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Popular Trumpet Teachers Near San Jose

Christopher J.

San Jose, CA
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Gary O.

San Jose, CA
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Gil C.

Redwood City, CA
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Christopher J. San Jose, CA

My primary performing instrument. I have studied with several masters of the trumpet, and still study with several world wide trumpet performers. The struggle I have gone through to go from Saxophone to Trumpet was tremendous, and included braces, and the whole 9 yards. I currently study with:

Adam Rapa
Mike Williams
Shawn Williams
Kathryn Adduci
Jef Lewis
John Worley

(Yes, all of them!)

About Christopher

I began my musical journey in 6th grade, where i picked up the saxophone at Dartmouth Middle School. After 4 years of Saxophone, I began Trumpet in 10th grade. I immediately fell in love with the trumpet and began studying Jazz intensely. I began to listen to Louis Armstrong, and starting taking private trumpet lessons. I studied enough trumpet to earn a Musical Excellence scholarship when I was accepted at San Jose State University, where I am currently. I am currently a certified teacher with TakeLessons.com, and a freelance musician in San Jose.

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Aside from performing, I love teaching. I have been teaching since 2009, and run a private music studio of around 30 students. My students and their parents enjoy my lessons, and have always been pleased with ...

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Michael H. June 13, 2014
Trumpet · Online
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Chris taught one lesson to my son, then he cancelled the following week's lesson and never returned numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages. He didn't respond, then the following week at our next scheduled instruction he called me 30 mins before the lesson asking if he could move the date.

Needless to say, it was very unprofessional of him, and we intended to end our relationship with him as my son's instructor.

The thing got worse when he proceeded to schedule my son for a weekly reoccurring lesson for the next year. I've had to manually cancel each lesson, at least until Jan 2015.

I would strongly warn you against signing up with Chris if you expect an instructor who is reliable and responsive to your communications. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but the other problem is that this was my son's first experience to music lessons, so it was a bad first experience.
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Bill C. May 27, 2014
Violin · Online
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We're giving 3 out of 5 stars since that seems fair. With regards to the lessons themselves, Chris certainly met our expectations with our son's violin lessons. However, with regards to communications and scheduling, it could have been much better. More than once my son was waiting on Skype after receiving the "You have upcoming lessons" email from TakeLessons. Chris needs to learn how to cancel the lessons ahead of time. He rarely responded to emails (was trying to get him to stop showing our email openly to all his other students, really needs to learn how to use BCC). He never returned phone calls. Due to the canceled lessons, our TakeLesson pay date came prematurely, and since I waited until our son's paid lessons were completed before paying for new ones, we got dropped from the schedule and lost our time slot. Too many frustrations led to finding a new teacher.
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Jane D. January 18, 2014
Piano
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Great teacher, especially for kids!

My two boys -- ages 8 & 10 -- needed just the right teacher to begin learning the piano, and I'm so glad we started with Chris. He related to them right away, just sat down and started working with them and within seconds they were playing. He interwove fun with learning seamlessly. The boys looked forward to their lessons with him. Thank you, Chris!!
Gary O. San Jose, CA

Lessons in Trumpet will involve fundamental technique, sound production, and learning of literature appropriate for age range and skill of student.

About Gary

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Gary is a trumpet player and educator originally from Reno, NV. He graduated with a MA in Jazz Studies under the direction of Dr. Aaron Lington at San Jose State University in 2014. Gary has studied jazz and classical trumpet privately with Jeff Lewis, Dr. Kathryn Adduci, and Tim Wilson during his residency at SJSU. Gary will complete his Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music Education in 2015.

Most recently, Gary has been teaching instrumental music with San Jose Jazz in their project Progressions, a music program helping elementary kids in at-risk schools receive quality music education. Inspired by the Venezuelan music program El Sistema, Progressions works with students of low socioeconomic backgrounds who are at the highest risk for gang violence and drop ...

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Susan T. August 22, 2014
Piano · In home
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Gary is a terrific piano/music teacher for my 14 year-old son. We signed up with Gary with the goal of my son learning how to read music. If Gary was looking for a teaching challenge, he found it with my son. The first few months was very difficult, since my son can be very hard to connect with. Despite this, Gary persisted. He always came to lessons bright, energetic, friendly, positive and prepared. It took awhile, but my son is connecting and playing the piano with much more enjoyment in comparison to other attempts I made in the past signing him up for piano and keyboarding. Gary was the right person to help my son build up his music foundation.
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Rachel L. January 22, 2014
Piano
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gary was a great piano teacher

Gary was my piano teacher. I'm an adult non-serious player, just for fun. He is very knowledgable about piano and music. He was always very well prepared and reliable. I learned a lot from him! I would recommend him to anyone.
Gil C. Redwood City, CA

I teach to pass along all I have learned, which has come through my studies, practice, performing, and teaching.

The common thread among all that I have heard is that every note is important. Every note must contribute to the melody. Every note must be played with good time, good sound and good intonation. And the point of all that precision is to play melodically, with a nice loose feeling.

This all comes from listening. We listen to ourselves, to others, to the great jazz improvisers, to all the world's great music. We listen.

These are the concepts that I teach.

About Gil

Hear what the student knows. Know what the student hears.
I hear what you know from listening to you play. I know what you hear from our dialogue about all your playing and listening experiences. From this I help you focus on the most musical direction.

With these two facets of teaching, you develop both good technique and clear goals.

Student needs only the instrument, a lesson book, and should have a metronome as well. I supplement the book with exercises tailored to each student's needs. Redwood City is halfway between San Francisco and San Jose. I am happy to drive the 30 miles to either city, and anywhere in between.

Peter S.

San Jose, CA
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John E.

San Jose, CA
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Genevieve K.

Santa Clara, CA
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Peter S. San Jose, CA

Beginning to Intermediate Trumpet teaching. I have helped many students one on one especially kids that already take band at school, and help them advance to the next playing level and technique.

About Peter

Peter S., a bay area native, is a professional musician, teacher, and performer. He's an active guitarist, pianist, and vocalist. He is currently the guitar player for the acclaimed local country artist Amy Gass, as well as the music director for his church in Morgan Hill, CA. He has written compositions for local churches, as well as arranged, recorded music. Peter currently resides in the bay area, with his wife and 3 children.

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Each student is a unique person, thus I like to cater each lesson to that person's interest as well as provide them with a strong musical foundation/education.

Various musical styles and techniques are taught, to enable the student to be a well-rounded player. Musical styles include Rock, Blues, Classical, Pop, ...

John E. San Jose, CA

About John

John E. Music Instructor

Educator:
• Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets and "A" corps instructor, 1992-1997
• On staff for various High School marching band programs from 1992-1997
• The Music School in Sunnyvale teacher; toddler through grade school music classes, 1998/1999 school year.
• M.U.S.E. band instructor from school year 1998 through the spring of 2000 for St. Josephs of Cupertino, St. Justin’s in Santa Clara, St. Clare’s in Santa Clara and St. Joseph's in Atherton.
• Saint Francis High School Band and Choir Director, 2000 - 2002
• Capuccino High School Band Director, 2003/2004
• Lick-Wilmerding High School Instrumental Jazz Director, 2004/2005
• Director of Bands at Sacred Heart Preparatory, 2005 - ...

Genevieve K. Santa Clara, CA

About Genevieve

Genevieve received her Bachelors Degree from Santa Clara University with a major in History and Minor in Music as a student of William Harvey of the Oakland Symphony. Besides playing principal trumpet in the Santa Clara University Orchestra, Concert Band, and Jazz Band, as well as the Winchester Symphony, Genevieve won the position of Assistant Principal in the American Band Association’s National Honor Band in 2010 and was accepted into the IES Vienna Music Workshop in 2011, along with the Summer Brass Institute at the Menlo School in 2012. For 2013 and 2014, Genevieve taught trumpet and tuba through a government fellowship in Germany. Previously, she has worked for several years as a staff member of the Buchser Music Association’s Summer Camps in preparation for their ...

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Whether you are a beginner Trumpet student, intermediate Trumpet student, or advanced Trumpet student, a TakeLessons Instructor can help you learn or enhance your Trumpet skills. Your choices for a San Jose Trumpet instructor come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find one that matches your interests and skill level. Each Trumpet instructor's specialties are listed on their profile, along with helpful details like teaching style, background, photos, ...

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