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Low Brass Studies - Study Music at Northwest!

Welcome to the Northwest Low Brass Studio! Our mission is to be a valuable resource for low brass players. For more information about low brass playing and music study at Northwest Missouri State University, please visit Music at Northwest.

So you want to study music after high-school?  There are some things you (and your parents) should know about Northwest Missouri State University:

  • Northwest is a fantastic school for future music educators.  Our B.M.E. graduates teach instrumental, vocal, string, and elementary music at first-rate schools throughout the midwest. We also offer a Bachelor of Arts in Music (B.A.) degree.
  • Low brass students at Northwest have the opportunity to perform in concert bands, jazz ensembles, and athletic band. Applied low brass students take weekly lessons, in which all aspects of low brass playing are addressed. Low brass students perform for student recitals, senior recitals, and competitions both on and off campus. 
  • We offer competitive music performance scholarships to qualified students, regardless of major.  These are in addition to academic awards and federal financial aid.
  • Northwest offers financial benefits beyond scholarships as well.  All of our ensembles are available for "Activity Credit" (NO tuition cost); the Northwest textbook rental program can save students between $800-1,000 per year.

We highly recommend that prospective students visit campus during a school day to take an official campus tour, sit-in with ensembles/classes, and take a free low brass lesson.  This is really the best way to get a feel for the students, faculty, and general character of the campus.

For more information, please visit Northwest Admissions to apply to our fine university. For music performance scholarship information, visit Scholarship Auditions. For specific information about low brass study at Northwest, please contact Dr. Robert Pippin (

About Dr. Pippin

Robert Pippin is Assistant Professor of Low Brass and Music Education at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.  Immediately prior to his appointment to Northwest, he was Director of The Johns Hopkins University Wind Ensemble, assistant conductor for the Peabody Wind Ensemble, and the teacher of record for Basic Conducing courses, while pursuing his Doctor of Music degree at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. 

Before attending Peabody, Robert was Director of Bands at Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colorado, where he developed a comprehensive band curriculum with a strong tradition of excellence in all aspects of the program including concert bands, jazz ensembles, athletic bands, and chamber music.  In addition to teaching, Robert was an active performer in Colorado and Wyoming, playing trombone as a tenured member of the Fort Collins Symphony, and as a freelance artist regularly performing classical, jazz, and chamber music. 

He received the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Conducting degrees from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Robert studied conducting with Dr. J. Steven Moore, Wilfred Schwartz, and Dr. Michael Schaff; and studied low brass with Dr. Robert Brewer. 

In Recent years, Robert has been a performer and clinician with bands, and jazz ensembles in Colorado, Missouri, and Maryland, as well as presenting a clinic at the Colorado Bandmasters Association convention.