UCLA, USC and a Horn Scholarship student at Cal Lutheran University. Many students play in All-State Bands in California and Washington state, perform at Superior and Command Performance rating levels for their local Solo/Ensemble festivals and are members of their local Youth Symphonies, such as San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Seattle Youth Symphony, and were members of their All-State Bands. Teaching has included kids in 4th grade all the way up to adults. Adult students starting after a 20 year or more hiatus have come to perform with local community groups. She also teaches other beginning brass instruments, and coaches brass sections.


Cindy has a Master’s of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of Michigan where she studied with Lowell Greer and a Bachelor of Music cum laude, in Horn Performance from the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. George Nemeth and Dr. Jim Winters. She has also studied with Dave Krehbiel, Sue Carroll, Scott Wilson, Mark Robbins, Brian O’Conner, Jim Atkinson, Francis Orval and Andrew Bain.

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Listen to French Horn performances from Cindy Deane's portfolio; including music from her early career to just last week!

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Does your school have general music in elementary school on up? I am a Professional Musician. The only music I recall in school was a couple times someone came in to sing songs with us in elementary school. I did singing on my own,

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Rave Reviews

"Our son took private French Horn lessons. Cindy took the time to help him pick and prepare music for the state's Solo/Ensemble competitions as well as taking time to assist him with the purchase of his own French Horn. She was not just our son's instructor, but also tremendous inspiration to him. I feel that because of the care and time she took to instruct and prepare him, he went on to win several honors with his horn including a Band Director's Award and 2nd in Washington State Solo/Ensemble Competition for a woodwind quintet. He was also Drum Major for the Kamiak High School Show Band during his senior year of high school. Cindy is a fabulous musician and teacher."
Jean and Marcus L.
My class of second graders waited with anticipation for Cindy to come through our classroom door each Monday. She always came in with a well -prepared lesson which allowed the kids to easily pick up the pre-recorder and find success. She had loads of patience with the children and the class had loads of fun. I would have never guessed the children could pick up playing an instrument so fast. Amazing!
Katy Lawrence
"​Great French horn teacher. My daughter had a wonderful experience dealing with Cindy. She is flexible with our busy schedule. My daughter has learned french horn from Cindy since middle school. She is now playing in her high school band and was able to play anything quickly. She owed it to Cindy for having a good tone. She improved very quickly through Cindy's methods of teaching. Cindy is patient and also took real interest in my daughter's ability. I'm glad my daughter has such a great teacher. Thank you Cindy!"
Lisa B.
Our child began online french horn lessons with Cindy this Fall. Due to covid, they were not able to start beginner band for middle school in person as planned. Not wanting to lose out on this crucial first year of learning, especially in the highly competitive Texas band atmosphere, we enrolled in twice a week one-one private lessons. Our child has enjoyed their time with Cindy and has learned so much in just the first semester. We will continue lessons even when we get to go back to school. Cindy is patient and kind. We are grateful for this online option, especially this year!
Alana & Andrew C.
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