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I have been tutoring trumpet for almost six years. My tutoring approach is first to determine the student's purpose, goals, and objectives and then determine his/her current performance level. Next, we begin instruction to take the student to the next level and beyond. I offer trumpet news and tips on my blog.
I have a B.A. degree in English Literature with a minor in music, from the University of Washington. While an undergraduate student at U.W., I was a scholarship student in the Husky Band; marched at football games, the Tournament of Roses Parade, and the Rose Bowl game; played in pep band at basketball games; and played in a brass ensemble. Also, I played in orchestras for musicals and opera. In high school, I was a member of the Texas All-State Band.
I now specialize in private lessons for trumpet and cornet. Also, in September 2014, I begin my fourth year of teaching brass instruments for two elementary bands at Skyview Jr. High School in Bothell. In spring 2014, I taught trumpet sectionals in the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore. I'm a member of the U.W. Husky Alumni Band, as well as being Bugler for the VFW Post 1040 Honor Guard, playing at numerous military funerals and ceremonies. Finally, I play in a church orchestra. Please find my blog online.
We can meet at your home (no travel charge, unless far from Interstate Highway corridors) or at Capitol Music Center in the University District, Seattle (small fee for studio rental). I cover homes from about I-90 northward on the Seattle and Bellevue sides and in Southwest Snohomish County. When I tutor youths in a residence, an adult must be present. When students live in more distant locations, we can meet at Capitol Music Center.
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I bring my own mouthpiece (and horn, occasionally), lesson books, and CD's to your home. Students have their own horn, music stand, school music and music lesson books and CD's, if any.
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Marching band, concert band, brass ensemble, pep band, jazz band, orchestra.
Audition Prep, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Trumpet
I believe music is for everyone, and every student I have will see my enthusiasm for making and learning music. Piano was the instrument that started my musical journey, and I would love to help you start yours! If you are a non-musician seeking to enter the musical world, I have trained with fantastic teachers, and am eager to share that knowledge with you.
I am currently completing my Master of Music degree in Brass Performance (Trumpet) at the University of Washington with a teaching certificate with endorsements for General, Instrumental and Choral music. My primary teachers are David Gordon (principal trumpet of the Seattle Symphony), Allen Vizzutti (internationally acclaimed trumpet star), and Dr. Kathryn Aducci (Baroque trumpet specialist). I actively perform and practice so I can be a role model for my students (whether they play piano, trumpet, or want to study music theory/performance). I have taken auditions, extensively studied piano and music theory, and performed in almost every ensemble that has trumpet. I have performed in Baroque trumpet ensembles, brass ensembles, brass quintets, jazz bands, and drum and bugle corps (Santa Clara Vanguard), wind ensembles, symphony orchestras, and as a soloist with choirs.
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I have a laid back approach to the material we use in lessons, and I like to keep a timeline in mind as to what is to be accomplished by when. All music books contain some value, and if you have 1 or some, we will use existing materials as long as we can to limit the cost of materials. If you have no books, and are a true beginner, we will find the book that most interests you, and go from there. As lessons continue we will check our timeline to ensure we have worked towards your goals. As goals are reached, or not reached, we can asses what needs to change, what is working, and how effective your practice time has been. Each student is unique, and each student's learning pace is unique. I want you to see improvement, and enjoy the music making process. All of my teaching is based on those goals. Twice a year I host a recital for my students under the age of 18, in order for them to gain experience performing for an audience. This has been a wonderful instructional tool for them, and the parents also love it!
*** Studio Equipment ***
Chairs, music stands, and at least one electronic keyboard (a grand piano can be made available under certain circumstances).
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their instrument, their music and any other materials deemed necessary.
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I have a great deal of experience with performance anxiety and coping mechanisms. I have worked in masterclasses with Bill Williams (former Acting Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony) on this material.
Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Clarinet, Classical Piano, Composition, Conducting, Ear Training, Flute, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet
Passionate about composition, conducting, and education, Thomas hopes to bridge the gap between ensembles and the audience by creating and presenting music that is fun, approachable, and sophisticated, all while crossing between genres and artistic disciplines. His concerts include Emerge & Ascend, a benefit concert featuring a 70-piece orchestra that raised $1,500 for the Ronald McDonald House while presenting new music. His Junior Composition Recital sought to showcase an eclectic array of styles and ensembles, from a plainchant-inspired brass quintet to a funk big band chart. His Senior Composition Recital used a 45-piece orchestra, drawing inspiration from Dr. Seuss stories for one piece and featuring a tap dancer on another. Fueled by his love of music, film, art, and video games, Thomas hopes to explore more disciplines and styles in future concerts, searching for new ways to engage audiences.
Thomas was commissioned to orchestrate music for the Twin Falls, Idaho Temple Celebration in 2008, and later commissioned to orchestrate for the Brigham Young University—Idaho concert band. As an undergraduate, he provided music for a recruitment video by the Manassas, Virginia Police Department and has been commissioned by the American Festival Pops Orchestra in Fairfax, Virginia. His jazz composition Bump was selected to be recorded by the George Mason University Jazz Ensemble for their "Jazz 4 Justice" album, and he also provided music for a handful of George Mason University films and video games.
An active educator, Thomas instructs students in piano, saxophone, music theory, and composition. He led multiple after-school classes for piano, as well as a glee club for elementary school students as an official teacher for both Piano Keys 4 Kids and MusIQ Club, the latter a computer-based learning approach. He also maintained a diverse private studio that included both children and adults.
Thomas received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from George Mason University, where he was the recipient of a number of scholarships, including the "Provost Achievement Award" and the "Adopt a Young Artist"scholarship. He studied composition under band composer Mark Camphouse and electronic composer Jesse Guessford, and conducting under Anthony Maiello. In the area of performance, he has studied saxophone under Rick Parrell (U.S. Army Band), Tyler Kuebler (USAF Airmen of Note), and Sandon Mayhew; and piano with John Healey and Danny Beal. Thomas is also the recipient of the Louis Armstrong National Jazz Award.
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Thomas currently resides in Seattle, Washington where he is pursuing a Masters of Music in Film Scoring from Seattle Film Institute where he will be studying under film and television composer Hummie Mann. A melodious and colorful composer, he hopes this new pursuit will help further his goal of bringing evocative, contemporary music to audiences everywhere.
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